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  • 28 Mar 2021 12:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hundreds of attendees viewed the finalist presentations, interviews and live awards of the inaugural Frank-Arnott - Next Generation Explorers Award at this year's virtual PDAC 2021 convention!

    It was a nail-biting finish, but the judges returned with their decision and the first-place winner and recipient of the $5000 award was the Inca Team!
    Inca worked on the Yukon Plateau Dataset and featured students from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Peru, the University of Tasmania in Australia and Brigham Young University in the USA.

    Team UWA from The University of Western Australia placed second and will receive the $3000 award, and the CSM Exploration Initiative from the Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter placed third and will receive the $2000 award.
    Congratulations Inca, UWA and CSM!!
    Inca also snagged the Audience Choice Award, however, Platypus Xplorer from UniLaSalle was very close behind!
    The Next Generation Explorers Award Association would like to thank all the finalists and contending teams for participating. We're proud of everything you've accomplished!

    Please visit to view all the teams and their resumes, and stay tuned for updates on the 2022 NGEA - we'll be launching at the end of the month!

    Inca Team - 1st Place

    Victor Torres Pacheco (University of Tasmania), Sylvie Littledale
    (Brigham Young University), Orlando Bazan Santa Cruz,
    Juan Carlos Bazan Sotomayor, Saul Romero Enriquez,
    Fernando Herrera Pinedo and Yaldri Bravo Meza
    (San Marcos University)
    Yukon Plateau Dataset

    Team UWA - 2nd Place 

    Tasman Gillfeather-Clark, David Nathan,
    Luke Smith and Lu Li

    CSM Exploration Initiative - 3rd Place

    Liam Clegg (CSM), Sharlotte Mkonto (Queen's University, Canada),
    David Campbell Camblor (CSM), Cyprien Niyigena (CSM),
    Xuyang Meng (Laurentian University), Charlie Hicklin (CSM),
    Chetan Soni (CSM), Leoni Strobl (University of Utrecht),
    Oscar Ryan (CSM), Josh Grattage (CSM), Alda Chimuco (CSM),
    Ayub Mhina (Manitoba University, Canada), Alexandra Hutchings (MSC) and Alex Jenkins (University of Bristol)
    Quesnel Trough Dataset

    Thank you to our sponsors for their continued support of the award! 
    A special thanks goes out to the Decennial Mineral Exploration Conferences (DMEC) who generously covered the cost for 49 of our NGEA students to attend short courses during the convention. If you were one of these students, please reach out to DMEC with your appreciation!
    To learn more about sponsoring the award or to view the full list of sponsors, please visit our website.

  • 9 Feb 2021 6:39 PM | Kanita Khaled (Administrator)

    Americas: 12 February 2021, 11:00-14:30 EST

    Europe and Africa: 19 February 2021, 11:00-14:30 CET

    Asia and Oceania: 26 February 2021, 11:00-14:30 AWST

    Series: Critical Minerals Forum

    Organized by the Geological Survey of Canada, Geoscience Australia, and the United States Geological Survey

    Sponsored by the World Community of Geological Surveys and hosted by the American Geosciences Institute

    More information available here.

  • 1 Feb 2021 6:36 PM | Kanita Khaled (Administrator)

    KEGS February 2021 Talk

    Join us for our second webinar of 2021 next Tuesday!

    DateFebruary 9, 2021 at 4:00 PM EST
    TitleResource exploration for a net-zero emission future with electromagnetic methods in applied geophysics
    SpeakerAndrei Swidinsky, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Geophysics, Colorado School of Mines and new Teck Chair in Exploration Geophysics at the University of Toronto

    Location: Virtual registration link here.


    The World Health Organization has stated that “Climate change is the greatest threat to global health in the 21st century”. To address the climate crisis, every effort must be made to reduce the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Indeed, for Canada to achieve its 2050 goal of net-zero emissions, innovations in green energy and carbon dioxide (CO2) storage technology are essential. I believe that geophysics plays an important role in this goal through the strategic value of certain natural resources. This talk will describe my plans for a new research program as the Teck Chair in Exploration Geophysics at the University of Toronto.  As summarized in the figure below, I will outline four potential graduate student projects studying novel electromagnetic (EM) methods to explore for blind hydrothermal systems & critical mineral deposits, characterize enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) and monitor CO2 storage.  I will also describe ideas for an additional project related to the use of convolutional neural networks (CNNs) in mineral exploration, with the goal of developing university-industry partnerships focused on machine learning applications in geophysics.


