A new technology produced by an Australian engineering firm promises to radically enhance mining exploration and development by dramatically increasing the precision and sophistication of drilling operations.

Columbus Group R&D’s 3D down-the-hole drilling system makes use of high pressure water jets in lieu of a standard bore or hammer to cut through the earth and rock of subterranean mining shafts. While pressurised water jets are already employed for drilling purposes in mining operations, what sets the new system apart is…