Bringing New Caledonian rock to the Netherlands

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Bringing New Caledonian rock to the Netherlands

For the SOLSA project 4 big pieces of rock from New Caledonia came to the Eijkelkamp SonicSampDrill testing field. These rock blocks were brought here for a first modest mimic of New-Caledonian drilling circumstances. The blocks will be used for tooling optimization tests with the SOLSA Drill I, since the successor SOLSA Drill II will have its take-off tests in New-Caledonia! The tooling tests on the delivered blocks are planned for April 2018.

Some of the rocks were over 10 ton, that’s why a crane had to help a little. At the end the rocks were transported to the testing field, ready to be sampled.

SOLSA is 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. 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. Eijkelkamp SonicSampDrill is one of the SOLSA project partners.

The SOLSA project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.