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A few Examples and Testimonials


Domestic Water Supplies:

"We were really pleased with the result of your divining, so accurate as to where to find water before drilling.

We required water for a site for a house, and the water our diviner (Mr Dougie Bates) found was enough for around eight houses!  We thought the divining service was excellent finding water deep underground which is so pure and crystal clear and really good to drink."

                                                                    William E Emslie, Alford

"We considered a borehole supply to offset the costs of labour required on an almost daily basis in the summer, attending to our failing water supply. Our diviner conducted a map study, which he confirmed with a ground survey.... very 'spooky' but it worked.  He predicted a point at which a groundwater aquifer would produce 1000 galls a day at 80ft, and a second point as a back-up, guaranteed to supply all the water we needed for the estate.

In fact the borehole proved water at 40ft, 80ft, and 120ft, with at least 1000 gall/day.  The water was of excellent quality, at 7C temperature, and has been reliable for three years so far.

Because the prediction was so accurate we are happy to say the money has been well spent."

                                                                                        R. A. Hunt, Banchory

"We were personally recommended Doug Bates by friends who had successfully used his services. After Doug had made a confident and detailed survey of the area and confirmed two sites of spring water wells on our land, we had no doubts that we were in business for a clean private water supply to our property.

Doug was able to successfully predict the depth and minimum water flow, and organise the relevant drilling and pump installation contractors to complete the entire operation in a matter of weeks.

Locating, drilling, and installing a spring water well is of course a considerable expense, which is why you need to be able to trust the decision of the water diviner to make that dream into a reality.

The benefits of a pure spring water well are obvious in view of the types of contamination found in land drainage wells which we used to use.  We would therefore recommend Doug's experience and services to anyone who wishes to enjoy this luxury too."

                                          Peter & Caren Cook, Maud.

"The results of drilling on your recommendations have been outstanding, with ample supplies of good quality water established at all four of the sites you divined for us. Your locations and depths were all proven correct and 3 of the 4 boreholes gave more water than you thought."

                                                             Hans Jorgensen, Factor, Strathconon Estate.

" When given the chance, Dave goes into great detail telling friends and family how sceptical he was when you sat in the caravan working your pendulum over the map, then went outside and paced up and down among the rubble and nettles on site.... He did have his moment!

The results of drilling were spot on; everything you said almost to the foot in depth and the volume of water we should expect.  We are happy with the well as it is pure water with no chemical additives, and no water rates.

The service we had from the men who drilled the well was fast, clean, and efficient.

All round, we feel we had excellent value for money."

                                                         Ruth & Dave Prebble, Lonmay, Fraserburgh

Stock Farm Supplies:

"Thankyou for all your help in divining a water supply. The farm wanted additional water supplies for a planned expansion of the piggery.  Estimated annual costs of supplies from the Water Board were unacceptably high.

I was attracted to hire you because you could offer geological expertise in addition to the 'magic' of divining. After map and field research, a map was produced showing likely sources of water and a forecast of the depths and amounts.  The most suitable drilling site was selected and exactly marked.

Water was located at the predicted depth, and the amount found was greatly in excess of your rightly cautious estimate, and several times more than our requirements!  Total costs of divining, drilling and pump installation, were less than the estimated costs of Water Board supplies for one year.

We were delighted with your successful prospecting and would like to say a big "thank you" to you for a job professionally done."

                                  Bill Strachan, Inverurie

"I was more than delighted to get an excellent supply of fresh water at the precise location, depth and exact volume predicted by Doug. In my opinion his divining skills are exemplary.

As water is metered on my stock farm, I would expect to make substantial savings annually by using water from the borehole."
Ross M. Bichan, Forres.

We're not always successful the first time, but when we err, we always make the effort to get a successful result for our clients...      
JR & PJ Walker of Dunecht, wrote.......        

"We run a pig farm and were concerned at the volume of water from our present supply, as we considered expanding the herd. We therefore decided to invest in a new borehole to guarantee the supplies we needed. We heard of Geodivining through the machinery ring, and after sending Doug a map of the farm, made an appointment for him to visit.  The survey of the farm took a few hours and we identified several potential sites, selecting one as the potential supply was so good.  We received a full survey report covering every detail we discussed, and were very impressed with the service provided by Doug, it being of a very high standard.

