LKAB Developing Technology to See Through Rock
Swedish state owned iron ore mining company LKAB, Minalyze AB and Sentian have joined forces in a consortium to develop the technology for scanning drill cores. With artificial intelligence, large amounts of data can be processed - and even help geologists draw conclusions about what is outside the boreholes. In March 2020, LKAB started a test with the drill core scanner Minalyzer CS where the goal was to improve the workflow for core logging, ie how the results of exploration drilling are analyzed. The test led to a permanent installation in Kiruna and expansion to Malmberget where data from Minalyzer CS is used to help geological logging of the drill cores.
The consortium will take the use of data to the next level when boreholes in LKAB's deposits are to be investigated. The AI application makes the analyzes much faster, the time to evaluate a drill core will be reduced from weeks to minutes, with increased accuracy. The technology development driven by the consortium will be the world's first of its kind and will change the entire industry.
The technological leap will give LKAB's staff increased competence, increased quality in and efficiency of the work as well as reduced need for other analysis methods.
Minalyze AB develops innovative drill core scanners and software for access to unique generated data.
Sentian is a Swedish Malmö-based company specializing in industrial AI. Sentian applies AI to challenging problems in the mining, manufacturing, energy and process industries as well as staffing and route optimization.