Digitalizing the Mining Industry – Core scanner for geochemistry, images, RQD, structures, specific gravity and volume bulk density

Arthursson, Mikael2, Annelie, Lundström1, Angus Tod2

1Minalyze AB, Gothenburg, Sweden. 2Minalyze Pty Ltd, Perth, Australia.

Minalyzer CS is a scanner which in a contactless and non-destructive way generates geochemistry, high-resolution images, rock quality designation (RQD), structures, specific gravity and bulk density for drill cores and other drill samples.

The patented scanner is designed for handling large volumes of drill samples and is capable of scanning drill cores directly in core trays. A laser (LiDAR) generates a 3D-model of the topology of the core and trays, which enables the control and precision of the continuous XRF scanning. RQD and structures are also derived based on the 3D-model.

The objective, continuous and consistent nature of the datasets as well as the high but compact data density generated by the scanning technology is paramount in machine learning and deep learning applications and approaches to geology. Machine learning and deep learning have been demonstrated to be effectively used, based on the data from the scanning, for prediction of host rock lithologies.

A cloud-based software for visualisation and generation of datasets through digital tools facilitates remote access to a digital version of the drill sample. Remote access to data has become critical in order to keep project and operations moving forward when travel has become impossible and/or risky due to the pandemic.

The bulk density can be derived based on measured volume from LiDAR scan of the Minalyzer CS, combined with the weight of the core tray. The method is suitable for friable sediment core where a true representation of the friable or heavily fractured sample through manual measurements and estimates can be error prone. The new method has been tested and applied in live application by Iron ore companies in Western Australia where extensive comparisons between the new method and the traditional have been made. The method has also been tested on known volumes and densities for verification and demonstrate both a high level of repeatability and accuracy. Other benefits with the method are that it can be automated to a high degree and provides a non-subjective measurement. Due to its implementation the bulk density value derived would represent a conservative measurement of the bulk density.


Mikael Arthursson is the CTO and co-founder of Minalyze. Mikael has a M. Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden. Through his visionary and entrepreneurial mindset he has played a key role in the development of the Minalyzer CS core scanner and the cloud software

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