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Frost Campus hosts specialized drilling training school



AMPIS Instructor Richard Soppe leads a course at Frost Campus.
AMPIS Instructor Richard Soppe leads a course at Frost Campus.

Frost session marks the first time the training has been held outside of the United States

City of Kawartha Lakes ON – (Oct. 3, 2017) – Fleming College’s Resources Drilling Technician program hosted a specialized training program at Frost Campus recently – the first time it has been held outside of the United States.

The ADSC – International Association for Foundation Drilling (ADSC-IAFD) held its Anchor and Micropile Installation School (AMPIS) at Frost Campus Sept. 17-22.

AMPIS is designed for drillers of all skill levels. Participants had a range of experience – from 20-plus years in the field to brand new workers. The courses taught drillers about rock anchors and other types of soil retention construction and included six days of intense instruction and rigorous training. The training brought together participants from as far away as Italy, Germany and Hawaii and included not only drillers but also foremen, inspectors, and safety officers.

Five technology-specific drill rigs were brought in to the campus for the hands-on training portion. In-class theory and instruction took place in the Parnham Training Centre. Courses included rotary drilling tools and techniques, hollow bar tools and installation, grouting, and hydraulics.

“The biggest benefit of AMPIS is it brings companies from across North America to Fleming’s School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences. And these companies may not have been previously aware of Fleming’s Drilling program,” said Charlie Morettie, Resources Drilling faculty member. “It was a fantastic course – not just for the novice driller but for anyone who needs a better understanding of how everything should be done.”

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,200 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 74,000 alumni.


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