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Aggregates & Minerals Exploration
Fast, Efficient Assessment Of Your Potential Yield - For New Site Extraction, and Old Site Extension
If you are looking to buy or lease new land for aggregates or mineral extraction, a non-destructive non-intrusive preliminary survey is an excellent starting point to make a purchase decision and negotiate costs with the current landowner.
Geophysical surveys are a fast and efficient tool for assessing the aggregate and mineral resource potential of a site, and identify specific areas for geotechnical exploration.
Minerex Geophysics primary exploration work is in the aggregates industry. We work with quarrying firms to assess their sites for:
- Extent, Depth, Volume and Resource/Tonnage Weight Calculation of deposits for commercial viability
- Overburden thickness and depth to extractable rock
- Rock types and quality
- Examination of subsurface faults, fracture lines and Karst zones
- Determine Continuity of rock type/presence of discontinuities
- Groundwater resources and conditions
- Slope stability for access design
By measuring and examining regional geophysical and satellite data, then creating reports on target areas, a geophysical survey can investigate the commercial viability of an undeveloped site, or the extension potential of an old site - without the need to mobilise ground crews and heavy plant at a preliminary stage.
Effective Exploration Programmes
This pyramid diagram shows the typical progress of an exploration programme.
Thousands of mineral prospecting licenses have been issued in Ireland, but most will not progress beyond the environmental investigation stage, because many promising finds turn out to be unsuitable for long-term commercial exploitation
Minerex Geophysics have worked at mining and aggregate quarrying sites across Ireland, and have a deep understanding of the types of issues faced by mining, construction and engineering companies at these types of sites, including:
- Commercial viability
- End-of-life extension potential
- Water contamination risks
- Environmental pollution risks
Bringing Minerex Geophysics on board as your trusted geophysical consultants early in any new planning process can help you build up a better picture of exactly what is going on at and below your project site - saving your company from wasting time, labour, cash and plant resources.
Does Your Site Have Potential For Long-term Commercial Extraction?
A geophysical survey can help you assess the deposit, decide on a plan of action, and create your programme of works.
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