Quantec Geoscience Ltd.
Quantec Geoscience Ltd. is a geophysical survey company specializing in ground-based electrical and EM surveys. We offer a full turnkey solution to customers – from project planning all the way to final interpretation. Most of the 5,000+ projects we have done have been for the mining sector, but we do conduct a significant number of surveys for the geothermal and oil & gas sectors. We specialize in DCIP and MT surveys, and also conduct conventional surveys such as Time Domain Electromagnetics (TEM), Borehole Time Domain Electromagnetics (BTEM), resistivity, magnetics,VLF, gravity, and Controlled Source Magnetotellurics (CSAMT).
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- Business Type:
- Service provider
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- Market Focus:
- Globally (various continents)
A key aspect of our business model is that we control everything that makes up the geophysical survey operation – planning, recording equipment, acquisition, processing, and interpretation. With everything under our control, we are able to optimize each component, and integrate them all, and do not need to rely on third parties. We are confident this ensures optimal results.
Quantec was formed in 1986. During the first few years, as Quantec established itself in the Canadian minerals exploration market, it began to envision more advanced ways of doing things. Throughout the 1990’s, the company expanded into the United States, South America, and Australia. But meanwhile, in the background, ideas were percolating, and in 2000, geophysical vision merged with technological advancement to create a big step forward in survey methodology, with the development of the TITAN 24 system.
During the 2000’s, as the mining sector boomed, Quantec not only focused on getting surveys done. Hardware and software R&D continued to be a priority, and in 2010 Quantec came out with ORION 3D, the world’s only true 3D system. This has taken 3D acquisition techniques and high-resolution capacity to a higher level, positioning Quantec well for future growth and geophysical excellence.
From the start Quantec has been a geophysical survey acquisition company, and we pride ourselves for the quality of our field work. The 5,000+ and counting surveys conducted by Quantec have been located in basically any and every type of environment found on this planet’s surface – arctic, desert, mountain, jungle; hot, cold, dry, wet; populated, remote, dangerous, safe. You name it, we’ve been there!
We know what it takes to plan a survey, deploy equipment and personnel to the survey site, record the data, and get out – efficiently, effectively, and safely. Our customers get the benefit of this experience, on every project.
Our proprietary field recording systems are known around the geophysical world by their names derived from the age of Greek mythology, a period linked with significant advances in human knowledge and exploration:
ORION 3D’s omni-directional DCIP & MT data is collected and inverted in true 3D, providing high resolution images. ORION 3D offers the most accurate and clear 3D picture possible, from near surface to approximately 2 km deep.
TITAN 24 DCIP & MT is renowned for introducing sophisticated advancements in 2D DCIP acquisition and the introduction of MT data to the mining industry (near surface to 1.5 km depth). TITAN-24 employs full-waveform receivers, continuous current monitoring, 100% duty cycle transmits and advanced FFT signal processing to extract both DCIP and MT geophysical data.
SPARTAN AMT and MT record full tensor magnetotelluric signals from great depths. Recording over the usable broad frequency range, Spartan AMT gives the highest resolution; Spartan MT gives the deepest possible image of the subsurface, from near surface to 10 km deep and beyond, depending on survey design.
Processing and interpretation
The processing and interpretation of geophysical survey data is a critical part of survey success. Our processors are trained geophysicists with many years of experience, both in the field and the office. Quantec’s interpretation team is made up of several scientists at the Masters and Ph.D. level, with decades of geophysical inversion experience.
We match our brain power with computing power. A combination of several powerful computer systems including Linux and Windows machines with 10’s of cores and 100’s GB RAM all based at headquarters in Toronto is capable of inverting the biggest 3D volumes of both DCIP and MT in a time effective manner.
Combined, these resources (computers and brains) offer our customers the most accurate geophysical results possible.
Quantec maintains an active in-house R&D effort, continually working on new hardware and software applications to give our customers better products and service. Our strategy combines the cost advantages of commercially available solutions with strategically developed in-house technologies designed to deliver superior performance and results. We take the time to thoroughly understand and calibrate every piece of equipment to exacting standards unprecedented in the industry. We have developed circuitry modifications inside our recording boxes, custom hardware enhancements, and proprietary software solutions.
To serve the evolving needs of exploration clients, Quantec continues to improve its technologies. Current advances include the rollout of ORION 3D, a true 3D DCIP-MT system, and the implementation of massive scale computing power and inversions.
Quantec fosters a healthy work-site culture, and adheres to high HSE standards. We are busy implementing protocols, policies, equipment and reporting to meet the most stringent O&G requirements. We have total commitment from senior management to keeping our crews trained, safe and responsible.
Scope of operations
Quantec is the world’s largest (non-seismic) ground geophysical company, with its head office in Toronto, Canada, regional offices in Argentina, Australia, and Chile, and local offices in Barbados and Peru. Quantec is set up to mobilize crews and equipment to anywhere they are required, even on short notice.