SGS Minerals Services (SGS) is pleased to announce the expansion of its hyperspectral analysis capability in North America with the addition of a unit based in Canada in August 2015. The expansion follows a significant show of support for the service offered by SGS and its hyperspectral partner Corescan in the North American market. It also enhances SGS’s mineralogy services offering with a footprint that includes Corescan in Santiago, Chile and Perth, Australia.

SGS and Corescan entered into an agreement in 2014 to incorporate Corescan’s mineralogical imaging technology into SGS´s global laboratory network to provide service to its clients in both the minerals and oil and gas industries.

Hyperspectral scanning offers clients objective mineralogical and geotechnical data from drill core or chips and increases confidence in resource estimation, domain creation and mine optimisation modelling. The new unit will be moved to various sites in Canada for trial and demonstration purposes, and will support exploration and production campaigns where it can deliver high volume mineralogical data for direct application to resource models or production monitoring programs.

Recent hyperspectral users have realised direct value from Corescan through improved geological understanding in both exploration and mine programs globally. SGS is pleased to now be able to offer this service directly to its Canadian clients.

The mobile unit 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 in real time by Corescan´s proprietary mineralogical software; 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 with 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 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 more information, please visit SGS Mining website contact:

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

Brigette Martini PhD
VP Business Development
Corescan Inc
P.O. Box 2096
Bend, Oregon 97709-2096
t: +1 541 261 4623

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