Wirelss Sub on site at the Brukunga Drilling Research and Training Facility.
Design, fabrication and deployment of the Wireless Sub and associated software. The Wireless Sub is an instrumented connector (‘sub’) that couples the drill rig to the drill string in conventional diamond drilling. It provides measurements of drilling parameters independent of, and more accurately than, the existing gauges on the drill rig in order to monitor and optimise drilling. Field trials at our Brukunga Drilling Research & Training Facility (South Australia), Oberon (NSW) and on the Eyre Peninsula (South Australia) have demonstrated that the Wireless Sub alone can result in an approximately 10% increase in diamond drilling productivity.