Advanced Geophysical Operations and Services Inc. (AGCOS) participated in the AEGC2018 – First Australian Exploration Geoscience Conference, 18-21 February 2018, Sydney, Australia. AGCOS presented the following papers:

Particularities of 5-component magnetotelluric soundings application for mineral exploration


In the application of electroprospecting for mineral exploration, there are few clearly observed trends based on the development of electroprospecting technologies, hardware, software and computer technologies aimed at: a) the increase of electroprospecting application in comparison with other EM methods; b) application of electroprospecting at all stages of the exploration cycle; c) the increase of application of induction electroprospecting methods and, first of all, these which are based on the study of the natural EM field of the Earth (NEMFE). A special role here is played by the method of Broadband Magnetovariational Profiling (BMVP). Three stages in the application of electroprospecting are quite clearly distinguished: a) exploration for new mining provinces according to the distribution of resistivity in the Earth’s crust and upper mantle (the AusLAMP project, a revolutionary idea proposed by Australian scientists; deep MT, scale 1 : 5,000 000 – 1 : 1,000 000); b) exploration for large conductive ore bodies, areas with a prospecting survey square area of more than 100 km2 by airborne geophysics, for areas with smaller size – 5-component AMT on a scale of 1 : 200,000 – 1 : 50,000; c) detailization and support of drilling operations, mapping of veins and dikes – 5-component AMT on the scale 1 : 20,000 – 1 : 5,000 in complex areas with induction and geometric soundings using control source if Induced Polarization is an exploration factor.

Application of frequency domain induction EM soundings with controlled source (FDEMS method) for precise tracing of boundaries in geoelectrical sections


The FDEMS method was introduced in the former USSR at the turn of the 50s and 60s of the last century as an integral part of the triad of induction EM methods (MT, FDEMS, TDEM), which were actively developed in the 50s after the grand discoveries by A.N. Tikhonov and L. Cagniard. The method was not widely used, primarily due to lack of suitable hardware and software for data processing and interpretation. Nevertheless, FDEMS was actively developed in certain regions of Russia and Ukraine until the present days. Interest in the method is supported by the potentially high accuracy of mapping high-resistivity boundaries, since in the FDEMS method there is a direct relationship between the ratio (R / H) of the sounding spacing (R) to the depth (H) to the high-resistivity reference horizon pronounced by significant points of amplitude and phase frequency characteristics (curves). A number of successful FDEMS surveys were completed on the Ukrainian Shield and its slopes, Dnipro-Donetsk basin (Ukraine) and different parts of Russia and Uzbekistan which achieved positive results (1977-2000). To date, the capabilities of modern multifunction and multichannel equipment, software for processing and interpreting field data allows to realize to a large extent the prospective capabilities of the FDEMS method for high-precision mapping of boundaries in the geoelectric section and mapping of low-contrast objects.