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2015 Astana Mining and Metallurgy Congress

Posted by on Friday, 26 June, 2015

The Astana International Mining and Metallurgy Congress (AMM) (17-18 June) jointed political, business, financial and scientific leaders of the mining and metallurgical industry from many countries. The main goals of the congress was development of partnerships, introduction of technological innovations, attraction of investments and development of the country’s mining act.

The congress was held in the Palace of Independence. The world leader in airborne geophysics Geotech Ltd. together with the JV KazGeotech participated in the exhibition, in the “GEOLOGY SESSION” and in the bilateral business-meeting with Albert Rau, Vice Minister, Ministry of Investment and Development (Republic of Kazakhstan) presenting Geotech airborne geophysical technologies and Geotech-KazGeotech potential for geological exploration of Kazakhstan and the Middle Asia region.

Douglas Pitcher, Managing Partner and VP, Geotech with Gary Hodgkinson, General Manager Exploration, Rio Tinto - Central Asia

Douglas Pitcher, Managing Partner and VP, Geotech with Gary Hodgkinson, General Manager Exploration, Rio Tinto – Central Asia












Bazarbay Nurabayev - The chairman of Commitee of geology and subsoil use is reporting about strategic partners in the mineral exploration sector

Bazarbay Nurabayev – The chairman of Commitee of geology and subsoil use is reporting about strategic partners in the mineral exploration sector














Galym Nurjanov, Head of JSC “NATIONAL COMPANY KAZGEOLOGIA” - about  strategic directions of the company development

Galym Nurjanov, Head of JSC “NATIONAL COMPANY KAZGEOLOGIA” – about strategic directions of the company development














Douglas Pitcher, Managing Partner and VP, Geotech  - presenting Geotech airborne geophysics technologies and accelerating discoveries using Airborne Geophysics.

Douglas Pitcher, Managing Partner and VP, Geotech – presenting Geotech airborne geophysics technologies and accelerating discoveries using Airborne Geophysics.
















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Other posts “Geotech in Kazakhstan”…


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Foreign investments in mineral exploration in Kazakhstan

Posted by on Monday, 27 April, 2015

Galym Nurjanov (a head of JSC “National exploration company “Kazgeology”) has held a press conference at RSU “Central Communications Service for the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan” and reported about success in investments attraction in the mineral exploration sector of Kazakhstan economy.

Over the past two years the four major foreign investors came to Kazakhstan – the Australian-British concern “Rio Tinto”, a South Korean corporation “KORES”, the Australian company “Iluka Resources” and the German investment fund “ULMUS FUND”. These companies are willing to invest into the mineral exploration sector over $ 5.5 billion tenge.  Airborne geophysical surveys are going to be started soon in connection with Rio Tinto and Iluka Resources projects. The advanced airborne geophysical technologies including VTEM and ZTEM which are used right now in Kazakhstan, have been brought by Canadian company Geotech Ltd.

In the news – Geotech technologies in Kazakhstan and Russia

Posted by on Tuesday, 2 December, 2014

In the National TV News (Kazakhstan)


In the local (Yakutia) Russian TV news:

“Forgotten Truths, Myths and Sacred Cows of Potential Fields Geophysics” – Alan Reid, KEGS talk

Posted by on Tuesday, 29 July, 2014




Geophysics and Geophysical Services and Equipment sessions at PDAC-2014 in Toronto

Posted by on Wednesday, 12 February, 2014

Geophysics Session

Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:55 PM
Chairs: Jean Legault, Geotech Ltd., Aurora & Greg Hodges, CGG Airborne Surveys, Toronto, Canada
Location: Room 715

Geophysical exploration for porphyry Cu deposits: Southwest United States and Northern Mexico

2:00 PM – 2:25 PM 
Mark Thoman, Freeport-McMoRan Exploration Corp., Tucson, USA

The application of geophysics for exploration in the cordillera of North America

2:25 PM – 2:50 PM 
Richard Smith, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada

3D seismic imaging of VMS deposits: Halfmile Lake and Lalor Lake, Canada

2:50 PM – 3:15 PM 
Gilles Bellefleur, Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa, Canada

3D VTEM inversion for delineating sub-vertical shear zones in the West African gold belt

3:15 PM – 3:40 PM 
Magdel Combrinck, Tau Geophysical Consultants, Calgary, Canada

