Objective

Regarding the evolution of the in situ exploration tools, this Eurocore KIC Master education proposal wants to assist the mining industry in the formation of students (Master, PhD) and mining companies staff, on the use of this innovative In Situ technologies for exploring metals from cores samples. Training people at the continent scale requires a full kit: core samples from various ore types, detailed knowledge on core, including its inside structure, field devices for training on manual measurements, automated data acquisition for providing large datasets management exercises, data management capabilities and ready-to-use workshops calling up teaching skills and methods. Target end-customers and/or key beneficiaries of the educational activity. The Eurocore KIC Master education proposal wants to assist the mining industry, from Junior to Major ones, on the use of innovative In Situ technologies for exploring metals from cores samples. Device suppliers will also benefit of this project, as WP3 and WP4 will develop and optimize the use of In Situ tools for mineralogical, geochemical and structural characterization. The educational centers, members of this EUROCORE consortium, will of course take advantage of this EUROCORE project and will feed their formation with the development of skills on capabilities and limits of each analytical technique regarding specific deposits. The research centers will also benefit of this consortium, in merging their experiences and strengths in order to deliver a common task force.

The solution (technology)

This activity may be easily open to the lifelong learning for the wider raw materials community, and easily duplicable for the geologists of the mining societies. The analytical benches developed here and methods used to cross data from one technique to another will be readily available for extension to other mining contexts at the European scale. Specific core sample collections to each regional context can be build built later and automated data collection performed for gathering large data sets. Further investment will hence be limited to portable devices availability, which can be done in collaboration with local mining companies. This proposal focuses on expertise transfer to field geologists.

Partnership

  • Université de Lorraine (UL), France (Lead Partner)
  • Centre de Recherches sur la Géologie des Matières minerales et energetiques (CREGU), France
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (Fraunhofer), Germany
  • Geologian tutkimuskeskus, GTK (Geological Survey of Finland), Finland
  • Tallinna Tehnikaülikool, TTÜ – Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
  • Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, UPM (Technical University of Madrid), Spain