Around the world, our LANDTEM exploration tool is being used to unearth new mineral deposits worth billions of dollars.
Locating minerals deep underground
After 150 years of mining, most mineral deposits near to the surface have already been discovered. Increasingly, mining companies are looking for ore bodies located deeper in the Earth's crust.
To accelerate new discoveries, new cost-effective technologies are being developed to help pinpoint the location of valuable ores deeper underground.
A portable tool to detect mineral ore
We developed LANDTEM, a highly portable exploration tool that's valuable for detecting highly conductive ores like nickel sulphides, gold and silver.
LANDTEM uses highly sensitive magnetic sensors known as Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices (SQUIDs) to spot the difference between ore and conductive material or overburden, even when the ore body is deeply buried.
The technology was developed and commercialised in collaboration with BHP Billiton and former Canadian mining company, Falconbridge.
It is now licensed to Australian company Outer-Rim Exploration Services and is used extensively for minerals exploration in Western Australia.
Billion dollar discoveries
LANDTEM has led to discoveries on more than four continents worth billions of dollars.
It's also cutting costs for minerals explorers, such as a company working in Quebec, Canada which reported reducing their exploration costs by 30 per cent.
The SQUIDs technology used in LANDTEM has been applied to a range of different industries, such as in security to detect weapons.
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