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3D hyperspectral mapping of complex outcrops and mine faces.




Outcrop mapping provides crucial geological information in the exploration, evaluation, mining and monitoring phases of mineral resource development. It is also an essential part of quality and process control and geotechnical risk assessments. Traditionally, geologists visually conduct geological mapping in mines, i.e. in direct contact with the outcrop. This method is time-consuming, inefficient and subjective and can be very dangerous as recently blasted outcrops are potentially unstable and prone to rockfall. For this reason, various methods have been developed for remote mapping of mine walls, focussing on two types of data: (i) detailed three-dimensional outcrop models and (ii) two-dimensional hyperspectral images from which information on material composition can be derived. Our work merges high-resolution point clouds with hyperspectral images into hyperclouds. These datasets have significant potential for the mining industry as they allow for the integrated representation, analysis and interpretation of geometric and spectral features.



Co-funded by the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme (2022 - 2025)

investigating social attitudes, environmental and technical challenges to mining in Europe.

partners: HZDR-HIF, GFZ, UCD/iCrag, Terranigma, Terranta, At Clave, KSL, Group Eleven Mining and Exploration, EIT Raw Materials, Rio Sava Exploration, Foundation Institute for the Study of Change, Teck Ireland, Boliden Tara Mines, London Natural History Museum, Satarla LTD, Sazani Associates and SRK Exploration Services 




Funded by the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), HORIZON Europe Innovation programme (2024 - 2026)

to develop satellite-based, vertically integrated services that address the complex challenges facing the raw materials industry.

partners: HZDR-HIF, GFZ, Nordic Strategy Partners, TheiaX, Centre Tecnologic De Telecomunicacions De Catalunya (CTTC), GeoKinesia, Universitatea Babes Bolyai, Boliden Minerals, First Quantum Minerals, CupruMin, Advanced Mining Technology Center and Codelco


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