Scientists of the Institute of surface management at NI ISTU have developed a hardware and software system "Mars", designed to improve the effectiveness of search and exploration of ore minerals, oil and gas.
The project's author, Associate Professor of the subdepartment of technology of geological exploration, Yuriy Davydenko, said that the basis for the development is the technology of electromagnetic zoning and induced polarization.
Development of scientists of Technical University is a hardware and software system that can find a variety of fields that were not previously available. For example, the diamond pipes of explosion, covered with volcanic rocks (traps) are not seen by the usual way, while the technology of electromagnetic soundings and induced polarization may detect them.
The first tests of the technology of electromagnetic zoning and induced polarization were held in July 2013 in Olkhon area.
"Archaeological site" Kurminskoe lake-2" has been selected as a reference object. This area the area of 10x10m at a depth of two meters deposits catalan iron recovering horns. It was there performed areal survey of about 450 points; the area of survey was approximately 1 km2. It was important for us not only to start up operations, but also to estimate the minimum (or maximum) depth of research and resolution of the complex, as well as to check how far the signal goes and whether it is interpreted or not. Studies have shown that the depth of measurements can vary from half to two kilometers," emphasizes Yu. Davydenko.
In addition, during the pilot tests ISTU scientists conducted work on the reference site "Listvennichny" at Ltd. "Alrosa". In the course of the researchers had to identify the deposit of the tuff tube. According to the results of the work there were written about 1100 physical points of observation. As pointed out by the developers, these objects cannot almost be found by traditional methods
Yu. Davydenko said that compared with traditional technology development of ISTU scientists can improve the accuracy of measurements from 50 to 80-90 percent, and reduce the cost of research in 3 times, compared to peers.
Today, ISTU scientists are planning to improve the design of the measuring modules, as well as to improve their resolution and method in different geological conditions due to the depth. The plans are to provide services for the study of various objects, as well as training to work on the equipment. The hardware and software system "Mars" may be used for prospecting and exploration of ore and minerals, engineering surveys in construction, as well as the search for oil and gas offshore.