Obtaining Quality Core Samples with L.J. Hughes

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The whole purpose of exploration drilling is to obtain quality core samples, usually referred to as core recovery. This process takes time. Rushing through exploratory drilling will only produce poor quality core samples, which can negatively affect the amount and quality of the data received from the core sample.

Hiring a well-established drilling company helps to ensure that you will get a company that has the knowledge and experience to do the job right. You don’t want a company that comes in and drills as fast as they possibly can. You’ll only end up with a lot of holes drilled and recovery of low-quality and partial core samples.

It is important to remember that when drilling for core samples, some samples may only be partial samples.  Sometimes this is unavoidable by even the best drilling companies, but it can be prevented, in many cases. For the best results with core recovery, it’s best to hire a company that has been in business for several years and has a lot of satisfied clients.

A lot of your company’s resources are already spent by the time you’re ready to begin exploration drilling. You don’t want to waste resources by hiring a company that’s not going to get you the quality core sample you need.

L. J. Hughes, Core Drilling Contractors

You don’t last long as an exploratory drilling contractor without having many satisfied clients behind you.

L.J. Hughes and Sons, one of the largest drilling contractors in the Eastern United States, is a family-owned and operated business with over ninety years of drilling experience and  over 14 million feet drilled since the 1940’s.

We know that the success of your project depends on obtaining quality core samples. We do everything we can to get the best results with core recovery, including starting the drilling project with preventative maintenance on our equipment, choosing the right bit for the job, choosing the proper drilling mud for the application, and extracting the core as gently as possible.

Even when drilling in incompetent, moderately competent, or broken rocks, L.J. Hughes has a reputation for recovering core samples of the best quality possible. We’re known for completing our exploratory drilling projects on time, as well as on or under budget.


We have the ability to operate up to 25 drill rigs in Alabama, Kentucky, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia and drill to a depth of 3,000 feet or more.

Call L.J. Hughes and Sons today at 304-872-1111 to discuss your project and need for an exploratory drilling contractor.