Geological Consulting for the Mining Industry

From our offices around the world, our team of geological consultants and geophysical consultants works on integrated interpretation and projects that lead to discoveries.

Our team carefully assesses all the data available and weighs it against the prevailing conceptual geological model. Geophysical and geochemical data is used to improve initial geological models at multiple scales. These practices converge to create a model that geoscientists can trust, diminishing the risk in applications from targeting model generation to geotechnical hazard assessment.

The Mira Geoscience team has been busy using novel approaches to interpretation developed through our internal research. In 2021, we applied cutting-edge technology such as the use of discrete fracture networks in development of high-grade vein predictive models, deep-learning generative networks for targeting and geophysical feature analysis, data-driven structural interpretation using unsupervised learning, and automated geological map generation from multi-layer geophysical data. We are developing new methods of filtering gridded magnetics and gravity data to remove signal related to geological cover sequences. We have continued to develop and refine our unique workflow for applying AI to geohazard assessment, where our focus has been 4D integrated modelling of geology, rock mass characterization, stress, ground deformation, production, and infrastructure. We have recently been asked to provide insights into underlying patterns and to forecast hazard probabilities in several deep rockbursting mines internationally, including both conventional underground and cave mines.  Have a look at our team’s profiles and the case studies that highlight their achievements.

Detailed profiles and case studies

“Having Mira Geoscience working with us in is a catalyst for our own group’s thinking. It helped us to question and refocus our own attention and challenge our assumptions. Spending on 3D modeling and AI consulting to be able to target our drilling better, was far more constructive for our exploration efforts in the long run than to just go in, you know, on a gut feel. It puts us miles ahead.”

Hugh Agro, P.Eng.President & CEO of Revival Gold Inc

Meet the team

Jean-Philippe Paiement
Principal Geoscientist
Geology

Gem Midgley
Principal Geoscientist
Geology

Scott Napier
Principal Geoscientist
Geophysics

Stanislawa Hickey
Senior Geoscientist
Geophysics

John McGaughey
President & Geoscientist
Geophysics

Aurore Joly
Senior Geoscientist
Geology

Shaun O’Connor
Senior Geoscientist
Geology

Valérie Laflèche
Senior Geoscientist
Geotechnical

James Reid
Principal Geoscientist
Geophysics

Stephanie Howe
Senior Geoscientist
Geology

Glenn Pears
Principal Geoscientist
Geophysics

Chrissy Williston
Geoscientist
Geophysics

Thomas Campagne
Senior Geoscientist
Geophysics

Carla González
Geoscientist
Geology

Stephen Donovan
Geoscientist
Geology

Marko Gauk
Geoscientist
Geophysics

Detailed profiles and case studies

Jean-Philippe Paiement, P.Geo.

Director, Global Consulting

jeanphilippep@mirageoscience.com

Geostatistics applied to structural, geological, and geochemical modelling and interpretation. Applications of machine learning to overcome exploration challenges.

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Jean-Philippe is our Director of Global Consulting. He pursues new applications of machine learning to overcome geological and geophysical challenges by combining geological knowledge with both supervised learning and deep learning. He brings 15 years of mineral exploration experience including expertise in geostatistics applied to structural, geological, and geochemical modelling and interpretation. Jean-Philippe has developed multiple workflows and novel approaches to reduce interpretational risks of geological data interpretation. He has a wide range of experience in mineral resource estimation for precious metals, base metals, and industrial minerals across diverse geological environments around the world.

In 2016, Jean-Philippe has pioneered the application of Machine Learning to the mineral exploration industry in winning the Integra GoldRush challenge by application of machine learning to mineral deposit targeting.

Before joining Mira Geoscience, Jean-Philippe worked in the private equity market, at SGS Canada Inc., and Teck Red Dog Mine. He obtained an MSc in metallogeny and geochemistry from Laval University. Jean-Philippe is based in Quebec-City.

Case studies that highlight Jean-Philippe's skills

Gem Midgley

Principal Consultant

gemm@mirageoscience.com

Geological, geochemical, petrophysical, and seismic data modelling and interpretation. Expertise in mineral systems modelling and exploration targeting.