    Andrei Swidinsky,  P.hD
    Andrei Swidinsky completed his undergraduate education in theoretical physics at the University of Guelph, and continued his graduate studies in geophysics at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Nigel Edwards.  Upon finishing his doctorate in 2011, he spent the following two years as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (Geomar) working on geophysical joint inversion.  He is currently an Associate Professor at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) Department of Geophysics, where he has been a faculty member since 2013.  His research interests revolve around the development of novel electrical and electromagnetic methodology, including its integration with other types of exploration data.  He teaches a variety of courses on electrical and electromagnetic exploration techniques, ranging from introductory undergraduate classes to those at the advanced graduate level. He also directs the CSM Geophysics Field Camp, a four week comprehensive field course.   A former KEGS scholarship recipient, in July 2021 he will be joining the University of Toronto, Department of Earth Sciences as Teck Chair in Exploration Geophysics.      

    Mark your calendar for KEGS future talks!

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

    April 13 – Randy Enkin, GSC Paleomagnetism and Petrophysics Lab – Geophysical rock properties and the mineral mixing model based on principal component analysis as related to mineral properties and the implication on geophysical exploration
    May 11 – Thibaut Astic, UBC – 3D modelling of geophysical data to obtain relevant geophysical exploration models
    June 8 – Brian Bengert, BGS Exploration – Tamarack deposit geophysics
    July 12 – Bill Morris – either Sudbury breccia geophysical properties or Malartic Rock physical properties and the impact on geophysical exploration methodologies.

    KEGS 2021 Symposium updates - Fully virtual event - More updates coming soon!
    Dates: March 16 & 18, 2021 - March 23 & 25, 2021

    New this year will be an on-demand video component featuring presentations from students, as well as brief updates from industry, governments, and research centers. The KEGS 2021 symposium will be a virtual event held over 4 days. Each session will be 1.5 hours long and feature 4 live talks followed by Q&A after each talk with the speakers.

    The sessions will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays on March 16th, 18th, 23rd & 25th, 2021. Times and prices to be announced soon.

    2021 KEGS Membership Renewal
    If you have not yet, we encourage you all to renew your membership in KEGS for 2021. The membership rate remains unchanged at CAD $50.00 + HST, and CAD $25.00 + HST for students. Membership registration is open as of January 1st, 2021

    Don't miss this TGDG webinar!
    Topic:  The PACIFIC Project: Developing passive seismic techniques for environmentally friendly and cost efficient mineral exploration.
    Date:   02 Feb 2021, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    More info 

    WGC & PGO - Online Fireside Chat
    TopicMentoring, A Pathway to Bridge the Gender Gap
    Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021 from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. EST.

    About: An online fireside chat co-hosted by Professional Geoscientists Ontario and Women Geoscientists in Canada featuring professional geoscientists discussing the importance of mentoring to help sustain efforts to bridge the gender gap in geoscience industry. This is an opportunity for students, geoscientists-in-training and newly minted P.Geo.’s to engage with women leaders in the industry to gain insight from their lived experience, from their lessons learned and how to flourish as geoscience professionals and leaders in what is traditionally a male-dominated industry.

    • Imshun Je, P.Geo., Manager, Environmental Site Management & Compliance, City of Mississauga and member of PGO's Diversity and Inclusion Ad-hoc Committee
    • Jenna McKenzie, P.Geo., Co-founder and Principal Geophysicist, Ronacher McKenzie Geoscience Inc. and Founding Director of Women Geoscientists in Canada
    • Maureen Jensen, P.Geo., Past Chair of Ontario Securities Commission, Director of Franco-Nevada Corporation Copy and paste the link on your url window to know more about our panelists.

    1st CSEG Virtual Learning Series 2021: A Showcase of Canadian Innovation- February 2-4 & 8-11

    This 1ST CSEG Virtual Learning Series (DLS) features seven strategic noon hour talks spread over 2 weeks. The objective is to provide a learning series focused on applied geoscience and the innovation occurring in the geosciences in Canada.
    The oil and gas industry has once again found itself moving toward a low cost, efficient and sustainable future. As such, existing workflows have to be modernized by incorporating innovative ideas, new technologies have to show improved efficiency and every application has to resolve a particular social, environmental and economic problem. So, each speaker will address one particular major topic under development in Canada today.
    Data quality improvements through innovations in seismic acquisition and reinterpretation of legacy seismic data are a couple of examples that will be covered showing how costs can be optimized while enhancing data quality and value of the interpretation.

    Quantitative interpretation to provide deeper insight into subsurface reservoirs, machine learning application and adopting an integrated work flow for field development will show how new applications and repurposing old techniques with new perspective can solve modern petroleum exploration problems and impact business decisions.
    Game-changing technologies within the hydrocarbon energy sector, as well as various innovative ideas in development as part of Canada’s energy transition will be discussed.
    This virtual learning series invites anyone interested to learn about current innovative workflows, applications and technologies within the oil and gas industry. Participants will also gain insight into energy transition concepts.

    Program Detail and Registration Information

    PDAC Geophysics Session

    The Geophysics The Geophysics program will be launched as part of the PDAC technical program. The session will include four talks and is chaired by Robert Hearst, Southern Geoscience consultants and Brian, B-Field Geophysics, Toronto, Canada. More info here

    KEGS Foundation Update

    The full KEGS Foundation Update can be found here. Update includes:

    • Scholarship program to be renewed for 2021/22 academic year
    • Possible Quebec-focused scholarship under active consideration
    • Recent donations by supporters gratefully acknowledged
    • Additional donations encouraged to sustain the core scholarship program
    • Double impact program for individual donations generously funded by Phoenix
    • Presentation of record 27 scholarships for current year largely completed
    • Continuing outreach to current awardees to offset virtual instruction constraints
    • Augmented efforts to strengthen connections to 300+ ‘alumni’
    • Continued collaboration with KEGS, BCGS, TGDG and other allied geo-organizations
    • Financial statement and tax return for FY 2020 completed and filed
    • Continuing efforts to strengthen and broaden governance

  • 6 Jan 2021 6:31 PM | Kanita Khaled (Administrator)
    • KEGS January 2021 Talk

    Date: January 12, 2021 at 4:00 PM EST

    Title: Preliminary model studies comparing a variety of survey geometries for DCIP

    Speaker: Jeff Warne & Benoît Tournerie, Quantec Geoscience

    • Teck Chair: Andrei Swidinsky is the new Teck Chair of Exploration Geophysics at University of Toronto
    • KEGS 2021 Symposium - Fully virtual event
      • Dates: March 16 & 18, 2021 - March 23 & 25, 2021
    • 2021 KEGS Membership Renewal - we encourage you to renew your membership for 2021 on our website. The rate remains unchanged at CAD $50.00 HST, and CAD $25.00 HST for students.
    • WGC - January Webinar 
      • TopicDeveloping a successful career in geoscience
        Date: Wednesday January 13, 2021 at 4 pm ET/1 pm PT

        Speakers: Anna Shaughnessy- Currently Anna is President Elect of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG). Prior to that she was Vice-Chair of the SEG Foundation. She has also served on many SEG teams including the Women’s Network Committee.  
        More information available 

    • KEGS extends condolences on the passing of Jeff Rowe, Richard Lane and Dutch Van Blaricom

  • 17 Dec 2020 10:00 PM | Kanita Khaled (Administrator)

    December Reminder - Happy Holidays from KEGS!

    Bulletin Topics:

    • KEGS 2021 Symposium Deadline Extension Dec 30
    • KEGS Welcomes new executive member Farzaneh Farahani
    • KEGS-Quebec - Virtual Reunion on Dec 18

  • 1 Dec 2020 9:35 PM | Kanita Khaled (Administrator)

    December 2020 Bulletin

    Bulletin topics:

    • KEGS December 2020 Talk
    • KEGS 2021 Symposium Abstracts -  Submit Your Abstract Today!
    • SKGS - Technical Presentation and KEGS Scholarship Awards
    • BCGS - Technical Webinar
    • WGC - Technical Webinar
    • KEGS-Québec - Réunion Virtuelle et Visio-Conférence Géophysique avant-Noel
    • KEGS Foundation Update
  • 29 Oct 2020 10:00 PM | Kanita Khaled (Administrator)

    November 2020 - Bulletin

    Bulletin Topics:

