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RoXplorer® VR

Experience a mineral exploration drill site from a totally new perspective with RoXplorer® VR. The RoXplorer® is a revolutionary drill rig that was developed to make drilling faster, cheaper and safer. See what's involved in the new frontier of mineral exploration by discovering it in virtual reality.

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Virtual Tour

Got some VR goggles?

Experience the next generation

of mineral exploration first-hand

by teleporting to our virtual drill site.

The most significant challenge to mineral explorers in Australia is to discover new deposits at significant depths below the surface, in areas that are completely covered by thick sediments. Exploration drilling is key to identifying minerals below the surface, but it's expensive and the single biggest cost for companies.


The MinEx CRC is helping to further develop and test a new coiled tubing (CT) drilling rig for greenfields mineral exploration. This solution – called RoXplorer® – provides real-time information to enable more effective exploration in areas of deep cover. It delivers continuous samples and information while drilling to allow companies to make decisions about exploration strategy in the field. This enables the RoXplorer® to achieve significant improvements in productivity, safety and environmental performance compared to conventional drilling methods.

To give you a glimpse of how RoXplorer® is changing the game, see our showcase video below and then download the VR experience to try for yourself!

RoXplorer® VR is compatible with all Steam-VR capable headsets, including the Oculus Rift and Rift S, HTC Vive, Pro and Cosmos, Valve Index and Windows Mixed Reality HMDs.

RoXplorer® VR was proudly developed in collaboration with Framework VR and the MinEx CRC, and funded by the AusIMM Tomorrow's Professionals Program. Find out about the MinEx CRC Research Programs at


More Information

Explore the drilling technologies research program in more detail with the videos below.

Project Team


Tom Raimondo

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Caroline Tiddy

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Shane Fox

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Justin Payne

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Soren Soe

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Ben van der Hoek

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