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Drilling con­trac­tors and re­source com­pa­nies im­pacted by COVID-19 re­stric­tions can con­tinue to op­er­ate by us­ing cloud-con­nected sen­sors that de­liver and an­a­lyse crit­i­cal data.

That’s ac­cord­ing to lead­ing global min­ing-tech com­pany IMDEX, which says de­spite re­stric­tions dis­rupt­ing travel and work, key staff can still make time-crit­i­cal de­ci­sions backed by accurate data de­liv­ered in real-time.

The ma­jor­ity of the com­pany’s clients have in­di­cated they in­tend to keep op­er­at­ing while work­ing within gov­ern­ment-im­posed re­stric­tions in each re­gion glob­ally and with the main pri­or­ity of keep­ing their work­ers safe. IMDEX Struc­tural-IQ Global Prod­uct Man­ager Nick Payne said peo­ple were still try­ing to work.

“We are work­ing with all our clients to find so­lu­tions to keep them op­er­at­ing and safe in these dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances,” he said. Ex­ist­ing IMDEX clients us­ing a range of in­stru­ments al­ready have ac­cess to the IMDEXHUBIQ­TM, a se­cure, cloud-based por­tal for val­i­dat­ing field data trans­mit­ted from the drill rig. IMDEXHUB-IQ Global Prod­uct Man­ager Tara Ben­nett-Con­nell said that this is the per­fect time to ac­cess, re­view and take time to an­a­lyse data, us­ing IMDEXHUB-IQ.

It is ideal for ap­pli­ca­tions across the ex­plo­ration life cy­cle, pro­vid­ing ef­fi­cient drill­hole and sam­ple data man­age­ment, from daily re­port­ing and QA re­quire­ments to struc­tural log­ging, sur­vey, geo­chem­i­cal anal­y­sis.

Ms Ben­nett-Con­nell said that while IMDEX HUB-IQTM was avail­able free to clients al­ready us­ing IMDEX tools, some com­pa­nies were still opt­ing to use tools where data was be­ing trans­ferred via email and USBs.

“More se­cure, ef­fi­cient and re­li­able meth­ods are avail­able, and when you can’t get ac­cess to the data through those old meth­ods, it’s time to change,” she said. IMDEX clients are as­sured of data se­cu­rity.

The com­pany has re­ceived in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion for its ro­bust and se­cure in­for­ma­tion se­cu­rity man­age­ment sys­tem and pro­cesses.

The sys­tem has been cer­ti­fied against the rig­or­ous stan­dards of ISO/IEC 27001:2013, an in­ter­na­tional in­for­ma­tion se­cu­rity stan­dard recog­nised in 161 coun­tries. Other IMDEX tech­nol­ogy that can keep clients work­ing from home is geo­chem­istry and struc­tural ge­ol­ogy an­a­lyt­ics in­stru­ment IMDEX ioGASTM.

IMDEX ioGas is an ex­ploratory data anal­y­sis soft­ware ap­pli­ca­tion, en­abling users to per­form ex­ploratory data anal­y­sis, ma­chine learn­ing and pre­dic­tive an­a­lyt­ics. The soft­ware can be used in con­junc­tion with RE­FLEX IQLog­ger and IMDEX MUD AIDTM.

Mr Payne said now was the per­fect time to con­sol­i­date and ver­ify struc­tural data col­lected by the Re­flex IQ-Log­gerTM and avail­able in the IMDEXHUB-IQTM, and con­duct a rig­or­ous struc­tural as­sess­ment us­ing IMDEX ioGASTM all of which can be done while work­ing from home. Drill pro­grams can be re­assessed and mod­i­fied, with the new plan avail­able in the IMDEXHUB-IQTM for when drilling re­sumes.

Mr Payne said the crit­i­cal dif­fer­ence for clients us­ing IMDEX ioGASTM was that li­cences could be al­tered to al­low op­er­a­tors to use it on PCs. “More than half of the peo­ple who have IMDEX ioGASTM have a server-based li­cence,” he said.

“If you can’t ac­cess your server, we can change the li­cence to your PC, and you can keep work­ing. “And fi­nally, it’s not just ge­o­log­i­cal data de­liv­ery and in­ter­pre­ta­tion that IMDEX so­lu­tions can pro­vide for re­mote sce­nar­ios.

“IMDEX MUD AIDTM is a re­motely mon­i­tored, au­to­mated in-field di­ag­no­sis unit which en­ables re­mote as­sess­ment of drilling flu­ids, negat­ing the need for a mud en­gi­neer on-site.”

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