PACIFIC Partners

The PACIFIC consortium brings together mineral exploration and mining industry, technology and service-providing SMEs, academic and research institutes and geological surveys. 

The PACIFIC consortium comprises a major university and a research institute, in charge of developing the theoretical background and codes for data treatment; a mid-tier company and a junior exploration company to provide logistic support and access to test sites; two small service companies conducting the surveys and analyse the data; a geological survey company to conduct research on public opinion; and a company which manages the project.

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Test site

UNIVERSITE GRENOBLE ALPES

UNIVERSITE GRENOBLE ALPES
UNIVERSITE GRENOBLE ALPES
1381 Rue de la Piscine, 38610 Gières, France
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DUBLIN INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES

DUBLIN INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES
DUBLIN INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES
5 Merrion Square S, Dublin, Ireland
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STILLWATER CANADA INC

STILLWATER CANADA INC
STILLWATER CANADA INC
90 Peninsula Rd, Marathon, ON P0T 2E0, Canada
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SISPROBE

SISPROBE
SISPROBE
24 Allée des Vulpains, 38240 Meylan, France
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BEOWULF MINING PLC

BEOWULF MINING PLC
BEOWULF MINING PLC
Temple Chambers, Temple Avenue, London EC4Y 0DT, UK
BEOWULF MINING PLC
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Storgatan 36, 921 31 Lycksele, Sweden
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COMMUNICATIONS, CLIMATE ACTION AND ENVIRONMENTS

COMMUNICATIONS, CLIMATE ACTION AND ENVIRONMENTS
COMMUNICATIONS, CLIMATE ACTION AND ENVIRONMENTS
Haddington Rd, Dublin, Ireland
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Economic and Social Research Institute

Economic and Social Research Institute
Economic and Social Research Institute
Whitaker Square, Sir John Rogerson's Quay, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2, Ireland
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INSTITUTE OF MINE SEISMOLOGY (PTY) SLD

INSTITUTE OF MINE SEISMOLOGY (PTY) SLD
INSTITUTE OF MINE SEISMOLOGY (PTY) SLD
Stellenbosch, South Africa
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ARTTIC SAS

ARTTIC
ARTTIC SAS
58a Rue du Dessous des Berges, 75013 Paris, France
ARTTIC
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Marathon deposit, Canada

Marathon deposit, Canada

Marathon deposit, Canada
Unnamed Road, Marathon, ON P0T, Canada

Marathon deposit, Canada

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Kallak iron mine, Sweden

Kallak iron mine, Sweden

Kallak iron mine, Sweden
Unnamed Road, 962 98 Randijaur, Sweden

Kallak iron mine, Sweden

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Laivurintie 11, 21100 Naantali, Finland
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UNIVERSITE GRENOBLE ALPES

UNIVERSITE GRENOBLE ALPES
UNIVERSITE GRENOBLE ALPES
1381 Rue de la Piscine, 38610 Gières, France
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DUBLIN INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES

DUBLIN INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES
DUBLIN INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES
5 Merrion Square S, Dublin, Ireland
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STILLWATER CANADA INC

STILLWATER CANADA INC
STILLWATER CANADA INC
90 Peninsula Rd, Marathon, ON P0T 2E0, Canada
STILLWATER CANADA INC
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SISPROBE

SISPROBE
SISPROBE
24 Allée des Vulpains, 38240 Meylan, France
SISPROBE
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BEOWULF MINING PLC

BEOWULF MINING PLC
BEOWULF MINING PLC
Temple Chambers, Temple Avenue, London EC4Y 0DT, UK
BEOWULF MINING PLC
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Storgatan 36, 921 31 Lycksele, Sweden
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COMMUNICATIONS, CLIMATE ACTION AND ENVIRONMENTS

COMMUNICATIONS, CLIMATE ACTION AND ENVIRONMENTS
COMMUNICATIONS, CLIMATE ACTION AND ENVIRONMENTS
Haddington Rd, Dublin, Ireland
COMMUNICATIONS, CLIMATE ACTION AND ENVIRONMENTS
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Economic and Social Research Institute

Economic and Social Research Institute
Economic and Social Research Institute
Whitaker Square, Sir John Rogerson's Quay, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2, Ireland
Economic and Social Research Institute
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INSTITUTE OF MINE SEISMOLOGY (PTY) SLD

