Underground Surveys with Drones
The built-in LiDar sensor at the bottom and top of the Drone, allow the long reach in real time data acquisition, which is sent to earth station GCS through wireless XBee. The application of a SLAM methodology using an accelerometer enables georeferenced points without GPS. The Drone also has anti-collision equipment and can visualize its surroundings by means of FPV system.
EGSciences assess the recovery of gold, silver and copper associated with mining in processing plants through the experimental method proposed by Quinet. The study considers a useful life of 16 years, in addition to an input composition: 12.56% Cu, 0.08% Au, 0.49% Ag, 0.04% Pd, 86% plastic. The final products variety, along with high quality and easy installation allows the nondependence of a single metal value for the feasibility project thus encouraging a circular economy. This conceptual stage study was carried out by Bastián Albornoz and Matías Avendaño and is focused on the national copper industry and national gold, silver and palladium jewelry.
EGSciences has conceptually assessed a large particle triaxial apparatus with controlled deformation and preliminary dimensions of 1 m in diameter and 1.8 m in height.
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The Early Research Program is an EGSciences initiative focused on orientating university students to conduct investigations on fields of interest to them. The aim of this program is to improve the analysis and to conduct further investigations of a specific topic in geosciences and engineering Students are supported by principal investigators, who are professionals or academics, specialists in areas such as mining, engineering, geology, and civil engineering.
During 2020, 13 research topics were carried out:
“Exploration and mining potential of gold and cobalt in “Cordillera de la Costa”. A study of Tectonics and metallogeny in the Central-South Andes”
"Soil-structure interaction: Use of micropiles as foundations, slope protections and retaining”
“Climate Change - Desertification and natural disasters in the north of Chile”
“Geomechanical parameters of sedimentary coarse soils. Study of Chile Hydrographic basins”
“Geomechanical parameters of metamorphic rocks”
“Caving: A look from deep tunnels - Caving, numerical modeling, geotechnical risks, deep tunnels, rock mechanics”
“Geothermal resources assessment through geological analogues”
“Hydrogeological study of the Loa River Basin”
“Mass wasting and its anthropic factor in quebrada Salar del Carmen y La Cadena”
“Geophysical studies applied to geotechnical characterization of coarse granular materials”
“State-of-the-Art on geotechnical characterization of saline soils”
“Repeatability on shear strength laboratory tests of soils (triaxial compression and direct shear)”
“Alternatives to the use of relative density (DR %) in Coarse Granular Materials”
EGSciences SpA has a collaboration agreement with INGEOTECNIA, an international company formed by 14 expert consultants in the areas of mining exploration, geology, mining geotechnics, civil and structural engineering, and geological risk management. https://ingeotecnica.org/