THE CHANGING FACE OF EXPLORATION
Current exploration tools and methods are stretched to their limits. HPX offers a solution.
The challenge of modern exploration
Exploration and mining companies worldwide face the challenge of finding mineral deposits to support a global population expected to grow beyond 9 billion in 2050.
Most of the shallow, easily accessible deposits close to existing infrastructure have already been found. New reserves are likely to be found much deeper below the surface and in extreme or challenging environments.
The capabilities of existing exploration tools and methods are stretched to their limits.
The cost of new discoveries is therefore rising and the number of major new discoveries is decreasing. The result is that every dollar of mineral exploration expenditure is looking for greater return.
To face this challenge, our unique HPX approach combines mining and exploration expertise with a cluster of the best technologies to explore deeper, faster and better than traditional geophysical methods, accelerating exploration programs and increasing discovery success.
The HPX approach is unique because it combines a next generation technological cluster, comprising data acquisition and leading modelling and data processing solutions, with the support of a team of world-class experts with decades of experience in exploration, data analysis and interpretation.
Deeper, faster, better
Our solutions are highly mobile and can be deployed rapidly anywhere in the world.
HPX already operates in a range of countries and terrains, overcoming some of the world’s toughest exploration challenges.
Caliche cover, for example, can be a showstopper for exploring the copper-rich Atacama Desert, but our proven technology can see right through and provide high quality geophysical images of the deep subsurface.
The unique HPX approach combines mining and exploration expertise with a cluster of the best technologies to explore deeper, faster and better.
Next generation geophysics
HPX uses the latest geophysical techniques to remotely identify accumulations of ore minerals below the surface.
Explorers use a combination of tools to find buried mineral deposits and geophysics is one of the most valuable because it:
- covers large areas quickly
- can penetrate deep into the earth
- causes minimal environmental damage and community interruption.
Identifying rock properties remotely
The aim of all these geophysical techniques is to use particular properties of rocks to identify clusters of valuable ore minerals, such as chalcopyrite, bornite, and galena, or the alteration minerals that surround ore bodies, such as pyrite, magnetite, hematite, silica, and clays.
A wide range of methods
Geophysicists use the latest technology to visualise the structure and composition of the earth below the surface with a combination of maths, physics and earth science skills. Commonly used methods include seismic, magnetic, electromagnetic, radiometric and gravity.
All geophysical methods are non- or minimally-invasive and can be measured anywhere from a sensor on or in the earth, from an aeroplane or helicopter, to a satellite orbiting thousands of kilometres overhead.
Powerful, high quality signal
High-powered geophysical systems have been used for many years in a variety of exploration situations.
Our Typhoon™ data acquisition system is the next generation of geophysical system designed to provide much higher output and cleaner primary signal than has previously been possible.
The improved power and signal quality, plus the flexibility for a range of applications ensures that the Typhoon™ system provides better exploration success with higher resolution, larger scale and deeper detecting surveys.