May 2015

The Top 10: Q1 2015

Coiled Tubing Drill Rig Modified for H-Coil

May 22, 2015

Coiled Tubing Drill Rig modified with flexible H-Coil. In February 2015 the Project 1.1 team completed modifications to our Coiled Tubing Rig to enable trials with flexible H-Coil, a potentially more durable, alternative to steel tubing. The rig is equipped […]

Downhole Turbine Drills Brukunga Rock

May 22, 2015

The Tempress Technologies downhole turbine (emerald tool in foreground) at the Brukunga DRTF. Project 1.1 researchers have completed the first trials of a new downhole turbine from Tempress Technologies. The turbine operates at drilling speeds of up to 8000 rpm. […]

Particle Tracking Field Experiment at Brukunga: Parametric Analysis on Particle Properties

May 22, 2015

Sample buckets at the ready for detailed measurements of cuttings return during the particle tracking experiment. Researchers have conducted downhole particle tracking experiments at the Brukunga DRTF.  Five NQ drill rods were loaded with 11 varieties of cuttings of known […]

Wireless Sub Trials Demonstrate the Value of Continuous Drilling Data

May 22, 2015

Wireless Sub (left) and a prototype of its real-time display module (right). The Project 1.2 research team have developed a post-processing module for the Wireless Sub which can be used to track the distribution of time spent on different drilling […]

Fuzzy Logic C-Mean Cluster Analysis Combines with MT Inversion to Generate Sharp Subsurface Images

May 22, 2015

(a) Synthetic model (b) MT inversion from Lee et al. (2009) (c) the new Fuzzy Logic mean cluster assisted inversion of the same synthetic model. Project 2.4 PhD candidate Duy Thong Kieu has developed a new approach to combine fuzzy […]

‘Depthing’ Real-Time Downhole Logging Data

May 22, 2015

Ultrasonic sensors and circuit board ready for mounting within the AutoSondeTM downhole logging platform. Project 2.2 researchers have developed an ultrasonic sensor that will be mounted within the AutoSondeTM and AutoShuttle to measure the travel of drill rods in and […]

Robust Yet Sensitive: a New Solid State Photomultiplier For Gamma Detection

May 22, 2015

Comparison of gamma spectra from a Caesium137 test source using (left) a solid state silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) and (right) photomultiplier tube (PMT). Project 2.2 researchers have evaluated and tested solid state photo detectors as a replacement for the relatively fragile […]

AutoSondeTM becomes TruProbeTM

May 22, 2015

(Left-to-right)  CEO Richard Hillis and Chairman Tom Whiting with Gordon Stewart (Globaltech) and Chris Lambert (Boart Longyear) at the TruGamma launch at PDAC, Toronto, March 2015. We achieved our first major commercialisation outcome with the signing of an exclusive agreement […]

Understanding Cuttings Return: The Key to Depth Fidelity

May 22, 2015

Portable XRF sulphur analyses from a synthetic stratigraphy drilling experiment conducted at Brukunga DRTF.  The orange shaded interval was ‘doped’ with sulphide-rich material from Brukunga.  The time and depth axis has been corrected to account for the fluid flow rate […]

Understanding Cuttings Variability: The Key to Top-of-Hole Analysis

May 22, 2015

Percussion drill cuttings from (top row) Brukunga DRTF and (bottoe row) Calca Granite separated into 10 size fractions for detailed mineralogical and geochemical analysis. Project 3.2 researchers have measured mineralogical and chemical fractionation as a function of particle size in […]


News 1

Miles Review of the CRC Program

May 22, 2015

Miles Review of CRC Program. We are still digesting the recently released Miles Review, the recommendations of which […]


South Australian Mineral Systems Drilling Program 2015

May 22, 2015

Regional magnetic image of the Eyre Peninsula showing the distribution of the Gawler Range Volcanics (pale pink) and […]

News 2

Robbie Rowe Joins DET CRC Team

May 22, 2015

Robbie Rowe, Manager Research Integration: Drilling Trials and Products. We are delighted that Robbie Rowe has joined the […]

News 4

Changes in Project Leadership

May 22, 2015

Alex Hardy, Technical Representative – in hole tools, Boart Longyear. We welcome Yulia Uvarova (CSIRO) who replaces James […]

News 5

2015 Mid-Year Meetings

May 22, 2015

The Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle. Our mid-year meetings were held at the Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, 12-14 May 2015.  These […]

News 6

2015 Annual Conference ‘Uncovering the Future V’

May 22, 2015

The Novotel Vines Resort, Swan Valley, Perth. This year’s Annual Conference ‘Uncovering the Future V’ will be held […]

PhD pic

Postgraduate Students Continue to Excel

May 22, 2015

PhD student Stuart Addinell from CSIRO (second from left) and Program 1 Researchers during testing of cuttings distribution […]

News 8

Resource Stocks

May 22, 2015

DET CRC feature in Resource Stocks Magazine. We were featured in two articles in the March edition of […]

News 9

Boart Longyear Executives Visit Brukunga

May 22, 2015

(Left-to-right) Richard Hillis (CEO) , Richard O’Brien (CEO, Boart Longyear) and Alan Sides (Senior Vice President of Global […]

News 10

DET CRC at PDAC 2015

May 22, 2015

Christin Dupuis (former Program 2 Leader, DET CRC) at our PDAC booth. The DET CRC team again attended […]

News 11

Affiliate Recruitment

May 22, 2015 DET CRC welcomes new Affiliate Kingston Resources.  Kingston Resources Limited (‘Kingston’) is an ASX-listed Company (ASX: KSN) […]

News 12

Driller Trainees Now Exceed Four Hundred

May 22, 2015

Participants on site during the recent Women in Mining Forum facilitated by Affiliate member ATA. Driller Training courses […]

News 13

Centric Report Summary

May 22, 2015

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


Know Your Researcher: Amirali Soroush, CSIRO, Project 1.2

May 22, 2015

Project 1.2 Researcher, Amirali Soroush (CSIRO). Amir obtained a BSc and MSc in Civil Engineering from the University […]


Updated DET CRC Highlights Slides Available For Company Presentations

May 22, 2015

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