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Exploration Innovation Consortium:    Keeping Canadas Mineral Exploration Globally Competitive            François Robert ...
Agenda / Outline• Setting the Scene• EIC vision and program• Footprints Project• Next generation of projects• Conclusions.
The challenges• Mining Industry challenges   – Sustain contribution to Canadian economy   – Maintain position as global In...
The solution• Better coordination of R&D efforts   – Adequate teams & funds for big problems   – Diverse expertise for new...
Exploration Innovation Consortium
Exploration Innovation Consortium• Vision:   – Increase Exploration-focused investments   – Drive step-changing innovative...
10-year R&D framework                Discovery            Discovery             Data to Themes                 Criteria   ...
10 year R&D programs   Deep Mature Camps            Remote & Covered Areas1. Multi-parameter footprints   1. Characteristi...
10 year R&D programs   Deep Mature Camps           Remote & Covered Areas1. Multi-parameter footprints 1. Characteristics ...
5-year Footprints project• Objectives  – Develop multi-parameter footprint models and data    integration tools  – Enhance...
Status• Leadership from 2 prominent researchers   – Strong proposal with strong research team   – 42 researchers from 24 I...
Approach• 3 study sites for robust methodology• Same data & overlapping teams at each site• Embedded researchers
Next generation of projects• Objectives  – Maximize innovation opportunities  – Develop projects impacting other stages of...
Exploration and LOM sequence                         Deposit        Exploration                        “Modeling”  EXPLORA...
Linking the different groups• One person’s “geology” is another person’s  “waste rock”         Geometallurgy/Ore streaming...
Exploration contributions to LOMDeposit             Extraction   Processing   Tailings   Remediation Model          Real-t...
Example: LIBS          • Laser-Induced Breakdown      • Real-time analyses            Spectroscopy (LIBS)           – Outc...
LIBS applicationsApplies to all stages of LOM• Exploration   – Real-time assays on outcrop, drill core, down-hole• Mining ...
Current initiativesAll can contribute to LOM sequence• LIBS: Real time down-hole, surface and  underground assaying• Rock ...
Summary   Deep Mature Camps           Remote & Covered Areas1. Multi-parameter footprints 1. Characteristics of fertile   ...
Conclusions• Progressing on 10-year plan   – Expect 1 project in place this year   – 2 more projects by 2014• Bridging gap...
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CMIC's Exploration Innovation Consortium, presented by François Robert and Alan Galley at 2013 CMIC Signature Event

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On February 12, 2013, the Canada Mining Innovation Council held its 2nd Annual Signature Event, a mining conference bringing representatives from industry, government, academia, and other sectors together in Toronto to discuss the role of innovation in the industry's future. The VP and Chief Geologist of Global Exploration at Barrick, Francois Robert, and the Research Director for CMIC, Alan Galley, shared the plans, programs and projects being carried out by CMIC's Exploration Innovation Consortium.

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CMIC's Exploration Innovation Consortium, presented by François Robert and Alan Galley at 2013 CMIC Signature Event

