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December 7, 2016
Geosoft has added induced polarization and resistivity data inversion to its VOXI Earth Modelling 3D inversion software service. Geoscientists are now able to create detailed 3D models of conductivity and chargeability from IP and resistivity survey data with VOXI. The resulting models can assist in interpreting and targeting regions for mineral and environmental applications...
December 5, 2016
Some of the world's biggest oil companies showed up Dec. 5 and agreed to invest on the Mexican side of the Gulf of Mexico, proving that deepwater exploration still has a pulse despite challenging market conditions...
November 30, 2016
A regional-scale geophysical inversion of magnetic field data in the Ngamiland region of northwestern Botswana is now available for download from the Botswana Geoscience Portal, a partnership initiative of the Botswana Geoscience Institute, industry sponsors and Geosoft...
November 30, 2016
After a series of upgrades, the twin detectors of LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, have turned back on and resumed their search for ripples in the fabric of space and time known as gravitational waves. LIGO transitioned from their engineering test runs to full science observations at 8 a.m. Pacific Standard Time on November 30...
November 9, 2016
For the first time, the United States will host the international Volcano Observatory Best Practices workshop, previously held only in Italy. The workshop will take place this month in Vancouver, Washington. It is designed specifically for volcano observatories around the world and their staff to exchange ideas and best practices with each other...
October 4, 2016
USGS has completed a comprehensive assessment and inventory of potential mineral resources covering approximately 10 million acres of Federal and adjacent lands in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming...
October 3, 2016
Uganda is well endowed with mineral resources and, like many naturally-gifted African countries, is becoming keen on ensuring that these resources play a transformative role in its long-term structural transformation dream - the Vision 2040...
September 9, 2016
Conservation organization Rare announces the Meloy Fund for Small-Scale Fisheries at Our Ocean Conference. The Global Environment Facility, one of the largest funders of conservation worldwide, will be investing $6 million into the fund...
September 1, 2016
Scientists operating research aircraft over West Africa have detected organic materials in the atmosphere over a number of urban areas, contributing to concerns of the rise in pollution across the region...
August 17, 2016
International Geoscience Services have released a series of base metal prospectivity maps for the Ngamiland District of northwestern Botswana using free geodata available on the recently-launched Botswana Geoscience Portal, hosted by Geosoft. The maps identify favorable areas for copper, zinc and lead mineralization using geological, geochemical and geophysical datasets downloaded directly from the portal.
August 11, 2016
NexGen Energy reported the discovery of a new high grade zone of mineralization 4.7 km northeast of the Arrow Deposit as part of an on-going summer drilling program on its 100% owned, Rook I property, Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan...
August 10, 2016
E.ON has confirmed that the two unexploded devices, detected along the Rampion offshore cable route will be safely disposed this week following the consultation with the Marine Management Organisation...
August 9, 2016
The oil industry’s history demonstrates clearly that new plays and prospects have long been found in mature basins that were thought to be well on the way to being squeezed dry. Through the acquisition of new data, developing new concepts and coming up with fresh interpretations, long-producing basins around the world from the North Sea to Malaysia have continued to reveal new riches...
August 8, 2016
Northern Shield Resources announced the results of the interpretation and modelling of the VTEM survey from the Séquoi Property in the Labrador Trough of Quebec . Séquoi is owned 100% by Northern Shield and is being explored for Noril'sk style Ni-Cu-PGE massive sulphides. After geophysical modelling and interpretation of the VTEM data from Séquoi, six VTEM anomalies of significant interest have been identified...
August 3, 2016
Rio Tinto will put the weight of an exploration big data push and its newly-formed Growth and Innovation group behind its desire to identify a "tier 1" copper asset. Speaking at the annual Diggers & Dealers conference in Kalgoorlie, Growth and Innovation group executive Stephen McIntosh said Australia was "overdue for a tier 1" mineral discovery of any type...
August 1, 2016
Tetra Tech announced that it has been awarded a $200 million, single-award contract by Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Atlantic. Through the Comprehensive Long-term Environmental Action Navy (CLEAN) contract, Tetra Tech will provide environmental engineering support services to installations within the NAVFAC Atlantic Area of Responsibility...
