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Unveiling the Impact of Core Scanning on Mining Exploration - with Alice Dineen

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In this episode we chat to Alice Dineen, North American Sales Manager at Geotek Limited, who specialises in high-resolution, non-destructive analysis of geological cores. For over 25 years, they have designed, built, and supplied a range of Multi-Sensor Core Logger systems, using a suite of geophysical and geochemical sensors primarily aimed at non-destructive core analysis across the mining industry.

Alice has an earth science and geology degree and has been with the business for over 5 ½ years and discuss Geotek, what they do and how mining companies benefit from using their equipment and expertise in logging core.


  • Core scanning is essential for connecting remote sensing surveys to the subsurface, providing ground truth data for exploration and mining projects.
  • Core scanning technology, such as the BoxScan system, automates core logging processes, ensuring consistent and non-subjective data collection for better geological interpretations.
  • Machine learning algorithms, like k-means clustering, can be applied to core scanning data to segment and analyze mineral content, enhancing exploration and resource characterisation.
  • Core scanning systems, like those offered by Geotech, can help expedite the transition to green energy by providing valuable data for critical mineral initiatives and carbon capture storage.
  • Public awareness and education about the importance of core scanning in the mining industry and its role in the green energy transition are crucial for driving innovation and sustainability in the sector.


"Core is the most important resource we have from an exploration standpoint and in the mining sector in general." 

"Core scanning can be hugely beneficial in the carbon capture storage sector because you're wanting to characterise rocks which might be suitable hosts for carbon." 

"I think large file sizes can definitely be a real problem, particularly with high-resolution data collection." 

"I think core scanning in general can be hugely beneficial for the green energy transition."


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Email: alice@geotek.co.uk

Phone: +44 (0)1327311666

Website: www.geotek.co.uk

LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/alice-dineen-b38116a5

Geotek LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/geotek-ltd


Rob Tyson is the Founder and Director of Mining International Ltd, a leading global recruitment and headhunting consultancy based in the UK specialising in all areas of mining across the globe from first-world to third-world countries from Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. We source, headhunt, and discover new and top talent through a targeted approach and search methodology and have a proven track record in sourcing and positioning exceptional candidates into our clients' organisations in any mining discipline or level. Mining International provides a transparent, informative, and trusted consultancy service to our candidates and clients to help them develop their careers and business goals and objectives in this ever-changing marketplace.




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Rob Tyson is an established recruiter in the mining and quarrying sector and decided to produce the “Dig Deep” The Mining Podcast to provide valuable and informative content around the mining industry. He has a passion and desire to promote the industry and the podcast aims to offer the mining community an insight into people’s experiences and careers covering any mining discipline, giving the listeners helpful advice and guidance on industry topics. 

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