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  • 5 Jan 2023 3:48 PM | Peter Tschirhart (Administrator)

    KEGS January Talk

    Our next KEGS talk is happening on January 10th at 4:00 PM. The talk will be hosted in-person and online. 

    Title: Triple Treat -  A Trio of Geophysical Exploration Case Histories for Gold, Copper, & Polymetallic VMS based on “Wireless” IP Results from 2D Alpha IP™ and GRID 3D Alpha IP™ Technologies.

    SpeakerGreg M. Hollyer, M.Eng, P.Eng, C.Comm (Simcoe Geoscience)

    Authors: Greg M. Hollyer, M.Eng, P.Eng, C.Comm (Simcoe Geoscience), Dr. Jacob Longridge (Granite Creek Copper), Barry Greene (TRU Precious Metals), and Paul Teniere (TRU Precious Metals)

    Date: Tuesday January 10th at 4:00 PM

    Location: University of Toronto, Department of Earth Sciences, Room ES2093 (22 Ursula Franklin Street) and online. Register for the virtual session below:

    Register

    Abstract:  With a large volume of potential case histories on its shelves, Simcoe decided to present examples from three modes of geophysical exploration projects, defined as primary, secondary and tertiary exploration projects.

    The primary exploration example is from an orogenic gold property in Newfoundland – a province which has experienced a gold rush. 2D Alpha IP™ data are examined to show the level of detail and effectiveness possible in identifying 2 metre wide quartz-vein-hosted copper-gold-silver targets. The Alpha IP™ results led to economic discovery on the third drill hole -- a fast path to discovery on the project and a measure of the high targeting effectiveness for the technology.

    The secondary exploration example is from an intrusive copper – gold property in the Yukon in a known copper belt. The purpose of Alpha IP™ surveys here was to follow up on previous year’s results from Simcoe by first correlating IP signatures over a defined resource at one of three pit areas, and then using these signatures to find extensions nearby. At least two new zones / extensions were found which contributed to the client’s goal of adding extra tons for a new upcoming resource estimate. There were also other new targets found.

    The tertiary example is a blind example over desert sands in the vicinity of historic polymetallic VMS near-surface mining works at one of the reputed King Solomon’s Mines dating from the 10th century BC. In this example, we look at GRID 3D data from Alpha IP™, showing survey layout, a huge number of data points, and ultimately resolution of an extensive target that is now being mined to depths of over 1000 m. Targeting effectiveness was over 70% based on the high definition results with the GRID 3D Alpha IP™ survey.

    In summary, the presentation shows three case histories in some detail with the goal for the audiences to evaluate geophysical exploration methods and technology effectiveness at three sites that are distinct for exploration paradigm, mineralization and target dimensions. As part of the discussion, there will be a modest introduction to Simcoe Geosciences’ IP systems with a more detailed examination of survey layouts and other parameters during presentation of the three case studies.

    Bio: Greg graduated with a Bachelors in 1986 and a Masters in 1991, both in Engineering Geophysics, from Queens University and later from York University in Communications in 1995. He has been active since in geophysics and with new technologies, starting with the first GPR system from A-Cubed in 1985 and BHP’s novel physical property logging system (1986 to 1991). As well, he has worked at the leading edge of other advanced technologies, including cellular networking, earth science software, geophysical instrumentation, and ground, airborne and borehole geophysical surveys. He continues today with the next generation Alpha IP™ survey technology at Simcoe Geoscience. Greg has held senior positions as Chief Geophysicist at Nuvia Dynamics; Vice President of Sales at Quantec; Vice President of Marketing at the former Geosoft, where he branded and launched Oasis Montaj; and as Director of Sales and Marketing at GEM Systems, where he launched GEM’s advanced potassium magnetometer technology in 2002 as well as its first-to-market drone magnetic technology in 2007 (Halifax, NS). Currently, he is Senior Vice President and Executive Geophysicist at Simcoe Geoscience with responsibility for helping to lead the company’s drive in leveraging next-generation geophysical surveys to make economic ore discoveries for a rapidly growing list of clients and agencies. 

    Upcoming KEGS talks and events

    KEGS is pleased to announce a list of confirmed talks and events going forward:                       

    February 14th, 2023: TBA

    March 4th, 2023: KEGS PDAC Symposium

    KEGS is currently looking for speakers for the Spring and Fall 2023 meetings. If you are interested to speak at a KEGS monthly talk, please contact any of the Executive.

    Find out about more geo scientific events in GTA Geoscience calendar here.

    KEGS PDAC Symposium registration will open soon - Mark your calendars - Saturday March 4th 2023

    The Executive thanks all authors who submitted short abstracts for the upcoming 2023 Symposium. Turnout was high and submission quality was excellent. The Executive is currently reviewing submissions and will be in contact with authors early in the New Year. The program and registration will be announced later in January and posted to the KEGS website.  

    Membership Renewal

    Don't forget to renew your KEGS membership for 2023! The membership costs remains unchanged at $50 + HST for regular members and $25 + HST for students. While at it, why not consider a donation the KEGS Foundation to help foster and support geophysical education at Canadian Universities. Renew your membership here. We thank you for your continued support. 

    KEGS Foundation Update

    The full KEGS Foundation Update can be found here. Key Items:

    • The Directors express their deep sadness at the recent passing of Dr. Norman Paterson, a renowned exploration geophysicist whose career extended over 70 years, a mentor and inspiration to hundreds of younger colleagues, a founding member of KEGS in 1953, a founder of PGW and an important donor to the KEGS Foundation. Various tributes and memorials are in preparation or being actively considered by former colleagues.
    • Scholarship award presentations continued in December, with awards presented at the KEGS meeting on December 13 and at the SGL-hosted holiday gathering on Dec 19, including presentation of the premier Collett Graduate Scholarship to Fateme Ghalati, PhD candidate at Carleton University. Directors have enjoyed various opportunities to meeting awardees and supporters at revived in-person meetings.
    • Presentations of remaining current scholarships are being arranged at Western (Robert Hearst, January 17) and Queen’s (Bruce McMonnies, late January).
    • Renewal of the scholarship program for 2023-24 is expected to be announced in January, with at least 25 scholarship awards anticipated.
    • Thanks to a major a major gift, the Foundation is in the process of establishing several new geophysical scholarships directed at fostering advances in geophysical methods and their utilization for environmental, hydrogeological, geo-engineering and humanitarian applications. Details to be provided in subsequent announcement.
    • Thanks are also extended to other recent donors, notably KEGS and BCGS. Additional donations are encouraged to support core scholarship program. Individual donors are reminded that their donations are eligible for matching funds under programs generously supported by Phoenix Geophysics, Discovery International and Dias Geophysics.
    • Governance: Prof. Richard Smith from Laurentian University was welcomed as a new Foundation Director at the SGL-hosted holiday gathering, where he presented scholarship awards to several awardees, and Kanita Khaled, now with BHP - Metals Exploration, was welcomed as the new KEGS representative on the Board.

    Additional details can be on the Foundation’s website.

    Passing of Norm Paterson

    KEGS Executives extends their condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Dr. Norm Paterson. Norman Reed Paterson passed away peacefully with his children and companion by his side on December 22nd, 2022, at the age of 96. Norm was a founding member of KEGS in 1953 and is known worldwide for his innovations in geophysical technology and skilled practice of geophysical techniques and interpretation. 

    A memorial service of Norman’s life will take place at the St. George’s Anglican Church in Clarksburg, Ontario, on February 11th, 2023 at 1 o’clock., with a reception following. More information can be found in Norm's obituary

    Bill Scott & Stephen Reford, with contributions from the Paterson family, Jerry Roth and others have prepared the following:

    The geophysical community lost a giant on December 22, 2022 when Norm Paterson passed away, a month short of his 97th birthday. Norm’s remarkable career spanned a range of techniques and a number of companies that built strong legacies, with contributions to the full exploration cycle from instrument development to interpretation. He touched and influenced a number of prominent geophysicists along the way, in Canada and worldwide.

