It’s exciting to see concepts turn into reality, with exemplary results. This is the case with Orexplore’s technology at the recent EU-sponsored X-Mine industrial workshop, targeting the European mining community. Held over video conference, the participants discussed the results and on-site application of Orexplore’s GeoCore X10 and Insight software.
The X-Mine project is a ground-breaking initiative sponsored by the EU to reimagine, and remodel, the mining industry for the 21st century. The participants include fifteen partners from across Europe, with pilots in four existing mining operations in Sweden, Greece, Bulgaria and Cyprus. The collective focus is on technological innovations that yield greater resource analysis, extract efficiency and less environmental impact.
At the first industrial workshop in February, the experience and results of applying Orexplore’s 3D digitised core sample analysis at Lovisagruvan mine located in the Bergslagen mining district in Sweden, was received with great enthusiasm. Fast forward to the latest workshop in July, and the X-Mine participants were privy to the results of in-field implementation of the GeoCoreX10 and Orexplore Insight software at Hellas Gold mine in Greece, with its particular geological setting. As you will read below, the results are illuminating and very positive, as those involved shared their insights at the event.
The industrial workshop, entitled: X-Mine project: Real-Time X-Ray Analysis for Efficient and Sustainable Mining, was hosted by Janne Paaso from VTT Technical Research Center of Finland. He began by stating that the objective of the project is, “to see and discuss the large-scale demonstration of new sensing methods by using 3D X-ray drill core data in real-time, and new sensor-based sorting equipment.” The goal of this technology is to reduce man-hours and energy consumption while establishing a more efficient, profitable mining industry.