Project duration: 1 January 2018 – 31 March 2021


ANCORELOG, the analytical core logging system, aims to deliver precise real-time and online information deducted from chemical, physical and textural sample properties through a combination of innovative technologies. Precise measurements of chemical element concentrations on the sample surface will be weighted and interpolated to the full sample volume. Additionally physical and textural sample parameters will be considered for a classification of rock samples into geological, geotechnical and geometallurgical domains using algorithms designed to fulfil end-user needs.

During the stages of raw material exploration, mining, extraction, processing and recycling a huge amount of rock and soil samples have to be analyzed in terms of chemical, physical and mineralogical properties. These samples may occur in the form of hand specimen or soils in an early exploration stage, drill core (hard or soft rock) and cuttings (chips) during the different drilling campaigns, or dust during processing and recycling. A considerable amount of time and costs are associated with sample collection (drilling), sample preparation, sample transport and subsequent manual characterization and laboratory analysis. Gaining high-value information in a timely manner at each stage of a project is important in order to avoid time delay and additional costs.

The solution (technology)

Smart classification algorithms convert measured properties (“big data”) into geological, geotechnical and geometallurgical domains (“intelligent data”) on-site in real time supporting and speeding up decision making.


  • DMT GmbH & Co. KG, Germany (Lead Partner)
  • Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe, Germany
  • Catura Geoprojects (Geosciences Conseil), France
  • ERAMET Research, France
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V., Germany
  • Geological Survey of Finland (GTK), Finland
  • J&C Bachmann GmbH, Germany
  • LTB Lasertechnik Berlin GmbH, Germany
  • LTU Business AB, Sweden
  • Minas de Aguas Teñidas SAU, Spain
  • Université de Liège, Belgium
  • Université Paris Sud-Paris Saclay, France