COURTENAY – Terratech Drilling is breaking new ground with its team of experts and its one-of-a-kind drill.
Formed over one year ago by Colin Robb (President, Health & Safety Manager), Steve McAllister (Vice-President), and Jon Piper (Vice-President), the company is making a name for itself, providing geotechnical, environmental, and construction drilling services to clients across the Island.
The company’s services include environmental drilling, geotechnical drilling, geothermal drilling, hollow & solid stem augers, split spoon sampling, monitoring wells, air rotary, vapor probes, diamond drilling, bedrock drilling, and more.
“I’ve been in the industry for years,” says Robb. “Jon, Steve, and myself met through work, and we have 35 years of combined experience. We believed we could do this job better, safer, and with greater efficiency, so we decided to form Terratech.”
Each of the team members bring unique strengths to the table, with Robb’s background in health & safety, Piper’s background in sales, and McAllister’s versatility with drilling work.
Their main rig is a brand new, state-of-the-art B29 Drill Investigator, which was custom-made by Mobile Drill in Indianapolis.
“Between the three of us, we’ve worked all over the continent, and we have a lot of experience drilling throughout Canada,” says Robb. “We had a good idea of what we needed in a drill, and we worked with Mobile Drill for nearly nine months, discussing and fine-tuning. The result is a completely unique drill that is tailored to the specific work we do. It’s the only rig of its kind in Canada.”
The rig sits on a Ford F550 4X4, which has taken it to work sites all over the Island. According to Piper, the company plans to continue acquiring the newest, latest equipment as it continues to grow.
“The Island is going to continue to grow over the next 10-20 years, and we want to be part of that growth,” says McAllister. “Drilling is a booming industry right now, especially with a need for geotechnical drilling on dams, mines, and new developments. We have a very good rapport with clients, and I think we have a bright future ahead.”
Though the owners plan on eventual expansion to the mainland, a majority of Terratech’s jobs are currently on Vancouver Island. All three of the founders have roots in the region, and both McAllister and Piper were born on the Island.
“We’ve been here a long time, and we plan to stay here a long time,” says Robb.