Drilling data tools driving change to geologist's roles

DRILL rig geologists can expect their roles to change from being data collectors to being data interpreters as the quality of drilling data continues to improve.

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It may not look like much now, but the Lab-at-Rig could revolutionise exploration.

Imdex head of product management Michelle Carey told a session of the Future of Mining Sydney 2018 that the company was working on sensors that could deliver better quality assurance on their data.

"We need to build a chain of custody for the data," Carey said.

"The Internet of Things is making this easier and quicker."

Carey said the technologies were improving to the point that drillers could even starting doing some simple quality assurance work.

"If we can get drillers to use a north seeking gyro, there's no end to the tools we can get them to use," she said.

"We need service providers to collaborate so we get the full benefits."

Some of the ways of getting better survey data include measurements showing the work of the tool against...