Project 5: Seismic in the Drilling Workflow

 

PROGRAM LEADER:

Yulia Uvarova (CSIRO)

PROJECT LEADER:

Andrej Bona (Curtin University)

KEY RESEARCHERS:

  • Konstantin Tertyshnikov (Curtin University)
  • Roman Pevzner (Curtin University)
  • Alexey Yurikov (Curtin University).

Phase 1:

1 January 2022 - 31 December 2024

Cash Funding

$1,292,100

Project Participants:

Research Participants:

  • Curtin University

Industry Participants:

  • Anglo American
  • BHP
  • MIRWA
  • HiSeis

Project Summary:

The characterisation of the subsurface properties with high spatial resolution using non-invasive methods is one of the “holy-grails” of mineral exploration. While currently used seismic methods provide the highest resolution among the remote sensing methods, they often lack the direct interpretability and depth control. To fully utilise the seismic measurements, we need to correlate them with borehole measurements. Such information is rarely available due to the same reasons that impede application of surface seismic: high cost and deployment difficulties. To address these issues, we aim to:

  • Improve borehole seismic methods for reduction of environmental footprint.
  • Develop methods for reducing surface seismic cost and footprint.
  • Develop methods for rapid data acquisition and subsurface characterisation.

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