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Analytical Services and Geology

Drilling results confirm continued high-grade mineralisation

3rd August 2018 Exploration and development company Algold Resources – focusing extensively on gold deposits in West Africa – recently announced its preliminary assay results from its Phase IV 15 000 m drilling campaign, which was carried out on its Tijirit property, in Mauritania. Algold is developing the... 

Battery metals boom boosting services, project potential

By: Paige Müller     3rd August 2018 There is a boom in the battery metals mining space, owing to a global focus on environment-friendly power initiatives, or ‘green’ energy, says mining industry specialist consultants The MSA Group. MSA Group critical metals principal consultant Michael Cronwright says the company has noted a... 

Battery metals boom boosting services, project potential
KAMATIVI LITHIUM TAILINGS PROJECT The Kamativi lithium tailings project is currently ongoing in Zimbabwe

TRI opens subsidiary in South Africa  

By: Paige Müller     3rd August 2018 Global independent third-party geotechnical testing and research company TRI Environmental launched its new African subsidiary, TRI Africa Environmental Services, last month.   Owing to an increase in demand for its third-party quality assurance geotechnical testing services on the African... 

TRI opens subsidiary  in South Africa
Independent global third-party geotechnical testing and research company TRI Environmental discusses the establishment of its new African subsidiary. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Lab closer to international accreditation of proficiency testing

By: Nadine James     4th August 2017 Laboratory service provider Qotho is one step closer to receiving ISO 17043 accreditation for its proficiency testing scheme, having been audited by national accreditation authority South African National Accreditation System (SANAS), says Qotho director and proficiency testing (PT) scheme... 

Lab closer to  international accreditation of proficiency testing
NHLANHLA MAMBA Qotho's imminent accreditation is vitally important

Aviation company adds drones to African offering

By: Nadine James     4th August 2017 Multinational aviation company ExecuJet has added unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) services to its African facilities, Cape Town and Johannesburg, in South Africa, and Lagos, in Nigeria, enabling clients to carry out inspections, surveys, mapping and photography in greater detail. ExecuJet Cape... 

Aviation company  adds drones to  African offering
USEFUL, ACCURATE, VARIABLE Unmanned aerial vehicle applications include producing orthomosiacs, three-dimensional models, digital surface models and calculating volumes of extracted materials

Virtual reality experience aids mine design analysis

By: Nadine James     4th August 2017 Virtual reality (VR) provides an immersive experience which makes it easier for project managers to make decisions on and improve project designs, and to undertake other activities that ensure the effective implementation of their strategies, believes the University of Pretoria's (UP’s)... 

Virtual reality experience aids mine design analysis
ACTUAL BENEFITS Aside from improving the decision-making process, virtual reality ensures that risky incidents are reduced

Tramecon

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st August 2017 Turnkey laboratory solutions provider Tramecon services mining projects worldwide from its wholly owned Randburg facility, comprising two mini factories covering 400 m2. The company further supplies South Africa-based product logistics monitoring for a Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) client... 

Tramecon

R10-million laboratory commissioned in DRC

By: Simone Liedtke     25th November 2016 Turnkey laboratory solutions provider Tramecon has commissioned the R10-million Kinsenda laboratory, a project headed by midtier mining group Metorex, near the border town of Kasumbalesa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 

R10-million laboratory commissioned in DRC
CONTAINERISED SOLUTION The Kinsenda laboratory project involved the design, supply, installation and commissioning of a containerised laboratory facility

Mining boom will highlight geology degree shortage

By: Simone Liedtke     25th November 2016 Should we enter another mining boom, there may not be enough universities offering bachelor degrees in geology to meet the industry’s subsequent demand for geological services, says mining software solutions provider MICROMINE technical product manager Frank Bilki. 

Mining boom will highlight geology degree shortage
GEOLOGY FIELDWORK Good fieldwork is critical to the success of early exploration and it is vital that exploration companies hire competent geologists.

Drone solution offers built-in compliance features

By: Simone Liedtke     25th November 2016 Mining companies need to be able to track their daily operations and have full visibility of their sites in real time without having to worry about putting in place time-consuming administrative systems to comply with the complex regulatory regimen for commercial drones, says commercial drone... 

Drone solution offers  built-in compliance features
REAL-TIME VIEW By accelerating a previously manual process, we are giving quarry operators real-time visibility across their sites

Interest in diamond exploration testing persists

By: Simone Liedtke     25th November 2016 Mining industry consultancy The MSA Group says the significant increase in cost-estimate requests it has received for diamond exploration testing this year is continuing. 

Interest in diamond exploration testing persists
HELPFUL HAND MSA advises its clients on how to cost-effectively approach their project to make an informed decision on a project’s viability before embarking on more expensive bulk sampling

Congress key to addressing socioeconomic challenges

By: Nadine James     19th August 2016 Owing to the increasing relevance of the geosciences field and the insights and solutions to global socioeconomic challenges it holds, the thirty-fifth International Geological Congress (IGC) –  to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from August 27 to September 4 –  is... 

Congress key to addressing socioeconomic challenges
PASSING THE TORCH The Thirty-fourth IGC president Neil Williams symbolically handing over the IGC to current copresident Professor Richard Viljoen

No mining sector without geology

19th August 2016 Mining development is one of the main areas where geoscience directly contributes to a country’s economy, with Africa expected to supply a significant portion of the world’s future mineral resources through the application of various scientific approaches, states the local organising committee... 

No mining sector without geology
ABERRA MOGESSIE The professor says geological, geochemical and geophysical investigations form the foundation for successful exploration activities

Decline in ore grades grows interest in geometallurgy

By: Nadine James     19th August 2016 The concept of geometallurgy is being researched by State-owned mineral research council Mintek’s Mineralogy division, owing to the global mining industry’s challenge of confronting declining grades and low-grade orebodies. The current lack of exploration, in addition to the finite number of... 

Decline in ore grades grows interest in geometallurgy
NOSIPHIWO NYAMANE Geometallurgical modelling absorbs a wider range of specialists, increasing opportunities for geologists and consulting companies

Company looks to strengthen position

By: Nadine James     19th August 2016 Despite the current depressed commodities market, Certified Reference Materials (CRMs) producer African Mineral Standards (AMIS) has had a successful year and intends to continue to strengthen its position as a market leader in order to maximise its growth once the market improves. As part of its... 

Company looks to  strengthen position
SIGNIFICANT STOCK AMIS stocks a wide range of certified reference material which are sourced from naturally occurring raw materials worldwide

Geology dept emphasises continued use of services in tough market

By: Dylan Slater     27th November 2015 The consistent and continual grading of orebodies can help guarantee a mine’s sustainability in a sector that is facing low commodity prices, says State-owned council for mineral technology Mintek mineralogy manager Nosiphiwo Nyamane.  

Geology dept emphasises continued use of services in tough market
NEW AQUISITION The mineralogy department of Mintek recently acquired a Bruker D8 Advance X-ray diffraction instrument

Laboratory solutions provider expands despite commodity price slump

By: Dylan Slater     27th November 2015 Laboratory solutions provider Tramecon is extending its service offering and warehouse capacity, in line with increased demand from the mining industry and despite the current industry slump brought on by the downturn in commodity prices.  

Laboratory solutions provider expands despite commodity price slump
NEW BLENDER Tramecon acquired a new 1 t blender enabling it to process larger amounts of reference material batches

New geology software version due for release next year

27th November 2015 Mining solutions developer Maptek will release the latest version of its mine-planning software suit Vulcan 10 in the first quarter of 2016. Vulcan incorporates a dedicated geology package that features tools that enable geologists to access and view drillhole data, define geological zones and... 

New geology software version due for release next year
GEOLOGISTS AID Horizon adaptive rectangular prism modelling in Vulcan enables drillhole data and downhole geophysical characteristics to be used to interpret and interpolate coal horizons

Plan under way to prevent equipment failure, ensure reliable analytics

By: Dylan Slater     27th November 2015 State-owned council for mineral technology Mintek is implementing a five-year “grand plan” to replace existing equipment in its Analytical Services Division, in Randburg, thereby mitigating the risks of breakdowns and unavailability.  

Plan under way to prevent equipment failure, ensure reliable analytics
ANALYTICAL INSTRUMENT Mintek’s Analytical Services Division’s new inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry instrument, similar to this one, will be commissioned at the end of January

Software to assist precision, accuracy of lab samples

27th November 2015 Mine design, planning, and operations technologies provider Hexagon Mining has launched MineSight QAQC, a flexible, easy-to-use product to validate and determine the precision and accuracy of field samples, thereby enhancing geology methods.  

Software to assist precision, accuracy of lab samples
SOFTWARE SCREENSHOT The MineSight QAQC software contains components for statistical analysis of laboratory assay data, user-controlled set-up of laboratory and shipment information and for migrating samples after they have been validated

Tramecon

27th November 2015 Tramecon is a turnkey laboratory solutions provider, servicing mining projects worldwide from its wholly owned Randburg facility, comprising two mini factories covering 400 m2. The company has recently supplied South Africa-based product logistics monitoring for a Democratic Republic of Congo... 

Analytical Services Division upgrade to streamline efficiency

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th November 2014 Refurbishments to State-owned minerals research organisation Mintek’s Analytical Services Division are expected to start in the first quarter of 2015, Mintek Analytical Services Division manager Joe Baloyi tells Mining Weekly, highlighting that expanding the division’s services to the... 

Analytical Services Division upgrade to streamline efficiency
STREAMLINED EFFICIENCY Mintek’s Analytical Services Division will create an open-plan laboratory where ore weighing, sample preparation, testing, analysis and results processing are performed in successive stages

Increased demand for mineralogical services

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th November 2014 State-owned council for mineral technology Mintek has noted a 60% demand increase for its mineralogical services in the past five years, with a significant increase in analysis enquiries on graphites, manganese and phosphates, as well as a surge in inquiries from the platinum mining sector,... 

Increased demand for mineralogical services
TECHNOLOGICAL INVESTMENT The Field emission gun Qemscan 650F implements chemistry and back-scatter electron signals to identify the mineral phases and determine their degree of liberation within particles

Increased uptake of PT schemes

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th November 2014 Coupled with year-on-year growth for mining laboratory quality-control services provider Qotho Laboratory Services, market uptake of the company’s interlaboratory proficiency testing (PT) schemes for various commodities has been successful over the past 12 months, says MD Hannelie de Beer. “Qotho... 

Increased uptake of  PT schemes
Photo by Bloomberg
ACCREDITATION DRIVE Qotho Laboratory Services recognises that laboratories are implementing ISO 17025 – the laboratory equivalent of the ISO 9000 quality management certification

Demand increase for geological data management systems

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th November 2014 Australia-based mining software solutions and services provider MICROMINE has registered a 20% to 30% demand increase for its flexible and secure Geobank and Geobank Mobile mining data-management solutions software, MICROMINE Africa customer services manager Craig Peek tells Mining Weekly. He... 

Demand increase for  geological data management systems
DATA COMPARISON The Sample Tracker module in the Geobank Mobile data management software solution enables users to perform full reconciliation of laboratory dispatch and received samples

Statistical method assists in exploration borehole drilling

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th November 2014 As the mining industry needs to start adopting a fresh approach to determine mineral resources and the exploration required to do so, professional services firm Venmyn Deloitte introduced the Variance Towers statistical method in 2010 to assist in early-stage exploration. “This technique is used... 

