According to Mine magazine, technology is set to revolutionise the Australian mining sector. A report commissioned in 2019 by the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) found that in the next five years, more than 77% of jobs in the country’s mining sector will be altered by technological innovations, increasing productivity by up to 23%.
To get there, Australia’s education and training system will require transformation, combining mining skills with “the latest scientific, technical and trade skills” such as data analytics, computing and change management.
Lucas Drilling is at the forefront of this revolution, focusing on the combination of engineering expertise and appropriate technology to drive positive outcomes for clients. Its clients often have requirements that push the boundaries of what’s possible, either for wellbore length, diameter or information required from the drilling process.
Lucas has gained enormous experience since the drilling business began in the year 2000, and has been involved in cutting-edge drilling developments for underground mining, directional drilling and production wells for water and gas. In the previous 22 years, Lucas has developed an internal drilling engineering and directional drilling service to support the business and drive the engineering technology.
Engineering-based improvements that have been adopted include:
- Rack and pinion rigs, first used in 2004, and since developed into high capacity PLC controlled rigs capable of drilling over 3000m.
- Integration of drilling engineering software and experienced personnel to design and execute challenging directional drilling projects in conjunction with the in-house directional team.
- Development of large diameter threaded casing, in conjunction with its key supplier, to engineer boreholes that don’t require on-site welding and significantly reduced installation time.
- Large diameter casing packers that permit high-quality casing cementing, especially on breakthrough holes, greatly reducing underground interaction and reducing completion timeframes.
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