neoSCAN in Action: Athabasca Uranium Deposits, Canada

Claim holdings in the Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan, Canada
Claim holdings in the Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan, Canada

The Athabasca Basin is a 100,000 km2 region of northern Saskatchewan, Canada that is home to the world’s leading source of high-grade uranium. The basin is filled with sandstone sediment varying from 100 to 1,000 metres in depth. The uranium ore is mostly found at the base of this sandstone, at the point where it meets the basement.

NEOS will be presenting the results of a recent neoSCAN study covering the uranium deposits of the Athabasca Basin at the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) annual conference next week in Toronto.  The PDAC exists to promote a responsible, vibrant and sustainable Canadian mineral exploration and development sector and is perhaps best known for its annual convention, which last year attracted 25,122 attendees from 103 countries.

NEOS was invited to present at PDAC 2015 by Geosoft® Inc., a leading provider of integrated geoscience software for mapping and modeling the Earth’s subsurface.  In the PDAC presentation, NEOS plans to share techniques it has been using in oil & gas exploration – focusing especially on basement mapping and predictive analytics methods – with geoscientists involved in minerals exploration and development.

To demonstrate the application of these techniques in the mining sector, NEOS undertook a neoSCAN study of a portion of the Athabasca Basin for which it integrated and simultaneously interpreted several existing geological and geophysical datasets to map key regional geologic features in a 17,000 km2 area of investigation.

The legacy geo-datasets that NEOS analyzed included gravity, magnetic, electromagnetic and radiometric as well as sub-sets of available geologic information.  Intermediate interpretive products including fault density and basement burial-depth maps were also generated and subsequently analyzed using predictive analytics techniques.

Dr. Craig Beasley, Chief Science Officer for NEOS, commented,

[pullquote align=”center” textalign=”center” width=”100%”]“In under a month, we were able to identify some of the key G&G attributes that correspond to the locations of Athabasca’s known uranium deposits. I think this demonstrates that an analysis of existing multi-physics data using advanced quantitative interpretation techniques can be a useful method for de-risking exploration acreage and improving discovery success, whether we are talking about the search for minerals or for oil & gas.”[/pullquote]

To learn more about the neoSCAN as applied to acreage highgrading for uranium in Athabasca, click here (or on the image below) to watch the narrated slideshow.


NEOS’s domain expert on predictive analytics, Emmanuel (‘Manu’) Schnetzler, will be presenting the results of this Athabasca neoSCAN study, entitled, ‘Predictive Analytics of Multi-Disciplinary Data for Basin and Basement Studies,’ during the PDAC conference on Monday March 2nd at 10AM EST in Room 716 (Adopting Tools & Techniques from the Oil Patch session) at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Exploring for Gold – You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby!

All can conjure up the classic school-book images of a ‘Forty Niner‘ panning for gold along a river bank. Even today, independent miners sometimes rely upon the low tech ‘panning’ technique (or variants thereof) as borne out on the reality TV show – Gold Rush Alaska – shown on the Discovery Channel. However, modern minerals’ exploration (as conducted by the world’s premier mining firms) is far more sophisticated than our childhood memories or television fantasies.

In a 10-minute narrated slideshow, NEOS’s VP of Exploration – Dr. Craig Beasley, takes the viewer through today’s high technology search for gold. Craig describes a neoPROSPECTOR project that was recently completed for Toronto-based U.S. Gold in the Cortez Gold Trend of Nevada.

This project highlights NEOS’s multi-measurement approach to natural resource exploration, with Craig describing how multiple geophysical measurements – including magnetic, EM, radiometric, and hyperspectral, acquired safely and efficiently from airborne acquisition platforms – enabled he and the U.S. Gold team to map the 3-D distribution of likely gold deposits in an area of exploratory interest.

To learn more about this project, as well as a neoBASIN survey that is being proposed over a larger area of the Cortez Trend, view the narrated slideshow: