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Mount Sopris Welcomes New Interns

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Mount Sopris Welcomes New Interns

Mount Sopris is proud to announce the hire of two summer interns to further improve our industry-leading customer and technical support! For the first time in company history, Mount Sopris is proud to welcome two geophysical engineering student interns to our sales and customer support team. Introducing Hannah and Ben, geophysical engineering students from the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. Hannah is recent graduate from the Geophysics program at CSM, and Ben will be graduating in 2018. Both have benefited from the program’s renowned rigor, scope, and faculty. CSM is well known for excellent education in engineering disciplines. No doubt, Hannah and Ben are exemplary students in the Geophysics department and have much to offer and learn at Mount Sopris. In part, Hannah and Ben will be further developing customer support and better serving you by producing technical support videos for Mount Sopris equipment. They will be walking through common topics and troubleshooting such as Quick-Start for Groundwater Customers, Advanced Troubleshooting of Winch Wireline, and MX-Family Winch Repairs and Diagnostics. Have a topic you’d like to see? Contact us  and let us know! Follow the Mount Sopris Blog announcing the release of these and other technical support videos!   Ben and Hannah will also be heavily involved with the organization and implementation of our first ever International Sales Representative Summit here in Denver, Colorado in the coming weeks. The Sales Summit will train Mount Sopris International Sales Reps on the new Sales Rep Model developed to increase sales and better meet the needs of our customers and potential users around the world. Click here to find the certified Mount Sopris sales agent nearest you. Moreover, the recent hires at Mount Sopris align with our Mission and Values. In addition to enhancing the customer support and quality well known of Mount Sopris Instruments, we strive to develop and improve lives within the geoscience community and worldwide. Hannah and Ben are here to help further that mission. Welcome to Mount Sopris!...

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Check out the recent issue of the Wireline Workshop!

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Check out the recent issue of the Wireline Workshop!

Check out the recent issue of the Wireline Workshop!

The Wireline Workshop bimonthly bulletin contains valuable material that can be applied in many areas of mining and mineral exploration. The May issue touches on procedures for drilling and logging the right borehole, reviews total natural gamma ray measurements, and features an analysis of in situ stress measurements.     Some of the key major points of this issue include: Drilling the right borehole: Depending on what data is being logged, drilling with the correct specifications is important. Often times, the orientation of a borehole makes it impossible to take measurements without damaging tools or effecting the accuracy of the data. This Wireline Workshop issue presents certain problems with boreholes and how they can be prevented through communication and following correct procedures when drilling.  Boreholes should be labeled properly and 20-40 centimeters of casing should be present above the surface. They should also be capped when not in use to prevent damage. These practices contribute to successful and accurate surveys in the field. Total natural gamma ray measurements: Logging gamma ray typically measures total natural gamma, which is a combination of uranium, thorium and potassium. These are naturally occurring radioactive elements due to the instability caused by the nature of their decay. Getting a good gamma log can be useful tool in determining lithology, as it provides distinction between layers such as shale and sandstone.     It is suggested that a gamma ray probe be ran off-center  to reduce the effects of the borehole. This is important to better describe bed boundaries. Gamma ray logging should be done at slower rates to increase the accuracy of the data. The section also describes specific corrections that must be made to gamma ray logs. In situ stress measurements: Stress measurements can be used for many applications in mine design, management and safety. Kore Geosystems is featured describing common methods for stress measurement in the field, as well as explaining how using data from an acoustic televiewer can be inverted to obtain stress orientation and magnitudes.   Download the PDF of the May bulletin here or below. Wireline_Bulletin_May_2017   The Wireline Workshop bulletins are a great resource used to learn about applications of borehole geophysics to the mining and mineral exploration industry. They present case studies, useful suggestions for your survey and can offer you connections with others in the geoscience world. If you would like to freely subscribe to these bulletins, click...

