Exploration Services

Finding the mines of tomorrow

Successful exploration relies on efficiently managing exploration programs based on effective application and interpretation of geology, geochemistry and geophysics to generate and test exploration targets. Our core exploration services include exploration and drill planning, exploration management, QA/QC assessments and planning, audits on drilling, economic assessments, and project evaluations.

In addition to these core offerings, our specialised services include advanced structural interpretation skills, the ability to connect the minerals systems to the structural setting, systematic orebody targeting, and 3D modelling. We specialise in the development of process-driven, conceptual models to identify and improve the understanding of your mineral targets. Our in-house consultants have expert knowledge of the processes of ore body formation and distribution within a wide range of geological and tectonic settings.

In many geological terrains around the world, exploration is becoming much more focused on discovering deeper or “blind” orebodies, as the scope for targeting easily accessible areas is becoming more limited. In highly mineralised terrains, exploration for these orebodies is a major opportunity. Delivering exploration success in deep targeting requires a much more reliable understanding of the geometry of structures in the third dimension. This need is driving development and application of 3D modelling and 3D visualisation technologies (for example, GoCAD, Geomodeller and Leapfrog software), ensuring that mineralisation targets are defined by multiple exploration and mining parameters, and are directly focused on adding value to the project.

These new technologies are essential tools for effective 3D exploration. However, their use is not yet widespread because of the perceived cost and time required to develop expertise. We use these and other cutting-edge 3D geological and geophysical modelling methods, and are also undertaking research and development of our own. This gives us a distinct advantage in providing the best solutions for your projects.

Services

  • Exploration project management
  • Exploration and drill planning, drill spacing studies, sampling protocol definition
  • Property and project evaluations, assessments and audits
  • Regional tectonic and metallogenic syntheses to provide context for province selection, property acquisition and project generation, including ranking of exploration targets for specific deposit styles or commodities
  • Detailed structural analysis, from basin- to ore deposit-scale, emphasising 4D (3D+time) controls on mineralisation
  • Advanced geophysical and geological interpretation of remote sensing data
  • Deposit-scale structural evaluation to define geotechnical domains and hydrogeological controls
  • Exploration risk evaluations
  • Geophysical modelling/enhancement processing/data visualisation
  • Tailored, onsite structural geology training courses with a focus on practical tools for exploration and mine geologists
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