Rock mapping MWD measurement while drilling

Mapping rock structure in real time while drilling in LKAB mines in Kiruna.

The initial interest is in detecting hollows and crack formations in the rock, as well as boundary zones between granite and the ore body. At a later stage, LKAB people will also be able to determine rock hardness directly during the drilling procedure. Being able to optimise drilling and blasting procedures will lead to reduced costs for mining.


The focus will be on various data-analytical efforts applied to existing quantities of data obtained from previous drilling work. The aim is to investigate how well different methods can detect transient deviations in the drilling process.


ProjectnameRock mapping MWD measurement while drilling


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PartnersLKAB, Umeå universitet

ContactAnders Lindegren



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