The drillers were very competent and it was a pleasure to have them on the farm. Unfortunately the first hole proved only a small supply in heavily veined rock, which was a problem we had been warned about; however, with a minimum of fuss, Doug returned to the farm and located another supply, which proved to be an artesian borehole of good quality with easy access to an electric supply.

We believe that in the long term a borehole is more advantageous than the mains water supply. This was demonstrated to

us when we lived in the South of England, after the water companies were privatised. We would have no hesitation in recommending the services of Geodivining International to anyone thinking of installing a private water supply."

A typical 6-inch borehole being drilled on a stock farm in Aberdeenshire.

The rotary percussion drilling rig uses a 12-bar compressor and a down-hole pneumatic hammer designed for hard rock drilling. Compressed air is channelled through the hollow drill rods to the hammer and through grooves in the drill bit, to eject spoil back to the surface and keep the bore clear as it is being drilled.

Of course any water entering the borehole is also ejected, and the flow can be tested. This is called the drillers airlift method, and will usually give a good indication of the sustainable yield of a borehole.

This borehole was drilled to 30m depth in Gabbro (a coarse crystalline igneous rock, with just 3m of clay overburden) in which a narrow but extensive fracture zone located by Geodivining, produced a steady flow of water measured at 5040 l/hr.

Capital costs were recovered within 2 years, and the farmer now saves about 2,000 per annum in water rates.

Artesian wells
like the gusher at Burnside of Boysack near Arbroath, pictured on the front of this brochure, and this one on a dairy farm near Carnwath, Lanarkshire, are quite rare in Scotland. There are no strata-bound artesian basins, and confined groundwater pressure tends to occur only adjacent to elevated catchments in small localities where thick and continuous dense clay cover prevents natural springs from rising.  Pressure is low in most cases, and artesian flow may be seasonal, but occasionally medium to high-pressure wells can be sited where strong fracture-bound flows are found under confining clay in these localities.

Modern dairy farms use a lot of water, commonly spending 2,000 to 10,000 per annum on metered water charges.
A typical 30 to 60m borehole-development costs 4,000 to 7,000 complete with single-phase submersible pump and control system delivering up to 12,000 l/hr.
It's obviously a good investment with quick capital recovery and substantial savings on farm overheads, year after year, amounting to tens of thousands of pounds.
Geodivining makes such prospects all the more attractive because with our high success rate, we very rarely need to drill more than one borehole to get all the water you need.


Commercial and Industrial Water Supplies:

"My first instinct was "You must be joking!" However, still sceptical, I went out with Doug and I was semi-convinced by his practical demonstration. He then produced Geological Survey details that were professionally done, and these increased my confidence in his ability.

I instructed Doug that I wanted a specific quantity of water to be available.  He was able to pinpoint water, at my required quantity, at 180 feet.   On drilling, this was successfully found. 

The money that I paid to Geodivining International is undoubtedly one of the best investments that I have ever made."

R.W. Donald B.Sc.  Managing Director, Sangs (Banff) Ltd.

"We were delighted that you could find us a supply of water right on the site, as we had a serious problem with the townsfolk complaining about the smell from our plant. We needed water for an aerosol spray system to reduce aromatic emissions from the seed crushers.

We didn't believe you could be right about your depth asessment, being on sandstone and so close to the sea we thought we might get enough water at shallow depth. The drillers worked all day and the borehole produced no water…………….

We were all beginning to fear the worst. then at 5 o'clock they suddenly hit a large supply of water of about 6000 gallons per hour at 260ft, exactly as you had predicted. The sceptics were all instantly converted, I can tell you!  We got 4 times the amount of water that we needed, and of excellent quality. Thankyou for your fascinating and commendable service."

                                                                       Scott Arthur, Seed Crushers (Scotland) Ltd. Arbroath.


