Exclusive to ADSC Contractor Members Only!

Over 40 hours of quality seat-time and dedicated classroom instruction. DROS is a week-long training program exclusively focused on drilled shaft applications in a controlled training environment. The format of combining classroom instruction along with seat-time on seven different types of drill rigs is a unique experience for any driller.

This is an ideal training environment, under the supervision of seasoned and accomplished professionals, where your employee can learn skills and techniques for success in down-hole situational challenges, where the ROI is evident immediately

Topics include:
Equipment and Job Site Safety
Rigging & Hoisting
Drill Tool Design, Application and Maintenance
Fundamentals of Drilling – Cased/Open Hole
Fundamentals of Drilling – Slurry
Material Placement and Jobsite Math
Geology/Interpreting Soil Reports
Equipment Maintenance and Troubling Shooting
Importance of the Driller’s Role


Sunday, September 9
3:00pm-3:30pm                                   Registration
3:30pm-7:00pm                                   Class Orientation, Group Introductions & Pizza Social

Monday, September 10 through Friday, September 14
6:00am-6:45am                                   Breakfast
7:00am- 5:45pm                                  Class Hours
6:30pm-9:30pm                                   Awards Banquet (Friday)

Saturday, September 15                   Departure


Equipment and Job Site Safety – Learn the importance of maintaining proper safety standards, OSHA regulations, PPE, rigging and hoisting procedures, fall protection, confined space entry, equipment hazards, JSA.

Rigging and Hoisting – Practice, recognize and enforce proper rigging procedures. Learn how to correctly use straps, bridles and chokers for securing the load for hoisting. Understand load picking and suspension physics and adherent dangers. Each student will learn and use proper hand signaling procedures for ground-to-operator communication in the field.

Drilling Tool Design, Application and Maintenance – Understanding design and application of drilling tools and effects on drilling production and shaft quality. Learn about variations of soil/rock augers, core barrels, clean out buckets. Drilling tool maintenance of teeth and pockets, etc, will be presented in detail. Each student will have an opportunity to hard-face and/or change a pocket.

Fundamentals of Drilling – Cased/Open Hole – Access constraints, hole layouts and locates for setting up drill. Maintaining and check for bore-hold alignment during drilling. Open hole and casing means and method techniques and applications for processing shaft in both stable and unstable soil conditions.

Fundamentals of Drilling – Slurry – Learn the proper procedure and purpose for using mineral and polymer slurries, the equipment required, proper mixing and testing (viscosity, weight, sand content, pH). Slurry drilling application and technique for advancing hole will be presented and discussed.

Material Placement and Jobsite Math – Learn installation procedures and techniques for rebar steel and concrete placement in shaft to assure a quality finished product. Determining volumes of concrete, followability factors, aggregate design and how they can affect installation practices. Explanation of quality assurance procedures common to the industry.

Geology/Interpreting Soil Reports – Classification of soils. Interpretation and reading of soil report logs. Recognizing geological formations and straturns when encountered which determine drill processes and installation practices related to drilled shaft construction.

Equipment Maintenance and Troubleshooting – Learn the fundamentals of hydraulic and electrical system operations, component identifications, diagram reading, and trouble-shooting procedures. Understand and be able to perform hydraulic systems maintenance and procedures. Maintain hydraulic oil cleanliness practices.

Understanding the Driller’s Role – Learn about the bidding process and changed conditions/claims, and the importance of the driller’s responsibilities and role and how it contributes to the success of the drilling project.


Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis, and space is limited to 30 student attendees. This school is for ADSC Contractor Members ONLY. Due to high demand, only two students per company are eligible for registration until July 31, 2018. After that date, if DROS has available positions, we will accept additional individuals from the same company. You will receive an email confirmation after your registration is processed. Attendees are responsible for air, hotel and transportation to/from the airport.

What is Included in the Registration Fee?
Registration for DROS is $2295 and includes:
Course Materials
Orientation/Welcome Reception/Introduction to Safety (attendance is mandatory)
Breakfasts, Lunches and Breaks
Shuttle Service to and from DROS Facility daily (Monday-Friday)
Awards Dinner
Evening meals, except for the Awards Dinner, are not included

Hotel Room must be purchased through attendee registration portal, and will be added to the cost of your attendee registration at $125 per night inclusive of tax. 


All students must submit the below documents to Jan Hall (jhall@adsc-iafd.com) after registration:


The nearest airport is the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (Airport Code: CVG and is 25 miles from the hotel). Airfare is NOT included in DROS registration fee. Hotel does not offer Airport Shuttle.  Attendees are responsible for transportation to/from the airport. Major car rental companies are located near the airport.

Driving Directions from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport:
From CVG AP: I-275 East to I-75 North to I-275 West to Exit 39 (Winton Rd). Follow ramp onto Winton Rd. Turn Rt onto Smiley St. At dead end, turn Rt, follow to end, hotel on left.


Sponsorships are listed below. To sign up, click the Register Here button above, and select Sponsorship Registration when prompted.

  • Welcome Reception & Orientation             $ 850
  • Coffee Breaks (10 available)                      $ 250 each
  • Luncheons (5 available)                             $ 800 each
  • Shuttle Transportation (Daily to/from Training Center)     $2,000
  • Awards Evening Shuttle                             $ 1,000
  • DROS T-Shirt                                             $1,000
  • Event Website Banner                               $400
  • Backpacks                                                  $ 750
    • Sponsor provides backpack and can place promotional literature in bags. Bags need to accommodate 3” binder and other meeting materials. Quantity is 35



Applicant substitutions may be made. Applicant cancellations may be considered for refund only if their reservation can be replaced by another candidate. Otherwise, no refund will be granted. DROS is an ADSC Contractor Member only training school.