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Quick User Guide

AcT iii rd
Rapid Descent Core Orientation Tool

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ACT III RD
rapid descent core orientation tool Quick User Guide

Contents

Section 1: Non Download..........................................................................................................2

Prepare BHA/Core Barrel Assembly........................................................................................................2

Prepare Core Inner Tube Assembly..........................................................................................................2

Initialise ACT III RD......................................................................................................................................2

Breaking .........................................................................................................................................................3

Initialise Second ACT III RD Tool..............................................................................................................4

Retrieving Orientation from ACT III RD ................................................................................................4

Transferring Orientation to the Core......................................................................................................5

Cancelling a Tool............................................................................................................................................5

Section 2: Depth and Dip Display Function...........................................................................6

Breaking – Using the Depth Display Function........................................................................................6

Initialise Second ACT III RD Tool..............................................................................................................6

Retrieving Orientation from ACT III RD Using Dip and Depth Display Function.........................6

Transferring Orientation to the Core......................................................................................................7

Section 3: Digital Audit Software Installation for Data Download Function..................8

Installing the ACT II Digital Auditor..........................................................................................................8

Downloading and Printing Orientation Data....................................................................................... 11

Section 4: Orientation Transfer Device................................................................................ 14

Orientation Transfer Device Instructions............................................................................................. 14

Notes ........................................................................................................................................... 16

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rapid descent core orientation tool

Section 1: Non Download


1. Prepare BHA/Core Barrel Assembly
1.1. Front of barrel – insert the AcT iii rd barrel extension between the front end reamer and core barrel (Fig. 1).

Fig. 1

1.2. Back of barrel – insert the AcT iii rd barrel extension between the core barrel and the adaptor coupling/back
end reamer (Fig. 2).

Fig. 2

N.B. if inserting into the back of the barrel a landing ring MusT be inserted into the AcT iii rd barrel extension.
1.3. Tighten AcT iii rd Barrel extension as per standard drilling practice.

2. Prepare Core Inner Tube Assembly


2.1. insert the AcT iii rd tool between the core inner tube and the inner tube backend assembly (Fig. 3).

Check-valve

Top Cap Inner Tube

Fig. 3

N.B. There is no need to remove the backend spindle/grease cap from the backend. Tighten the inner tube, AcT iii rd and backend, as per
standard drilling practice, using inner tube wrenches NOT pipe wrenches.

3. Initialise ACT III RD


3.2. remove ‘Top cap’ from AcT iii rd tool to expose the magnetic infra red
Port, inspect and grease/replace the o-rings as required.
3.3. insert the AcT iii rd controller (Fig. 4).
Fig. 4
3.4. Press and hold N for 5 seconds, the display will flash STARTING (Fig. 5)
followed by the AcT iii rd tool serial number (Fig. 6).
N.B. continue to hold N while display shows tool serial number.
N.B. if using an AcT ii round controller then press the same buttons as
AcT iii rd wand.
Fig. 5
due to the robustness of the ‘Peizo Panel’ buttons, the AcT iii rd controller has
the ability to remember the pressure used to activate them. The buttons can be
activated by lightly touching or by pressing them very firmly.
N.B. if pressing very firmly, the pressure MusT be maintained for 5 seconds.
if pressure is not constant the button will not activate and will require a 2 second
pause before it can be pressed again. Fig. 6

Pressing lightly will result in easier use.

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DONE will then show on the Lcd display followed by a beep and flash of
the red Leds (Fig. 7).
The AcT iii rd orientation tool is now activated and synchronised to the
controller and will record orientation data every minute.
3.5. remove the AcT iii rd controller from the tool, reattach the ‘Top
cap’ and ‘Back end’ assembly (Fig. 8) and tighten as per standard
drilling practice. Fig. 7
The inner tube assembly can now be lowered into the rod line as per
standard drilling practice and the drilling process can commence.

Top Cap Inner Tube

Fig. 8

4. Breaking
N.B. if using the optional download function please refer to section 2, on page 6, of this manual for further instructions on how to enter the hole depth.
Before the core can be broken off bottom at the end of the coring run, the bottom of hole orientation MusT be recorded on the AcT iii rd controller
as follows:
4.6. stop all rotation and thrust of the drill rods – dO NOT BreAk OFF BOTTOM.
4.7. Press the B button on the AcT iii rd controller and hold down for 5 seconds, BREAKING will display on the control panel (Fig. 9).
4.8. WAIT will next appear on the Lcd screen with a countdown display (Fig. 10).
The core cAN NOT be broken off bottom until the countdown timer
reaches 0 seconds.
The controller will flash the red Leds and DONE will appear on the
Lcd display screen (Fig. 11) when it is safe to break the core off bottom.
Fig. 9
N.B. if you wish to cancel the break, this can be done by pressing N but
MusT be done before the countdown reaches 0 seconds.
4.9. The core can now be broken off bottom.
N.B. rotation should NOT be used to assist core breaking.

