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Mineral Finder Technology

With more precision in less time

A technology proven over 30 yrs of ongoing research & 10+ yrs of successful projects

Mineral Finder Technology (MFT) and Oil & Gas Finder Technology (OFT) have been used in over 400 research & commercial projects to date. OFT has been used successfully in the petrochemical industry for decades.  In the last decade MFT has been adopted in the mining industry exploring iron, coal, anthracite, nickel, gold, platinum, copper, zinc, silver, lead, chromite to name just a few.

Our mineral and oil & gas partner, CTAC, have a complete library of the resonant frequencies, in the deep blue and ultraviolet spectrums for the naturally occurring elements (ie. the periodic table) and mineral compounds of interest (ie. elements as they occur in nature) for mining and oil & gas exploration. 

precise technology that significantly increases discovery success rates

With the dwindling number and quality of mineral resources mineral exploration requires high investment, sustained cash inflow, and considerable time, with inherent high risk – where risk is defined as chance of failure or loss.

 

Exploration uncertainty and risk reduction can be addressed in three fundamental ways.  Increase:

  1. the number of examinations;

  2. success probabilities; and 

  3. success probabilities per study by learning.  

 

MFT addresses all factors by reducing the time and cost to assess, so more examinations of large areas can be conducted, improving the accuracy of assessments to focus only on economically viable areas thereby increasing the success probability, and applying machine learning to each project so algorithms constantly improve.

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Proof of Concept

Gold in Indonesia

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Case study

Gold, Copper & Silver in Mexico

Summary

Before MFT

5 years stalled &

 costs of US$ 10 M

MFT

Identified

1 M Oz of Gold

Drilling

Found MFT

94% accuracy

MFT & Drilling

Valued Gold

reserves at US $1.5 B

MFT

Provided a

80% cost saving

Investing in MFT reduces your costs by up to 80%

With dwindling near-surface resources, the search has moved to deep seated deposits increasing drilling costs. The skin effect, at depth compromises active seismic and electromagnetic technology accuracy. Environmental compliance regulations are also increasing in complexity and lifting exploration costs.


MFT is a passive technology that can give you high certainty for the minerals present, the grade, location and depth.  This results in an exploration process with one step from MFT data to a targeted drilling program and high drilling success.  This delivers a reduction of up to 80% or more in exploration costs.

Advanced technology that provides faster turn-arounds

The typical MFT exploration project takes 17 weeks to complete, for the remote satellite work, onsite field work, and final report generation.

 

The project phases make up the total time as follows:

  • Remote satellite data analysis and report generation = 8 weeks.

  • Field work data capture and analysis = 4 weeks.

  • Laboratory data integration and final report generation = 5 weeks.

Very large areas, for example - 200,000 sq km, and a shopping list of minerals to be located can extend the time.

01

Given you have a “mineral fingerprint database”, is it plausible to complete blind scans?

Yes.  If we can complete all three phases of the MFT, OFT or WFT the confidence on the findings is high.  Mineral samples are not necessary, rather they are a nice to have.

02

How many minerals can MFT search for at the same time, or in one project?

In each step of the process, MFT surveys for one resonance signature.  Therefore, in searching for 10 minerals compared to searching for one mineral, there would be nearly 10 times more remote, field, and laboratory work.

03

Can we do just the Satellite Phase, or the Field Phase?

It is not necessary to do all steps of the exploration in the sequence 1 - 2 - 3 i.e. remote Satellite, field, laboratory data integration, analysis and report generation.  But we recommend it if you want the precision to plan your drilling campaign.

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No environmental disturbance & no  permits required

Most alternate electromagnetic and seismic technologies (the ones that actually explore below the surface) are active, sending signals into the earth’s crust, lakes, or oceans. MFT is a passive technology because it is measuring changes in the earth’s electromagnetic field (at the earth-atmosphere boundary).

In each phase of MFT it is measuring the static field, or artificially varying the magnitude of the electromagnetic field of the earth, at the resonant frequencies of the materials of interest, at a given point. The polarised layers in the atmosphere, that exist in response to the subsoil mineralisation, respond to that, and MFT equipment measures the characteristics of static field and response fields.

When we talk with mineral mining clients, we generally discuss depths up to 3 km for minerals in concentrations of 50 – 100 ppm because lower grades and depths beyond 2 km can present significant technical and economic challenges that make mining unfeasible.

OFT, the oil and gas cousin of MFT, that uses the same technology, has explored to depths of 9.8 km.

Our ongoing support helps you maximise ROI & project success

The fourth phase is the support phase.  After the client receives the engineering report they usually move to a highly targeted and minimal drilling campaign.
 
With MFT projects clients gather cores to verify the ore bodies are at the location, depth and grade forecast in the MFT report.  For OFT this is to verify the reservoirs of oil, gas, or condensate are at the locations, depths and pressures forecast in the OFT report.
 
In all engagements, during the drilling program CTAC provide technical support on-site, and from the laboratory.  For example, the CTAC team may take VERS measurements at a proposed drill point, before the drilling is done, to ensure the drilling is done in the optimal place and the right place.
 
CTAC also provide ongoing laboratory and field support during the subsequent construction, and operation phases for no additional cost, except travel.

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