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Sonic Drilling coupled with Automated Mineralogy and chemistry On-Line-On-Mine-Real-Time

Objective

"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 responds perfectly to the need for ""New sustainable exploration technologies and geo-models"" of SC5-11d-2015. The objective 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 analyser and software, usable as well in other sectors. SOLSA combines for the first time the non-destructive sensors X-ray fluorescence, X-ray diffraction, vibrational spectroscopies, 3D and hyperspectral imaging along the drill core. For that purpose, SOLSA will develop innovative, user-friendly and intelligent software, at the TRL 4-6 levels. To minimize the risk and capitalize on the newest technologies, the subsystems for the hardware, will be selected on the market of miniaturized sensors. 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 (ERAMET (PI), F; SSD, NL; BRGM, F; INEL, F; Univ. Vilnius, Lt; CNRS-CRISMAT, F; Univ. Trento, I; Univ. Verona, I; TU Delft, NL) covering exploration, database management, instrumentation and software development, drilling rigs, analytical prototypes and marketing strategies. SOLSA is expected to revolutionize exploration and push Europe in front, by reducing the exploration time at ≈ 50%, the analysis time from 3 - 6 months to real-time and thus the environmental footprint."

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/geology/mineralogy
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software/software development
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software

Call for proposal

H2020-SC5-2015-one-stage
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action
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Coordinator

ERAMET SA
Address
10 Boulevard De Grenelle
75015 Paris 15
France
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 1 877 601,94

Participants (8)

EIJKELKAMP SONICSAMPDRILL BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 1 887 500
Address
Uitmaat 8
6987 ER Giesbeek
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES
France
EU contribution
€ 572 012,50
Address
3 Av Claude Guillemin
45060 Orleans
Activity type
Research Organisations
INEL S.A.S
France
EU contribution
€ 934 900
Address
Za Cd 405
45410 Artenay
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VILNIAUS UNIVERSITETAS
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 601 107,50
Address
Universiteto G. 3
01513 Vilnius
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 1 191 895,06
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 1 465 276,25
Address
Via Calepina 14
38122 Trento
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI VERONA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 972 695
Address
Via Dell Artigliere 8
37129 Verona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 272 500
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments