DroneSOM – more precise, efficient, and environmentally friendly mineral exploration
DroneSOM (Drone Geophysics and Self-Organizing Maps) aims to harness drones and machine learning to improve the current mineral exploration methods.
By combining cutting-edge scientific research with drone industry expertise, the project partners aim to launch a comprehensive set of new machine learning tools and methodologies for commercialization in 2025.
Test surveys for several mineral exploration companies
Field measurements with drones will take place in Finland, Germany and Greenland, and data integration will be done with the new software solutions. Validation will be carried out by doing test surveys for several mineral exploration companies.
To be commercially available
The development and testing of the new exploration systems and software will take place during 2022-2025. At the end of the project, potential customers such as the mining industry will be able to buy the measurements, the service package modelling, and the final model from Radai Oy for commercialization.
Efficiency with significantly smaller environmental impact
Currently, the measurements are done by using an airplane. The novel geophysical drone-based measurement methodology and the adjacent software solutions will enable a more precise, efficient, and environmentally friendly mineral exploration process.
Drone can survey the area faster.
Drone can fly lower and explore more difficult survey areas.
Drone can survey areas with significantly smaller environmental impact and without using fossil fuels.
Drone surveys consume less time and fuel.