INSTITUTE OF MINE SEISMOLOGY (PTY) SLD
INSTITUTE OF MINE SEISMOLOGY (PTY) SLD
Stellenbosch, South Africa
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ARTTIC SAS

ARTTIC
ARTTIC SAS
58a Rue du Dessous des Berges, 75013 Paris, France
ARTTIC
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Marathon deposit, Canada

Marathon deposit, Canada

Marathon deposit, Canada
Unnamed Road, Marathon, ON P0T, Canada

Marathon deposit, Canada

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Kallak iron mine, Sweden

Kallak iron mine, Sweden

Kallak iron mine, Sweden
Unnamed Road, 962 98 Randijaur, Sweden

Kallak iron mine, Sweden

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Laivurintie 11, 21100 Naantali, Finland
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PACIFIC PARTNERS and THIRD PARTIES

UNIVERSITE GRENOBLES ALPES
DUBLIN INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES
STILLWATER CANADA INC
SISPROBE
BEOWULF MINING PLC
COMMUNICATIONS, CLIMATE ACTION AND ENVIRONMENTS
INSTITUTE OF MINE SEISMOLOGY (PTY) SLD
ARTTIC SAS

TEST SITES

Marathon deposit, ON, Canada
Kallak Fe mine, Sweden

UNIVERSITE GRENOBLE ALPES

Expert in: 1) petrology, mineralogy and geochemistry applied to the study of mineral deposits; and 2) geophysics, notably development of passive seismic methods. Université Grenoble Alpes:

  • is classified in the top 200 universities worldwide in the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities;
  • is classified in the top 100 best universities for Physical Science and for Natural Sciences and Mathematics in the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities (ranked #1-2 in France);
  • hosts 2,000 PhD students within more than 50 laboratories;
  • develops top level research and is involved in significant collaboration.

ISTerre:

  • is one of about 5 major Earth science departments of the University Grenoble Alpes (UGA)
  • specializes in two broad fields:
    • geophysics, as applied to the structure of the Earth and to natural hazards (earthquakes);
    • and geological sciences, including petrology, geochemistry, mineralogy, tectonics and geomorphology.
  • has participated in numerous European projects, such as an ITN (Initial Training Network) on tectonics and geomorphology and an Erasmus Mundus network on Seismic Hazards.
  • has several scientists holding ERC advanced grants.

Role in the project

UGA:

  • is the project coordinator
  • develops the tools needed to implement new techniques for mineral exploration, via passive seismic surveys
    • using the technique of body waves reflection
    • using a combination of surface array data and down-hole array data
  • deals with the scientific and technical management and the clustering aspect

Key personnel

Rosemary Fayjaloun (Research Engineer): Was recently awarded her PhD degree in Earth Sciences from Université Grenoble Alpes in France (2018). Her research interests focus on seismic ground motion simulations for sites located close to the faults for large earthquakes. She also studies the 3D tomography in several regions using passive seismic methods. She is now working at Université Grenoble Alpes as key personnel for the project management.

Florent Brenguier (Physicist): Was awarded a Ph.D. from the Université Joseph Fourier in France in 2006. He was a member of the Piton de la Fournaise Volcanological Observatory, La Réunion island, from 2009-2012 and is now assistant professor at UGA. His research focuses on the study of active faults and volcanoes, in particular dynamic processes such as post-seismic relaxation, fault-zone damage and healing, volcanic edifices response to magma forcing, volcanic flank destabilization. His research includes the development of novel seismic noise based monitoring methods, the study of micro-seismicity, as well as the imaging of magma propagation. His 40 published papers have been cited 1046 times giving an H-index of 14 (Web of Science).

Michel Campillo (Professor): Was awarded a Ph.D. from the Université Joseph Fourier in France in 1982. He is currently Professor ‘Classe Exceptionnelle’ (distinguished) at Université Grenoble Alpes. He is one of the pioneers in the development of seismic noise based monitoring methods and he applies this technology to fundamental research in diverse fields such as the structure of the crust and mantle, seismic hazards in subduction zones and theoretical aspects of the propagation of seismic waves. His research has been recognised by the award of numerous prizes including Gabriel Sand award, French academy of Sciences, a CNRS Silver Medal, the Prix Jaffé of Académie des Sciences de Paris 2005and the Beno Gutenberg Medal, European Geosciences Union. He is an AGU fellow and senior member of the Institut Universitaire de France. His 176 published papers have been cited 5745 times giving an H-index of 43.