    Norman Reed Paterson was an outstanding member of the small group of geophysicists who, after World War Two, generated the surge in geophysical developments and activity which propelled Canadian geophysics into world leadership. Norm was born in London, England to Canadian parents. He and his brothers moved to Canada with their mother in 1939 before Norm enlisted in the British military in 1943, at the age of 17. After WWII, he returned to Canada in 1947 and attended the University of Toronto, graduating with a B.Sc. in Engineering Geophysics in 1950, and continuing his education by earning an M.Sc. at the University of British Columbia in 1952, followed by a Ph.D. from Toronto in 1955, where he was one of Tuzo Wilson’s first post-war graduate students.

    Norm’s first working experience in geophysics was as a seismologist in hydrocarbon exploration, However, he spent most of his distinguished career in geophysics applied to mining exploration. He participated in or was responsible for the discovery of more than twenty commercial or potentially commercial ore deposits in Canada and in many other parts of the world.

    After receiving his Ph.D. in 1955, he began his career with Dominion Gulf in Toronto. He then joined Hunting Survey Corp. in Toronto as Chief Geophysicist. There he managed ground and airborne geophysical surveys in Canada and in many other countries. In 1964. he formed Huntec Limited, which rapidly gained a reputation as a leading manufacturer of geophysical instruments, as well as a skilled consulting and contracting company in geophysical surveys. In 1970, he left Huntec to form a consultancy, which in 1973 became Paterson, Grant & Watson Limited, joining with other well-known geophysicists Dr. Fraser Grant (1926-1984) and Roger Watson (1936-2021). PGW rapidly became a world leader in geophysical consulting and project management for mineral exploration. Within PGW, as it was universally known, recognizing the growing importance of computer applications, he established Geosoft Inc. headed by Ian Macleod, which is now a division of Bentley Systems and the dominant world supplier of software for processing and interpreting geophysical and geochemical data.

    Norm’s career at PGW and earlier took him across the world. He had a particular affinity for contributing his knowledge and expertise in the developing world, across Africa, India and elsewhere, with involvement in many projects funded by CIDA. Although his reputation usually preceded him, admiration by other geoscientists only grew once they experienced direct interaction. He was a mentor to and collaborator with multiple generations of geophysicists from the start of his career and his influence and inspiration endure. Norm’s published technical contributions approached eighty, including seminal journal articles.

    Norm retired from full-time practice in 1995, handing the reins of PGW to long-time associate Jim Misener, but continued in consulting. Like many in the profession, he once said that geophysics was so interesting that he could not contemplate leaving it, even in retirement, and he was always interested in discussing new developments with visiting former colleagues.

    His contributions to the geophysical industry have been recognized in several significant ways. In 1997, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, citing his work in the geological interpretation of magnetic surveys. In 1999, he was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame, where his citation in part reads, “Paterson has been praised the world over for the sound balance he achieved between the practical, applied science of geophysics and his professionalism and integrity. No matter where in the world his assignments took him, he always served as an excellent ambassador for the Canadian mining industry.” He was recognized as a notable pioneer by the KEGS Foundation As Dr. Gordon West wrote in a dedication, “Norman Paterson exemplifies the combination of technical understanding and prowess with professional competence and management skill that makes geophysics succeed. His career is one that can be held up to students to show them how individuals can make science and technology have a positive benefit for society.”

    In retirement, Norm moved to a farm near Clarksburg, Ontario and later had a home in Thornbury on the shores of Lake Huron. He and his wife wintered with family in Costa Rica. At the age of 93, Norm’s breadth and depth of experience made him uniquely qualified to write the book “Mining Geophysics: A Canadian Story”, aided by a number of noted collaborators and contributors, and published by the CIM. It is a must-read for anyone who wants to appreciate the developments, events and key innovators and contributors that gave rise to Canada’s becoming a global leader in geophysics and mining exploration during the 1945-1975 period. Remarkably, turning his diverse talents to fiction, he subsequently wrote three mystery novels, some set in his beloved Georgian Bay, as well as devoting considerable effort to pursuing possible alternative causes of global warming.

