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BHP and mineral scanning technology company Orexplore Technologies will collaborate for a field deployment at the Carrapateena copper mine in South Australia.

Valued at $1.55 million, the agreement will see Orexplore deliver site-based drill-core and sample digitisation services at Carrapateena.

The work will focus on unlocking new rock mass characterisation and geomatallurgical information to advance both short and medium-term mining along with operational planning and decision processes.

As part of the agreement, Orexplore will utilise its Smart Domaining (SDM) solution to improve orebody knowledge across the site.

“We are proud to be deploying our technology into BHP’s Carrapateena mine and excited to continue our work with BHP’s team,” Orexplore managing director Brett Giroud said.

“Orexplore is working in close collaboration with the BHP team that is leading the way in the successful adoption of transformational technologies such as the Orexplore technology platform.

“We are advancing our mission to improve the sustainability of the mining industry, through delivering new technology tools to the field in support of geology and mining professionals transforming their processes and ways of working.”

Orexplore will work with the BHP operations team to embed new information flows into the site processes and systems as part of the installation of three GeoCore X10 units at the site.

“This agreement further demonstrates increasing global demand for non-destructive, 3D information sourced rapidly from the field to inform decision processes, drive traditionally siloed collaboration around digital models, and create value within an operating mine,” Giroud said.

“This unique combination powers the company’s broad solution suite that is delivering new value to customers from exploration to ESG solutions.”