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Featured Rental: Handheld Gamma Spectrometer

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Featured Rental: Handheld Gamma Spectrometer

The RS-125 Super Spectrometer System is the state-of-the art hand-held radiation spectrometer available to rent today from Mount Sopris Instruments.   This device can measure and store Total Count Data (in counts per second), Assay results, and GPS data. Use this device on your next continuous drill core assay or GPS oriented survey!   This system boasts full time-variable ASSAY capability with data in %K, ppm U and Th. The user can also view DOSE units (in Sv, Gy, R) to indicate radiation intensity. The RS-125 uses a large, 6.3 cu ins Sodium-Iodide detector that yields high resolution performance even with sample times as low as 60 seconds. The system has a fully automatic spectrum stabilization system that uses the low radiation levels from surrounding geology to perform this analysis. (It can also be stabilized using a Cs-137 source if desired)     The RS-125 features an Audio system enabling a hands-and-eye-free survey. Simple one button operation complements the fully weatherproof design. The Super-SPEC will outlast your field surveys with a 8-12 hour rechargeable battery life (recharging system included!)     With the rental of the hand-held Gamma-Ray Spectrometer, you will also get RS-Analyst utility software, providing the option to view graphical and numeric views of the data; or download spectra data or Scan data + GPS. As always, when you rent from Mount Sopris, you also get industry-leading customer and technical support. Rent yours today! Not sure if is the tool you need for your specialized survey? The RS-125 Super-SPEC has the following specifications: 6.3 cu ins Sodium-Iodide detector Full ASSAY capability with data in %K and ppm U and Th Auto-stabilizing on the naturally occurring (K, U, Th) radioactivity Does not require any test sources, so no radioactive sources required for technical operation USB and Bluetooth connection capable 4M memory Full IP66 weatherproofing Operational temperature range of -20 to 50 degrees Celsius Recording with GPS optional   Check out the RS-125 Brochure for more information or contact Rentals@mountsopris.com!  ...

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New Financing and Leasing Options to Help You Grow!

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Blog, News | Comments Off on New Financing and Leasing Options to Help You Grow!

New Financing and Leasing Options to Help You Grow!

  Mount Sopris is partnering with Pinnacle Capital to provide financing and leasing options to customers based in the USA, making it easier for them to finance their growth and preserve their cash.   These financing options allow customers to pay for their new borehole logging equipment with the revenue that it generates!   In addition, customers will be able to take full advantage of the tax deductions that are offered on commercial leases and loans. Pinnacle Capital specializes in small business finance with the aim of helping small businesses succeed, offering financing and leasing on equipment from $5000 to $150,000. The benefits of financing Mount Sopris equipment with Pinnacle include: Convenient online application process Flexible financing arrangements Financing for both new and used equipment Exceptional customer service   Regardless of the structure of the agreement, Pinnacle Capital will help you find the terms that match your budget, such as smaller payments to start, seasonal skip payments, or a low monthly payment that works for you.   Mount Sopris is pleased to offer these new financing options through Pinnacle, making it easier for our customers to grow their business!   Go to the Financing Options page under the Support menu to learn more, talk with a Pinnacle representative, or complete the online application to start the approval...

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3 Reasons to let Mount Sopris Outfit your Logging Truck

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Blog, News | Comments Off on 3 Reasons to let Mount Sopris Outfit your Logging Truck

3 Reasons to let Mount Sopris Outfit your Logging Truck

  If you want the convenience and value of a turn-key logging solution, look no further than Mount Sopris Instruments As the experts in slimline borehole logging systems, we have designed and fabricated dozens of “plug and play” logging trucks, trailers, and skids for customers all over the world. Here are 3 reasons why you should consider letting Mount Sopris professionally outfit your logging truck or vehicle 1.) To get exactly what you need. The requirements of a logging truck can vary widely based on geography, environmental conditions, type of investigation, and other factors. For this reason, a “cookie cutter” approach to logging trucks simply does not make sense. For this reason, Mount Sopris offers a wide variety of proven designs to choose from, all of which can be further customized for your application. Mount Sopris installs logging systems into trailers, pickup trucks, sport utilities, box trucks, and even skids for helicopter placement. From heavy duty, turret-mounted booms to one that fits into a standard vehicle hitch receiver, Mount Sopris offers a variety of logging boom options. Moreover, if necessary, these designs can be adjusted for your preferred vehicle and specific application. No worries for customers outside North America. Mount Sopris has outfitted vehicles to meet the unique requirements of different countries. Where it makes sense, we can often outfit vehicles in-country by utilizing the capabilities and local contacts of our international sales reps. 2.) Appreciate the simplicity of the process and enjoy peace of mind. Have you ever noticed that, despite the time-saving technologies available today, there never seems to be enough time in the day? Why not remain focused on your business and allow us to do what we do best? Our staff of geoscientists and engineers will work with you to understand how you will be using the vehicle, and what your specific applications and requirements will be. Based on this information, we will propose some options with the advantages and disadvantages of each. Based on your direction, we will prepare a 3D CAD rendering of the vehicle for your approval.   We will “sweat the details” for you and put our years of experience to work, creating a borehole logging solution that will be versatile, easy to use, reliable, comfortable, and safe. 3.) Purchasing a complete logging vehicle is cost-effective. Unless you have a proven design, hands-on experience, and fabrication equipment to put a logging truck together, it will likely cost you more in time and money to do it yourself. With years of experience, the right equipment, and efficient processes, Mount Sopris can cost-effectively turn your ideas into a downhole logging vehicle that will get the job done. We have the expertise, resources, and experience to not only integrate the logging equipment into the truck, but we are capable of handling machining, power generation, electrical wiring, welding, coatings, mechanical assembly, and other operations. The result will be a turn-key logging solution that will make you money!   Contact us to discuss your wireline logging projects!   Mount Sopris’ outfitting services include custom design, boom fabrication, and installation of all logging equipment. An onboard electrical power system is also provided, as well as internal/external lighting, probe storage, desk, chair, cabinets, and other useful accessories. Re-spooling winches is a popular service when refurbishing logging trucks.   To accommodate the most challenging logging environments, everything is designed for maximum productivity, versatility, and toughness, while also ensuring operator comfort and safety. For examples of our work, please see the Custom Logging Vehicles page of our website, as well as the Searles Valley Custom Logging Vehicle post in the...

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WellCAD 5.2 Released at the GeoConvention in Calgary

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in Blog, News | Comments Off on WellCAD 5.2 Released at the GeoConvention in Calgary

WellCAD 5.2 Released at the GeoConvention in Calgary

Advanced Logic Technology (ALT) will be presenting the new release WellCAD 5.2 at the GeoConvention in Calgary, from 15 – 19 May 2016 You can find ALT in Booth 421! About GeoConvention “In the rapidly changing landscape of the oil and gas industry, both regionally and globally, it is more crucial than ever to share ideas about technical innovations and business strategies to help shape our future. GeoConvention 2017 will be a learning, networking and promoting experience for geoscientists and executives from E&P companies, service companies, the academia and governmental agencies. Thanks to the CSEG, CSPG, CWLS and our generous sponsors, every year the GeoConvention provides an opportunity for several thousand delegates and exhibitors to benefit from and give back to the community, through technical sessions, special events and the exhibition floor. Going beyond the traditional technical sessions, GeoConvention 2017 will take a holistic approach with a large spectrum of topics including financial market and long term strategy, infrastructures, regulations, safety and environmental protection, among others. In a complex and uncertain global environment, we aim at promoting collaborative approaches and multidisciplinary integration to help optimize the efficient and responsible development of oil and gas resources. Join us at the GeoConvention 2017 and contribute to make it an important milestone in this endeavor!” -From GeoConvention webpage, http://www.geoconvention.com/ Conference at a Glance Exhibit Hall – May 15 – 17 Conference – May 15 – 17 Core Conference – May 18 – 19 Core Meltdown – May 19 Calgary TELUS Convention Centre North and South Buildings 120 8th Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta Rien Corstanje will be on hand to answer all of your WellCAD Software questions WellCAD Version 5.2 includes 2 complete new modules: the Casing Integrity and NMR modules Additional  Features also include: Engineering log enhancements Unit converter Automatic depth matcher Log summary bar Classifier colors Print manager Native WellCAD PDF printer New page setup features Auto recovery New tadpole styles Improved 3 component RGB...

