Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Corrective Services; Industrial Relations

    WA researchers develop new technology for finding commodities

    19/04/2022 7:00 AM
    • WA researchers identify new method for seismic sensing 
    • Technology makes it cheaper and easier for exploration companies to detect mineralised structures beneath the surface  

    Curtin University researchers, supported by the State Government through the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia, have developed a new technology for detecting seismic energy as it passes through rocks and soil beneath the surface.


    Originally developed to identify locations to drill for gold, the seismic detection system can be used for any commodity using salt-tolerant fibre optic cable.  


    By using laser light to measure the distortion of a buried glass fibre, this technology can record seismic waves more cheaply and effectively than existing approaches, delivering cost savings in mineral exploration.


    The technology is more robust and resistant to harsh WA environments, compared to conventional technology, and could help exploration companies discover new mineral resources that were previously too challenging to find.


    For more information, visit https://www.mriwa.wa.gov.au/news-and-events/latest-news


    Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston:


    "The McGowan Government is committed to investing in scientific research that supports our mining sector in unlocking our State's mineral potential.


    "The world-leading work of Western Australian researchers provides a competitive edge to our State's mining industry.


    "This new technology will create new exploration opportunities in Western Australia where seismic surveying was previously either too expensive or challenging for mineral companies.


    "It could help find the next big discovery in WA, which could lead to the opening of new mines and new jobs."


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