2nd Conference on Geophysics for Mineral Exploration and Mining

Near Surface Geoscience Conference & Exhibition 2018

9 - 13 September
Porto, Portugal
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Keynotes of the 2nd Conference on Geophysics for Mineral Exploration and Mining

The 2nd Conference on Geophysics for Mineral Exploration and Mining is delighted to welcome its exciting array of keynote speakers to NSG2018. These keynotes will set the stage for this innovative conference and bring added depth to the individual sessions.

Victor Labsen


Keynote: The Role of Geophysics in Quantitative Three-Dimensional Geologic Mapping for Assessing Critical Mineral Resources

Session: Opening Session, Sala do Infante

Time: 08:45 - 11:00, Monday 10 September 2018


Victor (Vic) Labson is the Director of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Office of International Programs.  He previously served as the Director of the Crustal Geophysics and Geochemistry Science Center in Denver, Colorado.  Vic received an A.B. in geology from the University of California – Berkeley, a B.A. in physics from California State University at Hayward, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Geoscience from the University of California – Berkeley. Vic’s career with the U.S. Geological Survey has been focused on the application of ground and airborne geophysical methods to quantitative imaging of the Earth with applications including deep crustal mapping, mineral resource appraisals, geologic hazards, environmental contamination, national security issues, and water supply development and quality. His most recent scientific focus has been on the understanding of the relationship of the chemical and physical properties of the Earth to resultant geophysical phenomena.

As Director of the Office of International Programs, Vic is responsible for the oversight and scientific leadership of the Office and serves as the principal advisor to the Director, the Deputy Director, other senior Bureau managers, and the Department of the Interior regarding the development and conduct of a broad spectrum of international activities involving scientific cooperation and assistance in geologic, hydrologic, biological, and geographic research and scientific investigations. Vic serves as the USGS liaison to the U.S. National Committee for Geological Sciences at the National Academy of Sciences. He is a member of the USGS John Wesley Powell Center Science Advisory Board.

Mark Dransfield


Keynote: Helicopter Airborne Gravity Gradiometry 

Session: New Developments in Magnetic and Gravity Methods of Mineral Exploration, Sala D. Luis

Time: 14:00 - 14:20, Monday 10 September 2018


Mark Dransfield has 32 years’ experience with airborne gravity gradiometry working in research and development, operations, training, market development and management. He is currently Technology Manager for CGG Multi-Physics with responsibility for improvements in gravity gradiometry. As a member of the BHP Falcon team that helped develop the world’s first airborne gravity gradiometer, Mark has been awarded a CSIRO Research Medal and an ASEG Grahame Sands Award for Technical Innovation in Exploration Geophysics.

Erik Gillot


Keynote: Progress in Seismic Imaging of Mineral Deposits

Session: Progress in Seismic Imaging of Mineral Deposits, Sala D. Luis

Time: 09:00 - 09:00 AM, Tuesday 11 September 2018


Eric Gillot has a PhD in sedimentology from Burgundy University, France. He joined CGG in 1985 as geophysicist and worked as prospectors for 10 years. He then moves to seismic processing and interpretation departments. In 1998 he joined the Land geophysicist supervisor team and worked for mining clients in SA as area geophysicist. He managed the survey designs and made the technical supervision, promoting with clients a move to high technological contents adapted to hard rock seismic. In 2011, he joined the S&M department technical pool promoting CGG blending and broadband solutions.

Tim Munday


Keynote: The Exploration for Mineral Systems through Cover – The Geophysical Challenge

Session: Emerging Deep Penetrating Geophysical Methods for Mineral Exploration under Cover, Sala D. Luis

Time: 14:00 - 14:20 PM, Tuesday 11 September 2018


Tim is a Senior Research Scientist and Research Group Leader in the Discovery Program of CSIRO Mineral Resources. He leads a group of geophysicists and engineers whose focus is on developing and applying technologies for exploring through Australia’s challenging regolith and sedimentary cover in the search for mineral systems. He has over 20 years of experience in the application of geophysical, particularly EM, technologies in exploration through regolith settings and more recently in applications relating to base metal exploration in sedimentary basins.  He is also versed in the use for geophysical methods for environmental and groundwater resource assessment. He firmly believes both are inextricably linked areas of study.

Maurizio Fedi


Keynote: Extracting unambiguous information from potential field anomalies

Session: 3D Modelling and Inversion for Mining and Mineral Exploration Methods II, Sala D. Luis

Time: 09:00 - 09:20 AM, Wednesday 12 September 2018


Dr. Maurizio Fedi is Full Professor of Applied Geophysics, University of Naples Federico II since 2000. Professor Fedi is Editor in Chief of “Journal of Applied Geophysics” (Elsevier) since 2016, Associate Editor of the journal "Near Surface Geophysics (EAGE)" since 2003, and Deputy Editor of the journal "Geophysical Prospecting” for 2011-2016. He is the author of 300 papers in International scientific journals and books.

Chris Nind


Keynote: Highlights and Take-Aways from the Exploration ’17 Conference

Session: Novel Geophysical Techniques for Mineral Exploration and Discrimination I, Sala D. Luis

Time: 14:00 - 14:20 PM, Wednesday 12 September 2018


Chris Nind was the General Chair of the Exploration ’17 conference in Toronto in October 2017, and a past President of the Canadian Exploration Geophysical Society.  Since graduating in 1977 from Queen’s University with a BSc in mathematics, he has worked as a geophysicist with Geoterrex, Dighem and Fugro Airborne Surveys in various management positions.  From 2004 to 2013, he was the President & CEO of Scintrex Ltd.  He is currently the Vice-President, Business Development of Abitibi Geophysics.

Eiichi Asakawa


Keynote: State of the art technologies of SMS exploration in Japan

Session: Novel Geophysical Techniques for Mineral Exploration and Discrimination II, Sala D. Luis

Time: 15:45 - 17:05 PM, Wednesday 12 September 2018


Eiichi Asakawa graduated with honor from the University of Tokyo in 1986, with a Master of Science in Geophysics. He joined JAPEX and has been working for JGI, Inc. as an expert of geophysical surveying. He received a doctoral degree of Science at the University of Tokyo in 1998.

Dr. Asakawa is currently a general manager of R&D Department of JGI, Inc.  He concurrently serves as a general manager of Technology Department of J-MARES. Since 2009, he has been engaged in the development of new survey systems for SMS exploration as a principal investigator of the project “Next-generation Technology for Ocean Resources Exploration” supported by Japanese government.