Airborne IP is coming

3:40 PM – 4:05 PM
James Macnae, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

Caveat emptor: A geophysicist’s perspective on successful interpretation

4:05 PM – 4:30 PM 
Joel Jansen, Teck Resources Limited, Vancouver, Canada

Regional airborne geophysical assessment of the Selwyn Basin area, Yukon-NWT

4:30 PM – 4:55 PM 
Ken Witherly, Condor Consulting, Inc., Lakewood, USA

Geophysical Services & Equipment Session

Sunday, March 2, 2014, 1:10 PM – 3:40 PM

New highly sensitive, all-season, ground electroprospecting technique for mining exploration

1:10 PM – 1:35 PM 
Igor Ingerov
Highly sensitive, productive, all-season electroprospecting technique based on the measurement of the variation of 3-othogonal components of Earth’s magnetic field for mining exploration.
Advanced Geophysical Operations and Services Inc. (AGCOS),

New multi-frequency time domain EM system

1:35 PM – 2:00 PM 
Francisco Lopez
New multi-frequency time domain EM system for helicopter with ability to have in one flight several frequencies giving all the depths of resolution.
AirTime Canada Limited,

The Geode EM3D: A new geophysical tool for high resolution EM prospecting

2:25 PM – 2:50 PM 
Douglas Groom
Distributed networked EM for dense data set electromagnetic exploration, the Geode EM3D is a CSAMT exploration instrument. Using a scalable distributed network of up to 250 electric and magnetic field channels for high-density data sets.
Geometrics, Inc.,

Development of an X-ray fluorescence borehole logging probe for depth up to 500 meters

2:50 PM – 3:15 PM 
Claus Bachmann
The development of an XRF based elemental logger for borehole depths of up to 500 meters and a diameter of 52 mm will be presented.
J&C Bachmann GmbH,

Real-time aeromagnetic dynamic compensation of on-board electronics

3:15 PM – 3:40 PM 
Andre Marszalkowski
RMS Instruments DAARC500 technology allows real-time dynamic compensation of on-board electronic (OBE) systems; the augmented compensation model simplifies operational requirements during flight.
RMS Instruments Limited,

High Resolution Airborne Geophysical Survey in Tanzania

Posted by on Sunday, 19 January, 2014

Geological Survey of Tanzania (GST) and Ministry of Energy and Minerals of Tanzania have organized the Workshop “Launching High Resolution Airborne Geophysical Data at Julius Nyerera Convention Center (17 January, 2014, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania). Around 150 delegates have attended the workshop from government and private sectors.


Geotech Ltd. and Sander Geophysics have finished the airborne magnetic, gravity, electromagnetic (VTEM), radiometric surveys in 31 districts and presented some results of the surveys.

Permanent Secretary (PS) of Ministry of Energy and Minerals Mr.Eliakim Maswi said – the surveys were carried out under the Sustainable Management of Mineral Resources Project, saying the purpose of the survey was to identify potential zones of mineralization. “The main objective of the project is to improve the socioeconomic impacts of mining for Tanzania and Tanzanians and therefore enhance local and foreign investments”, said PS.

GST Chief Executive Officer , Prof. Abdulkarim Mruma said: “geophysical data acquired through the high resolution airborne geophysical surveys allow fast and accurate delineation of mineralised targets and when augmented with geological and geochemical datasets are highly effective in attracting new exploration ventures.” Prof. Mruma noted that the availability of the modern geo-scientific  data will stimulate investments into mineral and other sectors and will improve the effectiveness of exploration programs.


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Rio Tinto: “Geophysics playing an increasingly important role”

Posted by on Tuesday, 17 December, 2013



“Despite a steep appreciation in exploration spending over the past decade, the number of greenfield discoveries is falling every year. Narrowing this gap will require harnessing the power of big data and cloud computing, according to a presentation by Rio Tinto’s exploration chief Stephen McIntosh at the International Geophysical Conference in Melbourne.

“In a lot of cases, we have the data but we haven’t got the most out of it because of time constraints and our ability to find or “discover” this data,” Amanda Butt, McIntosh’s colleague and former manager of exploration and geophysics, said in a follow-up interview with Earth Explorer. “Now that we can do things more quickly, and efficiently we can get more effective information out of the data.”

Geophysics, in particular, has become an increasingly important exploration tool as the depth of the average discovery moves from close to surface in the 1950s to hundreds of metres deep. Indeed, geophysics contributed significantly to nine of the 16 greenfields discoveries Rio Tinto has made since 1996, including the Diavik diamond mine in Canada and more recently at the La Granja copper project in Peru.”

the original story

Training Course: Gravity and Magnetic Geophysical Methods in Oil Exploration

Posted by on Wednesday, 23 October, 2013
Calgary, Alberta
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Course Description
This basic one-day course reviews the fundamental geological and physical concepts behind oil exploration using gravity and magnetic methods. It is presented in plain English with minimal math or technical jargon, and it includes hands-on exploration examples and case studies.

Delineation of regional and local fault networks, which gravity and magnetic data enable, is crucial in both conventional and unconventional exploration and production. In frontier regions, these data help to delineate the raised and subsided crustal blocks and depocenters, as well as the distribution of igneous rocks.

The course reviews all stages of gravity and magnetic survey design, as well as data acquisition and geological interpretation. These steps are put in the context of designing and executing overall exploration programs for both conventional and unconventional targets.

A complete set of course materials and lunch is included in this course.

Who Should Attend
This course is designed for professional and technical personnel who need to understand the basics of gravity and magnetic methods in order to assess their effectiveness in various exploration circumstances. The course is intended for all staff levels including geological, geophysical, administrative and management personnel.
Course Outline
  • Geological Meaning of Geophysical Anomalies: Anomaly-Lithology Relationships and Relevant Rock Properties
  • Forms of Rock Bodies Encountered in Oil and Mineral Exploration
  • Gravity Exploration Methods
  • Magnetic Exploration Methods
  • Design of Gravity and Magnetic Surveys for Geologic Targets
  • Processing Methods for Gravity and Magnetic Data to Separate and Enhance Desirable Anomalies
  • Data Display and Anomaly Enhancement
  • Exploration Example: Gravity and Magnetic Studies of Alberta Basement Structure
  • Exploration Example: Gravity and Magnetic Studies in a Frontier Basin Offshore British Columbia
Dr. Henry Lyatsky

Henry Lyatsky is a Calgary-based geophysical and geological consultant who has worked across Canada, northern and western U.S., and internationally in oil and mineral exploration.

He was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and moved to Calgary as a teenager. He holds a B.Sc. in geology and geophysics (1985, University of Calgary), an M.Sc. in geophysics (1988, University of Calgary) and a Ph.D. in geology (1992, University of British Columbia). He is the first or sole author of three books (Springer-Verlag) on the regional geology and geophysics of western Canada, two gravity and magnetic atlases of the Alberta Basin (Alberta Geological Survey) and many papers. He is a member of CSEG, MEG and APEGA.

Henry is a past president of the Mineral Exploration Group, a province-wide mining-industry association in Alberta. To avoid the downtown rat-race and congestion, he works from home, enjoys the free space of the Alberta outdoors, and loves nothing better than in-depth history books and good hikes in the mountains.

Seminar to honour Professor Emeritus Tadeusz Ulrych

Posted by on Thursday, 1 August, 2013

A seminar to honour Professor Emeritus Tadeusz Ulrych will be held in Vancouver, B.C. on Thursday September 5, 2013. It will be a day of invited talks on a range of topics related to signal processing and geophysics in honour of our friend and teacher, Tad.

Date: Thursday September 5, 2013
Venue: University Golf Club Vancouver, BC
Presentations and lunch: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Reception: 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Speakers from international academia and industry include:

  • Evgeny Landa, “Beyond conventional …”
  • Scott Leaney, “From scale space to anisotropic moment tensors, punctuated with portraits”
  • Toshifumi Matsuoka, “TBA” =
  • Jaymie Matthews, “Asteroseismology: Stealing the geoseismologists’ guide book and launching it into space “
  • Brian Russell, “Instantaneous anything“
  • Mauricio Sacchi, “Sparsity and Nuclear Norm Regularization for Multidimensional (5D) Seismic Data Processing “
  • Michael Slawinski, “Monte-Carlo analysis of Frobenius-norm effective elasticity tensors”
  • Stewart Trickett, “Robust rank-reduction filtering for erratic noise”
  • Danilo Velis, “Very fast simulated annealing for the automatic detection of microseisms”
  • Arthur Weiglein, “Tad Ulrych: the inspiration behind inverse scattering group therapy and seismic psychoanalysis”
  • Iain Weir-Jones, “TBA”


