IMPORTANT LEGAL NOTICE - The information on this site is subject to a disclaimer and a copyright notice
Banner Research
English
 
  European Commission   > Research > Growth
 
 
Homepage Competitive and Sustainable Growth - Making the European Research Area a Reality
Graphic element
Graphic element
Graphic element
Graphic element Research > Growth > Research projects > Previous projects > Energy > Advanced seismic surveying methods for locating deep ore deposits
Graphic element Advanced seismic surveying methods for locating deep ore deposits
     
 
New high-resolution seismic tomographic surveying methodology, including new hardware and software, allows the location and analysis of deep ore deposits without deep drilling.
 

Conventional seismic tomographic surveying methods are for the most part aimed at the acquisition, processing, and interpretation of data concerning oil and coal deposits in softer rock. These techniques are costly and require extensive coverage of target areas with deep drill-holes.

This project was aimed at perfecting a new seismic data acquisition system, including both hardware and software for detecting deep ore bodies without deep drilling. Seismic surveys were carried out using explosives in shallow drill-holes in an attempt to detect metal sulphide deposits lying up to 1000 metres deep. The survey also detected unexpected behaviour of minor and major faults at depth, which could not have been revealed by conventional drilling.

The experience of collecting seismic data from a survey of this kind in hard rock conditions was novel, say partners. Using this system, drill-hole spacing could ultimately be increased to 2 km, meaning a potential 100-fold reduction in deep-drilling costs. The SUMMIT data acquisition system, including both hardware and software, is now being sold in the oil and coal sectors, and is also being used in connection with consulting contracts in civil engineering surveys where expert interpretation is required.

Cordis RCN: 6635
More information (Cordis database)
   
Homepage Graphic element Top of the page