“This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill— the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill—you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Remember: all I’m offering is the truth. Nothing more.” – Morpheus to Neo, The Matrix, Film, United States: WarnerBros., 1999.

Drilling holes is the universally accepted means to find orebodies, so much so that some have nicknamed the drill a “truth machine.” Regardless of your take on snappy monikers, at some point, to advance the process of exploration, you need to drill a hole; this is a critical hypothesis test designed to support a decision. It is true regardless of the type of program— e.g., early-stage exploration, resource definition, or active mining— or the type of drilling—e.g., RC, RAB, DD, or blast hole.


Article published in the SEG Newsletter, written by REFLEX’s head of Integrated Solutions Dr Michelle Carey and Global Product Manager Dr James Cleverley.
Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) Newsletter N109–  April 2017 – Click to read