SGS is pleased to announce the installation of its second unit and the first North American based mobile, hyperspectral laboratory with our partner Corescan. The laboratory will initially be based at SGS’s facility in Tucson, Arizona, where it will be operated as part of the existing metallurgical and engineering services. The hyperspectral scanning offers clients high-volume and objective mineralogical and geotechnical data from drill core or chips that increases confidence in resource estimation, domain creation and mine optimisation modelling. The laboratory will be moved to alternate sites in the United States and Canada for trial and demonstration purposes and to support exploration or production campaigns as opportunities arise.

SGS and Corescan entered into an agreement earlier this year to incorporate Corescan’s mineralogical imaging technology into SGS´s global laboratory network to service clients in both the minerals and oil and gas industries.

The laboratory is built into a fully mobile 20 foot shipping container that can be located at one of SGS´s centralised facilities or at a drill site to deliver real-time mineralogical information for direct application to resource models or production monitoring programs.

The laboratory incorporates state-of-the-art hyperspectral imaging sensors integrated with ultra-high resolution core photography and 3D core profiling technologies. Data can be independently processed and interpreted by Corescan´s proprietary mineralogical software, and the results are available for remote viewing via a web-based virtual core library called Coreshed. Results can also be provided in report and data formats that are compatible for input into all standard geological modelling packages.

Corescan is a global services company specialising in the scanning, analysis and interpretation of drill core, rock chips and other geological samples for the mining, oil and gas, geothermal and geotechnical industries. As a service driven company, Corescan seeks to be the partner of choice for companies that demand greater objectivity, quality, efficiency and return from their investment in drilling.

SGS Minerals Services in North America provides fully integrated geochemistry, environmental, metallurgy and mineralogy services, as well as, trade support services across the region. These services are available from state-of-the-art commercial laboratories and on-site facilities depending on client needs. SGS’s technical experts can help with project development from exploration stage through to production. For further information regarding these and other SGS services, please visit SGS Mining.

For more information, please contact:

Hugh de Souza PhD PGeo
Director, Geological Services, BD
SGS Minerals Services
PO Box 4300, 185 Concession Street
Lakefield, Ontario K0L 2H0
t: +1 416 568 3582

Brigette Martini PhD
VP Business Development
Corescan Inc
PO Box 2096, Bend, OR
USA 97709-2096
t: +1 541 261 4623


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