Professor Anton Kepic has been appointed Boart Longyear professorial chair at Curtin University in WA.
The $1.4 million investment to the university will boost high-profile research in exploration geophysics, including the development of advanced instrumentation and the expansion of research capabilities in instrumentation and logging-while-drilling (LWD) technology.
Kent Hoots, Boart Longyear’s senior vice president, global products, said, “Even in the current down cycle, we recognise the need for research that will advance the long-term knowledge and capabilities of our industry.”
“Our goal is to invest further in Geological Data Services (GDS) to make geologists, drillers, and students smarter. By doing so, they will be able to better analyse drilling data to improve efficiency and reduce costs.”
He went on to congratulate Kepic on his appointment and was looking forward to working with the university.
Kepic has been a part of Curtin University’s Department of Exploration Geophysics for 15 years, with previous roles including head of Exploration Geophysics, and project leader at the Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre (DET CRC).
Last year, the company sought to simplify its corporate structure with senior vice president for drilling services Alan Sides leaving and CEO Richard O’Brien taking up responsibility for the position.
The company had been facing financial difficulties after seeing a drop in nearly $300 million year on year.