    • KEGS November Talk - Airborne Induced Polarization (AIP) mapping of HTEM data and two cases from BC - Mt Milligan alkalic porphyry Au-Cu deposit and its AIP signatures and the past producer Au-Ag-Pb-Zn Dunwell mine in the Golden Triangle and its ground DCIP responses
    • Women Geoscientists in Canada Summit
    • CSEG Webinars
    • CSEG Distinguished Lecturer Presentation at UofT
    • KEGS Executive Nominations
    • Passing of Peter Hood
    • Mining Job Opportunities in Canada by Business Finland
    • KEGS Foundation Update

  • 5 Oct 2020 10:30 PM | Kanita Khaled (Administrator)

    October 2020 Bulletin

    Bulletin Topics:

    • KEGS October Toronto Talk - A Case Study on the Hat Project, British Columbia, with a Focus on Geophysics by Charlotte Thibaud
    • KEGS 2021 Symposium Announcements
    • Women Geoscientists in Canada Summit
    • APEGA Webinar
    • CSEG October Technical Webinar
    • Ore Deposit Talks
    • KEGS Executive 2021 - Welcoming Nominations
    • KEGS Foundation Update

  • 10 Sep 2020 11:00 PM | Kanita Khaled (Administrator)

    September 2020 Bulletin 

    Bulletin Topics:

    • KEGS Toronto Talk - Muon Tomography for Mineral Exploration, and other Applications in Underground Resources
    • SEG Annual Meeting
    • KEGS Foundation Update
    • CIM Webinar
    • KEGS Executive 2021 - Welcoming nominations now
  • 6 Jul 2020 6:51 PM | Kanita Khaled (Administrator)

    KEGS SUMMER 2020

    These past few weeks have been truly unlike anything we've experienced before. In light of our current circumstances, we are sad to announce that KEGS Toronto summer social events are postponed for the time being. We will be sure to keep you updated should things change. Please note that KEGS Ottawa webinars are also on pause for the summer.


    The upcoming June talk will be our final one before we break for the summer. We want to hear how everyone is doing during these challenging times so please join us online! We would also like to encourage submission for fall talks.

    Date:   2020-06-09 @ 4:30pm


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    Virtual Webinar. Register using the link below.

    Speaker Xiong Li, CGG

    Bio: Xiong Li received his BEng and MEng degrees from Chengdu Institute of Geology, and a PhD degree in 1991 from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He worked at Freie Universität Berlin in Germany, École Polytechnique de Montréal in Canada, and BHP in Melbourne of Australia before joining Fugro in Houston of Texas, USA in 2001. He has been working for CGG since 2013 with an acquisition of part of Fugro. He has been Chief Geophysicist of CGG Multi-Physics (and its predecessors in Houston) since 2005. He was a member of the team that developed the FALCON airborne gravity gradiometer technology. He and Yaoguo Li helped SEG and the Chinese Geophysical Society organize three GEM Workshops: in Beijing in 2011, in Chengdu in 2015, and in Xi’an in 2019. He has been an associate editor, for gravity and magnetic exploration methods, of GEOPHYSICS since 2005.

    TitleHigh-Resolution Magnetic Data for an Improved Accuracy of Wellbore Positioning

    Directional drilling maximizes the extraction of oil and gas while minimizing the cost. The Measurement While Drilling describes directional surveying and drilling-related measurements. A cost-effective MWD is to measure the distance and two angles: the dip measured by a triaxial accelerometer and the azimuth by a triaxial magnetometer. Magnetic survey relies on the principle of measuring the direction of the wellbore relative to the direction of the local geomagnetic field. Its accuracy is thus limited by the accuracy with which the Earth’s local magnetic field is known at the drilling site and time.

    The MWD engineer uses the local gravity and magnetic fields to correct the measurements received from the downhole sensor for certain errors, including magnetic interference due to the drill string and local geology; then calculates the tool orientation from the corrected measurement; and finally advises the drilling engineer to adjust the drilling towards the desired direction. The local fields may be also used to perform a set of quality checks on the measured data.

    We have developed a technique named MagCUBETM that converts surface-observed scalar total magnetic intensity anomalies into a subsurface vector crustal magnetic field distribution. We also estimate the uncertainties in the main magnetic field model, the disturbance field, and the local crustal field model. In particular, we build the crustal field model by using high-resolution magnetic data. A combination of these efforts results in an improved accuracy of wellbore positioning.


    Ore Deposit Hub started in March 2020 to fill the void left by conferences and meetings cancelled due to COVID-19. A schedule of Ore Deposits Hubs hosted talks can be found here .


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