  1. 1. Exploration Innovation Consortium: Keeping Canadas Mineral Exploration Globally Competitive François Robert VP / Chief Geologist, Barrick Gold Corp. Alan Galley Exploration Research Director, CMIC CMIC Signature Event Toronto, February 11 2013
  2. 2. Agenda / Outline• Setting the Scene• EIC vision and program• Footprints Project• Next generation of projects• Conclusions.
  3. 3. The challenges• Mining Industry challenges – Sustain contribution to Canadian economy – Maintain position as global Industry leaders• Exploration challenges: – Improve our discovery rate – Find large, profitable deposits• Context – Maturing exploration landscape – Challenging next frontiers for exploration – Maturing exploration models & technology – Decreasing supply of geoscientists No discoveries = No new mines
  4. 4. The solution• Better coordination of R&D efforts – Adequate teams & funds for big problems – Diverse expertise for new solutions – Strong industry input for relevance• Focus on innovation – Step changes required• Strong and real partnership – Exploration Industry – Service Providers – Research Institutions – Government agencies
  5. 5. Exploration Innovation Consortium
  6. 6. Exploration Innovation Consortium• Vision: – Increase Exploration-focused investments – Drive step-changing innovative R&D – Establish a long-lasting strategic network• Strategic plan – Execute on a 10-year R&D program – Establish Footprints Project – Develop next generation of projects
  7. 7. 10-year R&D framework Discovery Discovery Data to Themes Criteria Technology Knowledge Knowledge and Focus Detection Interpretation models Key • Where to look? • What does the • How to detect?Questions • What to look for? data mean? • Terrane selection • Visualization and • Mapping and integrationChallenges • Area selection detection tools • Using physical • Vectoring to ore • Cheaper drilling property models Education & Technology Transfer 7
  8. 8. 10 year R&D programs Deep Mature Camps Remote & Covered Areas1. Multi-parameter footprints 1. Characteristics of fertile and 3D vectoring terranes and districts • Detecting edges and • How do we select fertile vectoring to ore ground?2. Techniques to map deep 3D 2. Techniques to map sub- geology surface geology • Deep penetrating detection • Drilling, data integration and mapping techniques • Data density for detection3. Real-time down-hole data 3. Secondary dispersion collection • Understanding • Real-time decision mechanisms • Developing techniques
  9. 9. 10 year R&D programs Deep Mature Camps Remote & Covered Areas1. Multi-parameter footprints 1. Characteristics of fertile and 3D vectoring terranes and districts • Detecting edges and • How do we select fertile vectoring to ore ground?2. Techniques to unravel deep 2. Techniques to map sub- 3D geology surface geology • Deep penetrating detection • Drilling, data integration and mapping techniques • Data density for detection3. Real-time down-hole data 3. Secondary dispersion collection • Understand mechanisms • Real-time decision • Develop techniques
  10. 10. 5-year Footprints project• Objectives – Develop multi-parameter footprint models and data integration tools – Enhance signal-to-noise ratio (detectability) and vector from distal margins to high-grade cores – Train and mentor geoscientists Deposit Ore system footprint
  11. 11. Status• Leadership from 2 prominent researchers – Strong proposal with strong research team – 42 researchers from 24 Institutions – 44 graduate students• EIC coordinated strong Industry support – 27 Industry sponsors – Exploration companies & service providers• Large CRD application to NSERC – Decision expected end of March – If funded: ~$8M cash, ~$13M total over 5y Largest ever on mineral deposits
  12. 12. Approach• 3 study sites for robust methodology• Same data & overlapping teams at each site• Embedded researchers
  13. 13. Next generation of projects• Objectives – Maximize innovation opportunities – Develop projects impacting other stages of mining• Main approach – Integrate “geology” in Life-of-Mine sequence – Understanding your deposit is critical• Benefits of LOM approach: – Improved planning and efficiency, – Can reduce risk and costs – Satisfies CMIC’s overarching goals – Leverage outside expertise and funding
  14. 14. Exploration and LOM sequence Deposit Exploration “Modeling” EXPLORATION TO PROVIDERELEVANT DATA & KNOWLEDGE TO SUPPORT OTHER GROUPS Tailings Remediation Management
  15. 15. Linking the different groups• One person’s “geology” is another person’s “waste rock” Geometallurgy/Ore streaming Rock mass characterizationDeposit model Extraction Processing Geology Mineral/assay mapping
  16. 16. Exploration contributions to LOMDeposit Extraction Processing Tailings Remediation Model Real-time mineral or geochemical analysis Mineral mapping Structural geology
  17. 17. Example: LIBS • Laser-Induced Breakdown • Real-time analyses Spectroscopy (LIBS) – Outcrop /core sampling – Developed by National – Stope / pit face assaying Research Council = 2 kgCoreLIBS system for core samples Standoff LIBS17 probeAnalyzing 18 elements; Au <1ppm range. Measuring from +10m
  18. 18. LIBS applicationsApplies to all stages of LOM• Exploration – Real-time assays on outcrop, drill core, down-hole• Mining – Remote assays of unsafe areas (UG stopes or OP benches) – Real-time assays of blast-hole data in OP• Metallurgy – Real-time monitoring of metals in floatation circuits• Taillings/environment – Real-time monitoring of metals/toxic elements in slurry or surrounding drainages
  19. 19. Current initiativesAll can contribute to LOM sequence• LIBS: Real time down-hole, surface and underground assaying• Rock Mass Characterization• Iron Ore R&D Consortium• Muon down-hole imaging• Permafrost challenges
  20. 20. Summary Deep Mature Camps Remote & Covered Areas1. Multi-parameter footprints 1. Characteristics of fertile and 3D vectoring terranes and districts • Detecting edges and • How do we select fertile vectoring to ore ground?2. Techniques to unravel deep 2. Techniques to map sub- 3D geology surface geology • Deep penetrating • Drilling, data integration detection and mapping • Data density for detection techniques3. Real-time down-hole data 3. Secondary dispersion collection • Understand mechanisms • Real-time decision • Develop techniques
  21. 21. Conclusions• Progressing on 10-year plan – Expect 1 project in place this year – 2 more projects by 2014• Bridging gaps between stages of mining – Very fertile avenue for innovation and impact – Key for future of Mining Industry• EIC and Footprints Project – Achieved unprecedented level of collaboration – Breaking new ground and changing the culture in Canada Remember…no discoveries = No new mines!

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