South Australia Drill Core Reference Library officially opened

The new $32.2 million South Australia Drill Core Reference Library was officially opened by SA Premier Jay Weatherill and Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis on Wednesday 17th February.

The Premier’s statement reads “This flagship facility will bring together more than 7.5 million metres of drill core samples from across the State, capturing more than 100 years of exploration,” Mr Weatherill said. “It is a one-stop-shop for industry and geoscience explorers seeking easy access to the State’s inventory of drill cores generated from historical and recent exploration efforts, enabling companies to better target potential discoveries. “It will boost exploration opportunities, unlocking the potential of South Australia’s resource wealth for many decades.”

South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy President Terry Burgess said the facility is one of the “unique core libraries in the world” and holds cores dating back more than 100 years. “When geologists drill a hole they will interpret it at the time so the knowledge is based upon that moment and as knowledge increases some of that historical drilling can be re-addressed and reinterpreted … discoveries are going to be made in this building,” Burgess said.

The Drill Core Library incorporates a drill core viewing area, conference and education rooms and the latest 3D facilities that provide scientists with a 3D view of geology and mineral deposits under the earth’s surface. The facility also provides direct access to South Australia’s extensive library of geoscience information through SARIG (South Australian Resource Information Geoserver).

Thomson Rossi Architects partnered with Aurecon, Hansen Yuncken, Bianco Precast, Boral and Adelaide Brighton Cement and the specialist drill core viewing tables were manufactured by Southeast Conveyors.