Today we are highlighting our new, industry-led, research consortium focused on delivering software and methods that make the use of advanced geophysics a day-to-day, practical reality for industry.

“It’s a significant innovation in how industry can approach pre-competitive technology development,” says John McGaughey, President of Mira Geoscience. “Industry uptake of academic research tends to be slower than it should be because, even though university-industry partnerships exist, it is difficult for academics to focus on their essential function of research advancement and education while simultaneously providing industry with the robust software environment, documentation, and support required for day-to-day practical use.”

From 2012 to its completion in 2019, the University of British Columbia Geophysical Inversion Facility (UBC-GIF) ran a successful industry-sponsored R&D project to create GIFtools, providing an extensive system of user interfaces to set up, execute, and interpret the results of the advanced geophysical forward modelling and inversion codes developed at UBC-GIF.

"As a company, we are committed to interoperability, because the barriers to it imposed by proprietary software vendors serve neither the interests of technology advancement nor the customers who just need to get things done."

John McGaugheyPresident - Mira Geoscience

In the spirit of continuing the effort to make advanced geophysics accessible to everyday practitioners, Mira Geoscience created a commercially-supported version of GIFtools that could be run from Geoscience ANALYST. The resulting product is Geoscience ANALYST Pro Geophysics.

The purpose of the new consortium is to continue the work inspired by the GIFtools project, broadening the scope beyond UBC-GIF codes to include VP Geophysics Suite and codes developed by other researchers, including open source geophysical codes. VP codes are complementary to UBC-GIF codes, offering geological model parameterization with direct inversion for 3D geological contact geometry in addition to conventional grid parameterization. Substantial work is now being done by numerous researchers on open source geophysical code projects such as SIMPEG. We will evaluate relevant open source codes and, where useful, provide the ability to use them from the same interface, with the technical support, documentation, and training that will make them usable by industry as standard tools. This includes an API allowing Python codes to use the same robust 3D geoscience interface provided by Geoscience ANALYST, providing the capability of connecting open source codes as well as a general scripting environment. The consortium will deliver a platform that other researchers may use as a common set of tools for development of new methods so that the basics of data and model handling and visualization do not have to be re-invented. It will focus on interoperability with other software, including standard geological, geophysical, and geochemical interpretation software.

“As a company, we are committed to interoperability,” says John, “because the barriers to it imposed by proprietary software vendors serve neither the interests of technology advancement nor the customers who just need to get things done.”

The primary deliverable of the consortium is corporate licences to software, along with workshops, training, technical support, and annual meetings to share innovation. The founding members of the consortium are the major sponsors Anglo American, Barrick, Glencore, Rio Tinto, Teck, and Vale. The consortium now includes additional members including major sponsor Cameco and BHP.

For inquiries concerning the consortium or its primary software deliverable, Geoscience ANALYST Pro Geophysics, contact info@mirageoscience.com.

Latest news

Geoscience ANALYST
August, 28 2019

New geophysical tools in Geoscience ANALYST

Coming up later in 2019 is the launch of new geophysical tools. It includes a new interface for the industry-standard UBC-GIF forward modelling...
Read more
Software tips
October, 07 2019

Drag-and-drop files into a 3D compilation

In Geoscience ANALYST, you can create a 3D compilation by simply dragging your data right into the Viewport...
Read more
Software releases
November, 28 2019

Geoscience ANALYST v3.0 release

This version introduces the long awaited Pro basic geophysics and Pro Geophysics - the next generation of fast, advanced geophysical tools...
Read more
Software tips
January, 25 2021

Display multiple Voxet sections

In GOCAD Mining Suite, you can create additional sections, hide/show them, use the slider and arrow to position them along the Voxet, and delete them...
Read more
Software tips
August, 10 2020

Importing and visualizing VP Geophysics models

In Geoscience ANALYST v3.1, VP Model objects can now be imported by a simple drag and drop! You can then visualize the model and,...
Read more
Software tips
May, 04 2020

Sneak peek v19

Emerson-Paradigm released a short video to help users become acquainted with the redesigned interface. Watch this short video ...
Read more
About us
September, 10 2020

What’s new in consulting services

In the last few months, we have had the pleasure to start new consulting projects and add new mining companies, geological surveys, and universities to...
Read more
Software tips
June, 15 2020

Arbitrary sections

In Geoscience ANALYST visualize your block model in any direction with the new arbitrary section
Read more
About us
January, 10 2018

UDMN Award of Excellence

Geoscience INTEGRATOR wins - Last December, UDMN presented us with an Outstanding Achievement in Commercialization...
Read more
Software tips
February, 02 2019

2D minimum curvature gridding

With Geoscience ANALYST Pro module, you can interpolate numerical data from points, curves and surfaces...
Read more
Software releases
December, 07 2020

What’s new in software?

We have three releases coming soon. Explore redesigned UI, experience performance enhancement, and try out new tools for data processing and modelling...
Read more
News
May, 30 2019

Q&A Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences

We had a chat with Dr. Roisin Kyne from Teck Resources and Dr. Koen Torremans from iCRAG about the importance of 3D analysis and modelling...
Read more

Please contact our team for additional information about our products and services