Direct-push drilling offers several advantages over other drilling methods. It can be cheaper and quicker to deploy than more conventional drilling technologies. The technology generates cleaner samples more frequently, and on-board equipment provides in-situ monitoring of these samples. Direct-push rigs drill smaller diameter boreholes and that minimizes disruption to the surface and subsurface of the drill site. The direct-push process also reduces the expense of disposal since it does not generate cuttings and does not require water or mud as a flushing medium.
By contrast, auger drilling takes more time to set up and provides few opportunities to sample the subsurface. Field crews have to carry these samples to a lab for testing. It creates boreholes with larger diameters and produces a significant amount of cuttings.
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