    Bill Scott, a noted early collaborator, offered the following reminiscence:  I first had the privilege of working for Norm Paterson at Hunting Survey Corp. after my first undergraduate year, in the summer of 1959. It was an exciting summer which confirmed my interest in becoming a geophysicist. In addition to infecting me and my fellow summer students with his enthusiasm, Norm taught us a great deal about the importance of high-quality data, and about the need to understand the meaning of what we were finding. I can still remember a discussion with him on the implication of the number of significant figures in a number (measurement), a lesson I never forgot. Over the years, I have worked on other programs for and with Norm and remember them as greatly enjoyable and instructive times.

    Stephen Reford reminisced: I had the honour of working for and with Norm at PGW from 1981 until his retirement. He conducted himself with professionalism, dedication and grace, and instilled these qualities in his employees and colleagues. I recall a field trip with Norm to Burkina Faso in the mid-80’s, part of a CIDA geophysical interpretation project to assess mineral potential. It was focused on ground truthing aeromagnetic anomalies, first proving their location in the days prior to GPS and secondly, hoping to find an outcrop amongst the dark red soil characteristic of the Sahel. This remains the toughest field work of my career due to the extreme heat and gastrointestinal disagreements with the local cuisine. Norm soldiered on as leader of the team. Partway through a traverse, we settled under a large tree for a break from the heat. It was located in a field outside a local village. Soon after, a small delegation from the village brought water for our group. An elder presented Norm with a live pintade, which I think is French for scrawny chicken. Norm accepted this gift as a deep sign of respect from one elder to another, and later gifted it to the local geophysicist who was guiding us. After we completed the project, of his own volition Norm dug back into the data, extracting numerous examples and published an article to show how these data could be applied to groundwater exploration, a sorely needed resource in the Sahel.

    In dealing with the inevitable major demands on his time and energy in undertaking global geophysical projects and managing Huntec and then PGW, Norm was greatly aided by his wife of nearly 70 years, Sally, who predeceased him in 2018. They met at the University of Toronto and shared an affinity for travel, sailing and other outdoor pursuits. He was a devoted and attentive father to his four children, Catherine, John, Michael and Norman Jr., who have all had interesting careers, together with their spouses. He was a much-loved grandfather and great-grandfather to 7 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. In his final years, Norm became companions with author Dorris Heffron, moving into her lovely home in the Beaver Valley. There will be a memorial service for Norm at St. George's Anglican Church in Clarksburg, Ontario on February 11 at 1 p.m. Norm was to be the Guest of Honour at PGW’s 50th anniversary celebration on March 6 during the PDAC Conference. Now it will be an opportunity to celebrate the legacy of a remarkable geophysicist and person who was a key contributor to the world-renowned expertise of Canadian mineral explorationists.


  • 7 Dec 2022 9:08 AM | Peter Tschirhart (Administrator)

    KEGS December Talk

    Our next KEGS talk is happening on December 13th at 4:00 PM. The talk will be hosted in-person and online. 

    TitleAn Update on Two SQUID-based Airborne Technologies

    SpeakerJonathan Rudd, President and Director, Dias

    Date: Tuesday December 13th at 4:00 PM

    Location: University of Toronto, Department of Earth Sciences, Room ES2093 (22 Ursula Franklin Street)





    Abstract:  Dias has been working with Supracon AG over the last 5 years to develop a SQUID-based passive source airborne electromagnetic survey system. This system, named QAMT is now commercially-available. QAMT measures three orthogonal components of the magnetic field. The sensor platform is mechanically damped and residual motion is characterized with an IMU in order to deliver low-noise, oriented 3-component data. Using a base station, we are able to deliver tipper, apparent resistivity, and inversion models.

    Two years ago, Dias deployed the QMAGT system, which is an established technology that delivers full tensor magnetic gradiometry (FTMG) data. FTMG provides the directional information that improves the interpretation of remanence and source geometry. The low temperature SQUID sensors produce highly sensitive and accurate data that improves resolution. Applications to date have been in exploration for diamondiferous kimberlites, nickel, iron ore, and gold. Dias will be deploying a second QMAGT system early in 2023.

