Geoscan V Linescan Imaging

Geoscan V Installed onto the MSCL-SGeoscan V Installed onto the MSCL-S

Visual core record
Immediate imaging of cores after they are split preserves an invaluable archival record of each core section prior to any oxidation effects. Precise depth-registered images can be correlated with other data sets or used when describing core.

True colour separation
The Geotek GEOSCAN V line scan camera has one massive c.5340 pixel CCD. Incoming light is passed through a set of red, green and blue filters to produce true independent colour separation. Averaged image data can be converted to these RGB values and saved in a separate file to facilitate quantitative comparisons between cores and other down-core measurements.

Line-scan imaging
Single lines of image data are collected sequentially down the core. Line-scan images are far superior to area camera images because they do not suffer from uneven lighting, spherical distortion, montage or “stitching” effects. The entire image is suitable for calibrated sub-millimetre image analyses.

High, higher, highest resolution
Images can be collected over the full core width between 100 and 1000 lines per centimetre, corresponding to 100 and 10 micron pixel sizes, respectively. Images are output as 48-bit RGB TIFF images but are quickly and easily converted to JPEG or other formats as required. Each Geotek core section image has a companion XML metadata file, containing important metadata pertaining to the core section and imaging conditions. A ruler can be generated next to the image, depicting either depth in core section or depth in core.

Calibrated measurements
The camera is factory-calibrated and standard photographic 18% grey, or 90% white cards are used for field calibration, enabling images to be qualitatively or quantitatively compared to each other.

Core imaging speed
The normal scan time for standard (50 micron) resolution is 3 minutes per metre. Scan time increases for the higher resolutions.

Advanced camera control
The Geoscan V boasts automatic focus, aperature and light control routines built into the Geotek imaging software. The software now guides the user through the camera and lighting set-up to optimise image exposure consistently and simply.


  • Stratigraphic correlation
  • Core photographic archiving
  • Circumferential Imaging for goniometry
  • Core quality assessment
  • Colour analysis
  • Mineralogy

Camera Specifications

  • Pixel sensors: 1x 5K CCD
  • Light source Visible or Ultraviolet light
  • ADC resolution: 14 bits per colour channel
  • Sampling: Correlated double sampling with exposure control
  • Max pixel rate: 3.2M pixels/sec
  • Max scan rate: 200 lines/sec
  • Down core resolution: Up to 10 microns
  • Camera control: Auto focus, aperture and lighting
  • Data transmission: Gigabyte ethernet interface
  • Lens: Canon lens mount

Geoscan V Mounted on Geotek's Core Imaging System (MSCl-CIS)Geoscan V Mounted on Geotek's Core Imaging System (MSCl-CIS)

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