"Water supply charges for our seafood processing works at Mintlaw exceeded 100 000 in 1996.  We therefore felt it was well worth exploring the possibility of securing a private supply. We were greatly impressed by your professional expertise in both geology and water divining, and your predictions were borne out by the results of drilling.
We needed a large supply of at least 600m/day at 30-40m/hour.
The 60m borehole has been test pumped at 36m/hour (8000 gall/hr) and has proved a sustainable supply that delivers all the water we require.

Jim Greig, (MD) Abacus Frozen Foods, Mintlaw

"Your predictions were right on the money and the pilot borehole is a great success, producing 3 times the average geotechnical expectations for the PG aquifer; and the water is of excellent quality too, just perfect!
We will require your services again in due course, to locate a series of full scale production wells.
In the meantime I have referred your Geodivining services to Phil Pache, my colleague at Cockenzie Power Station."

Dave Robertson,  Scottish Power,
Longannet Power Station, Fife

Groundwater for Irrigation:

"Thanks for your very prompt service fitting in with our hectic construction schedule. Exactly as you forecast, the 30m borehole produces 2500 l/hr…. Just right for our irrigation system."

Jim Finnie, Peterhead F.C.

This borehole at Peterhead Football Stadium was drilled into granite. Like so many of these boreholes all over Scotland, a successful outcome depended on the ability to accurately locate and assess deep water-bearing fractures in the otherwise barren impermeable bedrock.

"We have been very pleased with Geodivining recommendations on the two sites we have test-bored for irrigation wells.  Your assessments proved to be correct, unlike those of the previous diviner. As we will be making a substantial long term investment, it is essential to have authoritative and logical advice."

   Stanley M Bayne & Co.  Gospetry, Milnathort, Fife & Kinross.

"We wanted to thank you for your excellent work finding water for us.

As you know, the Geological Survey told us not to drill here, and we had already tried other diviners, and drilled a dozen unsuccessful boreholes.
Bill Coull recommended your services after you did a successful borehole for him, and although we were sceptical we decided to have one more try.
We were interested by your more scientific approach, and your amazing confidence that, in spite of these many failures, if there was water to be found you could locate it for us.
The map-dowsing was fascinating, and your patience and diligence in finding the very best available source was exemplary. Your reckoning of 8000 gall/hr at 300ft was a bit off the mark, and to be honest we were on the verge of giving up again, when the drillers reached 300ft and we only had 2000 gall/hr.

The fact that you made the effort to come back on site at short notice, and confidently re-evaluate the borehole from the 300ft mark, persuaded us to continue.
To your credit, further drilling increased the yield rapidly, and the finished borehole at 360ft produced a good 12000 gall/hr.
It has a steady artesian flow of about a quarter of that amount, which we run off directly into the irrigation dam, keeping it full most of the time. So far we haven't needed the pump.

We already recommended Geodivining to quite a few people, and will continue to do so.

                                      John and Ken Trainer, Brownrigg, N Berwick, East Lothian


The previous example and others like it, hold an important lesson for diviners, drillers, and clients; to have faith in these intuitive arts, even in the most difficult conditions.
While measurements may be slightly misjudged, at times, clear goal-oriented Geodivining seldom fails to find the best drilling location, and perseverance with the diviner's mark nearly always pays.

( A Case Study )

"After drilling 5 useless boreholes at Inverkeilor, we called you in as a last resort, to try and find us water for irrigation.  I didn't really believe it would work especially since the place you chose as the best of your eight sources was only 20 yards away from a dry borehole.

Your explanation of the underground structures was very interesting, and convinced us to give it a try.  Even so, I was amazed when the drillers hit a supply of 80,000 litres per hour; 13,000 more than you said, in a borehole the same depth as the virtually dry one nearby!

Thanks to Geodivining we now have plenty of water for both farms at Inverkeilor; and your artesian well at Burnside has been an even more spectacular success."

                                                              W McEwan, West Mains of Colliston, Arbroath, Angus.

Willie McEwan, a potato farmer in the Angus region had got wind of the fact that there were several high yielding boreholes in his area ( found mostly by divining ), and assumed that large quantities of water must be available everywhere in the Devonian sandstones of that district.
In reality, however, some 90% of the region's groundwater through-flow is confined to faults and fissures in the rock formations. Randomly drilled boreholes are often dry, and seldom produce more than 10,000 litres/hour.

