We forge partnerships and collaborations with industry and R&D leaders to bring the most advanced 3D geoscience knowledge and technology together in a practical, powerful way to address mining industry challenges. We bridge the mining and petroleum worlds in both our technology partnerships and our client base.
AMIRA is a member-based organization of minerals companies and suppliers that develops, brokers, and facilitates collaborative research projects. We are contributing to the Rapid Inversion of TEM Data project. The aims of this project are to further advance the development of rapid approximate inversion of TEM data and to fully develop practical tools for integrated interpretation of multiple datasets in the VP software environment.
Canadian Mining Innovation Council (CMIC)
We are actively taking part in a CMIC research project on discovering new combinations of measurable parameters that define the footprints of ore systems. This project is the largest-ever Canadian mineral exploration R&D project that aims to improve exploration success. We are co-leaders of the project’s data integration activities, providing both advisory services and modelling software.
Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI)
We have been working closely with CEMI on the Smart Underground Monitoring and Integrated Technologies (SUMIT) program and the Tunnel Boring System (TBS) projects of the Rio Tinto Centre for Underground Mine Construction (RTC-UMC), and more recently on the Mining Observatory Data Control Centre (MODCC). The data management side of these programs aims to facilitate deep mining research and development. Our contribution is to create the necessary technology to manage multi-disciplinary time-based data and mine models.
DMT GmbH & Co KG
Our partnership with DMT is focused on underground mine data management and geohazard assessment, with an emphasis on our joint software and service offering to the coal industry. We have recently partnered with DMT to provide data management and a real-time rock burst hazard assessment system to JSC Apatit’s underground phosphate mines near Kirovsk, Russia. With 30 offices around the world, DMT is a global corporate group of 14 engineering and consulting firms, providing interdisciplinary services in the four markets of Mining, Oil & Gas, Civil Engineering & Infrastructure and Plant Engineering. Their wide-ranging service portfolio covers the fields of Exploration, Engineering, Consulting and Geotechnics, in which they apply professional know-how and innovative strength to create tailor-made solutions for the long-term benefit of their customers.
Fullagar Geophysics Pty. Ltd. (FGPL)
FGPL provides interpretational expertise, software solutions, research, and training to the mining industry, worldwide. Specialities include integrated interpretation of electromagnetic, gravity, magnetic, and borehole data for both exploration and mining applications. We are resellers of their VPem3D program and FGPL is also an active operational partner in our geophysical interpretational service business.
Geological Survey of Canada (GSC)
We have a long history of R&D collaboration and technology development partnership with the GSC. Our ongoing collaborative work with the GSC has played an important role in the creation of several of our products, including “3D-GIS”, “Targeting Workflow”, “Sparse”, and the “Rock Property Database System (RPDS)”.
GOCAD® Research Consortium
Our 3D geological modelling technology platform is a full generation ahead of conventional commercial mining-industry geological modelling capability. It has been continuously developed over more than 20 years in a major, industry-supported research consortium at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Géologie in Nancy, France, and further developed and commercialized by our partner Paradigm.
We are collaborating with INRS on a major research project in integrated interpretation of geological, geophysical, and petrophysical data for more accurate assessment of ore body volume, grade, and associated uncertainties. The objective is to reduce financial risk in mining through significantly improved quantitative interpretation of 3D data. It includes stochastic inversion of geophysical data honouring drillhole control and geostatistical constraints. The research platform is GOCAD/SKUA based, with Mira Geoscience as the commercialization partner.
REFLEX provides instrumentation, data management and data analysis products and services to the global minerals market including: downhole survey and core orientation instruments; drill rig aligners and directional control systems; XRF geochemical analysers; operational, geological and assay data collection and management systems plus the ioGAS data analysis software. Our ongoing collaboration with REFLEX has played an important role in the co-development of the ioGAS Link Modules.
We are working directly with Memorial University researchers on advanced geophysical modelling and inversion, in particular the computation of geophysical responses of earth models based on geological parameterizations rather than grid-based parameterizations. The most natural representation of geological contacts and volumes is triangulated surfaces and tetrahedralized volumes, while computational geophysics has historically relied on rectilinear 3D grid representations. Successfully bridging this gap may have important practical consequences for the geological interpretation of geophysical data.
Objectivity is a data analytics consultancy using simulation and data mining to develop niche products and services addressing challenges in exploration and mining geology and collaboration systems. Objectivity is collaborating with Mira Geoscience, SNOLAB, and CEMI to create the Mining Observatory Data Control Centre in Sudbury to provide mining companies in northern Ontario with data management and advanced analytical capabilities in geotechnical and exploration applications.
GOCAD became commercially available in 1999, and is now a product of Paradigm, a major international geoscience software technology vendor focusing on the upstream petroleum market. Mira Geoscience was formed in 1999 to bring GOCAD’s advanced, 3D earth modelling capability to the mining industry by adding mining-specific value to the basic offering. We continue to operate in that capacity as a long-term partner of Paradigm.
University of British Columbia - Geophysical Inversion Facility (UBC-GIF)
UBC-GIF, an academic unit within the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences at UBC, has been responsible for many of the fundamental scientific and technology advances in the field of geophysical modelling and inversion that have occurred over the last two decades. We are a partner of UBC in the commercialization of UBC-GIF technology. Many of their codes are directly linked to GOCAD through our various software modules and workflows. Our geophysical service business is an intensive user of UBC-GIF geophysical codes
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