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IQ-Logger is in Demand
Since being introduced to the market, the REFLEX IQ-LOGGER has received a positive reaction from geologists and the minerals industry globally.
The new technology ambitiously aims to change ingrained habits of how geologists collect structural readings. What was once a timely and onerous task the IQ-LOGGER’s core scanner allows the user to collect structural readings from diamond drill core without it having to leave the core tray.
The market response has been overwhelming, spurring the creator Imdex to fast track advancements of the prototype product.
Michelle Carey, global solutions manager, with Imdex’s REFLEX Technology business, said the release of 25 IQ-LOGGER prototypes into the market mid 2016, saw geologists immediately apply the new workflow to key drill core structural and orientation readings.
One geologist said: “The new IQ-LOGGER immediately became an integral part of our daily oriented core analysis and QAQC procedures due to its ease of use, precision, and rapid visual feedback via dynamic stereonet analysis.”
Terralogic Exploration’s Chris Gallagher reported that the IQ-LOGGER “has allowed us to collect literally 10-times the structural data over traditional measurement systems and at a much higher quality.”
“In my opinion, it is an essential tool for any drill based structural study,” Gallagher said.
That level of endorsement has not been uncommon since the REFLEX IQ-LOGGER first prototype was demonstrated early 2016.
“We had to almost immediately double the fleet and that still wasn’t enough,” Carey said of the initial 25-unit market injection. “We are now aiming to have hundreds in the market over the next six months.”
Initially the REFLEX team intended to use feedback gained from the prototype deployment phase to update improvement of the REFLEX IQ-LOGGER 2.0 product design; however, demand for the initial version and the speed of uptake and demand for its more advanced features has led to incremental design changes to the original occurring simultaneously with development of newer versions.
“For me the biggest surprise in uptake has been the willingness of companies using televiewers to adopt this product in parallel or in some cases replacing the use of downhole televiewer data,” Said Carey.
“Also most encouragingly for me is the interest we’ve received for the full REFLEX suite: the IQ Logger plus ACT (core orientation tool) plus a survey tool, and the HUB [REFLEXHUB-IQ] because clients have seen the strong value proposition of all of them together.
“One feature the HUB introduces is the ability to manage structural code lists yourself. This was one of the biggest requests we got from the initial trials so it has been great to roll that out to users.”
REFLEXHUB-IQ is central to Imdex’s STRUCTURAL-IQ solution. The award-winning cloud-based Hub stores core orientation quality control data obtained from the REFLEX ACT core orientation tool, survey measurement data from REFLEX’s leading survey instrumentation, and structural data from the REFLEX IQLogger.
“We are typically seeing users checking the initial results they’re getting with the tools to see that they compare well with what they get from their existing approach,” Carey said.
“Once that is established it generally shifts to how they maximise the value of the data by integrating with ‘real’ survey data for the drill hole.
“People get pretty excited when we show them how we have achieved this with our tools in the REFLEXHUB-IQ. It becomes obvious this is such a massive time saver to be able to do that automatically rather than having to smash files together in excel.” PRJ