Archive for month: April 2017

Public-private partnership to open Geodata access for Africa

Delegates attending African Geodata Workshop in Uganda

IGS is pleased to announce its participation in a pilot project aimed at improving the availability, accessibility and usability of geoscientific data (geodata) to guide resource investment in the Eastern African Region. The pilot project, and launch of a geodata portal hosted by Uganda, will be conducted under the auspices of African Union Commission (AUC), and is a collaborative partnership between the British Geological Survey (BGS), Geosoft Inc., IGS Ltd., the Uganda Geological Survey and the Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum. – See more by following this link.

IGS was represented by Dr Frik Hartzer, whilst Dr Peter K. Zawada, Managing Director of IGS stated “IGS was honoured to have been involved in developing the workshop agenda, and we’re pleased to be part of the committee implementing the pilot geodata project for Uganda

Public-private partnerships are a vitally important way of ensuring the availability and accessibility of geodata, and creating added value to that data, to attract inward investment in the mineral exploration sector for Africa. Exciting time lies ahead where geodata is used to create wealth and to improve the quality of life of Africa’s people.”

The workshop and pilot project are guided by the aspirations and principles of the Africa Mining Vision (AMV) and Agenda 2063, which recognizes geodata as an imperative for future development of Africa’s extractives, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, infrastructure and tourism sectors.

The initiative will be based on a public-private partnership business model for the generation, management and ownership of geodata by participating countries and it is expected to be piloted in other African countries.

New laboratory at AGS officially opened

H.E. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Dominic Jermey, and Deputy Minister Sadaat from the MoMP about to cut a ribbon to inaugurate the laboratory.

The Ambassador being interviewed by journalists at the lab inauguration.

In early April, a new Construction Materials Testing Laboratory was officially opened during an inauguration ceremony at the Afghan Geological Survey (AGS) attended by the UK’s Ambassador to Afghanistan, H.E. Dominic Jermey, and Deputy Minister Sadaat from the Afghan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP).

The opening of a new Construction Materials Testing Laboratory at the AGS, together with training AGS staff, is the culmination of one of three projects undertaken by BGSI (IGS) as part of the DFID-funded Extractive Sector Support Programme (ESSP).

The laboratory has been supplied with the very latest testing equipment capable of undertaking more than 30 different tests on different types of construction material, making this facility the most modern and most capable raw material testing laboratory in Afghanistan.

The equipment in this laboratory will enable the AGS and the MoMP to undertake qualitative testing on a range of different construction materials, e.g. limestone, granite, and marble, to understand their properties, including strength, porosity, and resistance to abrasion.

Project Leader Dr Waqas Ahmed with the group of five AGS counterparts trained to use the laboratory equipment

One of the AGS staff members demonstrating use of equipment in the laboratory during the inauguration.

The laboratory has also been established to help the Afghan small-scale mining industry, since it will also be able to assist quarry operators to assess the quality of their resources. For example, marble quarry operators will be able to bring in samples of their products for testing and use the test results to attract higher fees for their products, whilst ensuring they are used for the most appropriate specifications. If Afghan marble producers are better able to understand the potential value of their product, they are less likely to want to sell their quarry material at a lower price and can demand higher prices for their product.

Additionally, this laboratory will enable the Afghan government, through the MoMP, to make informed decisions regarding the choice of materials used in infrastructure and construction projects. This will help to ensure the longevity of buildings and roads, and will ultimately save the Afghan government time and resources.

After the inauguration, the Ambassador and Deputy Minister were interviewed by journalists from national and international organisations, including the BBC. The event was featured on the British Embassy’s Facebook page which can be found by following this link.

New Data Products Released

IGS Xplore is excited to launch a collection of our latest GIS data pack’s including potential mapping results using the Xplore Prospectivity Analysis system.

These analysis cover the Guiana Shield in South America, Thailand and Myanmar for Orogenic Gold, Ni-Cu-PGE, REE, Pb-Zn and Cu-Au Porphyry styles of mineralisation. Both Permissive and Favourable areas have been identified, with target areas down to <25 km².

Each product includes a prospectivity layer for the target mineral deposit type, the enriched geological/geochemical source data and country boundaries, (in ArcGIS format, shape files and map package – other formats available on request), also includes a detailed report on the regional geology, metallogeny, input data and prospectivity analysis methods applied.  Prices range from £1,000 to £5,000.

Data analysis is underway to prepare data packs for both Western Australia and Ireland which will be released shortly.

Bespoke analysis is also available for any area, from the licence scale to continental.

To order or for more information please contact us –

Example outputs from Guiana Shield shown below: