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April 26, 2023

Lantern vs CorePlan for Drilling Contractors

Drilling Software
Written by
Megan Gammie

CorePlan vs Lantern compared for drilling contractors

What is Lantern?

Lantern is a Vancouver-based software company that launched in 2019. Lantern’s primary focus is drilling software for drilling contractors that drill for exploration clients.

Lantern for drilling

Lantern’s daily drill report (DDR / plod) management software helps drilling contractors to digitise their drill plods. Using Lantern, drilling teams can capture, upload, edit and share plod data with clients in a pdf, plus some basic reporting and analytics.

Being Canadian, Lantern offers English and French language compatibility, but they have also recently added a Spanish language option into the mix. 

Lantern’s digital forms

Lantern has an onsite audit forms reporting feature built into their mobile app as part of their base package pricing. This is the only form option currently available through the platform.

The audit form interface is a ‘start to finish’ style of data entry where you need to complete each section in a defined order. Users can attach photos and notes to an audit and store important documents on the mobile app for access at any time, including offline. 

Lantern client portal

Lantern’s exploration product facilitates visibility between drillers and their exploration clients by inviting exploration clients to log in to view costs and drill program data, approve plods and track the progress of a project.

Lantern drilling pricing

Lantern’s pricing is based on the number of rigs and number of plods (“timesheets” in North America) submitted each month, plus a flat fee for cloud data access.

A Lantern alternative

CorePlan is a Lantern alternative for drilling contractors that enables them to manage their drilling AND their entire operations. This includes tools to help plan, manage, execute, report and analyse all aspects of their operations such as client and staff management, cost records, performance breakdowns, contracts, scheduling and more.

It’s a modern, cloud-based platform that’s designed to help your team drill smarter, not harder, by automating repetitive paperwork across multiple areas of your business so your team can focus on what they do best.

See how CorePlan’s drilling intelligence platform can help you take your drilling operations to the next level by integrating all areas of your drilling workflow into one central digital location.

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This article was produced in good faith by referencing publicly available materials on the Lantern website in February of 2023. We have taken great care to be as accurate as possible based on the available material. If we have missed any information please don’t hesitate to contact us and request a revision. 

We recommend evaluating all options and making a decision based on value, time to adopt, ease of use and future-proofing. A drilling contractors’ software buyers guide is available to assist.

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