We developed a high-resolution instrument built on a robust platform designed to withstand the harsh conditions, dust and temperature variations found on drilling sites. When fully assembled SPECTOR weighs over 400kg, so shipping considerations were integral to the design, from the strengthened forklift points to the robust internal chassis which houses the highly sensitive lighting and optical capture system. The user interface features a large touchscreen display, ergonomically mounted on an articulated arm, for viewing and logging of core scans. Due to the heavy and repetitive loads involved, usability research was undertaken using VR simulations to optimise safety for users.
Geologists - highly trained, expensive and in demand - spend half their time entering data instead of analysing core samples.
Current core logging techniques employ time-consuming manual photography which can lead to poor quality imaging and core samples deteriorating before they can be analysed. Our challenge was to design and develop an automated core scanning solution that could be used on-location at geological drilling sites around the world, allowing geologists to spend more time analysing samples rather than manually capturing and logging them.