The College of the North Atlantic (CNA) has paired up with mining company Novamera to work on a full field trial of Sustainable Mining by Drilling (SMD).

“Our collaboration includes facility usage at the Baie Verte campus, engagement with Gary Thompson (Director of Industry Innovation at CNA) for new and innovative ideas, such as existing tripods for core photography, and using technology like hyperspectral imaging to scan core within our project,” said Shannon McCrae, Vice-President of Business Development with Novamera.

McCrae says the CNA students are not only a highlight of the partnership, there are many benefits for the students involved in the mining project.

“First and foremost, real-world experience and exposure to innovation in mining, how to collaborate with a team, both remote and in person, and helping out a company to bring new technology to the industry.”

An industry looking to rethink and change the way narrow vein deposits are extracted in a more sustainable, compact manner.  “We are a small, but growing, team focused on bringing innovation to the mining industry utilizing a precision mining method that involves innovation using proprietary downhole sensor tools for vein/wall rock interface detection and commercially available drilling equipment for extraction.” says McCrae.

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