from Canada Digital technologies supercluster launched the world’s first Earth X-ray for low-impact mineral exploration. The discovery platform will help accurately target mineralization below the surface for discovery.
Led by the pioneer of muon tomography Idéon Technologies and in partnership with Simon Fraser University (SFU), Geophysical slides, Microsoft, Fireweed zinc (TSXV: FWZ; OTC: FWEDF), and Mitacs, the Earth X-ray for low-impact mining project will allow exploration companies to identify density and magnetic anomalies with greater resolution and certainty up to 1 km below the Earth’s surface, just like rays X and MRI scans give us visibility inside the human body. The project also benefits from the direct involvement and support of BHP Group (NYSE: BHP), the world’s largest mining company.
Minerals sector partners will apply their exploration, geology and geophysical expertise to guide product design and testing, economic analysis and marketing strategy.
The x-ray platform will include cutting-edge hardware and software, new data inversion and integration techniques, advanced artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms and geostatistical models. They will be used to build detailed 3D profiles of underground anomalies, such as mineral deposits, caves and other structures. Being able to locate drill targets will save exploration money and uncertainty and allow in situ recovery of some minerals with only small footprints.
Support for the mineral industry
Canadian junior mining company Fireweed Zinc is part of the consortium as a co-development partner. The company will test, validate and deploy platform components as they are developed. “This project has the potential to accelerate the transformation of modern mineral and metallurgical exploration, leading to the definition of new mineral resources and economic growth in Canada and internationally,” said Brandon Macdonald, CEO of Fireweed Zinc.
BHP is committed to collaborating on the Discovery Platform as it develops. CTO Laura Tyler said, “Technology will help us unlock the next generation of resources the world needs to support economic growth and decarbonization. Through partnerships with technology innovators and others in the resource industry, we can help bring innovative technologies to market that will improve the precision, depth and sustainability of exploration in Canada and around the world. .
The Earth X-ray project has a total budget of $ 13.5 million, of which around 60% comes from industry and 40% from the Supercluster’s Digital Twins program. Mitacs, a national researcher-in-training, is adding $ 345,000 to support a team of postdoctoral researchers at SFU.
The Digital Technologies Supercluster is located in Vancouver. Learn more about www.DigitalSupergrappe.ca.