The implementation of this work plan is done at the client’s sites and it is geared to significantly improve the understanding of complex mineral targets, empowering clients to adopt more efficient drilling systematic, which will better dissect such targets. As a consequence, Vektore helps you efficiently and dynamically redirect your cash expenditures towards a more effective definition of the mineral envelope shape and orientation, adding considerable value to the project.
Our Workflow Design & Technology Deployment option introduces Vektore’s proprietary V-SET Method© and vKore-Structural© software. This integrates core processing and structural logging – from drill rig to core shack, and it incorporates and harmonizes the tasks carried out by geologists and technicians. Quick and full-logging procedures are also presented and incorporated into the workflow design.
Here we present a flowchart which indicates the various venues of data source and processing associated with boreholes. This flowchart shows the interaction among Workflow Design & Technology Deployment, Advanced Workflow Design and Advanced Borehole Image Interpretation.
It shows Vektore’s method of coordinating the acquisition and processing of structural data from boreholes. Probable and Possibly Oriented core types are categories that show some controlled departure from the Oriented Core type. Planes, lines and kinematic features can be collected from both core and televiewer images. The method of extracting and processing linear and kinematic features from televiewer images are exclusive to Vektore (Vektore Borehole Image Analysis Method©). All data is processed through the V-SET Method© engine within the vKore-Structural© software.
Vektore’s proprietary approach offers many advantages over leading industry methods used to extract structural features from oriented core. Below, we present the comparison between these approaches, largely based on two main industry reports.*
Comparison between industry-based and Vektore’s approach to extracting structural data from core.
|Kinematics - Folds|
|Kinematics - Faults|
|Kinematics - Shapes|
Required new reading after down-hole survey
Does not require new reading after down-hole survey – just software reprocessing
|Training Difficulty Level|
|Timing for Reading the Structures|
Time-consuming and complex
Quick and simple for planar features
Quick and simple for any feature
|Core Handling||Requires setup on the device/overlay|
Difficult to use
|Real-time Evaluation Process||Entry-level geologist||Experienced Geologist||Experienced Geologist|
|Real-time Evaluation Process/Computer Assisted||Data input required prior to using software||Expanded with computer processing and 3D visualization|
|Geologist and Technician Integration|
|Processing of Optical/Acoustic Televiewer Data|
|Output of planar and linear features|
|Structural Inversion Method©||X|
*Vearncombe & Vearncombe (1998 –Structural Data from Drill Core, AIG Bulleting 22) and Trip & Vearncombe (2012 -Up-Skilling Field Workshop – Structural Geology and Resources Sympo- sium, Kalgoorlie – Australia).
As shown in the above table, the V-SET Method© is superior to the other methods in a number of critical aspects. The V-SET Method© is currently being used by a major mining company as the best practice in gathering and processing structural data from boreholes.
As part of this service option, a comprehensive review of client’s current practices will be carried out, resulting in an up-dated Best Practices document proposal, based on Vektore’s Best Practices in ASEG.
Here we present a summary of this overall service option, including goals to be achieved and the value that is added to the client’s working toolbox and rationale.
Workflow Solutions Summary
|ASEG Training||ASEG Training System Included. This is the framework in which the Workflow System is built.|
|V-SET Method©||License and Deployment of Vektore’s V-SET Method© in one business unit.|
|Best Practices||Deployment/Adaptation of Best Practices in Structural Economic Geology – training and documentation.|
|vKore-Structural© Software License||One complimentary license for the first six months rental of the software. This software includes the proprietary V-SET Method© engine.|
|V-SET Method©||Deployment of the V-SET Method© and associated workflow.|
|Workflow 1||Defines and establishes a proven workflow for oriented and non-oriented core – from drill rig to core shack. Provides guidance regarding the use of core-orienting tools.|
|Workflow 2||Core shack integration between geologists and geo-technicians during structural logging and harmonization with normal logging.|
|Workflow 3||Provides framework for QA&QC.|
|Workflow 4||Development of in-house Best Practices in Applied Structural Economic Geology.|
|Value Added to Client|
Empowering clients with a novel methodology and workflow to more effectively drill-test their targets.
Uses the integrative Vektore’s proprietary methods/software, which have been successfully used to find, define and add tonnage to mineral reserves.
Deployment over client’s current workflow and core facility – integration and validation. It will save or better reallocate exploration money and time.
|Implementation of Best Practices in Applied Structural Economic Geology.|
|Skills Development||Up-skilling geologists and technicians to be able to better identify, collect and store structural data in regional, target exploration and deposit development.|