S.W.Cole Explorations, LLC (S.W.COLEx), was formed with one rig in 2015 to provide test boring exploration services. Though originally founded to serve S. W. Cole Engineering projects, the firm expanded with a second rig in 2015 and in 2016 acquired three more rigs amongst the assets of the former Great Works Test Boring of Rollinsford, NH, and we began working for other clients. Our clients include geotechnical, environmental, civil, and structural engineering firms, architects, contractors, industrial plants, colleges, utilities, municipalities, and state and federal agencies,
The company services projects throughout New England from three locations and is led by a team of seasoned professionals.
S.W.COLEx can also service many different types of exploration needs, including utility line, roadway, borrow source and environmental projects.
The General Manager of S.W.COLEx is Kevin Hanscom and he is responsible for scheduling, budgeting, billing and management of operations. Kevin held a Class B license since working as a delivery driver for a building supply company in high school, and was familiar with drilling through his uncle’s well drilling business. In 1991 he joined S.W. Cole Engineering, Inc. and for 24 years worked primarily as a Geotechnical Engineer, managing and providing subsurface investigations, geotechnical design, pavement management, and geotechnical specifications.
Kevin provided soils engineering services on a variety of projects, including roadways, airports, wastewater treatment facilities and lagoons, gas pipelines, multistory structures, municipal buildings, schools, towers, large retail facilities and industrial structures. Kevin’s experience extends to geothermal wells, having installed and maintained his own geothermal well system for heating and cooling his residence.
Our drill crew teams are led by qualified, experienced drillers who have each worked in the region for over 20 years.
Certifications and Associations
Member of the National Drilling Association
All drilling crews are 40-hour Hazwoper trained
S.W.COLEx purchased two new Diedrich D-50 rubber track mounted drill rigs in 2015. These all-purpose rigs can be used for both soil and rock exploration using hollow stem augers, continuous flight augers, steel casing with rotary tools and core drilling tools. The rigs are rated up to 250’ depth with hollow stem or continuous flight augers and 1,000 linear feet of core drilling using N series tools.
In 2016, to help in meeting the demand for drilling services in the region, S.W.COLEx acquired the drilling equipment of Great Works Test Boring, Inc., including three additional rigs. This included a Mobile B-53 track mounted rig, a CME 850 track mounted rig, and an Acker drilling rig mounted on a Ford F-350 truck.
We also have support equipment available, including a Yanmar Rubber Track Support vehicle. Our assorted tooling includes 2”, 3”, 4”, 5” and 6” casing, 2 ¼”, 4 ¼”, 6” hollow stem augers, rods, rock core barrels, piston samplers and wireline casing.
Our rigs are transported to project sites on 20-ton trailers that are towed with medium duty Peterbilt, Kenworth or International trucks.