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Newsflash - September 2016


·          AMIRA International’s project under development - Multispectral GPR for rock characterisation under cover – Stage 1

·          In-situ metal recovery; the future of hard rock mining?




AMIRA International's project under development - Multispectral GPR for rock characterisation under cover – Stage 1


A very interesting workshop about ground penetrating radar (GPR) technology was held in Perth on 23 September 2016. The workshop, presented by Dr Jan Francke (see bio below) of International Groundradar Consulting, was organised by ASEG WA Branch. The presentation was excellent for several reasons. Jan is very knowledgeable in the area of ground penetrating radar, and he is a skilled speaker, to boot.



GPR is a geophysical technology that uses pulses of radar to penetrate the ground to some depth, to determine changes in the structure of the subsurface. GPR can be used to detect buried pipes and other structures, or to determine interfaces between different minerals.


In his presentation Jan showed a few interesting examples of correct, and incorrect, use of GPR technology and described the technology as being on the cusp of significant new developments. Jan also introduced the new AMIRA International project P1187 "Multispectral GPR for rock characterisation under cover - Stage 1" currently underway and seeking expressions of interest from potential sponsor companies.


In this project AMIRA is working with researchers from Australia (James Macnae from RMIT) and Canada (Jan Francke from International Groundradar consulting) to advance GPR technology for mineral exploration and geotechnical applications by optimising antennae and transmitter modulation techniques, using best-practice receiver sampling technology, and developing processing methods for multi-frequency deep GPR and hybrid GPR-EM as required.


Within the mine environment, this technique would result in rapid and accurate interface mapping to greater depths than currently possible, and the capability for near-surface material characterisation through the multi-spectral content.


If you or your company would like to know more about the study and to receive an Expression of interest document please contact:


Dr Olga Verezub - AMIRA International Program Manager at or +61 3 8636 9973.


Dr. Francke
is amongst the most experienced users of ground penetrating radar in the world, having spent his entire 25-year career working with deep GPR applications. He holds a BSc from the University of British Columbia, an MSc from the University of Canterbury, and a PhD from Kings College London, all focusing on mineral exploration applications of GPR. His field experience includes GPR projects in over 85 countries on six continents. He has authored dozens of papers on the applications GPR to mining and geotechnical problems, and conducted numerous workshops teaching GPR principles and managing expectations on realistic GPR performance.



P1162a bleak desert

In-situ metal recovery; the future of hard rock mining?


Much has been written about the state of the industry, particularly about declining ore grades and the decline in the discovery of new tier-one ore bodies. Projections for the future of mining demonstrate the need to economically recover valuable mineral resources/metals that are, lower in grade, smaller in size, deeper than before, hard rock mineralisation and remote in location, to name but a few of the issues.


This has resulted in many ad hoc initiatives by diverse and scattered organisations and companies that have focussed on one or two of these issues, to develop technologies that will make these future ore bodies economic. What is required is an industry wide initiative which includes all the right players with a focus on all the issues at hand.


Recently, CSIRO, The University of Adelaide, CRC Mining, AMIRA International among others, have been collaborating in an effort to bring these disparate organisations and technological ideas together to initiate a single industry wide effort to solving all the issues that face such a technological advance.


The CSIRO, The University of Adelaide and CRC Mining are collaborating in developing a new CRC Mining 3 organisation, which will give impetus to the focussing of minds.


AMIRA International is in the process of launching a project P1167 - In Situ Metal Recovery Roadmap , which will bring together industry leaders in a bid to develop a roadmap that will inform the work required to developing this new multi-skilled multi-industry technology.


For information regarding the AMIRA International Project, please contact:


John Visser - AMIRA International Program Manager at or or +61 8 9358 0677.





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The masterclass begins with a review of the Big Data Analytics industry and why it generates so much revenue for providers and so little tangible value to users. We then use this introduction as a platform for exploring practical solutions. Topics will include:...

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  • Big Data Analytics Capability Model – not every Big Data Analytics capability is the same as the others. In this section of the workshop we examine which Analysis tools and providers offer which levels of capability and how to match those capabilities with the needs of a given measurement challenge.
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  • Putting It All Together – Top 5 things to take away & designing a Big Data Analytics journey for your organisation.


Throughout the workshop we will be illustrated with practical, real-life case studies from a broad spectrum of industries, and will engage delegates in a series of hands-on exercises.


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