News from SkyTEM australia

Tairāwhiti Water Information Project

From early February, we’re using the latest airborne electromagnetic technology (AEM) to understand more about the region’s aquifers (underground natural water storage).

Upper Darling Floodplain SkyTEM airborne EM survey

Geoscience Australia is pleased to announce the completion of the acquisition for the Upper Darling Floodplain airborne electromagnetic (AEM) survey, in 2022 (Figure 3). Covering an area almost half the size of Tasmania with 25,000 line km of high-resolution data, the survey results will provide unprecedented detail of the top 300 m of ground for groundwater and salinity mapping investigations across the floodplain. Data from the survey will be released in late August 2022.

The survey was flown by SkyTEM Australia Pty Ltd using their helicopter-based system. The program was acquired without safety incidences or significant stakeholder engagement issues over a 3-month period.

upper darling floodplain airborne em survey

SkyTEM survey completed for Dundas Minerals in Australia

Dundas Minerals has completed its SkyTEM airborne electromagnetic survey over the entire 1,106 sq project area in the Southern Albany-Fraser Orogen of Western Austarlia. The company is exploring for nickel-copper-platinum group elements with three target areas having now been chosen for immediate in-fill gravity surveys.

SkyTEM data contributes towards the first geological map in an Aboriginal language

Image by Energymining.sa.gov.au

“The Department for Energy and Mining (DEM) [of South Australia] is proud to publish a geological map in an Aboriginal language for the first time.

The recently released palaeovalley map of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, South Australia, has been translated into Pitjantjatjara by the Iwiri Aboriginal Corporation. This broadscale map serves as a guide for more detailed future hydrogeological investigation to unlock additional groundwater resources.”

“The translated map aligns with DEM’s commitment to ensure Aboriginal people can participate fully in the energy and mining sectors, and to support their communities’ aspirations for a positive future.”

Read the entire article here.

For technical details of the original project that shows how SkyTEM and other AEM integrated into the overall groundwater development plan for the region, please read the following articles:

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1071/ASEG2018abT5_3H

http://www.goyderinstitute.org/_r3121/media/system/attrib/file/666/Goyder_TRS_20-08_GFLOWS3-summary_v21.pdf

 

SkyTEM electromagnetic survey in Western Australia

Giant airborne SkyTEM electromagnetic survey to fly over Great Southern in the south west of Western Australia. The survey is one of a series in a statewide program being conducted by the Geological Survey of WA and Geoscience Australia.

Previous Exploring for the future AEM survey.

SkyTEM survey identifies 18 high priority bedrock conductors for Macarthur Minerals

A heliborne SkyTEM electromagnetic survey for Macarthur Minerals has identified 18 high priority bedrock conductors at the Hillside Gold project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. All anomalies correlate with the historic gold workings, surface copper and gold geochemical anomalies, magnetic anomalies or fault systems.

Read the entire news release from Macarthur Minerals here.

SkyTEM launches two new revolutionary helicopter TEM systems

Light-weight carbon fiber frame

SkyTEM continues to deliver new technological advancements to the airborne EM industry with a combination of superior survey economics and exceptional exploration capabilities. The systems are designed to minimize costs and maximize results and will assist water agencies, geotechnical engineers and mineral exploration companies face and solve 21st century challenges.

The newly engineered SkyTEM306 HP and SkyTEM312 HP (High Power) systems are mounted on a revolutionary rigid and lightweight carbon fiber frame.

Learn more about the new break-through technologies here:

The new systems are specifically designed to:

  • Reduce exploration costs by combining fast flying (up to 150 km/h) with light-weight frames
  • Provide quick data turnaround so you can make survey decisions in real-time during surveys
  • Explore deeper and at higher elevations
  • Significantly improved signal-to-noise ratio achieved with higher dipole moment light-weight systems
  • Improved characterization of geology and conductors

Please contact SkyTEM for further details about the benefits of the two new revolutionary helicopter TEM system.

SkyTEM – Your partner in airborne geophysics.

SkyTEM survey doubles the chances of striking water

SkyTEM survey finding water

SkyTEM304 data has been successfully used to optimise the drilling programme over a water well-field in the Lower Gascoyne River in Western Australia for the Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA).

Dr Richard George, DAFWA’s principal research scientist, says “We’re running better than a one-in-three success rate of finding sufficient water-bearing sands…”.  Read more about the success of the survey here.

SkyTEM Australia will build on this successful 2013 SkyTEM304 survey by commencing Phase 2 of this project over the Middle Gascoyne River.  Currently, none of the water along the Gascoyne River east of Rocky Pool is used by the Carnarvon horticultural district.  The Middle Gascoyne investigation will assess the volume of good quality water available in the middle Gascoyne river channel upstream of the horticulture district and will involve the SkyTEM304 survey and analysis of the resultant data.

 

SkyTEM groundwater survey of the Katfish Section

SkyTEM Katfish Australia

SkyTEM Australia is conducting the first-ever three-dimensional groundwater survey of the Katfish Reach section of the floodplain and part of the Gurra Gurra Lakes complex.

Data from the airborne geophysical survey will shape future management of the floodplain to restore flora and fauna including native river red gums.

Read article in ABC Riverland here.

SkyTEM is currently mapping groundwater in Western Australia

Mapping groundwater in WA

The Government of Western Australia – Department of Water has commissioned SkyTEM Australia to conduct an airborne electromagnetic survey over the Murchison and Greenough River catchment basins as part of a Royalties for Regions funded regional water provision and management initiative.

The survey forms part of a four-year project to map groundwater resources and assess aquifer sustainability. The purpose is to assess the quantity, quality, availability and recharge of the groundwater resources in a key region which has a great demand for large supplies of low salinity water for urban water supplies, mining and agriculture without compromising the environment.

This survey, which comprises some 15,000 line kilometres of helicopter flying and covers an area of 57,000 square kilometres, is one of the largest of its kind in WA. The survey commenced in late January and will continue for several months.

“We are very proud that SkyTEM was selected for this project”, says Steven Johnson, General Manager of SkyTEM Australia. “It substantiates that the SkyTEM technology is regarded as the premier system worldwide for airborne electromagnetic groundwater mapping. The SkyTEM308 system provides accurate and reliable high-resolution data in a quick and cost-effective way”.

Read more about it here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-25/ancient-water-channels-to-be-mapped-in-the-murchison/6262688