Research & Development
The mining industry constantly requires more discoveries to meet the world’s ever-growing demand for minerals. In recent years, the discovery ratio is inverse to the exploration expenditures. We believe that the exploration industry needs innovation to help it find more mines.
Abitibi Geophysics has a culture of innovation and strongly invests in R&D. We find the best technology and bring it to market. In addition, we are constantly developing better methods and equipment. "I’m never totally satisfied with the current state of the technology. We ask every member of our team to question themselves, to ignore proven and comfortable approaches if not yielding the results" says Pierre Bérubé, President. At Abitibi Geophysics, our customers and suppliers are our strategic allies, and we strive to implement their needs into our innovations. We find partners in education and research organizations who can help us accelerate innovation.
Examples of our innovation
InfiniTEM®: think differently in electromagnetism
With experience comes innovation: Abitibi Geophysics came up with the idea to double the EM loops and configure them differently from the conventional TDEM transmitter. With the same instruments, the reading went from 200 metres to 500 metres deep and has proven particularly effective in overburden conductor.
Terrascope EM transmitter : another step forward
A research student's synthetic model on InfiniTEM® said it would be able to detect targets up to 1,000 metres, conditionally to the improvement of the power and precision of the EM transmitter. We then created the Terrascope transmitter. Tested on the field, it proved to be at the height of the synthetic model, on the surface and borehole. InfiniTEM® now detects small conductive deposits as far as 1,000 metres, which is good news knowing large deposits are not the rule but the exception…
Until recently, induced polarization was generally used with an in-line current/potential electrode configuration such as pole-dipole and dipole-dipole. The availability of inexpensive computing power now facilitates timely processing of three-dimensional array data. This removes the old restriction of positioning electrodes inline for ease of data calculation. Abitibi Geophysics developed IPower-3D®, which has proven to be very effective in penetrating overburden.
Hole-to-Hole/3DIP: no black side
Usually, the positioning of all electrodes in borehole IP does not measure until the bottom of the hole. With its experience in surface IP, Abitibi Geophysics has developed the IP 3D hole-to-hole method which gives a reading at the bottom.