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August 25, 2014

Exploration in the Tintina Gold Belt of Alaska & Yukon

Stretching in an arc almost 2000 km long across Alaska and the Yukon is the rich Tintina Gold Province (TGP) where over 50 million ounces of lode gold resources have been defined in the last 20 years...

August 20, 2014

Mining M&A activity jumps YOY in H1'14

There were considerably more mining project and company acquisitions announced in the first half of 2014 compared with the same period in 2013, although the averages of price paid and value of acquired commodities per deal were lower, SNL Metals & Mining data shows...

August 6, 2014

Fugro Survey to search Indian Ocean for missing Malaysian jet

Fugro Survey Pty. Ltd. will use two vessels towing underwater vehicles equipped with side-scan sonar, multi-beam echo sounders and video equipment to search for the missing Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777...

August 4, 2014

Why explorers have stopped exploring

Australia’s most successful mining prospector has warned juniors face unprecedented hurdles to bring projects to market as excessive regulation and high start-up costs threaten to derail the next leg of the resources boom...

August 1, 2014

Queensland prepared for uranium mining

The government of the Australian state of Queensland says it is now ready to accept applications for uranium mining projects following its announcement of a new regulatory framework. The state lifted its long-standing ban on uranium mining in 2012...

July 30, 2014

In Quebec, the energy future of the North is blowing in the wind

An ambitious multi-year trial is set to begin on what promoters are calling Canada’s first industrial-scale wind power and energy storage facility - a wind turbine generation and stockpiling system that will help power Glencore Plc’s Raglan nickel-copper mine on the Ungava Peninsula...

July 28, 2014

These New Gravity Maps Give Us An Entirely New Understanding Of The Moon

In 2012, NASA rang in the New Year with a fresh mission - sending the Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory, also known as GRAIL, spacecraft to the moon. As the first endeavor intended to study lunar gravity, its findings would help scientists better understand how rocky planets, like Earth, formed...

July 21, 2014

HPC's Role in Energy Exploration

How high-performance computing helps companies track down hidden fields of oil and natural gas. The easy oil and gas has already been extracted, and sophisticated discovery and extraction techniques are needed to extend production...

July 20, 2014

ENI signs deal to expand oil, gas exploration in Congo

Italian oil and gas group Eni said it signed a deal to explore for hydrocarbons in the Republic of Congo's coastal basin, expanding its foothold in sub-Saharan Africa's No. 4 oil producer...

July 20, 2014

Cameco: Light At The End Of The Japanese Tunnel?

Declining Japanese bond spreads bode well for the supply/demand dynamics of the uranium market and uranium stocks such as Cameco...

July 20, 2014

The tiger roars as the dragon sleeps

India's coal demand could hit 787 million t this year, according to coal and power minister, Piyush Goyal, with imports required to make up a more-than 200 million shortfall in domestic production...

July 14, 2014

Geosoft previews new Voxel Assisted Layered Earth Modelling technology for imaging base of salt

Geosoft previewed new Voxel Assisted Layered Earth Modelling (VALEM) technology at the EAGE 2014 in Amsterdam. Delivered within Geosoft’s GM-SYS 3D gravity and magnetic modelling environment, VALEM is a cloud-based gravity inversion service that improves imaging of base of salt and sub-salt regions...

June 30, 2014

Digital Tools for Mines Help Maintain a Competitive Edge

Many mining executives are convinced there’s really no alternative: either join the industry’s quickening interest in digital technology or risk losing ground...

June 24, 2014

Hottest lava eruption linked to growth of first continents

A collaborative research team has discovered an important link between the eruption of Earth's hottest lavas, the location of some of the largest ore deposits and the emergence of the first land masses on the planet - the continents - more than 2500 million years ago...

June 16, 2014

Drilling activity near Chibougamau: More than just Monster Lake

Quebec's historical Chibougamau mining district, located within the prolific Abitibi Greenstone Belt, is attracting renewed attention. Against a background of lackluster gold prices and generally low levels of exploration activity worldwide, one of the most recent market-dominating announcements came from the Monster Lake joint venture among IAMGOLD Corp. (50%), TomaGold Corp. (45%), and Quinto Real (5%)...

