IGS attends Mining Mazma in India

IGS recently attended the Government of India (Ministry of Mines) sponsored Mining, Exploration, Convention & Trade Show in Bangalore (Mining MAZMA, 2017), 14th – 16th September 2017 held in the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre. IGS is part of a joint-venture India- registered company known as IDPeX Pvt. Ltd. comprising Datacode, an Indian-registered geodata management consultancy, and software reseller and PGW, (Paterson, Grant & Watson Limited), a geophysical consultancy based in Toronto, along with IGS. IDPeX was well represented at the show having a prominent centre stage stand and also presented 3 papers entitled ‘Attracting Exploration Investment – The Pathway to Success’ by Peter Zawada (MD of IGS),  ‘Understanding Airborne Geophysical Data (Acquisition, Processing, Interpretation and Application)‘ by Bill McCourt (Technical Director of IGS) and Stephen Reford (President of PGW) and ‘Promoting your Geodata to the World – Applications, Products and Services’ by S. Karunakar Rao (CEO of Datacode).


India’s exploration and mining sector is at a nascent stage of development and although contributes just 1.36% (2016/17) to the GDP of the country (net of oil and gas earnings), of which 0.7% is ascribed to coal and lignite, is undergoing rapid transformation to expand its contribution to the nation. Reform of its Mining Code and Policy has seen important changes and further amendments are anticipated. The State Governments are expected to play an important role in attracting exploration investment. IGS is therefore planning to expand its geodata, prospectivity analysis (IGS Xplore), caapacity building and mineral promotion services on the sub-continent both at a National and State level through the joint venture company of IDPeX.



Latest prospectivity map produced

IGS has recently completed the latest of a series of prospectivity maps, this time for Cu porphyry potential in the Malanjkhand area of India (part of this shown here). These maps, produced by Xplore – our semantic technology-based mineral prospectivity software – highlight the most prospective areas for particular mineral deposit model types.

Almost 50 different mineral deposit models can be rapidly analysed using existing baseline datasets and well-established, peer reviewed mineral deposit model characteristics. The prospectivity maps produced are of great help in aiding the identification of prospective areas for governments, as well as exploration companies seeking to enter new markets, or to delineate more detailed areas of interest.

IGS recently attended the Mining Mazma – the Mining, Exploration Convention and Trade Show held in Bangalore in India from 14-16th September. IGS staff met with representatives from various Indian States and a separate report will be posted shortly.

IGS attends EXPO 2017 in Astana

IGS recently attended a series of meetings in Astana with senior members of KazGeology and the Ministry for Investments and Development as part of our ongoing discussions to help develop the Kazakh minerals industry. Meetings were also attended by our partners, including the Natural History Museum and Geosoft, as well as the Department of International Trade, who helped organise the event. The events were hosted by the UK pavilion at EXPO 2017.

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IGS to attend EXPO 2017 in Astana

IGS is pleased to announce that we will be attending EXPO 2017 in Astana from 2nd-5th July. We will be part of the UK pavilion and are involved in Mining Week activities, including Knowledge Day, led by our consortium partners Natural History Museum.

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IGS attends National Mining Summit in Nigeria

IGS recently attended the National Mining Summit held in Abuja, Nigeria, speaking in a panel discussion on the importance of acquiring and managing geodata to aid in mineral exploration. The event was well attended by government and private companies and was opened by the Acting President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, and closed by the Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Abubakar Bawa Bwari.

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IGS confirms attendance at National Mining Summit in Abuja

IGS is pleased to announce that we will be attending the National Mining Summit in Abuja, Nigeria, from 13-15th June. IGS will be a panel member on the ‘Geological Data Generation and Mineral Prospectivity’ session and will be discussing challenges and constraints in acquiring and managing exploration data to unlock mining exploration.

IGS already has a strong links with West Africa, having previously worked in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Mauritania, and has active projects in Cameroon and Burkina Faso. We are looking forward to strengthening our relationships in Nigeria and to developing new business in the region.

Details of the event may be found by following this link.

IGS welcomes new starters

IGS is pleased to announce the arrival of two new members of staff to our team.

Duncan Hall has been appointed as a Mapping Geologist and will initially be working on our project in DR Congo. Duncan completed his undergraduate BSc in Geology as well as a PhD from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, with his thesis titled “Structural controls on granitic magma migration in the Damara Belt, Nambia”.

On his appointment, Duncan said “Having spent most of my career conducting field-based structural geological research in an academic environment, I am very pleased to be joining IGS in a more applied role. I look forward to contributing to the continued growth and development of IGS through by playing my part in IGS regional scale mapping projects”.

Zahid Anwar (right) has been appointed as a Software Engineer and will work on our Xplore Prospectivity Analysis tool to help further develop Xplore with its functionality and capability. Zahid has a background in developing apps for mobile phones and tablets.

On his appointment at IGS, Zahid said “I’m very pleased to join at IGS and I look forward to automating their systems”.

Dr Peter Zawada, Managing Director of IGS, said “I am pleased to welcome Duncan and Zahid to our team and I am confident that their skills will contribute positively towards the growth of both IGS and IGS Xplore”.

IGS chairs session at MINEX Asia 2017

IGS chaired a session on ‘Improving Investment Returns in Exploration’ at the MINEX Asia conference in Astana, Kazakhstan, between 19-20th April.

MINEX Asia is the most important mining-related event in central Asia which brings together experts to discuss current events, trends, and policies throughout the region.

IGS is partnering with the Natural History Museum (NHM) in a proposal in Kazakhstan, and Prof. Reimar Seltmann from the NMH delivered a presentation at the conference which discussed using prospectivity maps developed by IGS Xplore to find new mineral deposits in Kazakhstan.

IGS was also interviewed by the British Embassy in Astana, and this short video can be seen on the Embassy’s Twitter feed @UKinKZ which can be viewed by following this link.

We look forward to continuing our discussions with our colleagues and supporters at the UK’s Department for International Trade, the NHM, and our Kazakh co-partners.

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.