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All That Glitters: Geophysical Exploration for Precious Metals

Posted by on Sunday, 7 March, 2010

it was a theme of Canadian Exploration Geophysical Society’s a timely and informative full-day symposium which took place yesterday in Toronto and timed to PDAC-2010. A roster of noted industry experts presented papers focussing on exploration and extraction of gold, silver, and platinum group metals. The symposium included an introductory overview of key geological aspects of important types of Au, Ag, and PGM deposits, cover particular geophysical surveys and applications, case studies, and look at promising future technologies.

The companies which made the presentations: Barrik Gold Exploration; SRK Consulting; MB Geosolutions; Condor Consulting; Fugro Airborne; Aeroquest Surveys with Teck REsources; Geotech Ltd.; Zonge Egineering with Terra Res.; Quantec Geoscience; JVX Ltd.; Abitibi Geophysics; SJ Geophysics Ltd.; Southern Geoscience Consultants; Levon Res with Coro Minera and Fritz Geophysics; Geophysical Algorithms; RMIT; Geoscience BC; GSC; University of Quebec; Ontario Geological Survey with PGW.

16th Annual 3D Seismic Symposium

Posted by on Thursday, 4 March, 2010

The 16th Annual 3D Seismic Symposium, jointly sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists and the Denver Geophysical Society, will be held 16 March 2010 at the Marriott City Center in Denver, USA. This year’s theme “Uplifting the Rockies” has attracted 13 presentations that focus on both Rockies case histories and the latest North American shale plays. The subject matter covers the “hottest” projects available, and the role of 3D data’s role in those projects.

The 2010 symposium features 3-D seismic case histories showing the value of seismic information as well as the latest acquisition, interpretation, and imaging techniques. Experience the latest in 3-D technology during session breaks in the expanded vendor area next to the main ballroom.

The 3-D case studies will include:

  • Haynesville
  • Williston
  • Marcellus
  • Eagle FordKickoff Speaker – Murray Roth- Transform Software and Services. Shale Gas Reservoirs – Similar, yet so different

    Keynote Speaker – Robert Peebler – CEO, ION Geophysical New Models for Technology Innovation in Today’s Interconnected World


  • Ground Geophysics on the Moon

    Posted by on Tuesday, 2 March, 2010

    The meeting at Lunar and Planetary Institute was held on January 2010. About seismic, magnetic, gravity, electromagnetic methods on the Moon:

    The nearest Geophysics Seminar in Toronto

    Posted by on Friday, 26 February, 2010

    “Improved methods for interpreting magnetic gradient tensor data” David Clark, CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering (Australia).

    17-Mar-2010  from 16:00 to 17:00 , Department of Physics of U of T.

    Recent technological advances suggest that we are on the threshold of a new era in applied magnetic surverys, where acquisition of magnetic gradient tensor data will become routine. In the meantime, modern ultrahigh resolution conventional magnetic data can be use to calculate gradient tenor elements from TMI or TMI gradient surveys. Until the present, not a great deal of attention has been paid to processing and interpretation of gradient tensor data. New methods for inverting gradient tensor surveys to obtain source parameters have been developed for a number of elementary, but useful, models. these include point pole, line of poles, point dipole (sphere), line of dipoles ( horizontal cylinder), thin and think dipping sheets and sloping step models. A key simplification is the use of eigenvalues and associated eigenvectors of the tensor.


    Contact Info
    Name Crystal Liao
    Phone 416-978-5175

    The upcoming course of Dr. Henry Lyatsky

    Posted by on Tuesday, 23 February, 2010

    Demystifying Gravity and Magnetic Geophysical Exploration Methods” – the training course which is going to be on May 4, 2010 in Calgary, Alberta.

    This basic one-day course reviews the fundamental geological and physical concepts that lie behind oil and mineral exploration using gravity and magnetic geophysical methods. This course is presented in plain English with minimal math or technical jargon. This course is designed for professional and technical personnel who encounter gravity and magnetic surveys, and need to understand the basics of these geophysical methods in order to assess their suitability and effectiveness under various exploration circumstances.

