Sonic drilling coupled with automated mineralogy & chemistry

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.

The aim is to “develop new or improved highly efficient and cost-effective, sustainable exploration technologies”. It includes :
  1. 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,
  2. fully automated scanner and phase identification software, usable as well in other sectors.
SOLSA combines for the first time the non-destructive sensors.  For that purpose, SOLSA will develop innovative, user-friendly and intelligent software, at the TRL 4-6 levels. To align SOLSA to the industrial needs and to guarantee market uptake at the end of the project, the SOLSA multidisciplinary consortium includes an end-user (ERAMET) with mining and commercial activities in laterite ores, the case study selected for the project.
Industrially driven, the consortium is composed of LE, SMEs and academic experts covering exploration, database management, instrumentation and software development, drilling rigs, analytical prototype sand marketing strategies.
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.

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