This client has several farms in Angus, and drilled 4 unsuccessful boreholes on one farm before making a lucky strike that yielded 45,000 l/hr.
The drillers then moved on to Myreside Farm and drilled 5 more deep boreholes, all to no avail.
We had just started advertising in all the Scottish and Northern English yellow pages that year, having persuaded them to open a new category for Water Diviners, and the Drilling Contractor concerned had entered their ad in the category as well.
As a last resort, they called on us to do a Geodivining survey and see what we could come up with.

Doug used map-dowsing on a 1:10,000 scale farm map faxed to us by the client, to delineate all the major faults and fissures in the area, and from this he identified 8 key intersection points that would be highly productive.  He drove down the next day, and half a day's fieldwork with the driller and client in attendance, enabled him to confirm, mark, and assess all 8 of these sites as sources capable of yielding over 50,000 l/hr.
One of them in particular, was clearly better than the rest, and was carefully marked for drilling.

Doug expected a yield of 67,000 l/hr from a 120m borehole to be drilled at the best site, but Willie was still very sceptical, as this site was less than 30 yards away from a 105m borehole that yielded only 4,000 l/hr.
All scepticism was erased, however, when drilling on Doug's mark to 105m yielded 80,000 l/hr.

Doug went on to survey Burnside of Boysack, another of the McEwans' farms, and after one drilling failure due to unexpectedly deep running sand, he relocated the rig to another fault-bound source where, after spot-divining the whole area, he found the overburden to be at its thinnest, with bedrock at about 15m depth, and an anticipated yield of at least 65,000 l/hr from a well-defined vertical fault zone only 1,5m in width.
The successful 100m borehole struck a high pressure artesian supply in excess of 100,000 l/hr;
the biggest artesian well in Scotland. ( cover picture ).

Those Drilling Contractors (One of Scotland's largest and best equipped firms) now refer all their water well clients to Geodivining International before they start drilling, and to date we have a 96% success rate with them!

In the same way, we have forged strong working relationships with the majority of water well drillers in Scotland

Three Boreholes at the famous Gleneagles Hotel and Golf Courses:

As has so often been the case in Scotland, initial drilling operations at Gleneagles were unsuccessful and had to be abandoned because the choice of location was based on incorrect hydrological assumptions.

A major investment in a new irrigation system for the three 18-hole golf courses was planned, but with thousands of pounds already spent and very little to show for it, the project was in some jeopardy……

The Drilling Contractor subsequently recommended a Geodivining survey to help locate the substantial volumes of groundwater that would be needed to supply the system intended to irrigate the fairways as well as the greens.

A survey was urgently commissioned and completed just a week before Christmas 1997, and the drillers located to the new site in early January '98.  Part of the map-dowsing survey is illustrated "What is GeoDivining" page..

Doug successfully identified the best drilling site on the 800-acre estate and secured 1.25 Million litres a day with his first borehole, (see photograph on back cover).

"A water diviner has ensured that Gleneagles' championship golf courses are totally self-sufficient in pure natural water supplies.  Doug Bates, a geologist and geodiviner, was able to pinpoint no fewer than five potential water sources to meet the need for an additional 1.3 Million litres a day needed to ensure the highest quality that golfers expect of the King's and Queen's courses.

Doug used his knowledge as a geologist and his skill as a geodiviner to identify potential water sources simply through an expert reading and interpretation of a 1:2500 scale map of the estate.

He then proved his forecast on the ground almost to the exact centimetre.

Jimmy Kidd of Gleneagles Golf Developments and Scott Fenwick (the head green-keeper) walked the courses with Doug to inspect the five potential sources, and selected one site behind the third green on the Queens, which he guaranteed would produce the minimum requirement of 40,000 litres per hour.

A ten-inch (250mm) bore was drilled to 108m and is producing 52,200 litres per hour, continuously.

A second bore, near the first green at the Monarchs will provide a further 20 to 25,000 litres an hour.