    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


    A Tutorial on Airborne Electromagnetic Methods and Some Examples from Mineral Exploration, Hydrocarbon Exploration and Water Exploration

    Posted by on Sunday, 21 February, 2010

    Legendary Richard Smith – high level practical and theoretical EM specialist is going to give the lecture on the 25, March, 2010 – 11:30am in Calgary.

    SEG meetings, forums, and workshops help you stay on the cutting edge

    Posted by on Wednesday, 17 February, 2010

    Joint SEG/SPE/AAPG Workshop

    Submit your abstract by 5 March to participate in the upcoming “Joint SEG/SPE/AAPG Workshop on Shales: Seal, Reservoir, Source,” 6-9 June in Austin, Texas. The 5 March deadline is fast approaching, apply now.

    Now accepting applications for the 2010 D&P Forum
    Submit your application before 31 March for the 2010 D&P Forum: CO2 EOR & Sequestration, taking place 18-22 August in Boston, USA.

    2010 Summer Research Workshop
    Submit an abstract for the upcoming workshop “Subsalt Exploration and Development: Four years later, what’s new in acquisition, imaging, and interpretation?” scheduled 26-29 July at the Squaw Valley Resort in Lake Tahoe, California, USA. The deadline to submit is 20 April.

    Denver 2010 Annual Meeting call for papers
    The Technical Program Committee invites you to submit your papers for consideration beginning in March. Start preparing your papers for submission by reading the 2010 Abstract Kit.

    PDAC2010 is coming. With geophysics

    Posted by on Tuesday, 9 February, 2010

    One of the technical sessions is devoted to Geophysics:

    Geophysics (Afternoon , March 9)
    Chairs: Greg Hodges, Fugro Airborne Surveys, Toronto & Richard Smith, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada

    2:00 Geophysics in the discovery and development of the Lost Creek roll front uranium deposit, Great Divide Basin, Wyoming, Cal VanHolland, Ur-Energy USA, Casper, USA
    2:25 Advances in geophysics for resource modeling of nickel laterites, Jan Francke, International Groundradar Consulting Inc., Vancouver, Canada
    2:50 Integrated multidisciplinary high resolution 3D geophysics in brownfields and in-mine exploration: New successful approaches in gold, nickel and uranium districts, Peter Williams, HiSeis, Nedlands, Australia
    3:15 Resistivity imaging using inductive source resistivity (ISR) measurements, Yves Lamontagne, Lamontagne Geophysics Ltd., Kingston, Canada
    3:40 Airborne geophysics and mineral exploration in Northern Ireland, Garth Earls, Geological Survey of Northern Ireland, Belfast, Northern Ireland
    4:05 Geomapping for energy and minerals (GEM) in support of Northern development, David Boerner, Geological Survey of Canada, Ottawa, Canad
    4:30 Deep-seeking geophysics over the Lalor Lake deposit, northwest Manitoba: Discovery and follow-up test case study, Mark Shore, Magma Geosciences Inc., Nepean, Canada

    And a lot of geophysical service, equipment, software companies on the exhibition!

    EGM 2010 International Workshop

    Posted by on Saturday, 6 February, 2010

    Adding new value to Electromagnetic, Gravity and Magnetic Methods for Exploration

    Capri – Italy, April 11-14, 2010

    They invite contributors to the following topics:

    • Advances in instruments and data acquisition;
    • Integrated analysis of land, marine, airdorne and satellite data;
    • Inversion and imaging of electromagnetic, gravity and magnetic data;
    • Joint interpretation of electromagnetic, gravity, magnetic and seismic data.

    New CSEG’s Technical Luncheons with Carmen Dumitrescu

    Posted by on Thursday, 4 February, 2010

    “Characterization of a Heavy Oil Reservoir using Vp/Vs Ratios and Neural Network Analysis”, Calgary, February 10, 2010

    For heavy oil projects, density and Vp/Vs ratio are very good lithology and fluid discriminators. For this talk I have two objectives: the first one is to predict a Vp/Vs ratio volume based on neural network analysis and the second one is to integrate the Vp/Vs ratio with density and edge detector attributes in an attempt to better differentiate between sand and shale within the oil sand reservoir.