The technical program for SAGA-AEM Joint Conferences 2013

Posted by on Friday, 26 July, 2013

SAGA 13th biennial conference – 6th to 9th October 2013
6th International Airborne EM 2013 – 10th to 11th October 2013
Skukuza Rest Camp, Kruger National Park
Mpumalanga South Africa


SAGA 2013 Conference Technical Programme

Click here to view the preliminary version of the SAGA 2013 Conference technical programme. A pdf version of the programme is also available for for viewing or download.

AEM 2013 Conference Technical Programme

Click here to view the preliminary version of the AEM 2013 Conference technical programme.pdf version of the programme is also available for for viewing or download.

Workshops and Short Courses

The workshop/tours list will be finalised end of July. Depending on registration numbers, some workshops will be cancelled and others will go ahead. Please register soon before end of July. Final workshop programme will be updated in August. The following workshops and short courses will be available during the conference. Download Workshops and Short Courses Information Pack.

“New depths of insight from the 3D earth imagery delivered by 3D DC data acquisition systems”

Posted by on Monday, 13 May, 2013

Mr. Greg A. Shore, (P.Geo., Premier Geophysics Inc., Aurora, Ontario) is going to make a presentation:

New depths of insight from the 3D earth imagery delivered by 3D DC data acquisition systems:  field case examples from Nevada, New Zealand and British Columbia”

Date: Tuesday 14 May, 2013 @ 4:00PM
Venue: ESC 2093, Department of Earth Sciences, 22 Russell Street (2nd floor), University of Toronto

Abstract: The acquisition of a uniformly-distributed, all-directional, dense and deep-sensing (“true 3D”) DC geo-electric data set can provide the field observations needed to guide and constrain a 3D data inversion to a model earth result that is as objective and as subtly resolved as is practically possible.  Whether the field acquisition technology is distributed or tethered, it is the data set itself that counts, and all 3D systems today (E-SCAN, ORION, NEWDAS) deliver the optimized true 3D field data sets as characterized above.

Having providing the hard-data basis for an enhanced level of trust in subtle image patterns, the new 3D imagery can help to understand both the anomalous targeted features and the often-subtler alteration envelopes or settings that may accompany them.  These previously-unseen alteration patterns may themselves represent new resource targets.  They can also provide guidance as to the probable location of otherwise non-responsive targets of interest, resource zones that are perhaps too small in volume or too weak in response to be directly identifiable with any geophysical technology.

We show how 3D alteration pattern imaging indirectly locates the otherwise geophysically-invisible Gwenivere ore veins at Great Basin Gold’s Hollister mine, and how that signature leads to nearby targeting. Another Hishikari-like setting in New Zealand and an answer to narrow-vein mapping problems in the Toodoggone (BC) district illustrate the new opportunities to understand not just ore signatures, but the imprinted patterns of entire hydrothermal signatures on host lithology.

Practical Inversion for Geoscientists

Posted by on Wednesday, 10 April, 2013

A short course on the why, how, and what of geophysical inversion

Presented by the B.C. Geophysical Society

This is a 2-day workshop consisting of 1 day of lectures (April 24th) followed by a 1 day hands-on workshop (either April 25th or 26th). Delegates can register for just the lectures or both the lectures and workshop.

Registration available until April 15th at:

Date: April 24th – 26th 2013

Address: SFU Downtown Campus; Vancouver BC

Registration: Registration is now open!  Please fill out attached pdf form (link below) and click submit.  Registration will be complete once payment is made via Paypal link.  Delegates are asked to choose one workshop day among April 25th or 26th.

Day 1 – Introduction to inversion
– Introduction to inversion in exploration

Reasons for doing inversion
Range of inversion options: magnetics, gravity, EM, IP-resistivity, seismic
Fitting geology and data

– Background on inversion

Joint and collaborative
The future of inversion

– Before inversion – forward modeling

forward modeling
petrophysics drives the story
complexity vs. adequacy

– Case studies

Potential fields

Day 2 – Workshop with Case studies
Multi-disciplinary teams will use geological, geophysical and geochemical data from two deposits (Babine Lake porphyry Cu-Mo, BC and Minto Cu, YK) to develop exploration targets. Teams will present their evaluations of the data to stimulate group discussion.

