AutoRun is a co-developer of two Drill Rig Autosamplers, the first being the joint venture Ausdrill Rock Commander Automated Sampling and Surveying Drill Rig (RCASS) which was commercially released in 2019.

The Ausdrill Rock Commander RCASS is a patented reverse circulation drill rig designed for use in grade control environments. It is an innovation in automated precision drilling and an industry first in labour free sampling. This feature is enabled by the integration of the RayTrac RFID sampling system meaning sampling is programmed, executed and tracked without the need for human supervision.

“This saves clients time, labour and on site costs typically associated with sample collection on a drill rig.”

– Drew Bellamy


The RCASS also features the Trimble DPS900 high precision survey guidance system meaning clients do not require drill hole survey mark out and pick up, further saving time and costs on a drill program. The Rock Commander also features an advanced communication module allowing the rig to be monitored remotely and linked to any office around the world in real time.

AutoRun was a finalist in the 2020 BHP Global HSEC Safety and Innovation awards for involvement and deployment of the RCASS Rig with Ausdrill and Trimble. Although this Rig model is commercially deployed AutoRun continues to work with Ausdrill and Trimble on further increasing the capabilities of the RCASS Rig for mining clients.

Complementary to this, AutoRun has a second in-house automatic drill rig sample bag handler called the RC AutoSampler for use with standard Reverse Circulation Rigs. The RC AutoSampler is currently finishing development and field trials, aiming for a commercial release in 2021.




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