The water is being diverted to Loch-an-Eerie, near the 13th on the Queens, which can sometimes dry out in the summer months; and this natural supply of pure fresh water will add significantly to the sensitive ecological management of the estate."

                                          Glen Magazine. Gleneagles Golf Developments, Auchterarder, Perthshire


Further drilling at Gleneagles in September 98, was done in a paddock beside the renowned Mark Phillips Riding School and the estate's nursery greenhouses, in connection with a BBC television documentary about dowsing.

We agreed that 2 boreholes should be drilled close together to prove how vital precision in Geodivining / groundwater surveying really is.



The best sources had already been drilled, (above), but a fairly good linear fracture zone was confirmed crossing this convenient (and photogenic) meadow.

We filmed the whole process from start to finish. The map-dowsing was filmed live in Jimmy Kidd's office, and the divining on site to confirm and mark the exact sites for drilling.

Doug placed one marker on his source, forecasting a yield of 27,000 l/hr from a 120m bore, and he marked a second site just 12m away, where he expected a very low yield. This allowed just enough space for two drilling rigs to work safely, side by side.

Two boreholes were drilled simultaneously, reaching a depth of 100m in the allotted time. The first one yielded 20,000 l/hr, while the second, just 12m away, yielded only a tiny trickle of 750 l/hr.    Q.E.D.

Drinking Water / Natural Mineral Water Supplies:    

"I am writing to express my grateful thanks to Doug Bates for all of his hard work in establishing my mineral water borehole project. Through his extensive geological knowledge and understanding and his water divining skills, he was able to plan and implement detailed surveys to establish where the most viable and productive points for water extraction were, on my estate.
I found his survey predictions to be very accurate, and his consistent support throughout the project development has proved invaluable."

John M. Robertson, Dumfries.

John Robertson's no.1 mineral water production borehole nearing completion in May 1998.

The site is well protected, and was carefully chosen to secure a high yielding supply of exceptionally high and stable quality.

The 250mm-diameter borehole was drilled to 120m and tested at over 180,000 l/hr, enough to capture a very large market share.    It is by far the most productive mineral water development in Scotland, and in fact ranks among the top 5 boreholes in the country in terms of both quality and yield.

Environmental protection and quality control are easily managed with a high volume single source, and the capital and maintenance costs are very low compared to less productive extended well-fields that some producers depend on.

For future decades, the estate has the potential for additional boreholes of equal quality, to increase production to over 1,000,000 l/hr.

This source is thus ideal for low-cost high-volume production of premium quality drinking water and is competitively placed for immediate success in the UK, European, and world export markets.

In our first four years we have been instrumental in the planning, development, and expansion of nine new and existing Natural Mineral Water producers in Scotland, becoming one of the leading consultants to the soft drinks and bottled water industries.

Natural mineral water production is a growing industry in the UK, especially in Scotland, with growth exceeding 10% per annum. UK sales exceeded 400,000,000 in 1998, and the Scottish mineral water producers have also established a strong export market.

Efficient marketing, sales, and distribution are the keys to success in this business, as in most others, but ultimately, that success is dependent upon a reliable and sustainable high-quality natural resource.

The expertise and experience we have to offer is invaluable to new investors in this sector, as well as established businesses in the industry, for developing and maintaining the highest possible quality and stability in drinking water supplies.

Characteristically in this field, we have taken on complete responsibility for exploration, drilling, logging, testing, and development of prospects, including preparations of the detailed hydrogeological reports and departmental communications that are necessary to acquire recognised Natural Mineral Water status.

Public Water Supplies from boreholes in most developed countries, have been managed mainly by the respective National Geological Surveys' hydrogeology departments, using strictly conventional scientific protocol, and with development budgets greatly exceeding the sums normally available for private sector developments.

Public sectors in developing countries are not so liberally endowed, however, and often depend on international aid to develop safe new drinking water supplies. In these circumstances every penny counts, and it is our hope that our cost-effective Geodivining methods will be brought into much wider use in years to come.

GEODIVINING INTERNATIONAL (Scotland) 1999.                                                            



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