Statistical method  assists in exploration borehole drilling
DEFINITIVE APPROACH The Variance Towers technique is used to estimate the minimum number of boreholes to find the information required to declare the inferred to indicated mineral resources

Lack of funding for exploration activities impacts on analytical services – minerals research organisation

By: Pimani Baloyi     29th November 2013 There has been a significant downturn in exploration activity in the last few years, which has had a significant impact on the analytical services sector, says State-owned minerals research organisation Mintek. “The funding available for exploration in the past year has decreased dramatically,... 

Mining software developer improves analysis tool

By: Pimani Baloyi     29th November 2013 Canada-headquartered mining software and simulation company CAE Mining launched CAE Sirovision 5.1 this month, an improved version of its Sirovision photogrammetric geology and geotechnical data acquisition and analysis tool, which now boasts 40 new features. Sirovision is a geology and... 

Growing need for multiskilled geologists, says Venmyn Deloitte

By: Pimani Baloyi     29th November 2013 There is a growing need for multi-dimensional and multi-skilled young geologists in South Africa, says Venmyn Deloitte director Neil Mc Kenna. He tells Mining Weekly that local universities need to rise to the challenge by producing multi-skilled graduates who can develop the industry. 

African geoscience promoted through field trips in 2016

By: Pimani Baloyi     29th November 2013 The upcoming thirty-fifth International Geological Congress’s (IGC’s) local organising committee (LOC) has planned various field trips throughout South Africa and Africa as part of the seven-day conference, which will take place from August 27 to September 4, 2016, at the Cape Town International... 

New service-driven geomatics supplier breaking even

By: Pimani Baloyi     29th November 2013 Geospatial products distributor Aciel Geomatics has attributed its start-up success to the company’s approach to business and its focus on being more of a service provider than simply a products provider. “We recognised that the future of this business would be to enter into a contractual... 

Surveys solve environmental challenges

By: Gia Costella     30th November 2012 Geological surveys maintain their relevance in the twenty-first century, especially in assessing and finding solutions to environmental hazards caused by unsustainable mining practices, says Council for Geoscience (CGS) specialist scientist for the Environmental Geoscience Unit Henk Coetzee.   

Protocols ensure legally compliant exploration

By: Gia Costella     30th November 2012 There is a strong need for protocols in exploration programmes, like geological Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC) logging and sampling procedures that ensure compliance with various African mining standards, which ensure accurate, transparent and auditable exploration results.   

International Geological Conference on track

By: Gia Costella     30th November 2012 Plans to host South Africa’s second International Geological Conference (IGC) in 2016 are going smoothly, with a full marketing campaign underway to raise funds for and attract delegates to the event, says IGC joint president and local organising committee (LOC) chairperson Professor Richard... 

Acting CEO highlights future duties of CGS

By: Gia Costella     30th November 2012 Geoscientific mapping has come a long way since the hand-drawn maps of 1912 and exceptional progress has been made in this area, with the integration of computers and other technologies like satellites, enabling more detailed mapping. However, the Council for Geoscience (CGS) cannot spend the... 

Mineralogy critical to identify and quantify new resources

By: Jessica Hannah     10th June 2011 The role of geological analytical services is becoming increasingly important within the mining industry, owing to more low-grade mineral deposits being developed and increasingly stringent regulations regarding new mining permits and changes to mine plans being implemented, says national... 

Skills deficit challenging all industries

By: Jessica Hannah     10th June 2011 A greater emphasis needs to be placed on training geology and chemistry students in analytical services techniques says analytical services consulting company XRD Analytical and Consulting owner and chair of the organising committee for the International Mineralogical Association 2014 conference... 

Software solutions provider awarded Ghanaian gold mine contract

By: Jessica Hannah     10th June 2011 Mining and exploration software solutions provider Micromine was awarded a contract to implement its Pitram 3 Optimisation software solution at gold producer Gold Fields’ Damang openpit mine, in Ghana, in May. 

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