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Professore Ordinario (L.240)

Componente (Commissione istruttoria per il Coordinamento dell'Attività Didattica e formativa)
Componente Gruppo di lavoro Osservatorio di Genere (Gruppo Lavoro Osservatorio di Genere)
Coordinatore (Collegio di Ingegneria per l'Ambiente e il Territorio)
Membro Centro Interdipartimentale (SmartData@PoliTO - Big Data and Data Science Laboratory)

+39 0110907704 / 7704 (DIATI)

Area di ricerca GEOFISICA APPLICATA
Progetti di ricerca SMART EXPLORATION - Sustainable mineral resources by utilizing new Exploration technologies
Laboratori
Progetti di ricerca

Finanziati da bandi competitivi

  • FIBER-OPTIC SENSING AND UAV-PLATFORM TECHNIQUES FOR INNOVATIVE MINERAL EXPLORATION, (2022-2024) - Responsabile Scientifico

    National Research

    ERC sectors

    PE10_7 - Physics of earth’s interior, seismology, volcanology

    SDG

    Obiettivo 12. Garantire modelli sostenibili di produzione e di consumo|Obiettivo 15. Proteggere, ripristinare e favorire un uso sostenibile dell’ecosistema terrestre

    Abstract

    FUTURE is a multi- and cross-disciplinary project that aims at developing new seismic, electromagnetic and magnetic methods for deepexploration targeting with unprecedented penetration, sensitivity, and resolution. Essentially, the methods are (1) a surface-borehole-tunneldistributed acoustic sensing (DAS) technology that utilizes fiber-optic cables and wireless recorder sensing, and (2) a UAV-EM-Mag platform.These technologies will be tested at two sites: (1) An iron-oxide mineralized region in central Sweden (Ludvika Mines). The target bodies areopen down-dip, and their geometry appears to be controlled by a number of fault systems. The deepest boreholes in the Ludvika Mines sitewere drilled in the early 70s and have 1-inch diameter, hence the simultaneous borehole-surface DAS data acquisition will not only make thedeployment of a fiber-optic DAS array possible but will also produce an improved velocity model that is necessary for advanced depthimaging algorithms. UAV-EM-Mag surveys will help to optimize planning of a new seismic profile to study the lateral extent of the depositsand possible major fault systems in the area. (2) Tabular gold-bearing conglomerate layers (reefs) sandwiched between quartzites andvolcanic rocks at a depth of ca. 3500 m in South Africa (South Deep Gold Mine). Innovative numerical modeling and guided-wave analysiswill be used to investigate the seismic response of the orebody between the surface, mine tunnels, and underground boreholes. A sparsesurface 3D array will also record both active and passive seismic data. The experiments require the development of a new ultra-accurateGPS-time transmitter with longer time durability and accuracy.Four work packages are planned: (1) Coordination and Communication, (2) Innovative surface-tunnel-borehole seismic sensing, (3) UAV-EMMagsurveys and solutions, and (4) Integration. Topics range from fundamental research to practical applications. The target technologyreadiness level will be 6-7, i.e., the envisaged solutions will be demonstrated using real exploration examples. If successful, the outputs willsignificantly improve the capabilities to detect and characterize deep orebodies, opening possibilities for new discoveries that are essentialfor the world to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The development of highly skilled researchers and practitioners is equallyimportant. The project team is also acutely aware of the impact that exploration and mining can have on the environment, and will ensurethat this is minimized. The project team includes researchers from universities, a geological survey, equipment manufacturers, and mining companies in Sweden,Italy, South Africa, and France. The involvement of experienced organizations such as the Geological Survey of Sweden, University of theWitwatersrand, Uppsala University, Politecnico di Torino, University of Venda, Sercel, Nordic Iron Ore AB, and South Deep Gold Mine assistboth in achieving the scientific goals, and communicating with stakeholders and the public. Research sites on two continents will supportthe exchange of knowledge and experiences.

    Strutture interne coinvolte

  • Smart Exploration: Sustainable mineral resources by utilizing new exploration technologies, (2018-2020) - Responsabile Scientifico

    Ricerca UE - H2020 - Societal Challenges - Climate action

    Abstract

    Smart Exploration consists of a research and application team supported by a group of technologically advanced SMEs andthe mining industry. The consortium will firstly focus on developing cost-effective, environmentally-friendly tools and methodsfor geophysical exploration in highly challenging brownfield areas where exploration expenditure is greater and the returntime (from exploration to production) shorter. A second focus point will be long-term greenfield exploration with the aim ofreducing exploration costs, implying significant improvement in development rates and a sustainable supply of raw materialsat the same rate as the whole world wishes to grow. Therefore, new innovative ideas will also be tested for greenfieldexploration to increase the potential of finding new major deposits of relevance to the EU. The overall objectives of the tasksare to develop (1) cost-effective and innovative exploration instruments comprising airborne, surface, downhole and in-minemodular-based geophysical systems, (2) new exploration targets through multidisciplinary and integrated approaches, (3)novel reprocessing and handling of legacy exploration data that will generate additional information and targets for detailedexploration, and (4) validating all these developments, to maximize their impacts, at relevant exploration sites coveringgreenfield, near-mine and in-mine areas using known targets. We anticipate that these developments will not only generatenew technological and methodological markets for the EU, but will also result in improved exploration strategies in the EUand beyond. The nature of the consortium, the partners involved, and the commodities that are considered will result inhighly useful exploitation of the developments envisaged in the project and a guarantee of their successful use beyond theproject life.

    Paesi coinvolti

    • ITALIA

    Enti/Aziende coinvolti

    • Uppsala Universitet

    Strutture interne coinvolte

Finanziati da contratti commerciali

  • Convenzione tra il Politecnico di Torino - DIATI e l'Università degli Studi di Torino - Dipartimento di Economia e Statistica, (2020-2023) - Responsabile Scientifico

    Convenzioni Dipartimentali

    Paesi coinvolti

    • ITALIA

    Enti/Aziende coinvolti

    • UNIVERSITA' DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO
  • Implementation of a code for the fast site assessment based on automatic analysis of seismic surface waves, (2021-2021) - Responsabile Scientifico

    Ricerca Commerciale

    Paesi coinvolti

    • ITALIA

    Strutture interne coinvolte

  • Esecuzione di indagini geofisiche dai CC.TT.UU. Prof. Franco Braga e Prof. Sebastiano Rampello e dalla Commissione Tecnica Anas nell'ambito delle verifiche sulle cause che hanno determinato il cedimento del Viadotto Albiano (MS), sito sulla S.S. n. 330 di "Buonviaggio", (2020-2021) - Responsabile Scientifico

    Prestazione di Servizi commerciale

    Paesi coinvolti

    • ITALIA

    Enti/Aziende coinvolti

    • ANAS S.P.A.
  • Implementation of novel approaches for retrieving reliable near surface velocity models, (2017-2020) - Responsabile Scientifico

    Concorso oneri ricerca commerciale

    Paesi coinvolti

    • ITALIA

    Strutture interne coinvolte