Fig. 10
5. Initialise Second ACT III RD Tool
The second AcT iii rd can now be initialised following the steps in
section 1, item 3.
N.B. The second tool can only be initialised after a break has been
recorded on the first tool.
Fig. 11

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rapid descent core orientation tool

6. Retrieving Orientation from ACT III RD


With the core inner tube assembly returned to the surface the bottom of hole orientation can now be retrieved from the AcT iii rd tool and
transferred to the core using the same controller.
6.1. remove the ‘Top cap’ from AcT iii rd to expose the magnetic infra red Port and insert the AcT iii rd controller (Fig. 12).
6.2. Press and hold the R button for 5 seconds – the Lcd display will flash READING (Fig. 13) followed by the AcT iii rd tool serial number and
then BATT OK.
N.B. The R must be pressed for the full 5 seconds in order to view the below screens.
Once BATT OK appears the Leds will flash, you can now remove your finger from the
R button.
N.B. BATT OK will still be displayed after you stop pressing the R button.
Fig. 12
6.3. While BATT OK is still displayed on the Lcd screen press R again and REALIGN will
appear on the screen (Fig. 14) for 2 seconds followed by the direction arrows (Fig. 15).
6.4. With the AcT iii rd controller still connected to the infra red port the inner tube assembly should be rotated in the direction the arrows and
red Leds are indicating (Fig. 15).
As the bottom of hole orientation position approaches the Lcd arrows will reduce from 3 each side (Fig. 15) to 1 (Fig. 16).

Fig. 14

Fig. 15

Fig. 13 Fig. 16
Lcd arrows

N.B. The AcT iii rd controller should be held still while only the inner tube assembly is rotated.
6.5. When the inner tube assembly has been rotated to the bottom of hole position the Lcd screen will display two arrows each side of the screen
(Fig. 17) and all Leds will flash. This indicates bottom of hole orientation has been achieved and can now be transferred to the core.

Fig. 17

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7. Transferring Orientation to the Core


7.1. Before removing the AcT iii rd controller the bottom of hole orientation should be transferred to core orientation mark
the core using either the UNDER (Fig. 18) or OVER (Fig. 20) method.
N.B. The best method to use is determined by the tube racks. if the racks are shorter than the inner tube
then the UNDER method can be used. if the racks are longer than the inner tube then the OVER method
may be more practical.

Under Method:
i. ensure that bottom of hole orientation is indicated on the AcT iii rd controller (Fig. 17)
ii. Place the AcT iii rd Marking Jig under the core lifter case (Fig. 18)
iii. Level the marking jig by using the levelling bubble (Fig. 19)
iv. Mark the bottom of the core (Fig. 18).
N.B. if the core is inside the lifter case the marking jig can be tilted or the lifter case marked and then the
orientation transferred to the core using a straight edge.
Fig. 18
7.2. if there is not sufficient overhang of the core lifter case then the OVER method should be used to
mark bottom of hole orientation.

Over Method:
i. ensure that bottom of hole orientation is indicated on the AcT iii rd controller (Fig. 17)
ii. Place the AcT iii rd Marking Jig on top of the core lifter case (Fig. 20)
iii. Level the marking jig by using the spirit level (Fig. 19)
iv. select the core grade, e.g... NQ*, and extend the ‘marking blade’ down to the bottom of the
lifter case (Fig. 20)
Fig. 19
v. using the marking blade as a guide mark the bottom of the core.

8. Cancelling a Tool
in the event an AcT iii rd unit cannot be retrieved from the drilling barrel that particular tool must be
cancelled from the AcT iii rd controller before a third replacement tool can be introduced as follows.
8.1. Press and hold B and SET on the AcT iii rd controller to initialise the display function – the
core orientation mark
controllers individual serial number will be displayed.
8.2. Press R repeatedly to scroll through the menu until the active tools serial number is displayed,
e.g. cX 00021.
8.3. Press SET to cancel the orientation tool.

Press Display

B and SET sN 12345 Press B and SET simultaneously displays the control unit serial no.

