Innovative deep exploration 1phc
|Uppsala universitet - Institutionen för teknikvetenskaper
|Funding from Vinnova
|SEK 4 000 000
|July 2015 - September 2017
|The strategic innovation programme for Swedish mining and metal producing industry - SIP Swedish Mining Innovation
Purpose and goal
The project is a first phase of three, with the long-term goal being to improve the workflow and creativity of geologists through new geophysical sensors and geochemical analysis at the drill hole. In the short term, the goal has been to create the conditions for this by developing relevant new technology. The goal has been met well with the results shown in models, in a probe capable of keeping cryo cold and a cryostat probe design, and the very good development of Orexplore´s instrument capacity.
Expected results and effects
The results from model work showing the advantages of high-resolution audio magnetotelluric probes for deep geophysical analysis and the creation of both a probe capable of being cryo cold long enough and a robust design for a probe with a cryostat; as well as the almost amazing structural and mineralization information geologists get from Orexplore´s instruments, make all partners and especially the companies want to continue their development work.
Planned approach and implementation
Atlas Copco was expected to contribute largely through membership of the DET-CRC, which was denied them. Still, they have taken great responsibility in benchmarking and worked closely with the other parties in interviews and workshops. The project has largely taken place at each partner. Half-yearly meetings have been at the premises of all partners. Field studies by UU have taken place at Boliden and LKAB with its staff. There was much larger cooperation between Boliden, Orexplore and UU than planned. The work has developed well despite the changing conditions for Atlas Copco.