    Bio: Jonathan Rudd is a professional engineer and geophysicist who has over 30 years of experience in the application of borehole, ground and airborne geophysical methods to geological challenges. Jonathan has worked in senior management for the last 12 years with a principal focus on technology development and business development. He is a past-president of the Canadian Exploration Geophysical Society, and is currently President and Director of Dias.

     


    KEGS GTA Holiday Social

    The annual KEGS Holiday Social is back for 2022 at the Duke of York Pub. Join us for a chance to network and spread some holiday cheer. The party will follow our regular monthly KEGS talk to be held in person (and livestreamed) at the University of Toronto. 


    When: Tuesday, December 13th, 2022, at 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM. 

    Where: The Duke of York Pub, 39 Prince Arthur Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1B2

    Pricing:

    $15.00 CAD for Students

    $40.00 CAD for Members

    $45.00 CAD for Non-members

    Tickets include hors d'oeuvres and one beverage. 

    Registration is now live!


     


    KEGS Ottawa Christmas Party

    First: If you received this message and you no longer want to be on the KEGS Ottawa email group, please email me, luise@sgl.com and I will take you off the list. It has been a long time since we used this email group, so it wouldn't surprise me if it will need a lot of updating.

    Next, the reason for this message: I thought it would be nice to have a KEGS Ottawa Christmas party, especially because we cancelled our summer BBQ this year. Please try to distribute this invitation to others who may be interested in joining KEGS Ottawa, especially any students.

    At the party, we will be presenting KEGS Foundation scholarships to two local PhD students, Taylor Tracey Kyryliuk and Fateme Hormozzade Ghalati. We can also have a discussion to see how much interest there would be in re-starting the KEGS Ottawa presentations and ideas for available locations for any potential future meetings.

    We (SGL) will provide something to drink for the party. 

    What: KEGS Ottawa Christmas party 

    When: Monday December 19, from 5pm to 7 pm.

    Where: 2nd floor, Sander Geophysics office, 260 Hunt Club Rd. Please enter by the door at the south east corner of our building.

    Who: Anyone interested in KEGS Ottawa; friends and spouses also welcome. RSVP to me, luise@sgl.com, so we have some idea of how many people to expect.


    KEGS 2023 Symposium - Call for Abstracts

    Mark your calendars - KEGS is excited to announce the return of the annual Symposium to be held the Saturday preceding the 2023 Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Convention Toronto, Canada. The event is planned to be held in person on March 4th, 2023.


    At this time KEGS invites you to submit an abstract on the following suggested topics: 

    • Geophysics for Critical Mineral Exploration
    • Open Source Tools in Exploration Geophysics
    • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Applied to Exploration Geophysics
    • New Developments (Data Acquisition, Processing, and Interpretation)
    • Integrated Case Histories

    Abstract Submissions 

    Short abstracts are to have a 400-word limit. An abstract template is available here.

    The deadline for submission is Friday, December 9th, 2022.  

    Please submit your abstract here, and include "KEGS 2023 Symposium Abstract" in the subject line.

     


    Nominations for a new KEGS executive member is open! 

    Interested in joining the 2023 KEGS executive? Know someone who might be? If you or someone you know would like to volunteer to run for the 2023 KEGS executive position of Secretary-Treasurer, please contact one of the KEGS executives. The executive generally meets virtually once a month between September and June to organize our monthly talks and events. We welcome members who live outside of the GTA to put their name forward.

     


    Membership Renewal

    Don't forget to renew your KEGS membership for 2023! The membership costs remains unchanged at $50 + HST for regular members and $25 + HST for students. While at it, why not consider a donation the KEGS Foundation to help foster and support geophysical education at Canadian Universities. 

     


    KEGS 2021 Financial Statements

    Financial reports for KEGS FY 2021 have been be issued and posted to the website under the Member's Area.

