Data driven innovative production drilling




Håkan Schunnesson


Purpose and goal
The Strategic innovation programme for the mining and metal producing sector aims to strengthen the competitiveness of the mining sector and contribute to sustainable development. This project clearly shows the importance of optimising the key unit operations and how modern, automated, data-driven information can be analysed, interpreted and enable significant improvements as in this case prior chargeability information.

Structure and implementation
The was carried out as a “proof of concept” study in a fully industrial environment, which meant that the results have industrial relevance and have a shorter way to an application. In this case, we believe that the potential for an innovative new application in the mining industry is possible.

The project focused on the theme “More efficient and competitive processes, equipment and methods” in the STRIM agenda. The project has demonstrated how rock properties in detail can be determined by utilising drilling parameters that continuously are logged during production drilling. This provides a better and more detailed knowledge of rock properties since information is collected from all the production holes. In this case, the project has demonstrated how this information can be used to optimise charging and blasting.