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Brothers Find Employees and Geoprobe® Valuable to Grow Business

"Our customers love what our field team and our Geoprobe® machines can accomplish in one work day with little to no cuttings, leaving no indication that a machine had been there to delineate a contaminated site. And should our customer require a 2-in. well, we can provide a high-quality sample before switching over to augering on our 7822DT. "
Andrew Armstrong • Co-Owner Direct Environmental Drilling • London, ON Canada

In 2005, Andrew and Tony Armstrong set forward to challenge themselves by starting their own company, Direct Environmental Drilling, in London, Ontario, Canada. Andrew provided the company with business management and project management, and Tony brought 10 years of drilling experience to the mix. As with all companies, success requires hard work and long days, a supportive family, a good staff, a great product, and, perhaps, a touch of good luck. Today, eleven years later, Direct Environmental Drilling, based on the values that started the company, continues to grow.

MC5

CJ, Driller, and Dalles, Helper, collect MC5 samples with a 7822DT in Cambridge, Ontario.

Of course the beginning was the hardest part. “Convincing potential customers that the new, compact Geoprobe® 6620DT was equal, if not better than, the large bulky auger drills they were used to using was a challenge that was quickly rewarded,” Tony recalled. “Once they saw what we could do with our 6620DT and the hard work of determined owners and employees, success came much easier.”

According to Andrew, sticking with the Geoprobe® brand was one of the simpler decisions they had to make as a company. “We’ve been impressed with the support that we get from the service team at Geoprobe Systems®,” he said. “They have provided key support at key times.”

“Our customers also love what our field team and our Geoprobe® machines can accomplish in one work day with little to no cuttings, leaving no indication that a machine had been there to delineate a contaminated site,” Andrew added. “And should the customer require a 2-in. well, the company can provide a high-quality sample before switching over to augering on their 7822DT machines.”

Going forward, Direct Environmental Drilling sees themselves growing their Geoprobe® machine family even more. “We believe we’ve hit upon the perfect formula to grow ourselves with all the support we get from our terrific employees, our supportive families, and the team at Geoprobe®.”

Direct Environmental Drilling focuses their skills within the environmental and geotechnical field across Ontario. With Ontario’s constantly challenging formations, the company has risen up the ranks for reliability by consulting and engineering companies.

 

  • CJ, Driller, and Dalles, Helper, collect MC5 samples with a 7822DT in Cambridge, Ontario.
  • Running the 7822DT on an abandoned lot in London, Ontario.
  • CJ, Driller, and Dallas, Helper, running LL-MIP with Matrix Environmental and JFM Environmental Ltd.
  • A look back to 2005. Standing here with their original machine, Tony Armstrong (left) and Andrew Armstrong, Brothers and Owners of Direct Environmental Drilling, took delivery of and completed a training session on their first Geoprobe® machine, a 6620DT, in 2005. They currently own a fleet of 6620DT’s and 7822DT’s.

Probing Times Fall 2016

This article is an excerpt from the Fall 2016 issue of the Probing Times ( Page 13 ). Click Here to see the full issue.

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