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KEGS May 2022 Bulletin

4 May 2022 8:24 AM | Peter Tschirhart (Administrator)

KEGS May 2022 Bulletin

KEGS May Talk

Our next KEGS talk is happening May 10th at 4:00 PM EDT and will be hosted exclusively online. 

TitleApplication of Magnetotelluric in Geothermal Exploration

Speaker: Fateme Hormozzade

Date: Tuesday May 10th at 4:00 PM EDT

Abstract: Interest in geothermal exploration as an alternative source of energy is rising around the world as well as in Canada. Mapping structures of a geothermal reservoir is a necessary task to understand the fluid flow regime and viability of the reservoir. Magnetotelluric (MT) methods, are a subset of electromagnetic (EM) exploration techniques and are commonly used in geothermal studies. An audio-magnetotelluric (AMT) survey was conducted to explore for shallow geothermal resources in the Garibaldi Volcanic Belt, Canada, the location of which has the highest geothermal potential in Canada. In this talk, the potential geothermal reservoir at the Mount Meager Volcanic Complex (MMVC) will be reviewed. A detailed near surface electrical resistivity model of the MMVC region will be presented to 3-D image the reservoir zones accounting for the steep mountain topography. The results will support the broader goals of reducing the economic risks of geothermal exploration in the Garibaldi Volcanic Belt.

Bio: Fateme is a Ph.D. candidate in geophysics at Carleton University. She earned her B.Sc. in mining exploration engineering in 2014 and M.Sc. in petroleum exploration engineering in 2016 from the University of Tehran. After her M.Sc. studies, she gained 2+ years of work experience in a consulting company as a petrophysicist, studying petrophysical data and well logs of different reservoirs. She is currently involved in the Garibaldi Geothermal Volcanic Belt Assessment Project with the Geological Survey of Canada and is a teacher and research assistant at Carleton University. Her PhD thesis focus on the use of magnetotellurics to define shallow crustal fluid systems and geothermal reservoirs, insights from Garibaldi Volcanic Belt, BC, Canada. 

PDAC EM Mini-Symposium Announcement and Call for Abstracts

KEGS is excited to announce a mini symposium focused on the electromagnetic (EM) method is planned for Saturday June 11th 2022. It will be held in person in Toronto, Canada the weekend preceding the Prospectors and Developers Association Convention. A social event will follow the symposium.


Electromagnetic (EM) methods have been a mainstay in exploration geophysics for over 50 years and continue to be a vital tool in applied geoscience. As EM systems have increased in power, complexity, and resolution jointly with vastly improved data processing and visualization tools, their application has extended well beyond the bump-hunters of old. The mini symposium aims to provide a snapshot of recent advances and applications of the EM method to geoscience problems. 

The event will comprise a series of invited and solicited talks. At this time, KEGS is soliciting abstract submissions for a limited number of talks on the following topics: 

  • Advances in EM acquisition, data processing and modelling
  • Case histories of EM in mineral exploration
  • Application of EM to non-exploration geoscience problems

Abstract Submissions 

Short abstracts (maximum 400 words) are due Friday, May15th, 2022.  Please click here to submit your abstract, with "KEGS 2022 EM Mini Symposium Abstract" in the subject line.

Due to the short advanced notice of the call for abstracts, authors are encouraged to submit previously prepared talks.

The full schedule, pricing and registration will follow in a dedicated bulletin announcement.

Mark your calendar for KEGS future talks and events!

KEGS is pleased to announce following talks and events going forward: 

KEGS July Talk

Title: Mining Geophysics on a shoe-string

Authors: Alan Reid, Reid Geophysics Ltd

Date: Tuesday, July 5th

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:

  • Scholarship Application Deadline: Extended to May 10
  • BOD meeting and AGM held March 9: Annual overview and outlook
  • Participation encouraged at BCGS Drone Symposium and PDAC Convention
  • Thanks to recent donors; additional donations encouraged

Additional details can be on the Foundation’s website

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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