SkyTEM quickly completes Geoscience BC Peace Project with SkyTEM312FAST

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SkyTEM Canada Inc is pleased to announce completion of Geoscience BC’s Peace Project in northeast B.C.

The Peace Project, designed to provide sound technical knowledge of the region’s aquifers, is a collaborative effort involving the BC Oil and Gas Commission, the BC Oil and Gas Research and Innovation Society, ConocoPhillips Canada, the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, the Ministry of Natural Gas Development, Northern Development Initiative Trust and Progress Energy Canada Ltd.,  with additional support from the Peace River Regional District.

All data acquisition, comprising approximately 21,000 line kilometres and covering 8,000 square kilometres was completed in only 43 days.  This exceptional production rate was achieved with SkyTEM’s breakthrough technology – SkyTEM312FAST, the world’s fastest helicopter-borne geophysical system.

Engineered with a rigid aerodynamic carrier frame SkyTEM312FAST remains straight and level during high-speed flight benefiting data quality as well as survey efficiency and economy. Dr. Flemming Effersoe, SkyTEM’s CEO, stated “it means a great deal to me to have SkyTEM selected for this important project and we are proud of what we accomplished in British Columbia in such a short time. Our team delivered accurate high resolution data every 48-72 hours throughout the project. Combined with our ability to detect subtle geological contrasts in the top 400 m, at 150 kilometres per hour, this technology is of significant value to the global mineral and oil & gas exploration communities as well.”

Contributing to the unprecedented SkyTEM data acquisition rate and quick completion of the project was the communications expertise of Mr. Reg Whiten, President of InterraPlan Inc., who worked closely with local First Nations, the SkyTEM field crew, Devbrio Géophysique Inc, who adjusted day to day flight plans to accommodate First Nations cultural events and hunting season requirements and the logistics support and skills of pilots from Bailey Helicopters Ltd.

Mr. Carlos Salas, Vice President, Energy at Geoscience BC said “the Peace Project has collected valuable information. Without the cooperation of everyone, especially the local community, the results would have been much different.”

Information from the Peace Project will serve as a key component of the Northeast Water Strategy by providing knowledge to enable the Strategy’s Enhanced Water Monitoring System. The Northeast Water Strategy is currently under development by the Provincial government with cooperation from Treaty 8 First Nations, local governments, regulatory bodies, and the resource sector.

SkyTEM appreciates the opportunity to map the earth’s critical resources and are proud to have played a role in this vital project.

SkyTEM data accuracy maps depth to and thickness of Nebraska aquifers

SkyTEM EM survey

In 2013 SkyTEM304 collected data over 99-square miles of Eastern Nebraska to provide critical information on the condition of aquifers in areas suffering from declining water levels.  According to management of the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District (LPS NRD) SkyTEM’s accurate high resolution results provide extensive information about the area’s geology, aquifer characteristics and water in storage.  The NRD’s use of the data is on-going.  The data is intended to help landowners in the project area access data showing the depth to aquifer material, the thickness of the aquifer and other basic information.  The information collected is also available for download and can be found here.

Once on the LPS NRD site scroll down to Interactive Map (5.5MB). for a full interactive map with aquifer information about individual tracts of land.  You will need to have a version of Google Earth installed on your computer. Once the maps open click any blue-shaded point to see detailed information about the aquifer.

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 mapping water in BC

Photo: Geoscience BC

Photo: Geoscience BC

SkyTEM has been  awarded a competitive Geoscience BC contract for an airborne magnetic and electromagnetic geophysical survey in the Peace Region of British Columbia. The Peace Project is a collaborative effort that will help to increase the understanding of surface and groundwater resources in the Peace Region. Peace Project partners include the BC Oil and Gas Commission, the BC Oil and Gas Research and Innovation Society, Conoco Phillips Canada, Progress Energy Canada Ltd., the Province of British Columbia, and the Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT).

For more information about the Peace Project, visit the project page at geosciencebc.com/s/PeaceProject.asp.

 

SkyTEM mapping water in California

SkyTEM contract USGS

SkyTEM has been  awarded a competitive USGS contract for an airborne magnetic and electromagnetic geophysical survey at the Fort Irwin National Training Center (NTC) in California. The purpose of the survey is to map the complex geological framework, lithologic variations and structural controls (faults and folds) on groundwater within a series of basins within portions of the (NTC).

The data will be used for numerical inversion to determine the 3D extent of structural geologic features as well as to constrain models of the geologic and tectonic evolution of the region. The results will be used to create a geological framework to be input into groundwater flow models.

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.

Video of SkyTEM Survey over Reunion Island 2014

SkyTEM EM survey over Reunion Island

BRGM (Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières – the French Geological Survey) has published a video from the SkyTEM survey over the French island Reunion conducted in 2014.

Reunion is a volcanic island with a unique morphology, located in the Indian Ocean. The purpose of the survey was to scan the top 200 metres for a 3D visualization of the subsurface of the entire island in order to map aquifers, salt water encroachment, exploitable minerals, possible landslides and other geological features. This magnetic and electromagnetic survey comprising 10,000 line kilometers using the SkyTEM technology made it possible to produce high resolution maps of the subsurface even in areas with complex, or even inaccessible, terrain. The data collected represents an immense source of useful information for geologists and will be made available to the public.

The video is in French but shows the challenging terrain of the beautiful island, and the animations give a good comprehension of the unique SkyTEM technique and equipment as well as of the 3D images created from the data collection.

See the video on BRGM’s website here.

XRI Conducts SkyTEM Survey in Eastern Nebraska

SkyTEM system

Exploration Resources International Inc. (XRI) is conducting an Airborne Electromagnetic (AEM) Survey under contract to the Eastern Nebraska Water Resources Assessment (ENWRA). ENWRA is a coalition of six Natural Resources Districts (NRD’s) in the glaciated area of eastern Nebraska Including Lewis in Clark, Lower Elkhorn, Papio-Missouri, Lower Platte North, Lower Platte South, and Nemaha. XRI will collect the AEM data using the SkyTEM (Aarhus, Denmark) SkyTEM508 system flown by SkyTEM Canada Inc. (Ontario, Canada ) with subcontractors Southern Helicopters Inc. (Baton Rouge, LA) and Devbrio Geophysique Inc. (Quebec, Canada).

This survey is to continue a reconnaissance study of eastern Nebraska, that was begun in the northern portions of eastern Nebraska in October of 2014, by collecting approximately  700 line miles of data south of the Platte River to the Kansas State boarder in Butler, Saunders, Seward, Sharpy, Douglas, Lancaster, Cass, Otoe, Johnson, Nemaha, Richardson, Pawnee, and Gage counties.  XRI will use the AEM data collected to develop a hydrogeological framework of the area.  Results of this study will be delivered to ENWRA in July of 2015.

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