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Gem is a professional geoscientist with diverse experience in minerals exploration, geoscience research, and consulting. For more than 20 years, she has provided technical leadership and domain expertise in integrated, multi-disciplinary mineral systems modelling and exploration targeting.

Gem has expertise modelling and interpreting geological, geochemical, petrophysical, and seismic data. She has experience in product development, implementing technology solutions to improve customer success, and assessment of project strategy.

Before joining Mira Geoscience, Gem worked with global resource companies and world-leading research organizations including Placer Dome, AngloGold, and CSIRO. She holds a Masters in Economic Geology from the University of Tasmania and is a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, MAIG. Gem is based in Perth.

Scott Napier, P.Geo

Principal Geophysicist

scottn@mirageoscience.com

Expertise in geophysical inversion, along with extensive borehole, ground, marine, and airborne EM interpretation, modelling, and processing.

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Scott is a Principal Geophysicist who brings substantial expertise in geophysical inversion, along with extensive borehole, ground, marine, and airborne EM interpretation, modelling, and processing experience. His experience in project management, geoscience knowledge, focus on exploration relevant outcomes, and flexibility in decision-making is a great asset to exploration strategies and exploration teams.

He has worked in Canada and internationally on oil and gas, uranium, and base metal exploration teams, with a track record of proven discovery. Scott has field experience in the collection of geophysical data, including management of crews in the field. He has significant experience in the processing, modelling, and interpretation of electromagnetic data along with advanced processing and interpretation of many other types of geophysical data.

Before joining Mira Geoscience, Scott worked for CanAlaska Uranium, Lundin Mining, and AGO Geomarine Operations. He has an MSc in geophysics from UBC. Scott is based in Vancouver.

Case studies that highlight Scott's skills

Stanislawa Hickey, P.Geo.

Senior Geophysicist

stanislawah@mirageoscience.com

Expert in geologically-constrained geophysical interpretation and inversion of DC/IP data, electromagnetic, and potential fields data.

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Stanislawa is an experienced geophysicist with over 10 years of experience in 3D modelling, data integration and interpretation, and QA/QC. She is Mira’s leading expert in geologically-constrained geophysical interpretation and inversion of DC/IP data, in addition to her long and varied experience with electromagnetic and potential fields data. She gained substantial field experience in geophysical data acquisition early on in her career. She now specializes in modelling and integrating complex geophysical data sets for a variety of commodities and deposit styles, from grassroots to near-mine exploration projects around the world. Stanislawa’s project scope varies from data processing, plate modelling, and depth to basement interpretation, to 3D geologically-constrained geophysical inversion.

Stanislawa is an experienced trainer in 3D geophysical modelling in GOCAD Mining Suite. She has contributed to software development for Mira Geoscience’s ANALYST platform as well as inversion algorithms (VPmg/SimPEG).

Before working with Mira Geoscience, Stanislawa gathered experience in the field and in geophysical data acquisition working with Frontier Geosciences and Abitibi Geophysics. She has an MSc in Geophysics, Resources and Environment from Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France. Stanislawa is based in Montreal.

Case studies that highlight Stanislawa's skills

John McGaughey

President

johnm@mirageoscience.com

Expertise in quantitative, multi-disciplinary 3D/4D interpretation for mineral exploration and geotechnical decision support. Leads our technology strategy.

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John is the founder and President of Mira Geoscience. He has extensive mining industry experience as a thought leader in quantitative, multi-disciplinary 3D and 4D interpretation for mineral exploration and geotechnical decision support. He currently leads our technology strategy and our geotechnical business. Early on, as it was being initially developed by researchers in the oil and gas industry, John recognized the value of the “Common Earth Model” concept for building 3D geological models consistent with geological, geophysical, and physical property data.