R BATT Ok displays control unit battery status: OK or LOW.

R cX 00021 displays serial no. of first active tool. Press SET to cancel survey.

R cX 00027 displays serial no. of second active tool. Press SET to cancel survey.
marking blade
Fig. 20
N or B Press N or B during display cycle to exit and power off.

* Q®is a registered trademark of Boart Longyear that refers its Q® Wireline system. The use of the Q mark herein is not intended to equate the Q mark with a particular
hole size but rather to indicate that reflex’s products and services are designed and intended to be used with Boart Longyear’s Q® Wireline system, as well as other
wireline systems available in the industry that are comparable to that of the Q® Wireline system.

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rapid descent core orientation tool

Section 2: Depth and Dip Display Function


1. Breaking – Using the Depth Display Function
N.B. steps 1–3 below should be followed if using an AcT iii rd tool that has the depth and dip display function enabled.
Before the core can be broken off bottom at the end of the coring run, the bottom of hole orientation MusT be recorded on the
AcT iii rd controller as follows:
1.1. stop all rotation and thrust of the drill rods – dO NOT BreAk OFF
BOTTOM.
1.2. Press the B button on the AcT iii rd controller and hold down for 5
seconds, BREAKING will display on the control panel (Fig. 21).
1.3. WAIT will appear on the Lcd screen with a countdown display
(Fig. 22). The core cAN NOT be broken off bottom until the Fig.21
countdown timer reaches 0 seconds.
The controller will flash the red Leds.
1.4. The screen will display D 00000 (Fig. 23).
1.5. Press SET then the + or – button to adjust the depth number value. Fig. 22
1.6. Press SET to scroll to the next number and use the + or – buttons
to change the number value.
1.7. After the desired depth has been entered press B once more and
DONE will appear (Fig. 24).
N.B. There is a 1 minute time limit to enter the depth – if no buttons are Fig. 23
pressed the controller will save the depth reading that is on the display
screen 1 minute after the last button was pressed.
1.8. The core can now be broken off bottom.
N.B. rotation should NOT be used to assist core breaking.
Fig. 24
2. Initialise Second ACT III RD Tool
The second AcT iii rd can now be initialised following the steps in section 1.
N.B. The second tool can only be initialised after a break has been recorded on the first tool.

3. Retrieving Orientation from ACT III RD Using Dip and Depth Display Function
With the core inner tube assembly returned to the surface the bottom of hole
orientation can now be retrieved from the AcT iii rd tool and transferred to the core
using the same controller.
3.1. remove the ‘Top cap’ from the AcT iii rd to expose the magnetic infra red Port
and insert the AcT iii rd controller (Fig. 25).
Fig. 25
3.2. Press and hold the R button for 5 seconds – the Lcd display will flash
READING (Fig. 26) followed by the AcT iii rd tool serial number and
then BATT OK.
N.B. The R must be pressed for the full 5 seconds in order to view the
screens (Fig. 26).
N.B. BATT OK will still be displayed after you stop pressing the R button.
3.3. While BATT OK is still displayed on the Lcd screen press R again –
the depth that was entered during the Break (B) will now be displayed,
e.g. D 00000 (Fig. 23).

Fig. 26

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3.4. Press R again to display the dip/inclination, e.g. INC 60.4 (Fig. 27).
3.5. Press the R button once more to retrieve orientation – REALIGN will display for 2 seconds followed by the directional arrows on the Lcd
screen (Fig. 28).
3.6. With the AcT iii rd controller still connected to the infra red Port the inner tube assembly should be rotated in the direction of the arrows and
red Leds are indicating (Fig. 29).
As the bottom of hole orientation position approaches the Lcd arrows will reduce from 3 each side (Fig. 29) to 1 (Fig. 30).
N.B. The AcT iii rd controller should be held still while only the inner tube assembly is rotated.
3.7. When the inner tube assembly has been rotated to the bottom of hole position the Lcd screen will display 2 arrows each side of the
screen (Fig. 31) and all Leds will flash. This indicates bottom of hole orientation has been achieved and can now be transferred to the core.

Fig. 27

Fig. 28

Fig. 29

Fig. 30

Fig. 31

4. Transferring Orientation to the Core


N.B. Bottom hole orientation can now be transferred to the core as per the procedure mentioned in section 1, item 7 on page 5.

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rapid descent core orientation tool

Section 3: Digital Audit Software Installation for Data Download Function


Installing The ACT II Digital Auditor
1. Save the ACT II software to your computer.
N.B. The ACT II software is only Windows compatible
2. Once saved double click ‘ACTIIDA SETUP.msi’.