Pierre Boué (Assistant Professor): Was awarded a Ph.D. from the Université Joseph Fourier in France in 2013. He was then a postdoctoral researcher at the geophysics department of Stanford University (2014-2015). In September 2015, he joined ISTerre laboratory at the University of Grenoble Alpes, as an assistant professor. His research focuses on methodological developments in the framework of weak seismic signals and extraction of new observables for imaging and monitoring the underground. His main field of expertise is body-wave retrieval from ambient seismic noise at various scale of the Earth from kilometer to teleseismic distances. His 18 published papers have been cited 306 times giving an H-index of 9.

 

DUBLIN INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES

The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies is an Irish government publicly-funded independent academic centre for research in basic disciplines.

The institute has approximately 100 academic, research and support staff (about 40 in Geophysics) across three sites in Dublin city. It runs graduate programmes only. Training through research is a core activity of the organisation. DIAS is responsible for running the Irish National Seismic Network.

The two lead seismologists in PACIFIC from DIAS have complementary skills across seismic imagery, microseism noise studies and large scale full wavefield seismic simulations.

Role in the project

The Geophysics Section at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS): (i) plays a role in the development of new methods for the extraction of reflected waves (ii) plays a role in the extraction, processing and interpretation of reflected phases from the passive experiment at Marathon (iii) undertakes full wavefield numerical simulations for testing new methodologies in body wave extraction.

Key personnel

Prof. Christopher Bean: is currently Head of the Geophysics Section in the School of Cosmic Physics, at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS). Previous positions include Professor of Geophysics at the School of Geological Sciences, University College Dublin and postdoctoral/visiting positions at Karlsruhe University, IPGP Paris, Stanford University and the University of Granada. Holds a BA in Mathematics, M.Sc. in Applied Geophysics and a PhD in Seismology. His research interests cover the quantification of ocean wave generated ambient microseism noise and ocean wave parameter estimation from microseisms, temporal monitoring of water column and near sea floor properties using time-lapse ambient noise seismo-acoustics. His group has also published widely on micro-seismicity associated with the failure of weak materials, especially on volcanoes.

Dr Sergei Lebedev: Mallet Assistant Professor of Seismology (DIAS). Sergei obtained a PhD in geophysics from Princeton University in 2000 and has since led and completed numerous projects on seismic imaging of the subsurface, at scales from local to global. He has developed array imaging methods that have now been applied successfully in various contexts by his team and teams around the world. He runs an active research programme on the seismic imaging of Ireland, on- and off-shore, N Atlantic and other regions worldwide, comprising multiple funded projects. His group at DIAS works on a range of structural seismology studies and projects, from station deployment and data acquisition to the development and application of innovative seismic imaging methods and to multi-disciplinary interpretation of the results.

STILLWATER CANADA INC.

Stillwater Canada Inc. is a subsidiary of Sibanye-Stillwater, a global precious metal mining group, producing gold and platinum group metals (PGM). Sibanye Gold was created in November of 2012 through unbundling of Gold Fields Limited GFI Mining South Africa Proprietary Limited. Recent purchases have focused on expanding the PGM operations and capabilities by acquiring the Rustenburg Operation, Aquarius Platinum, Stillwater Mining Corp and Lonmin (pending). This growth is envisioned to achieve value creation for all stakeholders through mining its multi-commodity resources in a safe and healthy environment. Sibanye-Stillwater now operates a mix of gold and PGM mines and projects throughout South Africa, Zimbabwe, United States, Argentina and Canada.

Owned by SIBSTIL, the Marathon PGM-Cu deposit was first explored for economic potential in the 1920’s and continued intermittently through the remainder of the century. The current open pit resource contains 151.3 Mt in the Measured and Indicated category with a grade of 0.22% Cu and 0.89g/t (Pd+Pt+Au).

The project site is located in North Western Ontario 10 km north of the town of Marathon. A positive and lasting relationship has been established with local communities, with extensive consultation to communicate the process of exploration, mining, permitting and economics to the community leaders and members. Continuing this strong relationship is invaluable to the success of the project.

