In a recent conversation with a colleague, we discussed the then and now of drilling. Reflecting back to 1988, it was jarring to realize that we have entry-level Geologists & Engineers today that were born that year! They won’t ever truly know what it was like then, and how far the drilling industry has come. They would be amazed at the lives, limbs, and hearing lost over past decades, and shocked about the distinct double-standard that existed regarding contamination issues on job sites.
Minestis found its audience at WMC 2016
Our Managing Director, Olivier Bertoli, presented Minestis at the World Mining Congress in Rio de Janeiro in October. The presentation was a success. Vale mentionned there that Minestis is reliable and makes sense. We can say that the software definitely found its audience there. After his presentation, Olivier was congratulated by students, university professors and geologists or exploration managers from major mining companies such as Vale or Kinross. Discussion went well. Teachers were quite impressed and...
Find out why Minestis domain modeling meets the support of resource geologists
Minestis provides geostatistics-based application for estimation domain modeling including automatic sample clustering into domains and implicit modeling of envelopes. It has never been so quick to achieve reliable domain modeling. The modeling of coherent estimation domains is a major area of integrated Mineral Resource Estimation. The description of variable behavior associated with mineralization processes helps delineating spatial envelopes, which facilitate grade interpolation, and fully defines mineralize...
Electrotelluric Geophysical Exploration
Noted petroleum geologist Jack Elam writes about the abilities of Geophysic's patented electrotelluric tool known as the Petro-Sonde. It's ability to give the client the depth, thickness and contents of a pay zone without the need for boreholes first. By far the most advanced surveying tool on the market today the Petro-Sonde has been used in thousands of surveys all across the globe. It is simply unbeatable in it's cost effectiveness versus the information given by it's use.
Using the Pencil-Paper Method with a Tablet Computer to Increase Borehole / Well Logging Efficiency
Traditionally, geologists use pencil and paper when logging soil descriptions, drilling tests, and well diagrams in the field. We wanted to see if we could speed up this process using a field computer. We tested a fully ruggedized Yuma2 tablet computer (retail value of $3500) and a consumer grade Dell Venue 8 (retail value $250). Both computers run a full version of Windows 7 or 8. So, we were able to run the Field Version of QuickLog borehole log software that is designed to run on tablet computers. Other tablet...
Groundwater resource exploration
Resistivity method is very suitable for groundwater exploration. Two methods can be used, the surface method and crosshole method. Surface method is cost effective, though it is sometime not as accurate as the crosshole method. Geologists usually narrow down the exploration area and then operators can use geophysical methods to find groundwater. Surface method involves laying two cables on the grounds with pegs in the ground connects with the cables. The FlashRES system will then inject current to the ground...