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Planning Your Summer Geological Field Work Program

Jul 3, 2017 4:55:18 PM / by Elisabeth Ronacher

At this time of the year, many companies start their summer geological field programs, whether it be prospecting, trenching and rock sampling, soil sampling or drilling. With the pressures of day to day work, geologists may feel like there isn’t enough time to properly plan and prepare a field program, however this task should not be skipped or brushed over.

If you don’t feel you have enough time to effectively plan the program, it is worthwhile to get outside help. Ronacher McKenzie Geoscience offers services to help plan geological programs, including summer programs. Project Management services help clients clearly define the scope of the program and set goals.

Our geological services help companies prepare for field work, by reviewing and compiling existing proprietary and public domain data in 2D and 3D, and quality control checking existing data.

Planning for field work starts many months before a geologist can set foot on a property. One of the first steps after securing the ground, is to apply for exploration plans and permits. The minimum time required to obtain a plan in Ontario is 30 days and 60 days for exploration permits, however, the Ronacher McKenzie Geoscience Lands Management team recommends allowing a minimum of 90 days for permits.

Once the regulatory requirements are met, the fun can begin!

Geological Field Projects

We typically start with a 2D compilation of all relevant data, not only geological data. Relevant data can include cultural information, infrastructure, tenure, land usage and alienations, lakes and streams, topography and high resolution satellite imagery. This information is relevant in terms of knowing exactly where to go and where/where not to conduct work.

Next, we compile available geological data in 2D and 3D. This helps the team to get on the same page and communicate our understanding of the geological processes that are important to the property. If needed, we can easily scan local or historic geological maps, add any important information from past assessment work, import airborne geophysical data, and even compile a historic drill hole database for the area of interest.

Before we go to the field our clients want to know where to focus their efforts, and why certain areas are targets. We help our clients design a field program that will get relevant results, and will increase the odds of discovery.

The purpose of doing one’s homework prior to getting the boots on the ground, is to make the field work efficient. Proper preparation allows our clients to make informed decisions and can have a direct impact on a client’s bottom line and in meeting the goals of the program.

If you need help with planning and carrying out field work give us a call. We offer a wide range of services including lands management, geological, geophysical, and project management. We’d be pleased to hear from you.

Topics: Field Projects

Elisabeth Ronacher

Written by Elisabeth Ronacher