Professor Anton Kepic has been appointed to the Boart Longyear Professorial Chair at Curtin University, based in Western Australia. The $1.4 million investment to the university will support 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.“Even in the current down cycle, we recognize the need for research that will advance the long-term knowledge and capabilities of our industry,” said Kent Hoots, Senior Vice President, global products. “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 analyze drilling data to improve efficiency and reduce costs. We look forward to working with Curtin University, which has an excellent record in exploration geophysics research, and we congratulate Professor Kepic on his appointment.”Kepic has been a member of Curtin University’s Western Australian Department of Exploration Geophysics for 15 years. He has held a long line of research leadership positions at the university, including Head of Exploration Geophysics, Director of the Centre for High Definition Geophysics, Program and Project Leader in Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Center (DET CRC) and Project Leader in Cooperative Research Center for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC).