MinEx CRC – A New Frontier in Mineral Exploration – Episode 17
Andrew Bailey, CEO of the Mineral Exploration Cooperative Research Centre (MinEx CRC) joins us to discuss the objectives and projects. MinEx CRC is the world´s largest mineral exploration collaboration bringing together industry, government and research organizations backed by a total of $218M in funding. Andrew tells us about the organization and discusses MinEx CRC´s current initiatives and Education & Training program.
Project 1 Drilling Optimization:
“What are we getting out of the ground in current drilling and what is the future of drilling?” This research program is built on a simple premise: that cheaper, more productive, safer and environmentally friendly drilling will lead to more meters drilled, which will deliver more discoveries and reduce the cost of developing those discoveries.
This program will develop technologies for capturing geochemical, petrophysical and seismic data either during drilling or within the drilling workflow. The program will also deliver software that will enable drilling data to be integrated into 3D geological models in real-time, delivering timely data to inform decisions on drill holes during drilling.
The National Drilling Initiative (NDI) will manage and deliver drilling programs in multiple case study areas proposed by MinEx CRC’s partner geological survey organizations. The NDI vision is to drill multiple holes in a region to map the regional geology and architecture and define the potential for mineral systems in 3D.
MinEx CRC’s Education & Training (E&T) program will have a critical role in the development of next-generation mineral exploration skills in PGR (postgraduate research) and Vocational Education and Training (VET) students.
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