Mineral Exploration with Airborne Geophysics

Airborne geophysical data can provide valuable input in mineral exploration for identification of likely drill targets but acquiring geophysical data can be an expensive exercise. It is vitally important to retrieve as much information as possible from the data to enhance the likelihood of exploration success.  This century has witnessed the influence of knowledge to shape economies and corporations. To plan and operate more efficiently and effectively, exploration companies must take advantage of recently introduced innovative and advanced technology specifically engineered to quickly collect high quality data from which high value information can be extracted. It is also important in the 21st century to develop resources in environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways.

The knowledge economy can be regarded as the latest stage of development in global economic restructuring and is marked by upheavals in technological innovations. Mineral exploration companies must rely on intellectual capabilities as well as on physical inputs or natural resources and it is imperative they move into the knowledge based economy to succeed and compete globally.  Exploration companies must look beyond dated traditional methods and take advantage of new products and processes developed by the research community. This is where SkyTEM, an innovative and technologically advanced airborne geophysical system, comes from. Developed by scientists, geophysicists and engineers, SkyTEM is designed to satisfy the growing knowledge and financial needs of the exploration community.

The SkyTEM method is applied globally for mineral exploration. As the only system capable of operating in dual transmitter modes SkyTEM delivers accurate near surface data together with data to depths up to 500 m. The system discriminates between weak geological contrasts giving a more complete and accurate interpretation of geology while increasing confidence in modeling deeper geological structure. Other advantages for resource exploration are:

  • Extremely high signal to noise ratio and late time gates for enhanced data quality at depth.
  • Fast turn-off time and early time data for resolving near surface layers as well as more resistive layers.
  • Elimination of signal drift and a one-time calibration procedure so data manipulation is greatly reduced and inversions can be delivered within 2 days of acquisition.
  • All sensors mounted on the rigid carrier frame ensuring all measurements are recorded close to the ground.
  • No operator required in the helicopter reducing weight, fuel consumption and risk.
  • No STC is required for quick installation in a variety of helicopters.

Read more about SkyTEM for mineral exploration in this whitepaper.

Partial list of mineral exploration clients:

  • Rio Tinto
  • BHP Billiton
  • First Quantum Minerals
  • Golder Associates
  • Aurora Minerals Group
  • Oban Mining
  • SOQUEM
  • Sociedade Mineira de Catoca (Catoca)
  • BHPB Iron Ore
  • Alba Minerals
  • Boliden
  • Sekaka Diamonds
  • TMAC Resources
  • Spar Resources
  • Avannaa Resources
  • Anglo American
  • African Nickel
  • Noram Ventures
  • Graphite One
  • Mustang Resources

News

SkyTEM survey for X-Terra Resources in Quebec

X-Terra Resources has published a news release about the…

SkyTEM survey identifies minerals in Greenland for Alba Mineral Resources

Alba Mineral Resources has published an RNS on the results…

SkyTEM mineral survey in Kazakhstan

SkyTEM has completed two surveys in Pribalkhash, Kazakhstan…

SkyTEM at Astana Mining & Metallurgy

SkyTEM was present at the Astana Mining & Metallurgy in Kazakhstan…

Noram discovers highest grades of graphite with SkyTEM survey

Noram Ventures, a Canadian based junior exploration company,…

Combined SkyTEM and AIRGrav Survey in Hope Bay, Nunavut

SkyTEM Canada Inc is pleased to report that data acquisition…

Carabella Resources Coal Exploration

With hundreds of millions of dollars spent on drilling for coal exploration each year, GroundProbe has worked with Carabella Resources to use the unsurpassed resolution of the SkyTEM airborne technology to provide cost and time reductions in their exploration program.

Prospecting for Gold-Copper mineralizations in Archean Greenstone, Qussuk, Greenland

The Qussuk gold-copper project operated by the Greenlandic prospecting company NunaMinerals is located near the Qussuk bay in West Greenland 60 km North-East of the Greenlandic capital, Nuuk.

Publications

Mineral Exploration Whitepaper

Smaller and Smarter - Efficient and Effective Exploration EconomicsSkyTEM…

Airborne HTEM geophysics for environmental studies and mine operations

There is growing awareness in the international mining community…

SkyTEM Method for Finding Diamonds in Angola

C.L. (Tiaan) Le Roux and W.H.B. (Billy) Steenkamp have written…

Mapping Uranium in Australia

SkyTEM clearly identified potential unconformity-related uranium…

SkyTEM Multi Geophysical Airborne Surveys

The objective of the whitepaper is to summarize the efforts of SkyTEM development team to extend the capability of SkyTEM time-domain electromagnetic systems in order to acquire multi geophysical data.

The Valen Survey - Comparison with VTEM

In the white paper we compare the performance of the new SkyTEM508…

Graphite Exploration Case Study

SkyTEM surveys has conducted a survey of Graphite One Resources' Graphite Creek property in Alaska, USA.