Imago is a cloud based image capture and management tool that can help you unlock the value of your core tray, chip tray and chip pile images. The key value of Imago is that it greatly improves the experience geologists have accessing and viewing core and chip tray images. View images along drill hole traces, and open images from within Leapfrog, Surpac and any other mine planning tool with a single click on the drill hole trace.

The story of Imago begins with capturing higher quality, correctly labelled images more efficiently – instantly available for viewing in the Imago image library.

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With Imago it is only a single camera click to:

  • Capture images, label with Hole ID and depths.
  • Crop Core and Chip tray images to downhole depth registered images.
  • Auto save to PC with live sync to Imago Cloud or sync when online. Auto copy to internal file store.

Images flow safely from the Camera to Imago Capture and the Imago Cloud for immediate use by geologists and supervisors.

The imago workflow results in:

  • Elimination of naming and labeling errors.
  • Faster availability of images for geologists and managers.
  • Less double handling, delays, loss of images.
  • Images safely stored in cloud and automatically mirrored to you internal server destination.
  • Images available from within your preferred modelling and planning tools.
  • Higher quality images that are available and useful to the team.

Once your images are captured … 

  • You have easy access to images via Imago Web from any location.
  • Zoom in to take full advantage of the image resolution.
  • Integration with popular geology and mine planning tools. Click the drill hole trace to open the corresponding image.

Imago may be used at all stages of exploration, development and mining

  • Capture images of Chip Piles at the drill site for exploration air drilling using Imago Mobile.
  • Capture Chip Tray images, with cells automatically cropped and depth registered.
  • Capture Core Tray images with core automatically cropped to down hole depth registered images.
  • Capture field images, face samples, thin sections. Any type of geological image can be managed by Imago.

Imago strengthens your geological process

Most exploration and mining companies invest significant effort in capturing and storing images of their geology core trays. Most geologists feel that accessing those images is time consuming and unreliable. There is significant value to be gained from improved quality, consistency and immediate access to images for every stage of the drilling, interpretation and modelling process including: 

  • Quality of geological logging and re-logging.
  • Quality of interpretation and modelling.
  • Supervision and real time review of site-based drill chip and core logging.
  • Monitoring and review of active drilling programs.
  • Collaborative review and validation of geology using images.
  • Structure observation and measurement.

While the storage and access to core and chip images is the primary source of the value, Imago also provides advice to customers to help in achieving: 

  • More efficient image capture.
  • Higher quality images in terms of consistency of colour, lighting and resolution.
  • Advice can be provided on cameras, capture stations and image capture process.

Machine Learning

Imago is collaborating with industry and investing in Machine Learning techniques focused on helping customers gain insights directly from your library of drilling sample and core images.

By aiding customers in achieving higher image quality and consistency, Imago helps position your business to apply more advance machine learning techniques as they become available.

Image Capture Scenarios

Chip Pile Images

Imago customers are trialing new techniques for image capture to achieve high resolution, consistent lighting and an efficient process for chip pile image capture.

The Imago mobile app (Android) organizes images by location and hole ID. Intervals automatically increment, making for an efficient capture process. Images may be captured offline, then synced to Imago Web when a connection is available, after which they are available to view in high resolution via a web browser.

The following image capture station is available from Imago to help customers to aid in capturing quality chip pile images with consistent lighting.


Chip Tray Images

Chip Trays are easy to move and position for image capture. Imago has refined a procedure where Chip Trays slide through several positions on a slide jig, capturing each tray in 15-30 seconds.

Images can be split into individual samples simultaneously with image capture. Without extra effort, images are registered with downhole depths, and available to view from head office alongside other holes as soon as synced to Imago Web.

Example of a capture station for chip trays.

Example of zooming in on good quality images.

Core Images

Many projects invest significant effort into capturing images of core trays. Core sheds are often available providing a consistent light and protected image capture environment. However, equipment is also available that achieves good results in an outdoor capture setting.

Imago has worked with many customers to help improve image quality and consistency, especially in how to avoid the glare that may result from wet core photography.

With Imago, the user sets up a template for clipping the core trays into downhole images, registering each core section to its depth interval automatically when the image is captured.

The key benefits for core tray photography are:

  • A more efficient capture process.
  • Higher quality images with more consistent lighting.
  • Tray images are clipped automatically and registered down hole.
  • Images are easily viewed from head office:
    • Monitor active drilling programs.
    • Check and validate logging from head office.
    • Better collaboration by geologists in different locations, with easy access to images.
  • Instant access to images during geology interpretation and modelling.

Integrated with most mining planning and GIS systems used by Geologists.

Below image shows a view of the library of images for selected drill holes.

Below image displays down hole images for three drill holes. Images are automatically clipped and registered to depth during the image capture process.

Or view as core trays. This image shows core trays depth adjusted:


Integration with Geology and Mine Planning tools

Imago has a wide range of integrations with geology, mine planning, database and GIS tools. See a list here:

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Most geology tools, such as Leapfrog, Micromine, Surpac, provide the ability to open a corresponding image in Imago by clicking the drill hole trace at the desired depth. The following image shows Surpac displaying the image representing the clicked section of the Drill hole trace.


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Try Imago with your own core or chip images

New customers are offered a 30 day free trial where we upload example images from your project.

Try Imago’s new mobile capture station for chip piles when air drilling – RAB or RC.

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