He brought the same disciplined thinking to integrated modelling in the minerals industry, in the process adapting and marketing a key oil and gas technology as GOCAD Mining Suite, one of Mira Geoscience’s flagship products. More recently, he originated and led our development of the Geoscience ANALYST and Geoscience INTEGRATOR platforms. His current technical focus with customers is in 4D data integration and AI solutions for geotechnical hazard assessment.

Prior to founding Mira Geoscience in 1999, he spent 10 years at the Noranda Technology Centre as a Senior Scientist in their rock mechanics group. He obtained an MSc in Geological Engineering and a PhD in Geophysics from Queen’s University. John is based in Montreal.

Case studies that highlight John's skills

Aurore Joly

Senior Consultant

aurorej@mirageoscience.com

Expertise in integrated 3D geological and geophysical exploration, mineral system analysis, and de-risking modelling exercises by focusing on geological features.

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Aurore brings 15 years of mineral exploration experience including expertise in integrated 3D geological and geophysical exploration. Aurore’s multi-disciplinary skills allow her to tackle almost any type of data and put them into a geological context. She is an expert in mineral system analysis, which helps de-risk modelling exercises by focusing on key geological features. Aurore has worked in numerous commodities—in geological terranes ranging from Archean to Eocene in age, including gold, copper, zinc, nickel, uranium, amongst others. Aurore specializes in GIS-based mineral system targeting, helping our customers make their next discovery in the greenfield exploration space.

Before joining Mira Geoscience, Aurore did consulting work for Resource Potentials, Aurora Australis Geoconsulting, and St Barbara. She holds an MSc in Earth Sciences and a PhD in Geophysics from the University of Orleans, France. Aurore is based in Perth.

Shaun O’Connor, P.Geo.

Senior Geologist

shaunoc@mirageoscience.com

Focus on the empirical controls on mineralization and the use of geological models to solve mineral prospectivity and geological uncertainty. Applications of machine learning.

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Shaun is an exploration geologist with over 10 years of experience in exploration and geological modelling in varied environments, including Cordilleran arcs and intrusions, Archean greenstone belts, bimodal volcanic systems, and mafic-ultramafic intrusives. Shaun’s focus is on geological models, from the mine-scale to regional-scale, the empirical controls on mineralization, and the use of geological models to solve problems like mineral prospectivity and geological uncertainty. He is skilled in the geological interpretation of geophysical data including magnetics, gravity, EM, and IP. He is an expert in the application of Python and the development of custom solutions for geological data processing, analysis, and machine learning for mineral prospectivity and knowledge discovery.

Shaun’s approach to modelling is to develop an understanding of each new mineral system in consultation with client experts and through deep analysis of the available geological and geophysical data. He uses his extensive modelling experience, data science skills, and understanding of mineral deposits and geological data to transform data into constraints and design geological models that help clients accomplish their exploration goals.

Before joining Mira Geoscience, Shaun worked for Mercator Geological Services, Goldcorp Red Lake Mines, and Golden Predator Corp. He obtained his MSc in geological sciences from Queen’s University and is based in Halifax.

Case studies that highlight Shaun's skills

Valérie Laflèche, P.Eng.

Director, Geotechnical Projects

valeriel@mirageoscience.com

4D geotechnical hazard modelling and data-driven assessment for a variety of mining types and geohazard types. Product development management of data management systems.

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With years of experience in multi-disciplinary data integration and geohazard assessment, Valérie leads the company’s geotechnical hazard assessment and 4D data management projects. As Director, Geotechnical Projects, she works with international clients from initial scoping of data sources, data management and integration needs, and geotechnical hazard assessment, to training and deployment of our customized software systems. Valérie is highly experienced in 4D geotechnical hazard modelling and data-driven assessment for a variety of mining types and geohazard types.

For the past ten years she has had a primary role in the product development management of two major mining and mineral exploration data management systems. She also leads development for the implementation of customized, automated data fusion, hazard modelling, and reporting.

Valérie joined Mira Geoscience in 2001. Prior to joining the company, she worked as a consultant on exploration projects and with the Noranda Technology Centre Rock Mechanics Group, supporting the company’s mines. Valérie is a geological engineer. She has also studied two years in mining engineering at École Polytechnique de Montréal. Her M.A.Sc. research focused on physical rock properties of ore deposits. Valérie is based in Montreal.

