Geosoft presents new workflows for geological subsurface modelling at PDAC 2013

Geosoft will present new workflows for geological subsurface modelling at PDAC 2013, March 3-6 in Toronto. The workflows include 3D wireframing and editing tools that make the modelling of subsurface geology faster and more effective for mineral explorers. Presentations will be held at 4:00 pm Sunday to Tuesday at Geosoft Booth 931.

“Geosoft has taken a data-driven approach to help explorers build 3D models that explain all of their observations, supporting the best possible exploration decisions. Our focus is on simple and useful workflows that integrate drilling information, geophysical modelling and both surface and down-hole geological mapping. This is all done in three dimensions together with important links to 2D sections and maps,” said Ian MacLeod, Geosoft Chief Technologist.

As part of the Geosoft 2013 Release, scheduled for March, 2013, the new 3D wireframing and editing tools will be included in Geosoft’s Oasis montaj and Target exploration software. Geosoft users will be able to build 3D subsurface geological models by joining 2D interpretation sections to create 3D wireframe bodies; and they can use their models to simplify the work of constraining geology for geophysical inversions within VOXI Earth Modelling.

The new wireframing tools will also be added to Geosoft’s Esri Extension, Target for ArcGIS, later this year, enabling the integration and sharing of wireframing results as 3D geosurface files across both Geosoft and Esri GIS platforms.

Worldwide mineral exploration spending has multiplied almost 10-fold to $21.5 billion since 2003, increasing the demand for software technologies to integrate and rapidly extract insight from exploding amounts of complex, diverse data.

While spending has increased, discovery rates have declined partly because of the challenge of finding more deeply buried deposits. This has made the ability to “see” beneath cover increasingly important.

"We are entering the era of power modelling,” said MacLeod “where both the technology and exploration expertise exist to deliver deeper 3D insight into the subsurface for faster discovery.”

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