Role in the project

SIBSTIL provides access to the Marathon PGM-Cu project site to test the passive seismic technique as well as obtains all the required permits and regulations. In addition, SIBSTIL provides expertise in mineral exploration and geology of the Marathon PGM-Cu project. SIBSTIL’s geologists mainly take part in compiling background information for the project and piloting test of multi-array technique in the Marathon deposit.

 

Key personnel

John McBride, MSc: is the Project Geologist for Stillwater Canada Inc. and has been in this role for the past 5 years. He has industry experience working across Canada exploring for a variety of commodities, including gold, platinum group metals, copper, nickel and diamonds.  He is a professional geologist and obtained both his HBSc. and MSc. from Lakehead University in Canada. He is responsible for planning and executing large scale exploration programs and is the qualified person for Stillwater Canada Inc.

David Good, PhD: is the W.S. Fyfe Visiting Scientist at Western University. David received his M.Sc. from the University of Toronto and Ph.D. from McMaster University where he focused on the petrology and geochemistry of Ni-Cu-PGE deposits. David was V.P. Exploration for Marathon PGM Corp. (2006-2010) and for Stillwater Canada Inc. (2011-2014). He is currently working on several projects to relate mineralization to magmatism at four Cu-PGE deposits within the Coldwell, and to other intrusive and volcanic rocks within the Midcontinent Rift. He has published several studies on the petrogenesis of Ni-Cu-PGE deposits in the Abitibi belt, Thompson Nickel belt, Coldwell complex, and the Bird River Sill. He has worked with the Ontario Geological Survey as a field geologist and with the Geological Survey of Canada where he compiled the world minerals geosciences database for Ni-PGE-Cr deposits.

 

SAS SISPROBE

SAS Sisprobe (SISP):

  • a start-up based in Grenoble, France
  • created in January 2017 to deploy and market the passive seismic technique.
  • members:
    • Nicholas Arndt (President), Dan Hollis (General Director),
    • a scientific advisory group comprising four geophysicists from UGA (F. Brenguier, M. Campillo, P. Roux and P. Boué) and one from MIT (A. Mordret)
    • three technicians (M. Chmiel, R. Courbis, S. Beaupretre.
  • fields of application: petroleum exploration, geothermal energy, geological engineering, mineral exploration
  • regions of application: France, Sweden, Canada, USA, Australia, South Africa.
  • clients include multinational petroleum companies, a major French engineering firm and several mineral exploration companies.

 Role in the project

Sisprobe:

  • contributes to planning and deployment of the tests of the seismic methods in Canada (WP3 – Marathon) and Sweden (WP4 – Kallak)
  • conducts most of the treatment and interpretation of the seismic data
  • is directly involved in the development of codes and acquisition of background data; in testing the reflection seismic method and in testing the multi-array method.

Key personnel

Sophie Beaupretre (geophysical research engineer):  PhD (2013) from UGA; research on active faults, in particular on methods to measure fault displacement created by past earthquakes. 2013-2018 – geophysicist and team leader in a petroleum consultant company with expertise in seismic stratigraphy of the Norwegian Barents Sea.

Roméo Courbis (geophysical research engineer): PhD in computer science from University of Franche-Comté in 2011. Employment in the French railway system safety for 4.5 years. Master in seismology at UGA in 2017, followed by a one-year post-doc.At Sisprobe he treats of ambient noise data for monitoring and imaging purposes.

Małgorzata Chmiel (geophysical research engineer): received a Ph.D. (2017) in geophysics at the University Grenoble Alpes in Grenoble, France. Her PhD was financed by CGG and was focused on exploring interferometry and beamforming methods on dense arrays. In 2017, she started working as a research geophysicist in Sisprobe. Małgorzata’s research interests are in seismic wave interferometry, beamforming, seismic event detection and localization, dense array processing in active and passive configurations.

Daniel Hollis (Director General): is based in California but spends most of his time on Sisprobe projects worldwide. BSc (1980), California State University. Has since worked as a geophysicist for  Geophysical Systems Corporation (1981-1993); President & Operations Manager, Subsurface Exploration Company (1994-2007); Compagnie Générale de Géophysique (2008-2016) VP – Technology, NodalSeismic. He pioneered industrial use of passive seismic data co-acquired with active-source seismic data. 35 years of experience in seismic exploration he has had numerous collaborations with industry and the academic community using dense nodal-based seismic networks.

