November 2016

The Top 10: Q3 2016

RoXplorer® Launched

November 18, 2016

Paul Heithersay, Deputy Chief Executive (DSD) launching RoXplorer®. The RoXplorer® coiled tubing drill rig for mineral exploration was launched at our sixth Annual Conference in the Swan Valley. The unveiling, prior to the conference dinner at Sandalford Winery, involved a […]

Benchmark Trials of Wireless Sub Do It Again

November 18, 2016

Project 1.2’s three leaders over its lifetime with driller, Alex Hardy (pointing at monitor) in 2011.  The three project leaders are Luiz Franca (left), Thomas Richard (left middle) and Stephen Banks (right).  The picture was taken at the Brukunga Drilling […]

Keep Your Fluids Up I

November 18, 2016

Samples of sands and an artificial fracture that have been used to determine optimised fluid designs for unconsolidated sands and fractures in the subsurface.  The sand grain sizes are from 16 mm to less than 100 μm.  The fracture on […]

Keep Your Fluids Up II

November 18, 2016

Surface testing of the PBL bypass sub. In order to avoid possible damage to downhole motors, additives to remediate fluid loss should not be circulated through the bottom hole assembly of the coiled tubing drill string.  Curtin University researchers have […]

Downhole Turbine Powers On

November 18, 2016

Tempress fluid-powered turbine. August 2016 witnessed the third phase of turbine testing at the Brukunga Drilling Research and Training Facility. The research team was joined by Thomas Richard of Affiliate, Epslog. The new version of the Tempress fluid-powered turbine was […]

How Deep is Your Shuttle?

November 18, 2016

Prototype infrared masthead sensor for AutoShuttle depth refinement. The existing AutoShuttle configuration generates total counts gamma versus depth during drilling.  While automatic depth recovery was demonstrated at the MSDP, it is expected that data from the new high resolution full […]

Many Attributes Shine Light on Inversion

November 18, 2016

Conventional seismic reflectivity compared to a realization of our K-means clusters (images displayed in Petrel). We are integrating multi-attribute analysis of seismic data within our cooperative inversion workflows.  Seismic attributes can characterise volumes by, for example, common seismic amplitude distribution, […]

Third AutoSonde Sensor En Route

November 18, 2016

Metalwork for the galvanic resistivity sensor of the AutoSonde (electrode configuration pixelated). The third sensor compatible with the AutoSonde platform will measure galvanic resistivity. A prototype design has been completed. The metalwork including electrode configuration has been fabricated with the […]

Downhole Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) Using Optical Fibres: a Potential Pathway To Seismic Data in Every Drill Hole

November 18, 2016

Comparison of VSP data from the National Geosequestration Laboratory drill hole. We have tested an optical fibre DAS as an alternate downhole sensor for vertical seismic profiling (VSP) with very encouraging results. VSPs are a key component of seismic within […]

Heads Up For Fluid Monitoring System

November 18, 2016

Version 2 Fluid Monitoring System (main picture) showing a screen shot from the heads up display. Version 2 of our Fluid Monitoring System (FMS) is ready for final field trials.  V2 incorporates an improved design (which is more robust, less […]



Wireless Sub Licenced by Boart Longyear

November 18, 2016

Wireless Sub. We achieved another major commercialisation outcome in October, executing an exclusive licence agreement with Boart Longyear […]


Uncovering the Future VI

November 18, 2016

Delegates at our 2016 Annual Conference: ‘Uncovering the Future VI’. Our Annual Conference was held at the Novotel […]


2016 Annual Award Recipients

November 18, 2016

‘Coiled Tubing Drilling for Mineral Exploration’ team at this year’s Annual Conference. Congratulations to the following Annual Prize […]


2015-2016 Long and Short Form Annual Reports

November 18, 2016

2015-2016 Short Form Annual Report. We submitted our 2015-2016 Annual Report to the CRC Programme (Department of Industry, […]


New Technical Brief: The Value of Borehole Calibration of Seismic Data for Mineral Exploration

November 18, 2016

Technical Brief: The Value of Borehole Calibration of Seismic Data for Mineral Exploration. Our Technical Briefs summarise important […]


2016 AGM CEO Video Report

November 18, 2016

2016 AGM CEO’s Video Report. The CEO’s video report from our 2016 AGM held on Friday 11 November […]


DET CRC @ PDAC 2017: Save the Date

November 18, 2016

Briefing document from PDAC 2016. We will again hold a sponsor-only briefing in conjunction with PDAC at the […]


First Presentation at First Conference on Geophysics for Mineral Exploration and Mining

November 18, 2016

Core samples from the Brukunga Drilling Research and Training Facility. We were well represented at the EAGE’s (European […]


Hahndorf Floods

November 18, 2016

Hahndorf floods. The September/October floods in South Australia badly affected Hahndorf and this picture of our previous conference […]


First Wedding!

November 18, 2016

Best picture ever in EXPLORE? It’s a special pleasure to congratulate former PhD student Steph McLennan and researcher […]


MinEx CRC Bid

November 18, 2016

Material prepared for discussions with the Geological Surveys on the new CRC Bid. The Science Steering Committee, at […]


Centric Report Summary

November 18, 2016

A summary of reports loaded onto Centric in Quarter 3 2016 is available via the link below: Centric […]


Know Your Researcher: Ralf Schaa, Curtin University, Project 2.4

November 18, 2016

Ralf Schaa, Curtin University, Project 2.4. Ralf is a computational geophysicist currently working on cooperative inversion of seismic […]