Ivanhoe Electric says ML aiding Utah copper search

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Drilling at Tintic in Utah, USA

Ivanhoe Electric says it continues to benefit from “the mining industry’s most powerful machine learning software” with the quality and speed of geophysical survey interpretation at exploration projects in the USA and Saudi Arabia.

The Robert Friedland-chaired company says 94%-owned Computational Geosciences Inc (CGI) is improving proprietary algorithms and leveraging ML data processing to generate deeper insights from its high-powered Typhoon geophysical survey tools.

“CGI’s proprietary algorithms are capable of analysing the massive amounts of data generated by our ground-based Typhoon geophysical surveying system,” Ivanhoe Electric CEO Taylor Melvin said.

The company has been using Typhoon and CGI analysis in its 50-50 joint venture with Ma’aden in Saudi Arabia, and more recently at the historically productive Mammoth copper-gold-silver mine at Tintic in Utah, USA.

“We are excited to apply the same cutting-edge version of CGI’s software at Tintic that we are currently using in Saudi Arabia and at our other more recent American exploration projects [in Montana],” Melvin said.

“CGI’s latest software improvements allow us to analyse more data, more quickly, and generate clearer models to guide future discovery.

“We are now beginning to test the refined targets around … Mammoth with directional drilling equipment.”

CGI recently reprocessed 2019 Tintic Typhoon data, delivering an updated 3Dl model that “validated Ivanhoe Electric’s current exploration strategy by ratifying existing target areas and identifying new anomalies for further investigation”.

“The new inversion shows an additional chargeable and conductive response that is associated with the deepest levels of the Mammoth and Grand Central mines, and extends to depth.

“Ivanhoe Electric is actively exploring the Deep Mammoth area with diamond drilling.”


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