Keith Makinson from British Antarctic Survey is a hotwater drilling engineer from
British Antarctic Survey. He is a consultant to the engineering team.
meet the engineering team - Keith Makinson
My involvement in this project
When this project was first conceived, hot water drilling was quickly identified
as the best way to gain access to subglacial lakes, hence my early involvement as
the BAS hot water drilling expert. Over the following years I developed the specification
for the drilling and filtration components for the project proposal. Now the project
is funded, I assist with and guide the development of the hot water drill and filtration
equipment and the modes of operation that will be used during the field programme.
What does being in this project mean to you personally?
This project represents the culmination of my many years of hard won field experience
in developing hot water drilling techniques here at BAS. Since my arrival at BAS
in 1988, I have steadily increased BAS’s hot water drilling capability from a system
based on a small heated pressure washer capable of drilling 200 m of relatively warm
ice, to a 25-times more powerful drill that will penetrate 3300 m of cold ice. This
will be the deepest ever hot water drilled hole by some margin and not a bad achievement
for hot water drilling at BAS and a farmer’s son from Lancashire!