Rock analysis goes digital

Digital analysis of rocks for oil detection and extraction

The combination of Digitalcore's unique core imaging and processing expertise with Numerical Rocks' multiphase flow modelling capabilities will place the merged company at the forefront of the digital rock analysis revolution. - Dr. Victor Pantano, Chief

Joint ANU and University of New South Wales research has shed light on how rocks can hold oil and gas by combining a novel scanning technology with advanced computer algorithms. This new technique allows companies to more efficiently search for and produce oil and gas.

Spin-off company Digitalcore Pty Ltd used the technology to provide commercial rock analysis to service the oil and gas sector across the United States, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The company’s proprietary imaging and image processing technology, which includes HeliscanTM and VoxelPerfectTM Registration, has won several major industry awards including the 2012 Eureka Prize for Commercialisation of Innovation. Digitalcore has now gone global – being integrated with Norwegian owned Numerical Rocks to become Lithicon. This merger has placed Lithicon at the forefront of the digital rock analysis revolution.