DATACLOUD SOLUTIONS

DataCloud’s suite of proprietary technology solutions help mining companies worldwide to master the subsurface so they can conduct the cleanest, most efficient mineral extraction possible. Bottom-line, we help you to own the future by enabling you to drive stronger growth and transform your mining economics.

Cutting-Edge Solutions That Drive Significant Value, in Real-Time


  DataCloud has developed breakthrough geosciences technology products and services that enable mining operators to maximize data measurement and analytics, and subsurface visualization, delivering a radical improvement in drill and blast productivity. Our exclusive suite of geosciences-related products and services includes:

 
   

DataCloud Products


 
MinePortal™ (“Earth Model” Geoscience Data Platform)
 
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MinePortal™ is a cloud-based “Earth Model” platform for real-time management and analyzing of the geosciences data generated by DataCloud’s sensor, measurement and seismic technologies. This proven technology solution allows for integration of the exploration drill data, block models, and latest grade control measures into a single, seamless cloud based platform with an intuitive user interface – it can be accessed from a browser or mobile devices. By analyzing all of this critical data in real-time, the mine operator can make better, faster drilling and blasting decisions that materially improve productivity. In addition to sophisticated visualization and processing capabilities, the MinePortal™ platform also provides the following three key features: 1) Normalized Mechanical Specific Energy (MSE) calculations in real-time that can be seamlessly exported to blast planning software. 2) Next-bench-down predictions powered by machine learning that provide hardness and grade maps before blast hole drilling. 3) MSE-to-Mill tracking that optimizes powder factors by correlating MSE in a muck pile location to the amount of energy required to crush that same volume of rock in the mill. MinePortal™ is the platform for integrating all DataCloud products, including DigitalGeology™ and the new RHINO™ seismic while drilling (SWD) sensors.

RHINO™ SWD (Geoscience IoT Logging Tool)
 
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DataCloud’s RHINO™ seismic-while-drilling (SWD) logging tool is an Internet of Things (IoT) sensor package that measures a variety of previously unavailable rock properties in real-time. RHINO™ sensors are deployed on drills and collect these measurements along every 1-centimeter of drilled blast hole, far exceeding the resolution possible with conventional MWD technology. Blast-critical subsurface information measured by this revolutionary tool includes uniaxial compressive strength, density, and numerous acoustic properties. Such high resolution information also enables accurate detection of faults, fractures, and joint spacing, in addition to many grade indicators and direct ore measurements. The compact RHINO™ sensor package can be installed in minutes and is configured to be “plug and play” ready within DataCloud’s MinePortal™ platform. By providing such high definition rock mass properties in real-time, the RHINO™ IoT sensors enable intelligent blast design, and improve fragmentation and ore body definition, in profound ways that have not previously been available to the mining industry.

DigitalGeology™ (3-D Image Interpretation of Blast-Critical Rock Features)
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DataCloud’s new DigitalGeology™ solution is a turnkey image processing and interpretation suite that provides mine site geologists and engineers an intuitive method of understanding fracture networks and block size distributions in their rock. It makes use of powerful cloud computing capabilities, sophisticated processing algorithms, and artificial intelligence to quantify key geological parameters and optimize blast planning. DigitalGeology™ identifies fractures, joint sets, spacing, and discontinuity distributions, all of which together make it possible to tailor burden and spacing to actual rock properties, rather than assuming a consistent, uniform grid for blast hole patterns. From third-party or DataCloud collected image data, DigitalGeology™ enables you to develop a complete 3D joint and spacing model in a defined study area and predict how a blast pattern will respond to explosive energy and detonation sequencing.

 

DataCloud Services


 
RockMaster™ BHI (Blast Hole Imaging)
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Another DataCloud proprietary technology solution involves the digital imaging of blast holes during the traditional “dipping” process. Without adding additional tasks, our Blast Hole Imaging (BHI) solution captures high resolution, oriented 360° blast hole images, and analyzes the images to identify joint (fracture) density, block size, orientation and dip, which are used as direct inputs to “blastability” indexes. These measurements take advantage of the dramatic improvements in the size, cost and reliability of today’s wireless sensors. Sensors are deployed autonomously and are enabled by the latest IoT protocols. Compared to what has previously existed in the industry, these new imaging sensors can be equated to upgrading a 1990’s cell phone to the latest smartphone technology.

RockMaster™ SWI (Surface Wave Imaging)
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To optimize blast-hole configuration, DataCloud offers its Surface Wave Imaging (SWI) solution. SWI seismic techniques can quickly and efficiently provide a shear velocity image of the bench prior to drilling. Shear wave velocity can be used to directly calculate optimum blast hole spacing to help ensure a desired fragmentation profile is delivered. Passive seismic sensors used for SWI can also be used for blast vibration monitoring to develop better peak particle velocity (PPV) calculations for future blast design. This technology is also well suited to imaging subsurface voids such as karsts and old workings, thereby eliminating the need for expensive proof drilling operations.

Consulting Services
 
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DataCloud’s measurement solutions and geological models are driving significant improvements to the economic, environmental, and safety profiles of mining company operations. The de facto way in which these gains are realized is via significantly improved grade control and much better fragmentation profiles. Clients can use RockMaster™ MWD, RHINO™ SWD, and/or DigitalGeology™ image data within DataCloud’s MinePortal™ earth model platform to improve their real-time understanding of the subsurface to increase recovery factors and minimize oversize. Third-party mine planning or blasting software can also be used as the client platform to absorb DataCloud’s bench measurements. But independent of software chosen, DataCloud offers consulting services to help clients maximize the value of its real-time geoscience to recover more ore, faster, and reduce their processing costs per ton while doing so.