August 2015

The Top 10: Q2 2015

Steel Coiled Tubing Selected for RoXplorer®

August 10, 2015

Drilling Research at Brukunga with the second version of the Coiled Tubing Rig mounted with flexible ‘H-Coil’. The coiled tubing rig team, supported by the Science Steering Committee, have selected steel as the tubing material for RoXplorer®. RoXplorer® is the […]

RoXplorer® Workshop: Refining the Specifications

August 10, 2015

CT Rig researcher Shane Fox outline some of the design specifications of Roxplorer®. On 7 July 2015 we ran a workshop for the Coiled Tubing Rig involving several key industry advisors, drillers and researchers from other projects.  The workshop provided […]

DET CRC Record in Full Face Diamond Drilling

August 10, 2015

Full face diamond bit and the red calca granite block used in bit testing. CT drilling researchers recently achieved a consistent 500 mm/min rate of penetration (ROP) drilling with a 60 mm full face bit in an abrasive granite block […]

Heavy Metal Indicator (HMI) Adds Value to Spectral Gamma Sensor

August 10, 2015

Curtin university PhD student Ida Hooshyari-Far analysing a natural gamma energy spectra to recover HMI index values. A new approach to measuring the average atomic number (Z) within the rocks around the borehole is being developed by the downhole sensing […]

New Magnetic Susceptibility Sensor

August 10, 2015

The prototype magnetic susceptibility sensor prior to installation in the AutoSonde platform. A new magnetic susceptibility sensor is currently being installed for testing in the updated AutoSonde platform. Testing with the original design, as displayed at our Annual Conference in […]

Pre-Stack Diffraction Imaging Provides New Insights in Complex Hard Rock Geology

August 10, 2015

Simplified geological map (left) showing the footprint of the Kevitsa seismic survey in red and diffraction image (right) at a time slice corresponding to a depth of ~290 m. Researchers have produced new algorithms for 3D pre-stack diffraction imaging and […]

Automated Determination of Mineralogy (AutMin) Patent Pending

August 10, 2015

Screen snapshot of XRD pattern (black curve) from the AutMin software. The abundances of seven minerals automatically detected in the sample are shown in centre left of the screen. Lab-at-Rig® Futures researchers have applied for a patent covering automated processing […]

Wavelet Tessellation Provides Geological Insight From Downhole Geophysics

August 19, 2015

Three versions of the tessellated gamma data from DET Brukunga 1, with various levels of filtering applied (right hand side) compared against the gamma log (centre), XRD mineralogy and XRF geochemistry from drilling powders (centre Left) and geologists log (far […]

Measurement of Gold Nanoparticles by Optical Methods Patent Pending

August 10, 2015

Fluorescence spectra obtained from varying concentrations of 5 nm gold nanoparticles with an optical fibre sensor linked to a high resolution laboratory spectrometer. The gold signal occurs at a wavelength of ~510 nm. Lab-at-Rig® Futures researchers are developing a portable, […]

Fluid Management System (FMS) Ready for Field

August 10, 2015

Fluid Management System ‘bar fridge’ in line with the fluid loop during trials at the Brukunga Drilling Research and Training Facility. Lab-at-Rig® Futures researchers, in collaboration with Nico2000, have built a ruggedized unit for online fluid analysis during drilling.  The […]


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South Australian Government Contributes an Additional $600K

August 7, 2015

DET CRC Coiled Tubing Drill Rig. We are delighted to report that we have been awarded an additional […]

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$250K Additional Funding from CSIRO for Lab-at-Rig® Futures

August 7, 2015

Lab-at-Rig® Fluid Management System. We are also delighted to report that an additional $250K of funding has recently […]

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South Australian Mineral Systems Drilling Program 2015

August 7, 2015

(Left-to-right) Richard Hillis (DET CRC), Tony Belperio (Minotaur Exploration), Andrew Woskett (Minotaur Exploration), Stuart Rechner (Kingston Resources), Steve […]

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Technical Brief: Seismic Imaging at Hillside

August 7, 2015

DET CRC Technical Brief. We have produced a one page/two side ‘Technical Brief’ as a new communications initiative.  […]

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2015 CRC Association Conference

August 7, 2015

Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott, addressing guests at the 2015 CRC Association Conference. The CRC Association held […]

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Review of University Research Funding

August 7, 2015

Minister for Education, Christopher Pyne, announced that the Australian Government will undertake a review of university research funding. […]

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August 7, 2015

Coiled Tubing Drill Rig Modified for H Coil (Project: Coiled Tubing Drilling for Mineral Exploration). We have released […]

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Centric Report Summary

August 7, 2015

Centric Project Management System. A summary of reports loaded onto Centric in Quarter 1 2015 is available via […]

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Know Your Researcher: Adrian Fabris Geological Survey of South Australia / Department of State Development, Project 3.4

August 7, 2015

Project 3.4 Leader Adrian Fabris (Geological Survey of South Australia/DSD). Adrian received his BSc Honours in geology from […]


Updated DET CRC Highlights Slides Available For Company Presentations

August 18, 2015

DET CRC Highlights Slides. An updated set of slides summarising DET CRC progress is available. The pack includes […]