    Neural network estimation of reservoir properties has proven effective in significantly improving accuracy and vertical resolution in the interpretation of the reservoir. The strength of a neural network analysis is the ability to determine a nonlinear relationship between logs and several seismic attributes.

    Recent developments in airborne geophysics at CMOS-CGU Ottawa 2010

    Posted by on Tuesday, 2 February, 2010

    44th Annual CMOS Congress 36th Annual Scientific Meeting of CGU 3rd Joint CMOS-CGU Congress May 31June 4, 2010

    Airborne geophysics is a rapidly-evolving, innovative and competitive field that responds to market demands for added value. This is particularly true in the current economic climate.
    This session features recent developments in platforms, sensors and analysis methods for airborne gravity, magnetics, electromagnetics, radiometrics and laser imaging. Of particular interest are new platforms, for example, low-altitude heliported systems and unmanned air vehicles that have the potential of revolutionizing exploration in rough topography. Another area of growing interest is the fusion of data captured by different geophysical sensors, leading to enhanced visual products and maps. Airborne Lidar, for example, has become a valuable technology that allows building digital elevation models that can be combined with classical potential field data. This integrated approach contributes to more accurate target detection and delineation. With the increased data volume, new analysis strategies are being designed to deliver results quickly and efficiently, in many cases, in real- or near real-time.

    The session welcomes contributions focusing on technology advances and case histories for applications ranging from natural resource exploration to mapping unchartered terrains. In line with the conference’s general theme, contributions related to environmental monitoring are particularly encouraged. The session also aims at bringing together geophysicists and engineers engaged in research and development in airborne geophysics, and working in academia, the public section and private industry.

    EAGE conference in Saint Petersburg

    Posted by on Monday, 25 January, 2010

    The 4th International Conference & Exhibition: “New Discoveries through Integration of Geoscience” is going to be 5 – 8 April 2010 in S.Petersburg, Russia.

    Some of the geophysical presentations:

    – Dip Extraction From Three-dimensional Depth Images – Algorithms And Applications – T.J. Moser (Zeehelden Geoservices);

    – 3D-TEM survey in the petroleum exploration problem solving on the Siberian platform – G. Trigubovich (SNIIGGiMS), A. Efimov (SNIIGGiMS);

    – Electrical resistivity tomography: A source focusing approach. – A.E. Kaminsky (KGE Astra) & K.V. Titov (KGE Astra);

    – Marine CSEM technology performance – Limitations or opportunities? – A. Stefatos (Rocksource), J. Hesthammer (Rocksource) & M. Boulaenko (Rocksource);

    – Intergrated Resistivity Imaging of Suswa geothermal field, Kenya – D. Saitet (Jomo Kenyatta University);

    – Asymptotic Anomalies of Uniform Thin Polygonal Sheets – H. Holstein (Aberystwyth University) & C. Anastasiades (Aberystwyth University);

    – Potential of forward and contact problems of magnetometry in finding kimberlite objects – V.A. Kochnev (Institute of Computational Modeling SB RAS) ;

    – Magnetic field statistical characteristics and their relation to the geological structure of quartz- gold deposits. – L. Y. Erofeev* (Tomsk Polytechnic University)

    – New seismic technologies for tight gas exploration and development – A. Araman* (Colorado School of Mines) & P. Mazumdar (Colorado School of Mines);

    – Use of CSEM in exploration in open acreage. A case study from the 20th Licensing Round, Norway – Susanne Sperrevik* (Rocksource ASA);

    – Geophysical Benefits of an Improved Seismic Vibrator – M.A. Hall (ION Geophysical Corporation);

    – New approaches to interpretation of geophysical and well data in forecasting hydrocarbon accumulations in oil-gas basins – A.I. Kushmar (VNIGRI);

    – Application Electric Method HRES-IP to Explore Prospects North of West Siberia – K.V. Tertyshnikov (Geoneftegaz);