Inversion results for the available geophysical surveys will be presented to demonstrate state-of-the-art technology and best practices.
Sponsors for the short course are currently being solicited. Please contact Victoria Sterritt at for details. Proceeds go to the KEGS Foundation.
For those interested in more information about the short course, please email

“Peter Duncan to Be Honored at Geophysical Society Spring Symposium”

Posted by on Sunday, 10 February, 2013

MicroSeismic, Inc. announced that Peter Duncan, Ph.D. will be honored for a lifetime achievement in geophysics at the Geophysical Society of Houston (GSH) and Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) 2013 Spring Symposium on March 5 and 6. As part of the symposium, Peter will host a Challenge Bowl on March 5 and will be the guest of honor at the March 6 banquet toasting and roasting him.

“I am extremely surprised and grateful to receive this prestigious honor and join a group of honorees for whom I have deep admiration,” stated Peter Duncan, Ph.D., Founder and CEO of MicroSeismic. “I have dedicated my life to the study of geophysics and the advancement of that field of work; to be honored by these two organizations means the world to me.”

Peter is an active volunteer with many organizations including GSH and SEG. He chaired GSH’s Continuing Education Committee for two years and SEG’s Continuing Education Committee for three years. In the late 1990’s, he was responsible for creating the SEG Distinguished Instructor Short Course format. Peter served as the SEG President in 2003 and in the fall of 2008, he was the SEG/AAPG Distinguished Lecturer and spoke on the subject of passive seismic at 45 venues around the world. His most treasured accomplishment with SEG is the development of the successful Challenge Bowl where he continues to be its biggest promoter and host. Challenge Bowl events are held annually around the world, with local and regional eliminations leading to a world championship at the SEG Annual Meeting.

For registration and details of event visit

A Workshop on Airborne Electromagnetics

Posted by on Monday, 24 September, 2012

The Maxwell and CSIRO Workshop schedule and booking form for 2012 is now available

Posted by on Thursday, 21 June, 2012


The 2012 Maxwell software training schedule and booking form is now available. Please see the PDF below.

Many hardware and software queries can be answered by EMIT staff over the phone. However, for more intensive personalised training, we can organise one-on-one training sessions either at your workplace or at our office in Midland. Alternatively, customised sessions for your acquisition or interpretation groups can be held at your organisation using your data.

EMIT Workshop Schedule and Booking Form 2012 (Maxwell and CSIRO)
EMIT Workshop Agenda – Maxwell
EMIT Workshop Agenda – CSIRO

Participants are encouraged to book four (4) weeks ahead to ensure their desired workshop dates. Each workshop will be confirmed only when the minimum of four (4) bookings have been received. Workshops are limited to ten (10) participants.

Some informal notes from the EAGE workshop

Posted by on Tuesday, 12 June, 2012

MATT HALL: “This year is the 20th anniversary of the release of Seismic Un*x as free software. It is six years since the first open software workshop at EAGE. And it is one year since the PTTC open source geoscience workshop in Houston, where I first met Karl Schleicher, Joe Dellinger, and a host of other open source advocates and developers. The EAGE workshop on Friday looked back on all of this, surveyed the current landscape, and looked forward to an ever-increasing rate of invention and implementation of free and open geophysics software.

Rather than attempting any deep commentary, here’s a rundown of the entire day:..”

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Abstracts from the ASEG Natural Fields EM Forum 2012 released

Posted by on Sunday, 4 March, 2012

Geoscience Australia Record 2012/04 contains abstracts from the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysics (ASEG) Natural Fields EM Forum 2012, held at the recent ASEG 2012 Conference in Brisbane.

The report is a collation of abstracts presented at the forum and reviews the current state-of-the-art use of natural EM fields in exploration applications. It also includes details of significant developments in acquisition, processing and interpretation methods in recent years, many of which have been made possible through ready access to increased computing power, both in the field and in post-acquisition processing facilities.

Principally, these applications involved aspects of ground-based MT and AMT methods, but also included airborne techniques (e.g., ZTEM) which use only natural EM fields as an energy source. The abstracts cover a wide range of applications of natural EM fields which are used in the search for minerals and energy resources and range from the development of broad-scale regional models to direct detection of drill targets.

The record is available as a free download.