HiSeis is pleased to participate at the upcoming Australian Geoscience Council Convention (AGCC) during Earth Science Week in Adelaide, South Australia, 14-18October 2018.
Come and visit us at Booth #48 to learn about recent successes using seismic in complex mineral terrains.
HiSeis Principal Geophysicist, Greg Turner, will be presenting on Thursday 18 October (abstract below).
ABSTRACT: The challenges associated with new ground-shaking technology: how seismic could be the technological game-changer for miners
G. Turner, J Dwyer, D Pridmore
The exploration community is crying out for technologies that can expand the search space to greater depths. Seismic reflection is one of the few technologies which is showing the ability to do this. Case histories are emerging where new mineralisation has been discovered by targeting directly off seismic reflection data surveys. In addition, seismic reflection data sets have provided important new insights into the geological architecture of an area allowing exploration to be focussed from the regional scale to the camp scale and from the camp scale to the prospect scale.
The challenges for advancing the adoption of seismic reflection relate to:
- Unfamiliarity with the technology
- The complexity of mineralised geology
- The lack of an existing analogue
The lack of familiarity is currently being addressed by stepping through process whereby levels of expenditure can be staged to match increasing levels of confidence that the technology can achieve defined objectives and compress discovery timeframes.
The complexity of the geology is being addressed by making the effort to understand the links between the geology by rock property measurements and numerical simulation studies together with integrating all available data sets that can constrain the interpretation.
The lack of an existing analogue leads to tempting comparisons between alternative technologies which are lower cost but are completely unrelated in their ability to map 3D geological boundaries at depths from surface to depths of multiple kilometres and provide precision targets.
Our presentation will explore these challenges in further detail using a variety of case histories and demonstrate how intelligently applied seismic reflection can be a game changer for the next generation of exploration.