    – Application High-resolving Electrical Prospecting on the Pfcific Shelf of China – A.G. Nebrat (SOLITON);

    – Combine use of airborne geophysical methods to constrain geology – J. Deparis (BRGM);

    – Use of DC and FDEM methods to image the Quaternary aquifer and saltwater at Lüdingworth, Cuxhaven area, Germany – Mohamed Attwa* (LIAG institute, Hannover);

    – Exploration of a copper gold porphyry deposit with a complex of geophysical and geochemical methods – Andrey V. Tarasov (Elgeo Ltd.);

    – New perspectives of electromagnetic isoparametric soundings applied to oil and gas deposits – L.V. Smetanina (Trofimuk institute of petroleum geology).

    GEOCANADA 2010 in terms of geophysics

    Posted by on Tuesday, 19 January, 2010

    In May 2010 the CSPG, CSEG and CWLS will join with GAC, MAC, IAH-CNC, CCPG and CFES to bring GeoCanada, a once-in-a-decade event, to Calgary. This valuable earth science Convention will boast an expanded technical program, extended Exhibit Floor and plenty of networking opportunities for the more than 4,500 expected attendees.

    Geophysics related Sessions:

    Advances in Seismic Acquisition

    This session may include any topic to do with onshore seismic acquisition (offshore is a separate session) including, but not limited to; land access, environmental aspects, line clearance and reclamation, geomatics, community relations, sources, receivers and case histories.

    Seismic Interpretation and Case Studies

    Innovative Groundwater Exploration and Discovery Methods

    Groundwater exploration and discovery methods have seen many advances in the past decade, particularly in the application of downhole, airborne, and space-based remote sensing methods as well as computer modelling and scientific visualization. But sound geological mapping, rigorous field observations and aquifer testing are still required to turn conceptual ideas into wells. This session invites papers highlighting innovative geological, geochemical and geophysical methods to explore for groundwater or to map aquifers.

    Geophysical Exploration 1: Gravity, Magnetics, MTEM, Remote Sensing

    Potential Fields, EM, MT, Remote Sensing Papers are invited which describe the application of gravity, magnetics, electro-magnetics, magneto-tellurics and remote sensing to mining and petroleum exploration and exploitation. The topics will be broken down into land, marine, airborne and satellite techniques.

    Geophysical Exploration 2: Lidar, Sonar, Hi-Res Seismic

    Signal Processing and Algorithms

    Signal processing is at the very heart of seismic analysis. This session welcomes theoretical submissions discussing new or existing algorithms, but also presentations featuring applications of these algorithms in the seismic process. It is hoped that the final programme will feature a combination of the theoretical and the practical.

    Subsurface Imaging and Structure

    How do we unlock the secrets of the Earth? Knowledge of the Earth’s structure, whether the near subsurface or the core, is essential to geoscientists. This “subsurface imaging and structure” session will present the latest techniques employed to further our knowledge of the structure and geological history of our planet.

    “It is time to get back on track” after the holidays

    Posted by on Tuesday, 12 January, 2010

    Aarhus Geophysics announces the next Webinar, by the name:” Increased accuracy in inversion of AEM data. VTEM examples“.

    The Webinar, based on a paper that at the last SAGA conference earned the special mention for technical excellence, will explain how they tackle the inversion of data from a generic helicopter TEM system. Some of the questions are the next – altitude, low pass filters, bias etc…. Some VTEM data will be used to present results, both from mining and groundwater applications.

    The Webinar is scheduled for tuesday the 2nd of February 2010, at 16:00 central European time or at 09:30 central European time, and it is meant to last about 1 hour. The double slot should allow interested peo ple in all continents to participate. The Webinars are open to all interested parties. If you want to join in, please sign up by sending an email to

    The nearest CSEG Technical Luncheon is about signal processing

    Posted by on Sunday, 10 January, 2010

    January 11, 2010 – 11:30am in Calgary Mauricio Sacchi is going to speak about “The Old and New in Noise Removal, Wavefield Representation and Data Regularization”. Mauricio teaches geophysical signal processing, introduction to seismic imaging, and inverse problems at University of Alberta. His research interests are in applied seismology, global seismology and ultrasound medical imaging.

