Multiple Lab-at-Rig® Techniques Applied to Each Sample

Posted on November 23, 2017 by DET CRC

Steven Tassios (CSIRO) analysing GeoLIBS data.

We continued to follow our CT drilling sample through the analytical part of the workflow as it was presented to three Lab-at-Rig® analytical techniques.  We analysed the pressed puck by portable XRF, with geochemical data immediately uploaded to Reflex HUB, and subsequently by Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS).  Raw data from the LIBS analysis was processed on-site, in minutes using DET CRC’s GeoLIBS software providing a close match to the pXRF data for elements in common and a complementary dataset of light and rare earth elements.  In parallel we analysed the CT drilling powder by portable XRD and determined quantitative mineralogy on site, in seconds using DET CRC’s SWIFTMIN software.  The three streams of consistent, objective and quantitative geochemistry and mineralogy were delivered within 10 minutes of delivery of the sample.