Bell Geospace and Botswana Geoscience Institute (BGI) have announced the launch of a new Mineral Prospectivity Mapping project. The announcement was formally made at the Africa Mining Summit 2020 held on September 15-16, 2020. The parties, delegates and stakeholders at the summit participated virtually through internet communications platforms.
Bell Geospace is one of the global leaders in gravity gradiometry and is in the acquisition, processing and interpretation of high quality airborne Full Tensor Gravity Gradiometry (FTG) data for exploration. Whereas BGI is involved in research in the field of geosciences, providing specialised geoscientific services and promoting the search for, and exploration of any minerals in Botswana. The institute is a custodian of all geoscience data/information and advice in all matters of geoscience and geohazards in Botswana.
The project, integrating Full Tensor Gravity Gradiometry data with airborne magnetic, electromagnetic, geochemistry and geological information, will automate a process of delineating and evaluating mineral prospectivity within the area of interest. Classification of the assessed area will be based on the mineral potential and estimation of the proportion of the undiscovered economically recoverable resource.
The project promotes access to integrated quality geoscience data which goes a long way in determining the success of operations in a region.
BGI has entered into this partnership with Bell Geospace to support its mandate. Mining companies will be able to use the information to support investment decisions.
Bell Geospace CEO John Macfarlane comments: “It is the right time to bring the right people together with the right data. We are looking forward to delivering a world class project for Botswana and set a workflow and proficiency which will have relevance across Africa and beyond’’.