James Reid

Director, Asia-Pacific

jamesr@mirageoscience.com

Expertise in integrated interpretation and  talent for finding models that answer all the data. Planning and quantitative interpretation of airborne EM to mineral exploration and groundwater geophysics.

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James is a Principal Consultant with 25 years’ experience in mineral exploration. He is currently Director, Mira Geoscience Asia-Pacific. He provides new geoscientific insights to complex mining industry challenges. James has a broad interest in integrated interpretation of geophysical and geological data and has a talent for finding models that answer all the data. He has extensive expertise in the planning and quantitative interpretation of electromagnetic and electrical methods, particularly the application of airborne electromagnetics to mineral exploration and groundwater geophysics. James’ wide spectrum of professional experience and his problem-solving skills give him the ability to handle difficult or unexpected technical challenges.

Before joining Mira Geoscience, James was a lecturer in Geophysics at the University of Tasmania from 1999-2006, and a consultant with Geoforce and Groundprobe Geophysics from 2006-2012. He has an MSc in geophysics from the University of Sydney and a PhD in geophysics from Macquarie University. James is based in Perth.

Case studies that highlight James's skills

Stephanie Howe

Senior Consultant

stephanieh@mirageoscience.com

Experience in 3D geological modelling, potential fields inversions, EM inversions, and 4D-GIS geotechnical hazard modelling and assessment.

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Stephanie is an experienced geoscientist with over 10 years of experience in geophysics and geotechnical engineering. Stephanie works with clients through consulting, training, and support both on site and remotely.  She is proficient in 3D geological modelling, potential fields inversions, EM inversions, and 4D-GIS geotechnical hazard modelling and assessment. Stephanie has also created and edited documents used for software training as well as reports for clients.

Stephanie has previous experience in the field in exploration working with KUTh Energy.  Here she worked on diamond and RAB drill rigs in New South Wales and Tasmania mapping, soil sampling and laying out IP Surveys. Stephanie obtained a B.Sc. (Hons) from the University of Tasmania, Australia. She is based in Brisbane.

Glenn Pears

Principal Consultant

glennp@mirageoscience.com

Leading experts in geologically-constrained inversion of geophysical data sets. Expert in data assessment, QA/QC, developing modelling strategies.

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Glenn is a highly experienced geophysicist providing expertise in data integration and interpretation projects over a wide range of commodities. He is one of the world’s leading experts in geological model construction from multi-disciplinary geophysical data sets. Glenn has over 20 years of extensive 3D modelling experience and provides a strong background for data assessment, QA/QC, developing modelling strategies and executing integrated interpretations. His strengths are in geologically-constrained geophysical interpretation and inversion, but he extends this skill to working collaboratively with geologists to develop 3D geological models directly from geophysical data. Glenn has an insight for identifying how a geological model needs to evolve to satisfy the geophysical data.

He is a practised and knowledgeable trainer in potential fields inversion and has hosted multiple workshops for modelling and inversion software. Glenn has contributed to software development including Mira Geoscience’s GOCAD Mining Suite, as well as inversion algorithm (VPmg/VPem1D) development, processing algorithms for potential field and AEM data and continues to use his programming skills to generate innovative solutions as part of his work.

Glenn previously occupied positions at World Geoscience, Fugro Airborne Surveys, and Quantec Geoscience. He obtained an MSc from the University of Queensland. Glenn is based in Brisbane.

Case studies that highlight Glenn's skills

Chrissy Williston

Geoscientist

chrissyw@mirageoscience.com

World-class geological modeller with vast experience in working with very sparse data, and generating high priority drill targets.

