Improvements to Grassroots and Minesite Exploration using Titan 24: Overview and Applications of Titan 24 Deep Imaging Technology

CIM Edmonton 2008
Greg M. Hollyer, Jean Legault, Rob L. Gordon,
Abstract The search for minerals in the future will be dominated by deeper exploration and the need to accurately target “blind” deposits as more and more of the “easy” near surface targets are exhausted. In this context, key technologies are emerging for deep exploration both in grassroots and minesite exploration, including the Titan 24 Deep Penetrating geophysical technology. Introduced in 2001, this technology has grown rapidly into an accepted approach for exploration in a variety of geologic environments, including brownfield environments where discovering additional reserves would most quickly benefit companies.

Titan 24 belongs to a new class of sophisticated Distributed Acquisition Systems (DAS) which record high-volume, high-quality data simultaneously at multiple receiver stations. This data is then processed digitally, modeled using specialized inverse modeling software, and interpreted according to geologic and other parameters. The result is a robust, high-quality, high-volume data sets which provide a basis for improved imaging to depth.

In this paper, the Titan 24 distributed technology is discussed. Illustrations of the vast improvement to overall exploration are showcased through results in several case studies. These include examples from two porphyry copper deposits in British Columbia and a uranium prospect in Saskatchewan. These examples show the range of applicability of the technology and the ability to effectively image mineralization, lithology, structure and alteration to depth as an aid to understanding prospective mineral deposits and targeting drills more accurately.
Keywords: Titan 24, Deep Imaging, Brownfields Exploration, Magnetotellurics, Electrical Surveying, Grassroots Exploration, Induced Polarization, Distributed Acquisition System
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