Geological modelling and interpretation

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Geological modelling and interpretation

3D GIS provides a critical environment for understanding the characteristics and the environments of ore deposits, reducing the risk in exploration… Structural and stratigraphic interpretations from previous studies and exploration programs are incorporated in the model, along with fabric measurements, regional geology, drill core logs and geophysical data. An iterative process of classification, boundary definition and relationship mapping in 3D GIS adds significant new value to the existing data and provides a framework for modeling that is embedded with all the original geospatial and geological knowledge available for the target zone. 

- Vander Most, et al. University of Ottawa

We provide the industry-leading capability for the construction and interpretation of 3D geological models. We pioneered the “Common Earth Model” concept in the minerals industry, drawing on a wide range of geological, geophysical, geochemical, and geotechnical knowledge and tools to build integrated models of complete geological frameworks.

As mineral exploration has become progressively more focused on deep, under cover, and brownfields targeting, proper 3D geological modelling, analysis, and interpretation have become essential. We have extensive experience in working across a range of scales and business needs: from mineral exploration to resource modelling and geotechnical engineering. Our team works with a broad spectrum of modelling technology and data types in order to create and deliver meaningful, client-driven models that serve as the basis for decision making in drillhole targeting, resource estimation, and geotechnical hazard evaluation.

We know how to manage complex modelling projects from setting concrete objectives through to detailed model design and delivery focused on supporting business decisions. We work directly with clients around the world, from juniors to majors, and across all commodity types to provide valuable 3D models and interpretation in common formats for the easy communication of results and ideas.

Technology

  • 3D modelling platform

    We use the industry’s best available software technology to create geological models of any complexity. Our GOCAD/SKUA-based platform allows for easy transitions between the required raster and vector data support required for geologists and geophysicists to work together on a single earth model. We have access to a broad range of implicit, explicit, and parametric modelling tools for the construction of detailed 3D structural, formational, and alteration models. If geophysical data are available, 3D geological models may be attributed with petrophysical properties and adjusted to match the geophysical field data quantitatively. Our structural, formational, and facies modelling software tools ensure that 3D geological models respect a consistent structural, stratigraphic, and topological framework. We work with an extensive set of 3D-GIS, exploratory data analysis, and visualization tools to ensure data integrity and enhance interpretational insight.

  • Datasets we work with

    We ensure fast, intuitive, and accurate 3D earth models, regardless of your data types. We work with geological, geophysical, geochemical, and geotechnical data from standard mining industry formats: ArcGIS, MapInfo, AutoCAD, GOCAD/SKUA, Gemcom, Surpac, CAE Studio, Vulcan, Geosoft, Leapfrog, ER Mapper, ioGAS, UBC-GIF, VPmg, Profile Analyst, Maxwell, and others.

Expertise and experience

  • Our team of experts

    We know the best practices for modelling and interpreting challenging datasets. With years of experience carrying out complex projects, we are specialists in finding innovative ways to provide our clients with a clear understanding of their geological environment. We provide focused solutions for successful exploration targeting, resource modelling, and geotechnical hazard estimation. We have the expertise to increase the value and reduce the limitations of the available data. Analyzing the existing datasets with a proper integration framework has proved repeatedly to be a cost-effective way of adding value to projects. We will host meetings anywhere for project review, interpretation, or investment purposes.

  • Case study

    We carried out a detailed 3D prospectivity analysis, in collaboration with the Geological Survey of Queensland (NWQNEP), for IOCG-style mineralization in the Mt Dore area of Queensland, Australia. Our expertise and technology was used to advise on project workflow and to provide modelling and analysis services for geological model construction, geophysical inversion, rock property modelling, and quantitative targeting. The methodology included data compilation (geology, geophysics, and rock properties), 3D geological model construction, rock property analysis, constrained geophysical inversion, creation of a 3D pseudo-facies model, weights-of-evidence mineral occurrence targeting, analysis, and review.

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