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Geomole – Borehole radar

Ability to “see” through a rock mass.

Challenge

Determining orebody boundaries

Accurate orebody mapping is critical to mine planning and efficient extraction of reserves. Improved delineation accuracy and understanding of orebody characteristics are key to controlling fragmentation, maximising recovery and reducing dilution.

Robust and effective systems for refining geological models beyond the resolution of traditional exploration mapping techniques provides an opportunity to directly and significantly impact mining profitability.

Solution

Ability to “see” through a rock mass

The borehole radar can be used to map out structures and lithology contacts surrounding your drill hole. Some examples of applications are:

  • Map prospective lithology contacts
  • Map intrusives, e.g. porphyry’s
  • Map complex structures e.g. splays
  • Map quartz reefs
  • Map out hazards that can affect mining.

How it Works

Borehole Radar (BHR) is an electromagnetic subsurface imaging technique which provides high detailed continuous orebody and structural delineation information for exploration, mine planning and geotechnical applications.

  • Continuous deployment systems for rapid up-hole sensing and survey tools for reef mapping to assist mine planning and improve ore recovery.
  • Advanced sensing tools to enable orebody mapping from small boreholes.
  • Ultra-slim borehole radar systems for detailed definition of orebody structure (Commercial product/ service currently available).
  • Strata recognition capability for blast hole drilling to delineate ore boundaries for optimal recovery and grade control.

Status

Commercially available through Geomole.