Montreal's Fordia, a specialist in the manufacture of tools and accessories for drilling, has developed a core orientation system that delivers accurate results for geologists as well as ease of use for drillers. The new device, the CorientR, is a mechanical device that provides easy marking of core samples to record their original orientation in the ground. This data allows geologists to plan campaigns more effectively and optimize drilling costs.
Fordia says that unlike other core orientation systems, CorientR is exceptionally user-friendly. It requires no supplies, batteries or calibration and employs no fragile electronic components. For customers, that means fewer worries on site.
While core orientation has not yet been adopted as a standard measure at all mineral exploration sites, it is growing in popularity. The data it yields allows geologists to determine the precise orientation of a core prior to removal, for greatly improved analysis of faults and geological structure. This facilitates the definition of drilling campaigns and increases the likelihood of finding mineral deposits.
The CorientR system is now available for rental in Quebec and Ontario, and it will shortly be launched throughout Canada. Developed entirely by Fordia (www.Fordia.com), this tool is currently patent pending.