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Chrissy is a world-class geological modeller with a strong geophysics background. From implicit to explicit modelling, working with very sparse data, and generating high priority drill targets, Chrissy has years of experience constructing 3D multi-disciplinary integrated models for a wide variety of mineral exploration and mining applications. She has worked in extensive geologic modelling environments across numerous commodity types on projects around the world. She’s been involved with minerals exploration and mining projects, geothermal exploration projects, research projects and 4D geohazard mapping projects. Chrissy works with clients through consulting, training, and remote support, and has acted as the Product Development Manager for Geoscience ANALYST.

Prior to Mira Geoscience, Chrissy worked for a geophysical consulting company in Canada and was involved in various projects worldwide. She obtained a BSc Honours degree in Earth and Atmospheric Science at York University in Toronto. Chrissy is based in Miramichi.

Case studies that highlight Chrissy's work

Thomas Campagne, P.Geo.

Senior Geophysicist

thomasc@mirageoscience.com

Geophysical data processing and interpretation, 3D geologically-constrained inversion modelling, and integrated interpretation of potential fields data.

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Thomas is an experienced geophysicist with skills in interpretation for mineral exploration. His systematic approach to geophysical data processing and interpretation has evolved into 3D geologically-constrained inversion modelling and integrated interpretation of potential fields data. Thomas has developed numerous novel approaches to data processing and preparation to help guide sensible constrained inversion and target modelling. His expertise in data pre-processing and scripting are key contributing factors to the success of the team.

Thomas is an experienced trainer in 3D geophysical modelling in GOCAD Mining Suite and VP Geophysics Suite.

Before joining Mira Geoscience, Thomas gathered experience supervising and conducting ground geophysical surveys including IP, TDEM, and magnetics. Thomas obtained his MSc in Geophysics from l’École et Observatoire des Sciences de la Terre de Strasbourg, France. Thomas is based in Vancouver.

Case studies that highlight Thomas's skills

Carla González

Consultant

carlag@mirageoscience.com

Data integration, scripting, as well as the creation of 3D and 4D mining, geological, and geotechnical models for mineral exploration and geohazard assessment.

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Carla is a consultant who oversees our software training and technical support. She also participates in the testing, documentation, and how-to videos for GOCAD Mining Suite and Geoscience ANALYST. Through her work at Mira Geoscience, Carla has gained experience in data integration and scripting, as well as the creation of 3D and 4D mining, geological, and geotechnical models for mineral exploration and geohazard assessment.

Prior to joining us, Carla did geological field work with Apex Geoscience, Maple Gold Mines, and Pretium Resources. She has a BSc in Earth and Planetary Sciences from McGill University and is based in Montreal.

Stephen Donovan, P.Geo.

Geologist

stephend@mirageoscience.com

3D geological conventional modelling, Python scripting, and novel data science approach to data integration for advance exploration and mining projects.

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Stephen is an experienced geologist with a diverse background in geosciences and technology integration. He is proficient in 3D geological modelling using conventional modelling as well as Python scripting and novel data science techniques to integrate a variety of data sets to advance exploration and mining projects. He has experience in multiple stages of the resource development and exploration lifecycle in Australia, Africa, and Canada. Stephen helps our clients achieve their exploration objectives by applying state-of-the-art technologies to geological model construction. Stephen works with clients through consulting, training, and support both on-site and remotely.

Stephen is also part of the Geoscience Integrator platform team.

Before joining Mira Geoscience, he worked for Seequent, BHP Billiton, and Fugro Airborne Survey. He obtained a BSc in geology and geophysics from Curtin University of Technology, and a Graduate Diploma in Information Technology from The university of Queensland. Stephen is based in Vancouver.

Marko Gauk

Data Management & Modelling Analyst

markog@mirageoscience.com

Experience with geoscience data processing as well as with software training and support.

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Marko has 10 years of experience with geoscience data processing as well as with software training and support. His technical skills include programming and the use of several geoscience software applications. As a data management and modelling analyst, he works on geotechnical and exploration projects, modelling geoscientific data, preparing inputs for machine learning analysis, and populating client data in data management systems.

Before joining Mira Geoscience, Marko worked for SeisWare International. He has a Bachelor of Science degree with Specialization in Geophysics from the University of Alberta. Marko is based in Calgary.

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