Nicholas Arndt (President): Following a year in an Australian mineral exploration company and a PhD at University of Toronto in 1975, he held academic positions in USA, Canada, Germany and France. Now an emeritus professor at UGA with research interests in petrology, geochemistry and magmatic ore deposits. He is an ISI “highly cited researcher” – 250+ publications; >18000 citations; h-index = 76. His professional activities include direction of an ICDP drilling project, president of GMPV Division, European Geosciences Union, member of a Working Group on Raw Materials, French Ministry of Education.

 

BEOWULF MINING PLC

Beowulf Mining plc (“Beowulf”) is a Nordic focused, multi commodity, exploration and development company with assets in Sweden and Finland. Beowulf is listed on the AIM in London and the AktieTorget in Stockholm (AIM: BEM; Aktie: BEO). In Sweden, the Company’s flagship project is the Kallak magnetite and hematite iron ore deposit.

In Finland, Beowulf has a portfolio of five early-stage graphite exploration projects; each of which has been explored historically, with exploration data readily available for desktop review and evaluation. Through its Finnish subsidiary, Beowulf is a partner in the FennoFlake project, a collaborative group with partners representing the entire graphite value chain, from identification to exploration and mining, processing to end products and market applications.

Expertise provided to the consortium is in the flowing fields: 3D resource modelling, ore geology, petrology and mineralogy.

Role in the project

BEOW, through its third parties, is the operator of the Kallak magnetite and hematite iron ore project and is a major contributor to the pilot test of multi-array method. The company contributes with its extensive geological knowledge of the project and provides the research group with existing geological data and geological models. The company also aims to drill a number of holes into the exploration target zones at Kallak South and Parkijaure to verify the results from the pilot test of the multi-array method. BEOW`s technical team has extensive expertise in mineral exploration and modelling of ore deposits in the Fennoscandian shield (Rasmus Blomqvist), UK (Kurt Budge) and Africa (Christopher Davies). Finally, BEOW is in charge of the identification of environmental and safety issues.

Key personnel

Kurt Budge (male): Mr. Budge was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Beowulf Mining in October 2014 after joining the Company as a Non-Executive Director in September 2014.
Kurt has over 20 years’ experience in the mining sector, during which he spent five years as a Business Development Executive in Rio Tinto’s Business Evaluation Department.
Kurt was Vice President of Pala Investments AG, a mining focused private equity firm based in Switzerland and has worked as a mining analyst in investment research.
Kurt holds an M.Eng (Hons) degree in Mining Engineering from The Royal School of Mines, Imperial College London and an MBA from London Business School.

Christopher Davies (male): Mr Davies joined the board of Beowulf as a Non-Executive Director in April 2016. Chris, who is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, is an exploration/ economic geologist with more than 30 years’ experience in the mining sector. He has substantial knowledge of graphite and base metals, a particular skill set which is complimentary to Beowulf’s team.
Chris has worked as a geologist in many different parts of the world including Africa, Australia, Yemen, Indonesia and Eastern Europe.

 

Oy Fennoscandian Resources AB (“Fennoscandian”, or “FRA”) is a 100% owned local Finnish subsidiary of Beowulf Mining plc (“Beowulf”).  Fennoscandian is engaged in exploration and development for minerals and metals in Finland.  It holds a number of exploration licences across Finland prospective for graphite.  Employees working for Fennoscandian and Jokkmokk Iron Mines AB, Beowulf’s 100% owned Swedish subsidiary, will form the Beowulf team engaged in the project.  Fennoscandian is funded and operates as directed by Beowulf.

Role in the project

FRA is mostly involved in the pilot test of multi-array method and the identification of environmental and safety issues, but also in the clustering dissemination actions. FRA, together with JIMAB, contributes to the pilot test at the Kallak Fe deposit. FRA will work with BEOW in the environmental and safety assessment.