May 3, 2016
This international project cooperates closely with CHEMSEA (Search and Assessment of Chemical Weapons) Project for and sharing and knowledge transfer...
April 12, 2016
Renewed optimism about the outlook for gold saw investors pile back into gold stocks, pushing many stock to 52-week highs in heavy volumes...
April 11, 2016
Medgold Resources is pleased to announce new assay results from contiguous rock-chip sampling from the Limarinho South zone at its Boticas gold project in Portugal, which include a highlight of 6.0m @ 5.7 g/t Au...
April 8, 2016
Nuclear energy currently provides around 11 percent of the world's electricity. China, the European Union, the United States, India, Russia, South Korea, and other nations’ have major existing fleets...
April 1, 2016
Gascoyne Resources Limited announced that it has received the final assay results from the 10,000 metre aircore exploration drilling programme...
March 26, 2016
After a significant reduction in investments over the past two years, oil companies can no longer overcome the production declines from legacy wells...
March 15, 2016
Subsea IMR provider, N-Sea, has signed a letter of intent with CERES Recherches & Expertise Sous-Marine and TechSub Industrie Environement, to provide subsea survey, installation and remediation services to the French offshore wind industry...
March 9, 2016
Optimism and opportunity abounded at the PDAC 2016 Convention of The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada in spite of recent industry challenges...
March 3, 2016
6 Alpha Associates, a specialist risk consultancy practice, with expertise in the assessment and management of unexploded ordnance, has launched a dedicated explosive ordnance disposal division...
by Gary Chambers and James Hurley on August 15, 2008
Tomorrows discoveries will come from better exploration rather than more.
With global economic growth and demand for mineral and oil resources showing no signs of slackening, exploration technology is now more important than ever.
There has never been a better time to be an earth explorer. Accelerated exploration projects, coupled with advanced technology that allows explorers to conduct deeper subsurface analysis in less time, are changing the face of the industry.
Despite persistently high commodity prices, demand for mineral and oil resources continues to grow. Everybody wants more - a problem heightened by accelerated growth in rapidly industrializing countries such as China and India.
So, we need more. But where do we find it?
This question is challenging governments and businesses around the globe as the mining and petroleum sectors enter a new exploration phase, looking to expand their boundaries of potential to meet global demand for natural resources and improved resource management.
Finding new sources isn't easy - all exploration firms will testify to that - but there are solutions to help. And Toronto based Geosoft Inc., a market leader in earth mapping and exploration information technology, is focused on creating them.
As chief executive officer Tim Dobush explains, "Geosoft is helping to simplify geospatial data access and analysis for performance advantage in exploration industries and the earth sciences sector."
Drilling programs are growing to support expanding exploration projects and technology is key to driving focus and efficiency.
Exploration is going through a state of renaissance. Some are calling it a ‘mega-boom'. Geosoft finds itself right in the thick of it as governments, consultants and exploration companies dig in for what promises to be a new age of exploration.
"It's an exciting time to be in this field, applying the best technology and the best people to exploration challenges that would have been near-impossible just a few short years ago," says Troy Wilson, VP, Marketing.
This new age presents a unique set of challenges for explorers. The accelerated pace of exploration drives significantly increased reliance on technology to drive efficiencies, productivity and focus. If the tools can't keep up, then explorers can't keep pace.
"Today's exploration boom is similar to the gold rushes of the past," says Mr. Wilson "Only yesterday's pots and pans have been replaced by the ability to apply the right people and technology in the right place at the right time."
Turning data into information advantage for exploration, has always been at the technical core of Geosoft's offering. But as CEO Tim Dobush points out, Geosoft's real strength goes beyond the software. "Geosoft was founded by geoscientists and explorers, and these highly skilled individuals continue to form the core of our company," he says. "Because so many of us have been right where our clients are today, we understand their challenges and we speak their language."
