Real time resource characterization
We have developed a portfolio of technologies that address critical challenges at the scientific/engineering boundaries of subsurface exploration. Conventional methods involve drilling and coring, and the analysis of cores in off-site laboratories. Not only is this approach laborious, time consuming, and dangerous for human operators, but the results are not uniformly reliable and typically not available for weeks
Our subsurface exploration technologies combine concepts and methodologies from two different disciplines in revolutionary ways. For example, our Instrumented Bit for In-Situ Spectroscopy, or IBISS, integrates drilling robotics and LIBS sensing into a new tool for subsurface geochemical and mineralogical investigations. IBISS can be used in multiple industrial applications, e.g. geological prospecting; environmental monitoring and assessment; agricultural soil quality monitoring; oil & gas exploration and development, and homeland security initiatives.