May 2018

Mud Bay Drilling and Conetec Investigations

Organized by the Richmond/Delta Branch

Status: Online registration is now closed. For space availability please contact [email protected] Thank you.
Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Location: Felicos Restaurant, 8140 Leslie Road, Richmond, BC
Limited parking at restaurant, paid street parking available
Presenter: Gordon Gibbons
President, Mud Bay Drilling Ltd.
Credit: 1 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Members and Guests: $40.00 + GST = $42.00

Student Members: $25.00 + GST = $26.25

Cost includes dinner 
Contact: Richmond/Delta Branch
Email: [email protected]
Important Dates: To help us predict our catering needs, please register by May 11, 2018.
The Richmond/Delta Branch is pleased to announce a dinner presentation by Gordon Gibbons, President of Mud Bay Drilling Ltd. Join us for networking, dinner, and an informative session covering geotechnical drilling and sample collection in varying conditions.

Presentation Details

Gordon Gibbons graduated from the Natural Resources and Petroleum Technology Program at BCIT in 1974. After a 3 1/2 year stint in the Middle East working for a French oil field service company, he returned to Canada to work with his father, Robert (Bob) Gibbons, who founded Mud Bay Drilling Ltd. in 1972. At the time, Bob Gibbons was operating a single custom built, truck-mounted mud rotary rig and serviced the local geotechnical engineering market.

While on drilling rig in 1980, Gordon met David Woeller, then a junior geotechnical engineer. David Woeller and partners formed ConeTec Investigations in 1985 to conduct CPT and in-situ testing services. The two companies worked together to deploy advanced soil investigation methods in BC. Over the past 33 years, Mud Bay and ConeTec have been providing world-leading geotechnical and environmental site investigations together. In 2015, Mud Bay Drilling joined the ConeTec group of site investigation contractors.

This informative session will cover the experiences gained by these two companies in a wide range of drilling programs utilizing diverse techniques, expertise, and equipment.

This presentation will be of particular interest to engineers and geoscientists who employ investigative drilling to determine subsurface materials and conditions. Gordon will provide case examples of the problems and solutions that were used.

The following soil testing techniques will be outlined for land and marine-based investigations:

  • Geotechnical drilling:
    • Sonic
    • Mud rotary
    • Diamond drilling
    • Insitu testing:
      • CPT (cone penetration testing)
      • SCPT(seismic cone penetration testing)
      • PMT (pressuremeter testing)
      • iBPT (instrumented becker penetration tests)
      • eVane (electric shear vane testing)
      • eSPT (electric standard penetration test)
  • Geophysical investigations

We expect that this will be an informative session highlighting important considerations when contracting services form this important and challenging industry.


  • 6:00 PM–6:30 PM: Registration and networking
  • 6:30 PM–7:15 PM: Dinner
  • 7:15 PM–7:30 PM: Branch business and announcements
  • 7:30 PM–9:00 PM: Presentation and Q&A
  • 9:00 PM: Closing


  • Guest/Non-member Registration: If you are not a member of Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia, you can register online by quickly creating a 'non-member' account. After clicking on the 'Register' link, you will be brought to a login screen. Towards the bottom, there is a ‘Create new account’ link. Click this link and follow the prompts to create your account and then you will be able to register online with this new account. Thank you and we look forward to having you join us.
  • Alcohol Disclaimer: This event is intended for responsible adults of legal drinking age. Please drink responsibly and do not drink and drive.

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