Tim Dobush, Chief Executive Officer
of Geosoft, on a visit to Bangalore, Karnataka India.With over 22 years of global experience in the mineral exploration industry, Mr. Dobush has helped industry leaders to drive efficiency and decision-making through their software and technology solutions.
"Everything we do is focused on helping explorers keep pace with the demands of their data world," says Mr. Dobush. "The simpler, more natural and more powerful we can make their data experience, the more freedom we give them to explore."
That freedom doesn't just come from software. While Geosoft's earth mapping platform and geospatial server technology are considered market-leading, Mr. Dobush says it isn't enough to have excellence in a box.
"Our biggest value is the quality of our people, and the depth of the solutions that they deliver for our customers," he says. "We have developed strong relationships with our clients, and we work with them to understand their exploration and business motivators and how software technology solutions can allow them to be more productive and enhance their understanding of the opportunity at hand.
"We're passionate about working with our clients to overcome their challenges," says Mr. Dobush. "That critical fit makes all the difference in the world when you're faced with the complexity of today's data challenges and not enough resources or time to work through them."
Solving the spectrum of explorer challenges has led Geosoft to build strong partnerships and a network of services and support that extends across the globe, to wherever explorers find themselves. Geosoft collaborates closely with leading GIS and mining industry technology providers to deliver solutions that scale to their customers' growing needs.
"Our partnerships have strengthened our ability to provide whole solutions for earth explorers," says Mr. Dobush. "Together with industry leaders like ESRI, we're able to provide integrated solutions that deliver best-of-breed competencies to customers in exploration and the earth sciences."
Being able to reach out to the Earth's most remote exploration areas is essential, as explorers range further afield in search of their next major discovery.
"We have offices in all five continents because we need to be wherever people are exploring, "says Mr. Wilson. "This is an innovative business, and that demands an innovative approach to serving the needs of explorers, and helping them get full advantage from the software and solutions they use."
Advanced three dimensional capabilities are allowing explorers to conduct deeper subsurface analysis in less time.
Geosoft, which was founded in 1986, has a history of strong growth and performance. The company has based its business on helping explorers overcome challenges in exploring the earth through spatial data, and has become a trusted solution provider to exploration companies worldwide. In recognition of the company's ongoing achievements in this challenging market, ESRI named Geosoft its 2007 Business Partner of the Year.
In a market space that has claimed so many others, it has succeeded over the past 22 years because of disciplined adherence to its core values. "We're a Living Company, a living entity based on a set of values that drive and motivate us," says Mr. Dobush. "This is why Geosoft continues to thrive. This is why we're confident we'll be around for a long time to come."
In this competitive market, Geosoft maintains a strong commitment its people. This allows Geosoft to attract and retain the best and the brightest, which in turn drives its ability to regularly bring innovative solutions to their Earth explorer community.
An example of Geosoft's innovation is their Google Earth like globe viewer, known as Dapple. As a freely available, open source application, Dapple gives explorers unlimited access to the vast online resources of publicly available geoscientific data published by government and others in the community.
Dapple brings Geosoft one step closer to their promise of ‘all your data, all the time'. It also works together with other Geosoft tools to support geographically dispersed teams that need to work together to solve complex earth science challenges at a project, regional or global scale.
Explorers can work with their geology, geophysics, geochemistry and GIS data within their unified Geosoft software platform.
EarthExplorer.com, a community site sponsored by Geosoft, further supports collaboration and dialogue. This virtual community companion to Dapple provides an online space for explorers around the world. "It's an open site built for explorers by explorers," explains Mr. Wilson, "and it provides a forum for sharing not only data, but also stories, experience and knowledge."
The company has a clear vision for the future as it looks to cement its already strong position within earth exploration. Innovations like Dapple, and the company's focus on helping customers overcome barriers to exploration, position Geosoft for continued growth in a market that will continue to intensify in the years to come.
"We're on a great journey, and we're excited by the opportunity we see," says Mr. Dobush. "We want to maintain our leadership status by being a trusted advisor, and by delivering technology that works for earth explorers."
Excerpted from Exec Canada Magazine
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Expanding the boundaries