Frequently Asked Questions
Iba Drilling Co., Inc.
Chris Iba: BS in Mechanical Engineering, Montana Tech, 2011, High Honors, Certified IGSPHPA training 2013. Iba Drilling Co. President.
Chris started as a driller's helper and has been running a drill for seven years. He graduated with high honors earning a bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Montana Tech in Butte, MT in 2011. He is a cut from the same mold as his father, meticulous and attentive to detail and he enjoys the drilling business too. The summer of 2009 he started the ND Veteran's Nursing Home 735 borehole job on his own and in 2010 drilled loopfields for a school in Fargo and passed the extreme safety codes drilling at Minot Air Force Base. Iba Drilling can give its clients the whole package of mechanical contractor design and drill. As the next generation of Iba Drilling, Chris can collaborate with architects and engineers in their language to get the best most efficient design for the customer.
Mike Iba: 38 years drilling experience, 20 years in geothermal systems, Certified IGSHPA training. Iba Drilling Vice-President.
Mike started in the drilling business in 1975 doing seismic exploration in the MonDak region. In the 1980s he expanded into gold and silver exploration using heli-portable drilling and running a crew of 12. He and a fabricator masterminded a reverse circulation buggy rig for gold and silver exploration that is still in use today in the Black Hills. Iba Drilling Co now has three heli-portable drills and a buggy reverse circulation drill capable of 300'. It has taken him to the Nevada mountains and California almond groves to finding underground coal mines in ND.
Mike also is trained and experienced in Cathodic Protection of pipelines and underground storage tanks. He has protected everything from Minute Man Missile silos (do you feel safer now?) to MDU's pipelines.
The bulk of Iba Drilling's work is in drilling closed loop groundsource, geoexchange or geothermal drilling. Iba Drilling has been installing groundsource loopfields since 1998 using two Badger drills and water trucks and custom designed grouter. Mike is known for his clean, timely work drilling the impossible. He has clients, co-workers and suppliers who have turned into friends across the country.
Iba Drilling groundsourced its shop 80 x 100' in the spring of 2008, installing 12 bores at 300'. Not only did they get the federal energy tax credit, and Montana tax credit but also a check from McCone Electric for $1200 for converting from propane to electric geothermal. After one year of operation, the shop average monthly electric heating cooling bill was $67/ month. The shop thermostat is set at 65 degrees winter, 70 degrees summer. He also insulated and tinned the sides and ceiling of the shop during this retrofit.
The shop is so clean people swear you can eat off the floor.
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