Work Packages

WP1: Management & Coordination
Leader: Uppsala University

Tasks: 1.1-1.4

WP1 is planned for management and coordination among various tasks in the whole project.

The main objectives are:

  • To provide administration and coordination concerning financial, legal and technical matters;
  • To provide a platform for a smooth transfer of knowledge among SMEs, researchers, industry and other stakeholders given the broad nature of the partners, but also clustering with the running related EU-funded projects;
  • To define exploitation policy and IP management to facilitate marketing and usability of envisaged technologies. To assist WP6 and WP7 in the development of the Plan for Dissemination and Exploitation of Results (PEDR) while protecting confidential personal and technical data;
  • To continuously monitor and assess risks for effective advancement of the project;
  • To assure gender balance in the project;
  • To assist disseminating project activities supporting the tasks envisioned in WP6.
WP2: New Instruments
Leader: SkyTEM

Tasks: 2.1-2.5

WP2 focuses on the development of new instrumentation. This work package deals with the development of low TRL geophysical technologies covering a wide range of greenfield, brownfield and in-mine applications. The focus is on electromagnetic and seismic equipment and includes airborne, UAV, surface-based, in-mine and downhole systems. It involves several small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and includes experts from academia and the Geological Survey of Sweden.

WP3: Advanced Subsurface Imaging and Modeling
Leader: Polito

Tasks: 3.1-3.2

Deep targeting and high-resolution 3D imaging and modeling require a complete solution resolving shallow subsurface and their influence on deeper targets. Currently, there are not many solutions available for crystalline rock environments.

WP3 therefore focuses on advanced subsurface imaging and modeling of the subsurface. Electromagnetic and seismic methods are the focus of this work package. Among several items including software developments and how-to solutions, this WP aims at:

  • Target diagnostic properties;
  • Cost-effective and high-resolution imaging/modeling at depth.
WP4: Data &Target Generation
Leader: LNEG

Tasks: 4.1-4.7

Successful exploration requires integration of all types of data employing deposit type knowledge, reprocessing and modeling legacy data and acquiring new geophysical, geological and geochemical data to generate common earth 3D models as well as targets for drilling. The main objectives of WP4 are therefore to address knowledge gaps and use the existing data to identify new geophysical targets at the various exploration sites. Smart Exploration uses a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to bring together various researchers from geophysics, geochemistry, structural geology, mineral deposit modeling and data mining to generate new targets for exploration and for validation phase of the project envisaged within WP5.

WP5: Validation
Leader: Nordic Iron Ore

Tasks: 5.1-5.4

All new developments require verification and validation of methodologies and instrumentation. WP5 will validate and verify the performance criteria (e.g. signal-to-noise ratio) of the prototypes and new methods and potentially identify new targets for follow-up investigations. WP5 will:

– Evaluate and showcase the performance of the new instruments developed within WP2 and the geophysical algorithms in WP3 to quantify improvements;

– Any design or performance issues will be identified here, and solutions to address any issues will be examined during the remainder of the project to ensure a TRL greater than 5.

WP6: Dissemination, Exploitation & Civil Society Engagement
Leader: EAGE

Tasks: 6.1-6.4

The overall objective of WP6 is to ensure the results of the Smart Exploration project are communicated on a wide scale, and among stakeholders, relevant partners and end-users. A number of tasks will be carried out to highlight and exploit the outcomes and to raise understanding and acceptance among the targeted stakeholders.

WP7: Ethics
Leader: Proxis

Tasks: 7.1-7.4

WP7 monitors issues related to dissemination of the results, protection of personal data, safety and environmental issues arising from these activities, as well as any issues related to ethical aspects of the project.

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Smart Exploration has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No.775971