Imago – Helping geology teams make better drilling and mining decisions

June 5, 2020
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June 5, 2020


Imago is a cloud based image capture and management tool that allows geologists and engineers to view core tray, drilling chip and other geological images with high performance, purpose designed viewing tools. The improved  experience of viewing core and chip tray images are used continuously to validate geological decisions that influence drilling and mining. Imago is integrated with Leapfrog, Micromine, Surpac and most other mine planning tools where images are opened in the Imago viewer with a single click on the drill hole trace.

Imago provides tools to make measurements directly on images, reducing time in the core shed. Feature may be highlighted  and labeled for training and knowledge sharing. Assays and log data may be displayed alongside images in the Imago view and 3D image meshes can be generated and displayed along the drill trace in your mine planning tool to aid in resolving more complex geology.

The story of Imago begins with capturing higher quality, correctly labelled images more efficiently – instantly available for viewing from the Imago web 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 or user initiated sync to Imago Cloud. Auto copy to internal file store.

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


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 Microsoft cloud and mirrored to your internal file store.
  • Images viewed from any location with a single click in your preferred modelling and planning tool (Leapfrog, Micromine etc).
  • Consistent high quality images that validate your geology, drilling and mining decisions.

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

  • Capture Core Tray images with core automatically cropped to down hole depth registered images.
  • Capture Chip Tray images, with cells automatically cropped and depth registered.
  • Capture images of Chip Piles at the drill site for exploration air drilling using Imago Mobile.
  • 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 core tray and drilling chip images. Most geologists feel that accessing those images is time consuming and image quality is often poor. There is significant value to be gained from improved quality, consistency and immediate access to images for every stage of the drilling, interpretation and modeling process including:

  • Quality of geological logging and re-logging.
  • Quality of interpretation and modeling.
  • 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.
  • Fit for purpose camera selection, 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 their library of drilling sample and core images.

View the Imago Machine Learning information page: Click here >>

Image Capture Scenarios

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 modeling.

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

Video of Core Shot motorized rig: Click to view >>

Image shows down hole images for three drill holes. Images are clipped and registered to depth during the image capture process:

Or view as core trays. This image shows core trays – viewed to scale (depth adjusted as trays may represent varying intervals):

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. Motorized rigs are also now available with machine vision cameras for high volume, higher quality images.

Video of Chip Shot motorized rig: Click to view >>

Example of a manual capture station for chip trays:

Example of zooming in on high quality images.

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.


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:

Click for list of integrations >>

Most geology tools, such as Leapfrog, Micromine, Surpac, provide the ability to open images in the Imago web viewer by clicking the drill hole trace at the desired depth. The following image shows Leapfrog displaying the images by clicking a point on the Drill hole trace.

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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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