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Purpose and intended learning outcomes

This course will convey knowledge and tools for sustainable and secure data acquisition and data/sample documentation at the exploration drill site. It will:

  • provide an understanding of modern methods/instrumentation for generating geoscientific information at the drill site (borehole, core, fluids).
  • demonstrate the importance of and provide methods for sustainable and secure data & sample acquisition and metadata registration.
  • show various workflows at the (exploration) drill site and provide an understanding of how to utilise and integrate the acquired data at the drill site for immediate knowledge generation.
  • provide a general understanding of the data life cycle and deeper knowledge about introducing new data.
Prerequisites (academic, special skills needed)

A basic understanding of solid Earth science and exploration drilling, and some previous experience from sampling and data generation in related disciplines.

Schedule and time plan

08. – 12.06.2020

Venue for classroom work and field/lab work

Classroom and field-work in Jämtland, Sweden (COSC-2 drilling)

Content and modules

  • Introduction to (exploration) drilling & drilling technology (the site of geoscientific work)
  • Common practices of data acquisition during exploration drilling (status quo)
  • Advanced/novel exploration data acquisition practices
    • Recent developments
    • Leading industry practices, including “Lab-at-Rig” real-time geochemistry and mineralogy (MSCL, DMT, OLGA)
  • Data acquisition and instrumentation during scientific drilling (instruments, procedures, basic rules in the documentation) and application in exploration drilling
    • Operational data and information management
    • Unique identifier basics: the International GeoSample Number (IGSN)
    • Data capture at the drill site: Drilling Information System (DIS)
  • Data from the borehole: downhole logging & testing
  • Operational quality control of data and transfer to curation systems
  • Drill site geoscientific set-up, from simple to advanced
Instruction and course literature

No specific literature to be read prior to the course. Documentation will be distributed during the course.



Course responsible teachers

Henning Lorenz (Uppsala University)


Application criteria and priority
  • A diverse mix of participants is desired
  • Priority will be given to students affiliated with EIT RawMaterials organizations, but applications are welcomed from other academic institutions and industry.
  • Course size is limited to 16 participants.
  • Apply here.
Accommodation (room and board)

Approximate accommodation: Maximum 50 Euros per day.


Arrival/departure will be coordinated. The following options exist:

  • Air travel to Åre-Östersund airport (OSD), about 1 h drive to Järpen.
  • Train to Järpen railway station.
S+H, insurance, Safety equipment and clothing

Insurance required, safety equipment will be provided.

Course stipends

Successful admissions will be considered for a stipend to offset costs of accommodation and food, and when possible travel. As a requirement the stipends are awarded to participants that are registered for all courses within one theme. Applicants that intend only to participate in a single course (or two courses) within one theme will not be considered for stipends. There is no registration fee to participate in courses offered through I-EDDA-RS.