Recently Completed Projects

05E01 Development of a Borehole Gravity Meter for Mining Applications

  • Total value of $CAN1,000,000
  • Sponsored by 3 mining companies and Schlumberger; Funding by Canada Government Industry Research Assistance Program (IRAP); remainder invested by Scintrex
  • Investigators: Scintrex, Ecole Polytechnique
  • Several million dollars were invested in development of a down-hole gravimeter for oil wells. Significant precision of direct measurements is proven and has essential multiple applications to the mineral industry. Exploration and mining engineering recognize need for in situ specific gravity. Over 1.5 years Scintrex will downsize this technology for use in BQ drill holes and NQ casing. The development includes the development of a fully integrated real-time logging system from down-hole sensor to robust surface computer system and interpretative forward-modelling interpretation of data. Field tests will constitute the last year of the program.
  • Startup late 2005; field tests late 2008 – early 2009, Final report/wrap up October 2009.

07E01 Scoping Study: Multi-media Techniques for Direct Detection of Covered Unconformity Uranium Deposits in the Athabasca Basin

  • Total value $63,850
  • Sponsored by 16 companies
  • Investigator: Robert Jackson
  • Review and analysis of methods used and conclusions of surveys and scientific studies. Field visit and plan for constrained tests of recent methods.
  • startup April 2007, completion December 2007; final report February 2008

08E01 Field Tests: Multimedia Techniques for Direct Detection of Covered Unconformity Uranium Deposits in the Athabasca Basin

  • Total value $CAN 600,000
  • Investigators: Robert Jackson, Colin Dunn and Gwendy Hall (consultants)
  • Sponsored by 17 companies and 5 analytical laboratories
  • Grid surveys over McClean Lake and Cigar West; 7+ partial leaches, SGH, waters, vegetation
  • Sampled June 2008; report April 2008; Followup sampling August 2009:
  • Report and Workshop April 2010; Final meeting December 2010 

10E01 Quality Control Assessment of Portable XRF Analysers: Development of Standard Operating Procedures, Performance on Variable Media and Recommended Uses 

  • Investigators: Gwendy Hall (Consultant), technical assistant, commercial laboratories ( including ALS, SGS),
  • Participation of PXRF manufacturers: Bruker. Olympus InnovX, Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Total value: $143,000
  • Need for set of rock standards and procedures to evaluate and test variabilty of data from hand-held instruments. Phase 1: variations in element data from certified reference material powders
  • 34 sponsors
  • Startup October 2010; Completed June 2011 

11E01 Phase 2: Quality Control Assessment of Portable XRF Analysers: Development of Standard Operating Procedures, Performance on Variable Media and Recommended Uses. 

  • Investigators: Gwendy Hall (Consultant), technical assistant, commercial laboratories ( including ALS, SGS),
  • Participation of PXRF manufacturers: Bruker. Olympus InnovX, Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Total value: $126,000
  • Need for set of rock standards and procedures to evaluate and test variabilty of data from hand-held instruments. Phase 2: variations in element data in rocks, core, soils, tills and water saturated soils vs. powders.
  • 23 sponsors
  • Startup January 2012; Completed August 2012