out of the box testimonials Queenston Mining Inc. queenston models for metals Queenston Mining Inc., an experienced base and precious metals exploration company, is leveraging one of its recent discoveries, software, in its quest for gold in the Kirkland Lake camp in northeastern Ontario and the Cadillac camp in northwestern Quebec. It’s using advanced software applications and common earth modeling techniques devel- oped by MIRARCO, the Mining Innovation, Rehabilitation and Applied Research Corporation at Sudbury’s Laurentian University, to integrate new and historical mining and drilling data into a powerful computer model to assist in the exploration for gold deposits. Queenston’s interest in the integration and modeling software started in 2002 during the Discover Abitibi Initiative, a public/privately funded project to encourage further exploration and mineral discoveries in the Abitibi Belt. MIRARCO was contracted to integrate historical drill data sets and models donated by mining and exploration companies, including Queenston, into com- puter generated models. “After working with MIRARCO on initial data integration and modeling of our properties, we realized that this is the way of the future,” said Queenston President & CEO Charles Page. “We decided very early to use common earth modeling as an exploration tool to assess and target undiscovered deposits in previously mined and producing gold camps. This sophisticated technology could increase our chances of finding new ore zones in the shadows of headframes.” (continued) Queenston Mining Inc. queenston models for metals In 2005, Queenston set-up its own 3D modeling station, hired a geologist with programming experience and began digitizing drill data from the Upper Beaver property in the Kirkland Lake camp. While the initial focus was to create a 3D model of Upper Beaver to assist in the interpretation of the promising gold-copper rich deposit, Page said that 3D models will be established for all of its properties that contain mineral deposits. “3D modeling helps us to define and establish the continuity of mineralization,” said Page. “During the past year, we‘ve realized excellent results from our modeling and interpretation of the Upper Beaver deposit. Our drilling program and targets evolve as we advance beyond each new zone.” The visualization of the drill results and the mineralized zones on screen combined with the ability to rotate the model to show different perspectives of the property provides confidence regarding the extent and value of the mineral holdings to Queenston’s exploration and senior management team, Board of Directors, major mining companies and shareholders. “It’s a powerful and convincing tool to display our projects to major producers and investors,” said Page. “3D modeling using advanced software applications is one of our new exploration tools,” said the 30 year mining and exploration veteran. “It’s an exciting part of the process and we’re sticking with it.” Goldcorp Inc. striking gold with virtual reality Goldcorp's decision to invest in MIRARCO's state of the art virtual reality (VR) technology to visualize and interpret drill core and excavation data is paying off in exploring and finding more gold at its Red Lake, Ontario underground mining operations. Goldcorp had lots of drill data from decades of underground and surface exploration at the RedLake gold camp. In 2003, Mine Manager Claude Lemasson approached The Mining Innovation, Rehabilitation and Applied Research Corporation (MIRARCO) at Laurentian University in Sudbury to learn how integrating and visualizing its extensive drill data could help the company find and recover more ore. First, MIRARCO had to convert and input the Goldcorp data into a standard format for modeling and interpretation. The resulting large screen 3D presentation dramatically illustrated the existing surface and underground drill holes, active and mined out stopes and known and potential ore zones at Goldcorp's Red Lake Mine. It was a real eye- opener for Lemasson and his geological, mine engineering and planning team. Viewing the same information, at the same time and from different perspectives, promoted discussion, collaboration and consensus amongst the Goldcorp team. They immediately saw the benefits of integrating data to improve the accuracy and success of their exploration programs, mine planning and production scenarios. That day in the virtual reality lab convinced Goldcorp geologists, mine engineers and senior management to adopt MIRARCO's technology, so much in fact, that Goldcorp invested $400,000 in its own 3D Virtual Reality lab at Red Lake in the spring of 2004. (continued) Goldcorp Inc. striking gold with virtual reality "You can optimize exploration with VR - by viewing the drill holes in 3D throughout the mine, you can see which areas of potential mineralization have been missed and where we should be targeting exploration," said Claude Lemasson. " Ultimately, the real benefit of the technology is improved mine design and layout. " Lemasson estimates the company has achieved a five fold return from its investment in MIRARCO's data integration and virtual reality technology in less than two years. "VR definitely results in better exploration, planning and development for Goldcorp," said Claude, referring to VR as a profit centre for the mine and a resource for all employees. The lab is utilized regularly by mine personnel for modeling, what-if discussions and ongoing training and applications with the powerful VR software. The VR lab also contributes to improved mine safety by modeling different mining techniques to reduce the risk of rock bursts in areas of known seismic activity. Future applications of MIRARCO's data integration and VR technology include assessing other mine properties and joint venture exploration initiatives and in the environmental monitoring and management of its tailings. Victory Nickel (property of Nuinsco Resources) old data, new discoveries! Nuinsco Resources Ltd., a junior exploration and development company with interests in nickel, copper-gold and uranium properties, is using the latest in computer 3D modeling and large scale visualization at MIRARCO’s virtual reality lab to assess the extent of its Minago nickel ore deposit in the Thompson Nickel Belt of northern Manitoba. MIRARCO, the Mining Innovation, Rehabilitation and Applied Research Corporation at Sudbury ‘s Laurentian University, works closely with Nuinsco’s exploration team to integrate new drilling results with historical drill data from the Minago property to determine the extent of the nickel deposit about 225 km south of Thompson. The historical data includes 70 drill holes from three different exploration projects at the Minago site during the past 40 years. First, the hand written data had to