     


    KEGS Foundation Update

    The full KEGS Foundation Update can be found here. Key Items:

    • Scholarship award presentations continued in November with Directors attending meetings in Vancouver (BCGS), Winnipeg and Saskatoon to present scholarship awards, as well as department seminar at Laurentian.
    • Very successful 6-à-8 soirée de la géophysique held on November 22 during Québec Mines. Merci aux organisateurs et aux commanditaires Géophysique GPR International – Géosig et Géostack!
    • Presentations of balance of scholarships to awardees being arranged, in Ottawa at Sander Geophysics (5-7 pm, December 19), Western and Queen’s, with awards of the premier Collett Graduate Scholarship as well as the WAMIC, GSC Pioneers and KEGS Pioneers Scholarships. Directors look forward to meeting various awardees and supporters at these in-person meetings.
    • The Board of Directors warmly welcomes Prof. Richard Smith, Laurentian University, as a new Director.
    • Thanks extended to recent donors, notably the Steers family and the sponsors of the soirée on during Québec Mines: Géophysique GPR International – Géosig and Géostack.
    • Additional donations encouraged to support core scholarship program.

    Additional details can be on the Foundation’s website.

  • 3 Nov 2022 10:26 AM | Peter Tschirhart (Administrator)


    KEGS November Talk

    Our next KEGS talk is happening on November 8th at 4:00 PM. The talk will be hosted exclusively online

    TitleTBA - Talk will deal with seismic in exploration

    Speaker: Heather Schijns, BHP

    Date: Tuesday November 8th at 4:00 PM

    Location: Virtual


    Bio: Heather Schijns is a geophysicist with experience in North and South America, Europe, Australasia and Africa for a range of commodities, including nickel, copper, lead-zinc and coal. She is a graduate of the University of Alberta, where she completed an MSc and a PhD in geophysics, with a focus on seismic methods and rock physics in metamorphic rocks. Heather worked for Aurora Geosciences and MMG Ltd before joining BHP’s Resource Centre of Excellence group in 2017 as Global Principal Geoscientist, Seismic Geophysics.


    Mark your calendar for KEGS future talks and events!

    KEGS is currently looking for potential speakers for the Spring 2023 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 2023 Symposium - Call for Abstracts

    Mark your calendars - KEGS is excited to announce the return of the annual Symposium to be held the Saturday preceding the 2023 Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Convection in Toronto, Canada. The event is planned to be held in person on March 4th, 2023.

    At this time KEGS invites you to submit an abstract on the following suggested topics: 

    • Geophysics for Critical Mineral Exploration
    • Open Source Tools in Exploration Geophysics
    • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Applied to Exploration Geophysics
    • New Developments (Data Acquisition, Processing, and Interpretation)
    • Integrated Case Histories

    Abstract Submissions 

    Short abstracts are to have a 400-word limit. An abstract template is available here.

    The deadline for submission is Friday, December 9th, 2022.  

    Please submit your abstract here, and include "KEGS 2023 Symposium Abstract" in the subject line.


    KEGS Annual Holiday Social

    KEGS is pleased to announce the annual XMAS party planned to be held December 13th. Further details including registration and pricing will follow later in November. 


    Nominations for a new KEGS executive member is open! 

    Interested in joining the 2023 KEGS executive? Know someone who might be? If you or someone you know would like to volunteer to run for the 2023 KEGS executive position of Secretary-Treasurer, please contact one of the KEGS executives. The executive generally meets virtually once a month between September and June to organize our monthly talks and events. We welcome members who live outside of the GTA to put their name forward.


    Job Posting - Near Surface Geophysics at the University of Toronto 

    The Department of Earth Sciences in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time tenure stream position in Near Surface Geophysics. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2023.

    Application deadline: December 15, 2022

    Full details can be found here.

    Feel free to contact Dr. Andrei Swidinsky with any questions regarding the position.


    Job Posting - Geophysicist I Cameco 

    Cameco is seeking an entry level geophysicist to join their team.  

    Application deadline: November 10, 2022

    Full details can be found here.


