Measurement While Drilling (MWD) System - Project Summary

Measurement While Drilling (MWD) System for use with Reverse Circulation (RC) Drilling

The Qteq consortium project will address the compelling need in hard rock mining for quicker access to borehole geophysical and trajectory data, at a reduced acquisition cost, serving to optimise drilling programs enabling boreholes to be drilled more quickly.

The project will support the development and commercialisation of hard rock drilling technology to improve mining operational performance at a reduced cost.

METS Ignited Collaborative Project Funds

The METS Ignited Project Funds is a $15.6m, four-year initiative to support, encourage and fund sector-wide collaboration. The funding is provided by the Australian Government as part of the Industry Growth Centre initiative, in alignment with METS Ignited's strategic objective to support the acceleration of innovation commercialisation.

Project Partners

  • Qteq Pty Ltd
  • Wallis Drilling Pty Ltd
  • GyroMax Pty Ltd

Project Funding

The total funding agreement to deliver the Measurement While Drilling project is $478,000 with $239,000 from METS Ignited and $239,000 from industry partners.

Project Outputs

Key deliverables from the development project will be as follows:

  1. A benchtop Reverse Circulation (RC) Measurement While Drilling (MWD) Instrument, technically verified from extensive function and stress testing
  2. A surface Depth Logger System, technically validated from standalone field trials on RC drilling rigs on at least boreholes
  3. Three prototype RC MWD Tools, comprising Bottom Hole Assembly (BHA) Carrier and MWD Instrument, technically validated from field trials