    Traditional noise removal methods based on Fourier analysis, Radon transforms, and prediction filtering have occupied an important place in our arsenal of methods for noise attenuation. They all rely on different assumptions and, in general, on a simple signal model. An open problem in seismic data processing is the establishment of proper basis functions to represent seismic data. In addition, it is important to understand how one can use an optimal data representation to separate signal from random and coherent noise. For instance theories arising from the field computational neurosciences (sparse coding) have proposed algorithms to learn (extract) basis functions from the data. The latter can be used to construct a signal and noise model from the data themselves and therefore, to obtain optimal templates to represent seismic data. I will review how the old meets the new and in particular, how one can complement well-known methods for noise attenuation with novel ideas in the field of sparse coding and compressive sensing. In addition, I will provide examples of seismic data regularization where some of these ideas lead to algorithms amenable of regularizing data in the presence of strong coherent noise.

    Exploration geophysics within the bounds of ROUNDUP 2010

    Posted by on Monday, 14 December, 2009

    ROUNDUP2010Go to the Gold and everything else” will be held from January 18, 2010 to January 21, 2010 at the Westin Bayshore, Vancouver under the Association for Mineral Exploration British Colombia. This event on the west like PDAC on the east.

    In the list of short courses there is Short Course 8: Exploration Geophysics in the Mineral Exploration Industry

    Date: Saturday, January 16 & Sunday, January 17, 2010
    Presented by: AME BC, Nigel Phillips (Mira Geoscience), & Sergio Espinosa (Terrane Metals)

    This course provides mineral exploration professionals with the knowledge and understanding of all the major geophysical techniques applied in mineral exploration today. It is suitable for a wide range of professionals who need to make decisions about using geophysics or based on geophysical results, including: Exploration Geologists, Project Geologists, Prospectors, Exploration Managers, Chief Geologists, Exploration VP’s, and Geophysicists who require a refresher on certain topics.

    Attendees will gain a basic understanding of geophysical data, processing, and modelling products including knowledge of what they are, how they work, in what situations they should be used, and how to use them as effective exploration tools.

    Theoretical background will be provided for all geophysical techniques followed by applied examples and case studies ranging from reconnaissance and greenfield to advanced exploration and deposit delineation programs.  The topics covered will include gravity, magnetics, radiometrics, induced polarization (IP), and electromagnetics (EM); their relation to physical properties (density, magnetic susceptibility, conductivity, and chargeability) and geological sources (lithology, alteration, mineralization, structure); data acquisition platforms (airborne, ground, and borehole); data processing; and integrated modelling.

    The course is organized by the British Columbia Geophysical Society and speakers include experienced geophysicists from academia, government, exploration companies, consultants, and contractors.

    Final agenda for Ontario Exploration and Geoscience symposium 2009

    Posted by on Saturday, 12 December, 2009

    The Ontario Prospectors Association presents: Ontario Exploration and Geoscience Symposium 2009 “A Decade of Risks and Rewards” December 15th & 16th, 2009, Radisson Hotel, Sudbury, Ontario.

    Geophysical presentations include:

    Blaine Webster
    Goldeye Exploration Ltd. / JVX Ltd.
    Application of 3D Spectral Borehole IP to Guide Drilling on the Big Dome Project, Tyrrell Township, Ontario

    Blaine Webster, Goldeye Exploration Ltd. / JVX Ltd.,  Application of 3D Spectral Borehole IP to Guide Drilling on the Big Dome Project, Tyrrell Township, Ontario

    Joe Mihelcic, ClearView Geophysics Inc., The Ghosts of Geophysics Past, Present and Future

    Pierre Gaucher, Instrumentation GDD Inc. Enhance Your Gold Exploration with the latest GDD 3D IP Receiver and the new GDD Portable Sample Core IP Tester

    Jim Atkinson Noront Resources Ltd. Highlights from the Ring of Fire  (has to be about geophysical highlights as well – Noront has made many discoveries there after airborne geophysical surveys over the Ring of Fire, AP)