ABOUT THE PACIFIC PROJECT

PACIFIC will develop new tools for exploration of mineral deposits beneath the surface.
These tools rely on two techniques that have relatively low cost and have a minor impact on the environment.

Data collection at Marathon test site, Canada.

Nodes deployment plan at Marathon test site, Canada.

These techniques are based on surface-wave passive or ambient-noise seismic imagery.

This technology is finding increasing application in the mineral industry, but it lacks the resolution needed to locate and directly image ore bodies. What is needed are techniques with the accuracy and resolution required by the minerals industry and at the same time that have a relatively low environmental impact.

PACIFIC will develop these techniques and validate them at test sites in Canada and Sweden. A specific objective is to reduce the amount of drilling, which is by far the most expensive and time-consuming step of the mineral exploration process.

Research on social acceptance and public perception of mining activities will accompany the deployment and testing of the techniques. PACIFIC aims to promote the technology to become a standard in the mineral exploration process.

Passive seismic imagery techniques for mineral exploration are being tested at mineral sites in Canada and Sweden.

Canada test site, Marathon deposit

Sweden test site, Kallak Iron Ore Deposit

Node retrieval after

the test at the Marathon site, Canada

Geophones are ‘listening to the Earth’ in Andalusia until the end of April

On 28 and 29 March 2019, at the Las Cruces mine* north of Seville in Andalusia, a seismic network of 132 geophones covering an area of about 1 x 2 km was installed for one month...

INFACT / PACIFIC Joint passive seismic data acquisition

These days the two projects funded by the EU H2020 programme INFACT and PACIFIC are conducting a joint passive seismic data acquisition campaign in Spain. Stay tuned for more...

“Passive Imaging & Monitoring in Wave Physics: From Seismology to Ultrasound” workshop in Cargèse, Corsica

PACIFIC supports the "Passive Imaging & Monitoring in Wave Physics: From Seismology to Ultrasound" workshop that will take place on September 16-20, 2019 in Cargèse (Corsica,...

Check out the PACIFIC flyer!

The PACIFIC flyer is now available for download in the media centre! It sums up the activities of the PACIFIC project and allows you to understand its approach and objectives....

PACIFIC public deliverables: first reports available!

After eight months, the PACIFIC consortium has already released nine public deliverables: Assessment of active seismic workflows; Report on the physical properties and seismic...

PACIFIC attendance at international events : check the list!

Since the begining of the project in June 2018, the PACIFIC team has attended and has presented the project at the following international conferences:   24th European Meeting of...

Field acquisition of seismic data completed at Marathon, Canada

The Stillwater Canada Inc. team has completed the field acquisition of seismic data at the Marathon site in Canada. Out of the 1024 sensors that were successfully deployed, 1019...
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