Key personnel

Rasmus Blomqvist (male): Mr. Blomqvist was appointed Exploration Manager for Beowulf Mining in January 2016.
He has worked for more than 14 years as an employee and independent consultant for a variety of international mining and exploration companies with a strong focus on the Nordic region. In 2012, Rasmus founded Fennoscandian Resources Oy in Finland which was acquired by Beowulf Mining in 2016. Mr. Blomqvist has a Master’s degree in Geology and Mineralogy from Åbo Akademi University and is a member of Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Sauli Raunio (male): Mr. Raunio was appointed Exploration Geologist for Beowulf Mining in 2016.
Mr. Raunio works on projects across Beowulf’s subsidiary businesses in Finland and Sweden.  He was previously a Research Assistant at Åbo Akademi University before he joined Oy Fennoscandian Resources AB.  Mr. Raunio graduated in 2014.  He has a Master’s Degree in Geology from Åbo Akademi University.

Jokkmokk Iron Mines AB (“JIMAB”) is a 100% owned local Swedish subsidiary of Beowulf Mining plc (“Beowulf”).  JIMAB is engaged in exploration and development for minerals and metals in northern Sweden.  It holds a number of exploration licences, specifically those associated with the Kallak Iron Ore Project, for which the Company has applied for an Exploitation Concession.  Employees working for JIMAB and Oy Fennoscandian Resources AB, Beowulf’s 100% owned local Finnish subsidiary, form the Beowulf team engaged in the project.  JIMAB is funded and operates as directed by Beowulf.
 

Role in the project

Together with FRA, JIMAB contributes to the pilot test at the Kallak Fe deposit.

Key personnel

Morgan Snell (male): Mr. Snell was appointed Geological Technician with Jokkmokk Iron Mines AB in March 2014, after leaving school in Jokkmokk, in the County of Norrbotten, Northern Sweden.
Mr. Snell works on projects across Beowulf’s subsidiary businesses in Finland and Sweden, supporting geologists with fieldwork programmes, core handling and logging.  He also liaises with local stakeholders with regard to Company’s activities and manages community relationships.

 

GEOLOGICAL SURVEY IRELAND

The Geological Survey Ireland (GSI) is a Division of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. It was established in 1845 and is the Irish national geoscience agency and provides geological advice and information to government, industry and the public, and acquires data for this purpose. In addition, the GSI has developed a Research Programme which comprises research carried out internally, and a funding programme for external research activities in Ireland.

The Geological Survey has staff in several key areas of expertise; groundwater, minerals and raw materials, geological mapping, marine mapping, and a large programme of airborne geophysics and geochemical analysis across the Island of Ireland. The work undertaken by GSI and its partners provide better understanding of the geological structures but also contribute to the wider research community. A key component of its Research Programme is collaborating with experts in industry and academia, both in Ireland and internationally.

Since 2014, GSI has been collaborating with partners in academia in geosciences and social sciences to address, in particular, the issues of social acceptance (including social license to operate), and public perception and understanding of geoscience activities.


Role in the project

The Geological Survey Ireland leads the work on public perception of risk related to mining activities. In recent years researchers in Ireland have developed research projects with a number of external collaborators in the area of public perception and understanding of geoscience. For exploration and resource development (including groundwater resources) this includes collaborations with social scientists in areas such as risk and risk perception, socio-economics, governance, psychology etc. The aim is to understand how the public and other stakeholder groups view geoscience activities in their community and associated risks/perceived risk. In particular, how do these perceive risks affect decision making in related to supporting or opposing exploration and mining activities.

Key personnel

Dr Aoife Braiden, Research Manager, (female), in-house consultant. Role: project manager & coordinator.
Dr Braiden holds has a background in Earth Sciences, Palaeobiology. She subsequently moved to the Geophysics Group of University College Dublin where she was the Research Manager for 9 years before moving to the GSI in 2015. She now coordinates the GSI Research Programme, including internal research activities, external funding programmes and national and international collaborations.

The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) is Ireland’s independent source of evidence for policy. As a ’policy think tank’ with expertise in consumer evaluation and behaviour, the ESRI provides policy analysis and experimental data on consumer (i.e. public) decision making, attitudes and behaviour.

The Institute endeavours to bring together the complementary expertise of its researchers to investigate the great social and economic challenges facing society, and through its evidence has been a key contributor in the political and cultural dialogue around every major policy debate since its foundation.

