Quantitative exploration targeting
We are very encouraged by this discovery. The intersection comes after only four months of exploration in this area, testing two targets generated through GOCAD and 3D modelling of the Central Camp. The intersection confirms the value of our integrated 3D database and the benefit of integrating traditional and new technologies to generate new targets in this historically prolific area.
Successful 3D targeting requires a team that understands how to manage complex, multidisciplinary earth modelling projects. A team that can recognize key ore system exploration criteria in your data through fully integrated geological modelling, geophysical inversion, and geochemical interpretation. We have the people, technology, and experience to manage and execute projects from data compilation to target generation and drillhole planning. We work with customers on turnkey projects from data to target, or on any part of the exploration workflow where our interpretational advice and technical skills add value. We have developed and proved our straightforward, quantitative target-generation methodology over many years of project work across a broad range of scales, regions, and commodities.
We apply our advanced geological modelling and geophysical inversion capability to create a fully integrated interpretation that captures all the relevant exploration criteria in a single earth model. Exploration criteria are combined using knowledge-driven and data-driven frameworks into a 3D model of relative probability of mineral deposit occurrence that can be used directly for drillhole targeting decisions.
We use the industry’s best available technology to create fully integrated earth models of any complexity. GOCAD is the unifying software platform that enables our consultants to integrate and interpret multidisciplinary data from many disparate sources into a single, quantitatively consistent targeting model. 3D geological models are attributed with petrophysical properties and adjusted to match the geophysical field data quantitatively. Our structural, formational, and facies modelling tools ensure that the 3D geological models respect a consistent structural, stratigraphic, and topological framework. Consistency between the geological models and geophysical data is enforced. We work with an extensive set of 3D-GIS, exploratory data analysis, and visualization tools to ensure data integrity and to enhance interpretational insight. Our Targeting Workflow module provides an intuitive software interface to manage both knowledge-driven and data-driven approaches to identify and rank exploration targets. The workflow is the technology foundation that provides our team an explicit, repeatable, auditable chain of reasoning from the conceptual model, to the data, and on to the target.
Data 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 specialized exploration targeting services rely on the experience of a seasoned team. Our geologists and geophysicists work closely with you to build an integrated 3D targeting model that captures the criteria that are relevant to your conceptual exploration model. Our straightforward process facilitates the definition of exploration objectives, target criteria, and modelling actions. Our team has the experience to work with you to translate conceptual exploration models into data requirements and modelling actions across the spectrum of mineral commodities and deposit types. We provide guidance and services from model construction to the deployment of 3D expert-system targeting workflows.
New discoveries with old data are possible through the application of modern, model-based targeting strategies. The Noranda mining camp of western Quebec is a great example. This historic mining area underwent a period of renewed exploration with the purpose of finding new ore through the application of modern exploration technologies. A 3D Common Earth Model of the Noranda camp was constructed from a combination of historical and recent multi-disciplinary datasets. A series of well-defined visual and quantitative queries were developed to highlight prospective target areas based on conceptual ore deposit models. The discovery of the West Ansil VMS deposit was credited to the quantitative targeting approach, representing the first major base metal discovery in the district in 25 years.