be standardized and digitized. MIRARCO’s experienced geologists and programmers then integrated the drill data into its powerful GO-CAD software program. The resulting 3D model dramatically illustrated the shape, dimension and ore grades of the Minago deposit. “MIRARCO’s 3D modeling is a great tool to help visualize the drill holes and ore zones,” said Nuinsco President Brian Robertson. “It’s really useful for communicating the scope and size of ore deposits to investors who may not have a lot of technical background but see the extent of the ore from the existing drill data.” 3D visualization helps to understand the geometry of the deposit, according to Robertson. “You start to recognize the real shape and size of a deposit as more drill intercepts are incorporated into the model and viewed from different perspectives,” he said. “This certainly changes your thinking about a project and helps to identify what additional drill data is needed to see if it’s worth pursuing or simply walking away from a project.” Paul Jones,Vice-President of Exploration, said: “Initially Minago was presented as a smaller deposit of higher grade ore shoots. But MIRARCO’s modeling and 3D presentation of known drill data clearly showed a significantly larger, lower-grade deposit that might be mined via open pit.” (continued) Victory Nickel (property of Nuinsco Resources) old data, new discoveries! Data integration and visualization have streamlined Nuinsco’s approach to delineating a deposit and assessing the most cost-effective mining method. “It’s a very powerful tool that enables us to quickly incorporate new drill data and update assessments of the project,” said Jones. Given MIRARCO’s extensive knowledge of the Minago property, Jones asked MIRARCO to identify precise drill targets that would provide reliable information of nickel mineralization at depth. MIRARCO personnel calculated the exact coordinates, azimuth and inclination of the targeted holes to be drilled based on the known data intercepts at the Minago property. The new drill core data will be integrated into the model and assessed by Nuinsco geolo- gists, mine engineers and senior management to determine if additional exploration and develop- ment drilling are warranted. Jones said that MIRARCO’s 3D visualization of drill data helps others understand the potential of the discovery. He commented that viewers are typically “very impressed” with the 3D visualization. Both technical and non-technical types gain a greater level of understanding of the underground deposit when viewing the 3D model compared to a traditional cross-section drawing. Nuinsco recently used MIRARCO’s portable Virtual Reality lab to provide a 3D presenta- tion on the Minago project to Chinese investors and Australian geophysicists. Based on results to date, Nuinsco’s management team is convinced that common earth modeling and 3D visualization play an increasingly important role in advancing Minago from an exploration camp to a producing nickel mine. Tamaka Gold Corp. integrating decades of drilling reveals new targets In the search for mineralization, MIRARCO’s unique data integration and large scale visualization are assisting Tamaka Holdings Inc., a private mining company with three separate gold properties in Northern Ontario, to put decades of drill data from hundreds of surface and under- ground drill holes into perspective. The interpretation of data and the resulting visualizations are most promising – according to Tamaka’s founder Frank Zoebelein, mining engineer Karel Pieterse and geologist Ram Kanwar. MIRARCO is working closely with Tamaka to assess the South Rundle, Swayze and Goldlund gold properties in Northern Ontario. South Rundle is a 324-hectare property located 72 km south of Foleyet, Ontario. Swayze, about 453 hectares in size, is 14 km north of South Rundle. Both properties have been drilled from surface and underground. The Goldlund property, which covers about 1,000 hectares, is between Sioux Lookout and Dinorwic. There was limited production from the mine during the mid 1980s, with stockpiles ready for processing. In addition, contiguous to Goldlund, Tamaka has staked in excess of 15,000 hectares over which a minimum of 10 gold showings have been identified. As a private mining company seeking to prove mineral resources before going public, Tamaka sought MIRARCO’s expertise and innovative technology to assess data from drill core and surface and underground assays – as far back as 1940 – at its 3D virtual reality (VR) lab at Laurentian University in Sudbury. Tamaka works with MIRARCO technicians and staff to identify known and probable zones of mineralization by modeling and viewing the thousands of drill inter- sections of the ore body from various perspectives. All data and visuals are easily rotated and modified to assess a variety of exploration and production scenarios. “Large scale visualization of known ore zones as well as drill core intersections and misses are readily seen and can be analyzed in detail,” said Karel Pieterse. “This makes it obvious and apparent which areas in the mine are ideal exploration targets. In addition, the impact of existing underground workings (1,785 metres at Rundle, 3,415 metres at Swayze & 5,105 metres at Goldlund) and planned future workings can be effectively illustrated and understood.” Goldlund zones, which strike over three km and occur over a width of 0.5 km, have more than 75,000 metres of surface and underground drill core data. The integration of underground and surface drilling and outcropping over such a large area is easily captured and illustrated in whole and in complex detail by MIRARCO’s software and large screen visualization capabilities. (continued) Tamaka Gold Corp. integrating decades of drilling reveals new targets The VR lab visualization illustrates and justifies the concept to move the examination from traditional high grade, low tonnage, narrow zone underground production methods, to low grade, high tonnage open-pit production methods. Tamaka’s Frank Zoebelein is convinced that MIRARCO has, in short order, helped Tamaka to interpret and assess the data from the three properties to a stage where the company can quickly progress toward targeted exploration and then to production. As the former operator of his family’s furniture and equipment manufacturing business, Frank knows first hand the importance of moving quickly from the design stage to production in order to capture market and sales. With MIRARCO’s leading edge technology and interpretative modeling, Tamaka’s founder can dramati- cally illustrate, with a high degree of confidence, the potential of not one, but three, future gold mines to the financing community, analysts, potential investors and interested lay persons.
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