Focus on Geology

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#36
With help from SRK's structural geologists, Komona West is drilled to better identify resource potential at Komona West project, Mali.
In March 2005, Glencar Mining plc engaged Toby Davis (SRK Perth) to develop structural models for mineralisation for a number of gold prospects they had identified in their Komana Project in southwest Mali. This project included interpretation of regional geophysical datasets and mapping prospects in 1000 sq km of tenements...
SRK participates in research cruises studying seafloor massive sulphide deposits, similar to land-based volcanic hosted massive sulfides.
Paul Hodkiewicz and Phil Jankowski from SRK in Perth are working with Nautilus Minerals Inc. (NUS: TSX-V) as they explore the seafloor for massive sulfide gold-copper-zinc-silver deposits in the Southwestern Pacific. Nautilus now has applications and tenements in the territorial waters of Papua New Guinea, Tonga, and Fiji that collectively...
Over the last 12 months, Monarch Gold Mining Company has developed a large tenement portfolio in the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia through mergers and acquisitions. For Monarch, SRK took on a geological review of the area and generated a series of ranked exploration targets. Monarch’s tenement package covers the...
Understanding structural geology, especially remobilization, in nickel sulfide orebodies improves exploration programs.
The current historically high price of nickel has generated much interest in nickel deposits throughout the world. Consequently, SRK geologists in Australia and Canada have received many requests for work from clients, such as BHP Billiton, Consolidated Minerals, Goldstream Mining, Jubilee Mines and LionOre. The established genetic models for nickel...
SRK maps gold mineralisation and geological structures to aid early exploration in Venezuela.
Gold Fields Venezuela commissioned SRK Consulting to undertake a study to determine the structural controls of gold mineralisation at the Choco 10 deposit in Venezuela. Gold Fields acquired the project when they completed the takeover of Bolivar Gold Corp in early 2006. In February 2006, SRK determined that the VBK...
Democratic Republic of the Congo has copper, cobalt and diamond deposits, and SRK is actively involved in assisting exploration.
SRK is at work on one of the richest copper and cobalt producing areas in the world, the province of Katanga in the southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). A significant share of the copper and cobalt is mined informally and exported illicitly from the African nation. SRK has been...
Using Kumtor’s extensive geological database and examining drill core, SRK carried out comprehensive pit mapping with the construction of structural cross sections.
SRK has been developing and regularly updating a structural geological model for the Kumtor gold deposit in Kyrgyzstan, primarily to resolve geotechnical issues and aid pit design. The project, overseen by Principal Geotechnical Engineer, Neil Marshall, is being led by Dr Rob Seago, a structural geologist with 20 years experience...
SRK provided consulting services in structural geology for the Essakane gold deposit in Burkina Faso and for the Damang open pit cutback feasibility study in Ghana.
SRK provided consulting services in structural geology for the Essakane gold deposit in Burkina Faso and for the Damang open pit cutback feasibility study in Ghana. Both projects involved reviews of drill core and mapping of surface exposures, as well as extensive 3D modeling with Leapfrog software. Essakane is a...
Understanding effects of kimberlite emplacement in mine design improves predictions of economic viability for diamond mines.
Various kimberlite emplacement processes have a major impact on the nature of the kimberlite orebody and host rocks and must be considered in mine design and mining approach. Failure to understand these processes can adversely affect the economic outcome of a mine. It is therefore important to investigate those processes...
SRK has been involved with exploration and mining projects in China since the 1990s, with a strong focus on providing Competent Person’s Reports for stock exchange listings in Hong Kong and London. In addition, much Due Diligence and Fatal Flaw analysis work on Chinese resource projects has been completed, for...
SRK devlops 4D structural models of Australian coal basins to optimize exploration and minimize risk.
Over the past few years SRK has developed 4D structural/basin models that enable explorers and operators in four of the major coal-bearing sedimentary basins of eastern Australia to manage their key geological risks more effectively. Initially releasing its structural framework study of the Sydney Basin and part of the Gunnedah...
SRK Exploration Services provides reporting, drill plan management, and sampling services, with special focus on countries in Former Soviet Union and uranium.
