Extracting more from drilling data to extract more from rocks

Know the rock with real-time orebody knowledge. DataCloud processes monitor while drilling faster and automate geo-modeling to improve mine operations.

DataCloud delivers a real-time analysis of orebody while drilling blast holes to drastically improve efficiency in production. They put superior rock mass measurements, block models, and geology visualisations in the hands of mine planning teams.

Data-driven awareness of orebody increases predictability in production and costs which is valuable for mining companies looking to recover more without digging more. With the DataCloud Platform, mine sites have access to solutions including detecting ore and waste boundaries prior to blasting, revealing different grades within those boundaries, and processing MWD while analysing multiple data sets in real-time.

They’ve launched and tested a new drilling sensor device that gives mining operations an unprecedentedresolution of their orebody. Their small seismic while drilling sensors are easily installed on your drill string above the deck. Using highly advanced signal processing and machine learning tools, the vibrations are transformed into rock mass characterisation.

DataCloud’s software takes over to reconcile data sets and can even compensate for uncalibrated drills or predict the bench. They do the heavy computational math in the cloud to provide mining companies with an easy access to their orebody knowledge without disrupting current workflows. Even your remote geologists can visualise current mine site geological conditions from any smart device.

The DataCloud Platform includes turn-key solutions for Iron Ore, Met Coal, and Base and Precious Metals. Receiving rock mass results prior to blasting and a better block model for a single source of orebody truth has created a step-change improvement for them all.

Iron Ore:

In a more complex geology, like Banded Iron Ore Formation (BIF), companies benefit from our higher-resolution measurements that accurately detect the band. In addition, identifying higher grade ore enables more precise blending.

Met Coal:

Their measurements recognize the strata in real-time, reliably classifying coal even deep within the blast hole. Their software will automate coal modeling and clearly show the top of a coal seam so you can bring your production strip ratio closer to your geological strip ratios. This has also decreased the need for gamma ray logging.

Base and Precious Metals:

Identifying Rock Quality Designation (RQD), fractures, and joints in real-time rather than waiting for down hole measurement results in improved fragmentation and increased throughput.

The DataCloud Platform surpasses existing rock measurement techniques and is the first to deliver this in real-time. Their seismic while drilling sensor device is faster and more cost-effective than assaying, and results in the kind of granular resolution that goes well beyond the capabilities of monitoring while drilling (MWD).

Their software component delivers automated insights of your orebody that can be leveraged across the value chain. If optimizing production is a mining company’s end-game, rock mass characterization during drill and blast operations is an opportune place to start.

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