ASTM D2113 - 14

    Standard Practice for Rock Core Drilling and Sampling of Rock for Site Exploration

    Active Standard ASTM D2113 | Developed by Subcommittee: D18.02

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.08


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 Rock cores are samples of record of the existing subsurface conditions at given borehole locations. The samples are expected to provide indications about the geological, physical, and engineering nature of the subsurface for use in the design and construction of an engineered structure. The core samples need to be preserved using specific procedures for a stipulated time (Practices D5079). The period of storage depends upon the nature and significance of the engineered structure.

    5.2 Rock cores always need to be handled such that their properties are not altered in any way due to mechanical damage or changes in ambient conditions of moisture and temperature or other environmental factors.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice covers the guidelines, requirements, and procedures for core drilling, coring, and sampling of rock for the purposes of site exploration. The borehole could be vertical, horizontal, or angled.

    1.2 This practice is described in the context of obtaining data for the design, construction, or maintenance of structures, and applies to surface drilling and drilling from adits and exploratory tunnels.

    1.3 This practice applies to core drilling in hard and soft rock.

    1.4 This practice does not address considerations for core drilling for geo-environmental site characterization and installation of water quality monitoring devices (see Guides D5782 and D5783).

    1.5 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

    1.6 This practice does not purport to comprehensively address all of the methods and the issues associated with coring and sampling of rock. Users should seek qualified professionals for decisions as to the proper equipment and methods that would be most successful for their site exploration. Other methods may be available for drilling and sampling of rock, and qualified professionals should have flexibility to exercise judgment as to possible alternatives not covered in this practice. This practice is current at the time of issue, but new alternative methods may become available prior to revisions; therefore, users should consult with manufacturers or producers prior to specifying program requirements.

    This practice offers a set of instructions for performing one or more specific operations. This document cannot replace education or experience and should be used in conjunction with professional judgment. Not all aspects of this practice may be applicable in all circumstances. This ASTM standard is not intended to represent or replace the standard of care by which the adequacy of a given professional service must be judged, nor should this document be applied without consideration of a project's many unique aspects. The word “Standard” in the title of this document means only that the document has been approved through the ASTM consensus process.

    1.7 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. Also, the user must comply with prevalent regulatory codes, such as OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration) guidelines, while using this practice. For good safety practice, consult applicable OSHA regulations and other safety guides on drilling (1).


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D420 Guide to Site Characterization for Engineering Design and Construction Purposes

    D653 Terminology Relating to Soil, Rock, and Contained Fluids

    D4380 Test Method for Density of Bentonitic Slurries

    D4630 Test Method for Determining Transmissivity and Storage Coefficient of Low-Permeability Rocks by In Situ Measurements Using the Constant Head Injection Test

    D5079 Practices for Preserving and Transporting Rock Core Samples

    D5434 Guide for Field Logging of Subsurface Explorations of Soil and Rock

    D5782 Guide for Use of Direct Air-Rotary Drilling for Geoenvironmental Exploration and the Installation of Subsurface Water-Quality Monitoring Devices

    D5783 Guide for Use of Direct Rotary Drilling with Water-Based Drilling Fluid for Geoenvironmental Exploration and the Installation of Subsurface Water-Quality Monitoring Devices

    D5876 Guide for Use of Direct Rotary Wireline Casing Advancement Drilling Methods for Geoenvironmental Exploration and Installation of Subsurface Water-Quality Monitoring Devices

    D6032 Test Method for Determining Rock Quality Designation (RQD) of Rock Core

    D6151 Practice for Using Hollow-Stem Augers for Geotechnical Exploration and Soil Sampling

    NSF Standard

    NSF60-1988 Drinking Water Treatment Chemicals-Health Effects

    American Petroleum Institute Standard

    APIRP13B Recommended Practice Standard Procedure for Testing Drilling Fluids


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 93.020 (Earth works. Excavations. Foundation construction. Underground works)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 71101500(Mine exploration)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/D2113-14

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    Citation Format

    ASTM D2113-14, Standard Practice for Rock Core Drilling and Sampling of Rock for Site Exploration, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2014, www.astm.org

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