Sonic drilling coupled with automated mineralogy & chemistry
In a partnership with universities and companies, Eijkelkamp SonicSampDrill is aiming to develop the first automated expert system for on-site cores analysis. With access to data on-line, great savings are expected on the number of drill holes, the accuracy of geo-models and economic evaluation of ore reserves.
- integrated drilling optimized to operate in the difficult lateritic environment with the challenge of a mixture of hard and soft rocks, extensible also to other ore types,
- fully automated scanner and phase identification software, usable as well in other sectors.
SOLSA is expected to increase exploration efficiency and push Europe in front by enlarging the field of data information while reducing the exploration cost and time, and thus the environmental footprint.