Role in the project

The Behavioural Economics & Consumer Decision Making Research group within the ESRI collaborates closely with the Geological Survey Ireland and other PACIFIC partners to undertake work in the area of social science, risk perception and social acceptance of mineral resources. The work complements the scientific and technical advancements of the PACIFIC project and will fully integrate social scientists and physical scientists. The work primarily focuses on how the public understands information and risk and if this understanding varies depending on how the information is presented.

The ESRI brings critical expertise in undertaking social science experiments, analysis and producing advisory outputs for policy and other sectors. Staff engaged in the project is jointly supervised by Dr Aoife Braiden (GSI) and Dr Peter Lunn (ESRI).

Key personnel

Dr Peter Lunn (male): Senior Research Officer, (Male) Role: Social Scientist.
Dr Pete Lunn holds an M.Sc. in Economics and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, both from the University of London. He is an economist, author and former BBC journalist who joined the Economic and Social Research Institute in 2006. Originally trained as a neuroscientist, his primary research interest is economic decision-making and risk perception.

Dr Deirdre Robertson (female):
Dr Deirdre Robertson is a Researcher Officer with the Behavioural Research Unit in the ESRI. A psychologist by training her research focuses on how perceptions influence health, behaviour and decision-making.
Deirdre holds an MSc in psychology from the University of Sussex and a PhD in psychology from Trinity College Dublin. Prior to joining the ESRI Deirdre spent time as a postdoctoral researcher in Columbia University in New York and as an Irish Research Council postdoctoral fellow in Trinity College Dublin.
Deirdre uses insights from cognitive psychology and behavioural economics to develop experiments that can pre-test policy interventions in a diverse range of area. Her role in PACIFIC will be in experimental design and data analysis.

Dr Hannah Julienne (female):
Dr Hannah Julienne is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the ESRI’s Behavioural Research Unit.
Her background spans several disciplines. She holds a PhD in Neural Dynamics from the University of Bristol, as well as an MSc in Mathematical Neuroscience and a BA in Mathematics and Philosophy from Trinity College Dublin. She has also worked as a policy intern at the UK’s Academy of Medical Sciences, as a science writer for the publisher eLife and as a project officer with Ireland’s Health Research Board.
As a member of the Behavioural Research Unit, Hannah is interested in using behavioural science experiments to inform policy development in a range of areas. Her role in PACIFIC will be designing and delivering experimental work examining the public’s understanding and attitude to geological exploration, mining and risk.

 

INSTITUTE OF MINE SEISMOLOGY (PTY) SLD

The Institute of Mine Seismology (IMS) is the leading microseismic monitoring technology provider to mines worldwide. IMS is an independent private research organization focused on developing methodologies, technologies and services for monitoring and modelling the seismic rock mass response to mining. Based in offices in Australia, South Africa and Canada, the 56 staff of the IMS have qualifications that include 11 PhD, 14 MSc and 14 Bachelor degrees with a collective 300 years of experience in the field of mine seismology. IMS currently supports 245 customers in 36 countries.
 

Role in the project

IMS will lead the installation of the surface and borehole array at Kallak in Sweden, while also participating in the processing and analysis of the data recorded at Kallak and at Marathon, Canada.

IMS has ample experience in the installation of seismic networks in harsh and remote environments. Additionally, IMS completed the first study where seismic interferometry was used in the mining industry and showed that body-waves can be extracted from subsurface seismic networks.
 

Key personnel

Dr Gerrit Olivier (male): scientific.
Education:
– PhD. (Geophysics) 2013 – 2015, Université Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble, France.
– MSc. Cum Laude (Theoretical Physics) 2010 – 2011, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
– Honours BSc. (Nuclear Physics) 2009, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
– BSc. (Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Physics) 2006 – 2008, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Awards:
– Les meilleure thèse de Doctorat 2015, Université Grenoble Alpes, France.
– PhD research exchange grant 2015, Embassy of France in South Africa.
– Outstanding Student Paper Award 2014, American Geophysical Union.
– Innovation scholarship 2010, NiThep, South Africa.
– Member of the Golden Key Academic Society since 2009.
– Scarce skills scholarship 2009, South African National Research Foundation.
– Merit bursary 2006, University of Stellenbosch.