Software review: Next generation technology enhances data access and insight into the subsurface

by Carmela Burns technology

To help focus their exploration, earth scientists and exploration companies need to fully leverage the value of all available data. Many Government Geological Surveys have deployed Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and are using ESRI’s GIS platform to publish their geological data. Geophysical data released by Government Surveys is typically published in exploration formats like Geosoft format grd and gdb. The end result is that geoscientists are now working with and integrating both GIS and exploration datasets as part of their daily projects.

The latest software developments enable exploration teams to effectively utilize GIS data and tools, as an integrated part of their workflow. Continuing advances in Globe Explorer and three dimensional capabilities provide powerful new ways to find, view and integrate earth data and exploration information to make the best use of all the data you have available, and to interpret the data for maximum insight.

Single Environment for Working with GIS and Exploration Data

The latest release of Geosoft’s earth mapping software now features ESRI’s ArcEngine technology built-in. Designed to create a seamless connection between the geosciences and GIS for professional earth explorers, Geosoft now enables geoscientists to use ESRI tools to natively display Arc .mxd and .lyr files, without leaving the Geosoft environment. ArcGIS and Geosoft users can share their files seamlessly and spend more time collaborating in an increasingly integrated environment.

"We are excited that the solutions offered by Geosoft and ESRI are being so well received," says Geoff Wade, Natural Resource Industries Leader for ESRI. "Geosoft has done an excellent job of improving workflows and enhancing integration with ESRI software, to deliver value to the earth sciences community."

Additional features of the ESRI integration include cursor tracking and dynamic linking between MXDs and Geosoft Maps, and the ability to save MXD files as Geosoft Maps, or Geosoft Maps as MXD files. To make data sharing efficient, users can drag and drop layers between MXDs and Geosoft Map groups, and the redesigned Coordinate System tool supports ESRI projection files (PRJ).

Access More Data with Globe Explorer

Geosoft has added the Dapple globe explorer as a core component of its software platform, enabling powerful access to a larger data universe.  Geoscientists can find, view and extracting data from a variety of data servers, including public DAP servers, WMS servers, ArcIMS servers, Tile Servers, and in-house data. They can search for data, and integrate it into their projects without leaving the Geosoft environment.

Along with enhanced Area-of-Interest searches using the globe explorer, new capabilities include a WEB spatial data search engine for locating available public data, and a text search to narrow searches to topics of interest.

Maximize Insight with Powerful 3D Views

Geosoft has expanded and simplified its three dimensional capabilities, within its own software (Oasis montaj and Target) and also within its exploration geology extension software for ESRI’s ArcGIS (Target for ArcGIS).

With the latest advances, Geosoft enables powerful integration and 3D views of subsurface geology, such as: fence diagrams, 3D geology voxels, and the automatic creation of 3D geological surfaces. These 3D capabilities enable geoscientists to integrate their data and enhance their view of the subsurface for more accurate results, greater insight and better decision-making.

3D Geology Surfaces.

Create an elevation grid to represent the top or bottom surface of a lithology unit based on a lithology channel in a Geosoft Drillhole database.

You can create a geology surface grid from any geologic attribute, such as rock type, alteration, or mineralization. You can also extract a profile of the 3D geology surface grid into a section view without digitizing.

3D Lithology Models From Drillhole Data

A geology 3D model can be created from any geologic attribute, such as rock type, alteration, or mineralization, enabling you to display only the rock unit of interest.

Once the 3D model is created, each individual rock unit in the model may be toggled on or off to be viewed separately or together.

Professional Fence Diagrams

Fence diagrams are useful when comparing down hole geology from a limited number of holes. The ability to create fence diagrams provides geologists with an additional mapping option for displaying and viewing drillhole data. There are many down hole data display options, including automatic creation of geology polygons between holes.