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KEGS April 2022 Bulletin

4 Apr 2022 9:19 AM | Peter Tschirhart (Administrator)

KEGS April Talk
Our next KEGS talk is happening in just over two weeks time! This talk will be hosted exclusively online. 

Title: New Developments on Data Acquisition Technology for Identifying Base and Precious Metals
Speaker: Alexandre Coutu
Date: Tuesday April 12th at 4:00 PM EDT

Abstract: In this talk, a potential mining site surveyed by two different mediums - traditional fixed wing aircraft and a remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) will be reviewed. The total magnetic intensity survey performance of a fully electric aeromagnetic long-range remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) will be compared to a previously flown survey from a traditional aeromagnetic fixed wing aeroplane (Navajo PA-31). The vertical takeoff and landing fixed wing RPAS used a single externally mounted magnetometer system for the total magnetic intensity survey while the traditional aircraft utilized an onboard magnetometer. From the survey results, we’ll take a deep dive into the resolution of the system, the sampling frequency, the speed of the survey, the distance, and the greenhouse gas emissions. Based on the experimental results, we will investigate the benefits of the substitute RPAS data acquisition platform over traditional airborne surveying methods.  

Bio: Alexandre Coutu completed his undergraduate education in electrical engineering at Ryerson University with a focus on drone research and development where he was a part of and led the award-winning university drone team, Ryerson Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, from 2017 - 2021. Alexandre and his team developed state of the art fixed-wing vertical take-off and landing drone systems to expand upon the regular capabilities of RPAS within industry. In addition to his studies and research, he was a member of Ryerson’s zones - iBoost and the Design Fabrication Zone - to develop a business around the newly created tech. Upon finishing his undergraduate degree in 2020, he spent the following two years as a co-founder of Rosor, a geophysical surveying company, with his team to further develop specialized long-range systems with industry partners specifically for geophysical applications. Alexandre is particularly interested in applying novel drone surveying technology to the next big mining discovery.


Mark your calendar for KEGS future talks and events!
KEGS is pleased to announce following confirmed talks and events going forward:
Tuesday May 10th 
Title: Application of Magnetotelluric in Geothermal Exploration
Authors: Fateme Hormozzade, Jim Craven (Geological Survey of Canada), and Dariush Motazedian (Carleton University)

June 2022
Planning for a KEGS in-person event at the PDAC is underway. Stay tuned for a future announcement.

Tuesday July 5th 
Title: Mining Geophysics on a shoe-string
Authors: Alan Reid, Reid Geophysics Ltd

KEGS is currently looking for potential speakers for the Fall 2022 sessions. If you are interested to speak at a KEGS monthly talk, please contact us.

Find out about more geo scientific events in GTA Geoscience calendar here
KEGS Foundation Update
The full KEGS Foundation Update can be found here. Key Items:
  • BOD meeting and AGM held March 9: Annual overview and outlook
  • KEGS Symposium: Student registration
  • Participation encouraged at BCGS Drone Symposium and PDAC Convention
  • Scholarship Program Renewed: Application Deadline April 30
  • Thanks to recent donors; additional donations encouraged
Additional details can be on the Foundation’s website
Don Salt award for 2022 winners
The Don Salt scholarship, endowed in memory of geophysicist Don Salt by the Salt family and Falconbridge (now Glencore) and sponsored by KEGS, is awarded annually to senior undergraduate students at the University of Toronto. Suitability of applicants is judged on the basis of the overall demonstrated interest and ability of the student, insofar as these factors apply to a career in geophysics.

KEGS is happy to announce the winners of this year's Don Salt scholarship. This year's winners are: 

Eve Carrothers - Geophysics Specialist, Earth and Environmental Systems Major, University of Toronto

Alan Yu - Environmental Physics, University of Toronto Scarborough

Toronto Geological Discussion Group 
The next TGDG event may be of interest to KEGS members:

Title: Title: Improving DC Resistivity Inversions in the Athabasca Basin through Geological and Physical Property Constraints
Speaker: Clint Keller, Senior Geophysicist, Cameco Corporation
Date: Tuesday April 5th at 4:00 PM EDT

More Info and Registration
Women Geoscientists in Canada 
The April WGC webinar may be of interest to KEGS members:

Title: Corporate Talk, Negotiation 101: The Foundation
Speaker: Holly Burton, Leadership Coach for Women in Male-Dominated Industries
Date: Friday April 10th at 1:00 PM EDT

More Info and Registration
BCGS 2022 Workshop: Drones in Geoscience
The BC Geophysical Society is excited to announce an upcoming 2022 Workshop “Drones in Geoscience”.

Dates: Thursday May 12, 2022 – Lectures & Presentations
            Friday May 13, 2022 – Live Field Demonstrations

More Info and Registration

Summer of Applied Geophysical Experience
SAGE is a four-week research and education program in exploration geophysics for graduate & undergraduate students, and working professionals based in Santa Fe, NM, USA

Application deadline April 22, 2022

More Info and How to Apply

Next Generation Explorers Award 
The NGEA is an international competition open to students enrolled in an undergraduate earth science degree or post-graduate research (masters or PhD). Teams are encouraged to be multi-disciplinary and include members from other fields of study (i.e., engineers, data scientists, economists, social scientists).

This year’s challenge features a grand prize of CAN$5000 for the team with the highest judges’ score, and three prizes of CAN$3000 for the categories of: 1) Innovation, 2) Data integration and 3) Impact & Exploration Significance.

Finalist teams will present at the PDAC 2023!
Deadline to submit an entry is October 31st, so enter your team today!

More Info and How to Enter

MTNet webinars on EM 
EMinars: A series of webinars on EM Induction in the Earth in the broadest sense, from theory to acquisition to time series processing to analysis to modelling and inversion to interpretation

You can see the line-up on the MTNet EMinars web page here

PDAC Convention Technical Sessions and Short Courses
The 2022 PDAC technical program and list of short courses is now available online with sessions held during the in person (June 13-15) and virtual convention (June 28-29). Sessions and courses which may be of particular interest to KEGS members include:
Geophysics for geologists: A geologist’s perspective - In person - Sunday, June 12, 2022
New exploration developments and techniques - In person - Monday, June 13, 2022
Rock physical properties: Why bother? - In person - Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Geophysics - Online - Tuesday, June 28, 2022
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