Mineral exploration holds inherent risk both geological and political. How can we manage and mitigate this risk in modern exploration? …Continue Reading
IGS has been awarded 2nd place in the prestigious Frank Arnott Award in a ceremony at the Exploration 2017 conference in Toronto.Continue Reading
Resource development relies on geoscience data (‘geodata’). In Africa, access to useful geodata is often slow, expensive and unreliable. This discourages potential investors and leads to a slow rate of development.Continue Reading
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.
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 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.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
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 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”.