    Submissions for Exploration Trends and Development 2023 

    After 30 years of compiling the Mineral Exploration Trends & Developments Review, Pat Killeen has decided to retire. On behalf of everyone in our community, KEGS would like to thank him for the outstanding job he has done. This year marks the 59th edition of the trends review and Sean Walker has stepped up as the new editor.

    All of the details needed to submit to the ETD 2023 are in the attached pdf. This includes instructions on what, when and where to submit company news regarding “NEW” mineral exploration technology developments in 2022. 

    The deadline for submission is Monday, 28 November 2022. Submissions are digital only. 

    DMEC are the primary patron of ETD and will provide details about possible sponsorship for the 2023 ETD in the near future. Please contact Ken Witherly for more information. 

    In previous years a set of tables regarding geophysical instrumentation and survey providers were compiled and updated. The tables will not be updated this year (we are thinking about how they will continue in the future), however, the tables (and a copy of ETD 2022) can be downloaded from the KEGS website here.

    Feel free to share this information far and wide.


    KEGS Foundation Update

    The full KEGS Foundation Update can be found here. Key Items:

    • Initial award presentation to four of six Québec lauréats, including the second award of the Bourse Québécoise to Camilla Tavares Rodrigues, Ph.D. candidate at Polytechnique Montréal, was completed after the geophysical workshop on October 4 during Xplor Québec, followed by a very pleasant social event at a nearby pub. Merci aux organisateurs, au commanditaire Abitibi Géophysique et aux participants!
    • Additional 5-à-7 social event has been planned for November 22 during Québec Mines at Ninkasi Bar & Bistro. Merci aux organisateurs et au commanditaire Géophysique GPR! Contact circe_ml@hotmail.com for details.
    • Two of three BC scholarship awardees attended and were recognized at the BCGS meeting on October 16; transmittal of cheques to be accomplished at a later date.
    • Award presentations to three University of Toronto recipients rescheduled for KEGS  November 8 meeting.
    • Presentation of remaining 23 scholarship to awardees being organized. This includes new awards of the Collett Graduate Scholarship, Carson Indigenous Scholarship, SKGS, WAMIC,  GSC Pioneers and KEGS Pioneers Scholarships. Directors look forward to meeting various awardees and supporters at revived in-person meetings, including Jenna McKenzie in St. John’s on November 2, and Robert Hearst and Chris Nind at the Central Canada Mineral Exploration Convention in Winnipeg, November 14-15.
    • The Steers Bursary was presented to Kathryn Cheng, fourth year undergraduate at the University of Toronto.
    • Thanks to recent donors; additional donations encouraged.
    • Full update with  note on XPLOR can be found on the Foundation's website

    Additional details can be on the Foundation’s websitwww.kegsfoundation.org.



  • 24 Oct 2022 3:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Mark your calendars - KEGS is excited to announce the return of the annual Symposium to be held the Saturday preceding the 2023 Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Convection in Toronto, Canada. The event is planned to be held in person on March 4th, 2023.

    At this time KEGS invites you to submit an abstract on the following suggested topics:

    Geophysics for Critical Mineral Exploration

    Open Source Tools in Exploration Geophysics

    Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Applied to Exploration Geophysics

    New Developments (Data Acquisition, Processing, and Interpretation)

    Integrated Case Histories

    Abstract Submissions

    Short abstracts are to have a 400-word limit. An abstract template is available here.

    The deadline for submission is Friday, December 9th , 2022.

    Please submit your abstract to Peter Tschirhart , and include "KEGS 2023 Symposium Abstract" in the subject line.


  • 4 Oct 2022 9:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2022-2023 CSEG Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Rachel Newrick will have a lecture on October 20th at the university of Toronto. The lecture will be on October 20th at 4-5 pm (in the Earth Science seminar room: ES2093). KEGS executives encourage you to attend this in person event. If anyone from KEGS is interested in talking to her, please let Prof Andrei Swidinsky.

  • 31 Aug 2022 10:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    KEGS executives are excited to announce that the up-coming KEGS talk on September 13, 2022 will be a hybrid event! We are looking forward to meet you at the University of Toronto, Department of Earth Sciences, Room ES2119 (22 Ursula Franklin Street). If you can't make it in-person, please register here for the virtual webinar.


  • 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.

    Theme

    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 www.kegsfoundation.org.


    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

  • 21 Apr 2022 4:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Colleagues,

    Please find The ETD + Tables here


  • 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 www.kegsfoundation.org.
    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
  • 4 Mar 2022 9:31 AM | Peter Tschirhart (Administrator)

    KEGS 2022 Symposium
    March usually brings two things - the arrival of spring in northern latitudes, and the annual KEGS Symposium. For 2022, the symposium "Geophysical Advances: Case Studies and New Techniques" will be a virtual event comprising four session in late March.
    • Session 1: Magnetic Applications and Processing: March 22, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Session 2: New Techniques and Seismic: March 24, 2022 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Session 3: Best of EAGE Bordeaux 2021: March 29, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Session 4: Electromagnetic Applications and Processing: March 31, 2022 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    The complete symposium program can be found here.

    Registration is now open on the KEGS website.
    Registrants will have access to all four sessions.  A GoToWebinar link will be sent to registrants before each session to join the online symposium.




    Pricing:
    Member  - $100 (CAD)
    Non-member - $150 (CAD) 
    Student - $25 (CAD)

    Student and Industry Showcase
    Interested in showcasing your company or recent research/projects? The symposium will include two on-demand video sections: “Student Showcase” and “Industry, Government & Research Center Updates” Both will feature 5 minute/10 slide pre-recorded videos that may be accessed at anytime. 
    • The Student Showcase will serve as an opportunity for post-secondary students to present their thesis work to the geophysical community. It is open to all students studying or making use of geophysical techniques in their field of study.
    • The Industry, Government & Research Center Updates will showcase topics that range from short case studies, new R&D initiatives, and overviews of companies’ services.
    • Student and Industry showcase video submissions will be open until March 18. 

    Symposium Sponsorship Opportunities 
    KEGS is soliciting sponsors for the 2022 Symposium. If interested, please contact Miss Micki Allen at mickiallen@marac.com

    Mark your calendar for KEGS future talks and events!
    KEGS is pleased to announce following confirmed talks and events going forward:
        
    April 12, 2022
    Title: New Developments on Data Acquisition Technology for Identifying Base and Precious Metals
    Author: Alex Coutu, Co-Founder and CEO at Rosor


    May 10, 2022
    Title: Application of Magnetotelluric in Geothermal Exploration
    Authors: Fateme Hormozzade, Jim Craven (Geological Survey of Canada), and Dariush Motazedian (Carleton University)


    KEGS is currently looking for potential speakers for 2022, if you are interested to speak at one of KEGS monthly talks, please contact.


    Find out about more geo scientific events in GTA Geoscience calendar 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

     
    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

    KEGS Foundation Update
    The full KEGS Foundation Update can be found here. Update includes:
    • Scholarship Application Deadline - Students and faculty are reminded that the deadline to apply for a 2022/23 KEGS Foundation Scholarship is April 30, 2022.
    • Annual General Meeting – All interested parties are invited to attend the KEGS Foundation Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 4:30 pm. The Zoom link is:
              https://us05web.zoom.us/j/87206022496?pwd=VkNOeUVKOEJRYk02NlBrdnRHd3Y2UT09
              Meeting ID: 872 0602 2496
              Passcode: 8cm6Xc


    Additional details can be on the Foundation’s website www.kegsfoundation.org.
    Professional Geoscientists Ontario Announcement
    PGO announces the implementation of Incidental Practice Registration for geoscientists registered in other jurisdictions in Canada, which allows them to legally work short-term in Ontario, with a registration process designed to be quick, easy and inexpensive. Additional details are provided here.
    Membership Renewal Reminder
    Don't forget to renew your annual KEGS membership (included as part of symposium registration for non-members)! While at it, why not consider a donation the KEGS Foundation to help foster and support geophysics education within Canadian Universities. 
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