N.B. If using USB stick ensure you save the ACTIIDA SETUP file to your local drive.
The following dialogue box will appear – click NEXT.

3. Tick the install FTDI driver box and click NEXT.

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4.  he ACT II Digital Audit Software will install in the Program Files folder on your computer – if this install location is correct click NEXT, otherwise
T
select BROWSE to navigate to the desired installation folder.
N.B. The installation location must be on the main drive of the computer.

5. The below pop-up window will appear – Click NEXT to install the FTDI USB driver.

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rapid descent core orientation tool

6. Once the FTDI Driver has installed the below pop-up window will appear – click OK.

7. Upon successful installation the below pop-up window will appear – click CLOSE.
N.B. Ensure that .Net Framework has been updated on your Windows system.

ACT II Digital Auditor icon

8. The Reflex ACT II Digital Auditor icon should now appear on your desktop.

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Downloading and Printing Orientation Data


1. connect the AcT iii rd dock to your computer.
controller
2. Open the reflex digital Auditor by double clicking the desktop icon.
3. select a cOM POrT in the ‘serial Port’ drop down box.
N.B. The correct cOM POrT will be displayed if the
docking station was connected at step 1 above.
connect usB to
computer

docking
station
3.1. When a cOM POrT has been selected click OPEN PORT.

3.2. if the selected cOM POrT is available the status box will be green – if the cOM POrT is not available, a different cOM POrT will need to be
selected by following step 2 above.

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rapid descent core orientation tool

4. insert the AcT iii rd controller. Press B and SET on the controller panel at the same time.

N.B. ensure both buttons are


pressed at the same time.

5. The below pop-up window will appear – click DOWNLOAD RECORDS.

4.1. When the download is complete, the following data will be displayed.

5.2. To print AcT iii data click PRINT.


5.3. To save AcT iii data click SAVE.

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6. If saving the ACT III data you will have the option to save in Microsoft Excel (.xls) or Text (.txt) format.
6.1. After clicking SAVE, the below pop-up navigation window will appear. From the Save as type drop-down box select the file format you want to
save the data in (i.e. .txt or .xls). At this stage you can also change the File name.

6.2. Click the Save in browse arrow (∨) to choose the save location, then click SAVE.

Below is an example of orientation data in Excel format.

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rapid descent core orientation tool

Section 4: Orientation Transfer Device


Orientation Transfer Device Instructions
in situations that do not permit two joined core inner tubes being removed in the one attempt, it may be necessary to separate them while inside
the drilling mast. doing this before the bottom of hole orientation can be transferred to the core may affect the accuracy. in these situations it is
recommended you use the reflex Orientation Transfer device (Fig. 1).

Orientation Transfer Device

levelling bubble
device body

reference slots

levelling wheel
device body wing nut

levelling wheel wing nut Fig. 1

1. When the core inner tubes have been retrieved to the surface use the Marking Angle to draw a reference line across the join that connects the
two inner tubes (Fig. 2).

Fig. 2

2. separate the inner tubes as per your normal procedure and place them side by side on a horizontal rack.
3. slide the transfer device over the inner tube so it still has the AcT/backend attached.
4. Position the device at the opposite end and rotate until ‘reference slots’ are over the reference line marked
in step 1 above (Fig. 3).

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5. Tighten the wing nut on the device body to lock it to the core inner tube (Fig. 3).

if possible, add the inner tube with AcT iii rd

reference slots aligned to reference line

Tighten wing nut on device body to core inner tube

Fig. 3

6. retrieve orientation information from AcT iii rd as per normal procedure.


7. Once bottom of hole orientation is achieved keep the core inner tube still while rotating the levelling wheel of the transfer device until the
levelling bubble is in between the black lines. Once there tighten the levelling wheel wing nut to lock the wheel (Fig. 4).

tighten wing nut on levelling wheel once


bubble is within black lines ensure bubble is between
the black lines

Fig. 4

8. undo device body locking nut and remove from core inner tube and place over the reference line of the second inner tube at the opposite end
to the core lifter case.
9. rotate the transfer device until the reference line appears within the reference slots and tighten the wing nut to lock the transfer device to the
inner tube (Fig. 3).
N.B. dO NOT undo the levelling wheel wing nut.
10. roll the core inner tube until the bubble is between the two black lines (Fig. 4).
11. Holding the core inner tube still, proceed to mark the bottom of hole orientation as per the normal procedure.

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Notes

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