From surface to subsurface exploration
María José Jurado
Staff Researcher Spanish National Research Council CSIC
As a PhD student in subsurface geology, I was not only very interested in this field, but also in the technologies that allow for its exploration. I was very keen to investigate how hyperspectral technologies used for rock and mineral characterisation could be used at borehole depths.
Partnerships & Teamwork
UPC built a hyperspectral borehole logging tool following requirements by CSIC and MAGNA (our mining industry partner). CNR did the same with the LIBS/Raman borehole logging tool. UPM developed specific machine learning interpretation software with the contribution of SGU specialists and using the SGU hyperspectral core scanning database. Test sites were implemented by CSIC and GeoZS. UPM, MAGNA, GeoZS and CSIC took care of field tests. UPM produced outreach and training videos.
Seeing the new tools we created in operation, in a real environment, was a truly rewarding moment.
As a PhD student in subsurface geology, I was not only very interested in this field, but also in the technologies that allow for its exploration.