Employment:
Institute of Mine Seismology (2011/03 – present).
Olivier has been working as researcher for the Institute of Mine Seismology since March 2011. His research has mainly been focussed on determining the rock mass response to mining by using active and passive techniques, imaging heterogeneous structures by using active seismic sources, numerical modelling and seismic monitoring of tailings dams and ambient seismic noise tomography.
He has been pioneering the use of seismic interferometry for industrial imaging and monitoring applications, such as underground mines and tailings dams since 2011.
He was appointed as the Head of Applied Geophysics at the Institute of Mine Seismology in January 2014. Currently he is actively consulting mining operations all over the world, including Australia, South Africa, Canada, Brazil, Sweden and Finland.

ARTTIC SAS

Created in 1987, ARTTIC is the leading European group providing consultancy and hands-on management services for international collaborative R&D projects. The ARTTIC group comprises several companies based in France, Belgium, Germany, the UK and Israel. ARTTIC recently acquired Gabo:mi, a consulting company providing similar services (July 2016). The total staff now adds up to about 100 persons, all specialised in the provision of advice and practical assistance in all aspects of international R&D collaborations.

ARTTIC provides specific and practical help with all aspects of international R&D projects, taking charge of all management aspects of running projects and helping to disseminate and exploit project results successfully.

ARTTIC has a track record of more than 30 years in the management of international R&D collaboration projects in various scientific and technical domains, including more than 300 large RTD projects and networks during previous framework programmes. ARTTIC staff has extensive experience and knowledge in various R&D fields, including in energy and nuclear research.

Role in the project

In PACIFIC, ART will lead the WP7 “Collaboration and clustering with other research initiatives” by supporting the identification of synergies with other research projects and the organisation of joint events. ART will also have a strong role in WP8 “Dissemination, training and preparation of the exploitation” and WP9 “Project management”, supporting the project coordinator. 

Key personnel

Sara Skogsater, Senior Consultant:
Sara Skogsater joined ARTTIC in January 2005 and has been working on the preparation and management of numerous European collaborative research projects in FP6, FP7 and H2020. She currently leads the teams of seven FP7 and H2020 research projects.

Sara advises and manages all aspects related to the building and management of a collaborative project, such as the collaborative design, the proposal writing, the budget setup, the operational, financial and contractual follow-up once the project starts, the consortium management and the communication and reporting towards the European Commission. The quality of her work has been recognised notably by the ESNATS (FP7) consortium who officially acknowledges her excellent coordination capabilities in one of their scientific publications: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3535399/. Sara holds a Master of Science in International Business from the Gothenburg School of Economics and Commercial Law, Sweden. 

Adeline Paul, Project Manager:

Adeline Paul has been Project Manager at ARTTIC since 2012. She has a Master’s degree in European Projects Management with a specialisation in Research and Innovation from the University of Cergy-Pontoise, France. She has been involved in the management of projects mostly in the field of Transport, Energy and Health. In addition to PACIFIC, Adeline currently manages two H2020 projects – TeaM Cables (Euratom) and SECURE (Health) – and an Aeronautics platform funded by the French “Investments for the Future” program. Previously, she managed the FP7 projects MAINLINE (Transport) and FOCUS (Health) and provided support to management and dissemination activities of the FP7 Energy project ADDRESS. She also has experience of proposal writing and negotiations in various technical fields, such as health or quantum physics. 

Marathon deposit, ON, Canada

This site was chosen for several reasons:

  • The geology, the nature of the ore bodies and controls on mineralisation are well known.
  • The region has been well explored using geological, geochemical and geophysical methods.
  • Advanced exploration has continued in the region over the past 50 years. Relationships between Stillwater and the local communities are good and this provides an excellent platform for evaluating the perception and reaction of the local authorities, landowners, First Nation peoples and the general public to the passive seismic technique.
  • Tests of the surface-wave passive seismic method, carried out in 201, provided valuable background data.

Kallak Iron mine, Sweden

The Kallak Iron resource is located in northern Sweden. The prospect has been explored for the past five years and represents an ideal target for the passive seismic technique. The site provides a straightforward test of the method, principally the multi-array technique; further drilling is planned in coming years and these drill holes will provide the sites for deployment of vertical seismic arrays.

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PACIFIC partners at the kick-off meeting

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...

PACIFIC public deliverables: first reports available!

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

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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