SRK Exploration Services (SRKES) has experienced dynamic growth in business over the past 36 months. Since its inception in 2003 the SRKES team, led by Gareth O’Donovan, has grown to over 10 geologists and GIS specialists and a number of associates offering specialised services. The scope of deliverable services provided...
SRK opens new office in Tanzania to provide international experience in engineering and sciences.
Reflecting the upsurge in mining and mineral exploration in eastern Africa, with Tanzania now being the third largest producer of gold on the continent, SRK opened an office in Dar es Salaam in April 2006. The Executive Director of SRK – Eastern Africa, Brent Barber, emphasizes that the goal is...
Study of structural geology in Carlin-like gold project in China increases understanding of mineralisation.
An example from a ‘Carlin-like’ Gold Deposit, Jianchaling Mine, China In October 2004, Sino Gold commissioned SRK to undertake a structural geology study of the Jianchaling Gold Mine in Central China. This study was intended to improve the understanding of the structural controls and continuity on the Carlin-like gold mineralisation...
The May 2007 deadline is looming on the South African mining calendar. That is the date by which anybody who feels aggrieved by the loss of a mineral right under the “old order” must file a legal writ against the Government to retain it. This date has caused a flurry...
SRK Consulting uses Leapfrog, FracSIS, and Gemcom software to develop realistic 3D geological models.
Recent advances in computational power have driven innovations in graphic design and three-dimensional modeling in mining and exploration. No longer is a geologist or engineer tied to two-dimensional sections and plans previously used to interpret the geology or mine plan for a deposit. However, where there are innovations, a competent...
SRK analyses Snap Lake kimberlite diamond project with structural geology lens to aid mine planning.
SRK was enlisted by De Beers (Canada) to conduct a structural investigation of its Snap Lake Diamond Project, located in the Canadian Arctic, 220 kilometres northeast of Yellowknife. The ore body at Snap Lake is a diamondiferous kimberlite dyke, which dips gently towards the east, under Snap Lake. The broadly...
SRK helps maximise usefulness of geological data, and provides exploration program assessment, deposit modeling, structural geology, and open pit geotechnical design for Chilean mining company.
The ability to integrate different services has been the key to SRK Consulting’s successful and ongoing relationship with one of our key clients in Chile, a major underground copper mine operator. Over the last four years, SRK has worked alongside the client’s own staff, helping them maximise the usefulness of...
SRK interprets geophysical data and other datasets to fully understand geological context and enable exploration.
Examples: Lumwana and the Eastern Goldfields Geological interpretation is still the basic skill underlying the mining and exploration industries. Historically, exploration activities have tended to be dominated by geochemical prospecting methods. But it is becoming more common to interpret results by applying a much broader geological understanding of the mineralisation...
SRK's status as Qualified Persons and extensive knowledge of local reporting requirements adds value to independent technical reports.
Securities regulators worldwide have set in place formal guidelines regulating public companies and the technical information relating to mineral projects they must disclose for market-related reporting and financial investment. The mineral industry has developed guidelines to increase the relevance, accuracy and transparency of technical information that public companies disclose. Although...
SRK’s first office in India is involved with a major study of Hindustan Copper’s existing mines and operations and with detailed exploration for POSCO prospects.
Subrato Ghosh is managing SRK’s office in Kolkata, India. The new office, SRK’s first in India, is involved with a major study of Hindustan Copper’s existing mines and operations and with detailed exploration for POSCO prospects. The primary focus of the new office is developing a core team of geologists...
SRK consultants offer custom structural geology workshops to optimize outcomes in field investigations.
SRK’s Structural Geology Workshop Most ore deposits are formed within tectonically active areas, such as ancient basins and orogenic belts. It is no wonder then that the vast majority of mineral deposits are affected or controlled by structural features. From the perspective of mineral exploration and mining, the potential influence...
3D modelling of Peruvian open pit mines to prevent slope failure.
Designing or excavating an open pit mine requires a detailed understanding of major structures that have the potential to create large failures in pit walls. Evaluating large scale structures geometrically and kinematically enables an operator to mitigate the associated structural risk in developing an open pit. Using accurate three-dimensional modeling,...
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