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Don’t miss EAGE 2017 in Paris, France

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Don’t miss EAGE 2017 in Paris, France

Don’t miss EAGE 2017 in Paris, France

  79th EAGE Conference & Exhibition in Paris, France this year June 12 – 15, 2017 The theme of EAGE 2017 is “Energy, Technology, Sustainability…. time to open a new chapter.”  Mount Sopris Instruments and ALT will once again exhibit in the Earth Alliance booth 910 at the exhibition, so you can visit and get latest updates from some of the world’s leading manufacturers of geophysical instrumentation and software.  As you already know Mount Sopris and ALT are your one-stop solution for slimline borehole geophysical logging systems and software. The Earth Alliance booth at EAGE offers visitors even more! Our friends DMT (seismographs, core scanning systems, resistivity meters and other instruments), Vibrometric Oy (Specialized source VSP data acquisition and interpretation), and IDS (Radar solutions for geophysics) will also exhibit in the Earth Alliance booth, bringing a full complement of geophysical experts at your service.  Earth Alliance is an excellent opportunity to get the latest scoop on our businesses!   Visit us and get a demonstration of the latest WellCAD Version 5.2 software from ALT, which includes new features for processing NMR data, along with several other enhancements.  Some of these are a new Casing Integrity add-on module and a tool post processing modules.  A handy Unit Converter is now at your fingertips, along with improvements to the Engineering Log, Log Summary Bar, and a new twist to three component RGB displays.   Mount Sopris and ALT personnel will update you on ongoing projects, including SIP (Spectral Induced Polarization) development, a new-generation pulsed neutron sonde, nano natural gamma tool, 2500 meter servo-controlled smart winch, and many other exciting new wireline logging equipment and software. See you in...

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WellCAD 5.2 is coming soon!

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in Blog, News | Comments Off on WellCAD 5.2 is coming soon!

WellCAD 5.2 is coming soon!

WellCADTM Software has become the standard software for borehole data processing and presentation in the geosciences industry.  Mount Sopris Instruments along with our sister company ALT are constantly striving to improve our products and serve our customers, and this newest version of WellCAD 5.2 is an excellent example of this commitment.  WellCAD 5.2 is loaded with new features and enhancements to assist our customers with processing and interpretation of their borehole data.  Some of the new features include: New Modules NMR Processing Module NMRSA Tool Post Processing Module Casing Integrity Module New in ISI Workspace Color classification algorithm for core and optical televiewer data New in WellCAD Basic Engineering Log Enhancements Unit converter Automated depth matcher Log summary bar Classifier colors New tadpole styles Improved 3-component RGB display Composite document Native WellCADTM PDF New page set up options Auto recovery For more information WellCAD 5.2 Click...

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ProExplo Mining Exploration in Lima, Peru- Short Course and Exhibition

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Blog, News | Comments Off on ProExplo Mining Exploration in Lima, Peru- Short Course and Exhibition

ProExplo Mining Exploration in Lima, Peru- Short Course and Exhibition

Visit Mount Sopris at proEXPLO 2017 May 8-11th in Lima!    We are located in Booth 21 and will be giving both a talk and teaching a section of the Geophysical Short Course    Mount Sopris and ALT are excited to announce our participation in the 2017 proEXPLO Exhibition for Mining Exploration in Lima, Peru from May 8 to 11th. ” The 10th edition of the International Convention of Prospectors and Explorers – proEXPLO 2017, organized by The Peruvian Institute of Mining Engineers, will be held on May 8th – 10th, 2017 at Sheraton Lima Hotel & Convention Center, Lima, Peru. In this opportunity, under the motto “Mineral Exploration, Core of the Mining Industry”, we would like to emphasize the key role that mineral exploration plays in the process of discovering new mineral bodies and its importance as a key component of the mining value chain. The International Convention of Prospectors and Explorers has grown considerably since it began in 1997. The last edition, held in 2015, despite poor market conditions and drop in metal prices, attracted over 1,100 attendees. proEXPLO 2017 not only has the challenge to overcome this target audience, but also maintain high quality presentations and conferences by offering an up-to-date technical program, which should be in line with mineral exploration in the region, address social and environmental challenges and emphasize the need of developing new technologies for identifying deeper or hidden ore deposits. The program will be clearly focused on mineral exploration business, including technical sessions on Andean metallogeny, geology and exploration of main ore deposits located in Peru and the region, geophysics, geochemistry, new technologies applied to mineral exploration and assessment of prospects and projects for mineral exploration.“ – proEXPLO webpage, Letter from the President     Our booth this year will feature literature about about our OBI-2G Optical Televiewer and ABI-2G Acoustic Televiewer. Lia Martinez can tell you all about our Spectral Induced Polarization (SIP) tool developments and the new ALT  WellCAD Version 5.2 features, including new color classification for OBI-2G data processing, NMR processing module, engineering log enhancements, cased-hole workspace, PDF printing, unit converter, enhanced log summary bar, and many other outstanding new features. Stop by and discuss your applications for our new QL40 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) sonde and the new joint ALT/MSI standalone SCOUT logger, which were recently released to the South American market.  ALT and MSI continue to deliver the world’s best “spirit of service” products and support.   ProEXPLO 2017 will bring together national and international high-level speakers, experts in thematic sessions detailed below: Tectonic evolution and metallogenesis of Perú Geology and exploration of ore deposits New discoveries in Latin America Advance mining project: the challenge of the next producers Geophysics, geochemistry and new technology applied to mineral exploration Valuing mineral exploration prospects and projects Corporate social responsibility and community relationships in mineral exploration Environmental permitting and regulatory framework of mining exploration in Perù Geological Surveys Top mining Exploration: finances and capital market in the mining exploration business   Don’t miss our Geophysical Short Course and Session Talk! Folleto Curso Geofisca   Join Lia Martinez from Mount Sopris along with her co-instructors Jose Arce of Arce Geofisicos SAC, Jeremy Barrett with Southern Rock Geophysics, and Jean Legault from Geotech as they give a full day class about Geophysical Applications to Mining Exploration. The course will include information covering both surface geophysics and downhole geophysics for mine site development and discovery. If you are interested in signing up for this course, please follow the instructions within the Course Brochure. We look forward to seeing you in...

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Edwards Aquifer Authority Groundwater Logging Training in Texas

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Edwards Aquifer Authority Groundwater Logging Training in Texas

Edwards Aquifer Authority Groundwater Logging Training in Texas

Edwards Aquifer Authority Groundwater Logging Training in Texas. Mount Sopris Instruments geologists, Jim LoCoco and Lia Martinez, recently spent a week giving a training on how to use our borehole logging systems for groundwater localization and qualification at the Edwards Aquifer Authority in San Antonio, Texas. “The Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) is a regional water management agency that regulates the use of the aquifer through integrity, transparency, and respect for the resource and the people that use it. The EAA Act (Act) was adopted by the Texas Legislature in 1993 in response to the legal threat of federal takeover of the aquifer under the Endangered Species Act. The Act created the EAA as a political subdivision of the state to preserve and protect the Edwards Aquifer. By mandating a capped permitting system that limits withdrawals from the aquifer, the Act was intended to preserve the resource while also protecting threatened and endangered species in the aquifer-fed Comal and San Marcos springs to the extent required by federal law.   Teams of geologists, hydro-geologists, environmental scientists, environmental technicians, educators, and administrative staff collaborate daily to manage, enhance, and protect the Edwards Aquifer for the approximately 2 million South Texans who rely on the aquifer as their primary source of water.” – From the EAA website, http://www.edwardsaquifer.org/about/eaa The EAA had made purchases from another international well logging equipment manufacturer in the preceding years. But they had complaints about the lack of technical support available domestically.  So after meeting with Jim LoCoco in Texas and discussing their goals for a new, fully outfitted logging vehicle, they decided to change make the change to work with Mount Sopris Instruments. Mount Sopris was able to adapt almost all of their third party tools to work with our Matrix data logger and WNA winch. This included a Heat Pulse Flowmeter, A combination Gamma and Elog probe, a Gamma-CCL tool, and an EM Induction Conductivity probe. Luckily, a couple other long time Mount Sopris customers were also able to attend the training. This included trainees from the Blanco Pedernales Groundwater Conservation District, GeoCam Inc., and Rusk County Groundwater Conservation District.    The equipment purchased by the Edwards Aquifer Authority included Matrix data logger WellCAD Version 5.1 Truck-mounted WFA winch with 1000 meters of 1/4 inch coaxial cable QL40-GR-CCL Natural Gamma QL40-FTC Fluid Conductivity and Temperature QL40-ELOG Electrical Resistivity QL40-CAL 3-Arm Caliper 5TKA-1000 Basic System Toolkit 5CSC-1000 Winch Cable Simulator for 4 Conductor wireline 17-106-936 Laval Underground 5150 Camera Package 17-106-940 Control Unit Model 500 (CU 500) from Laval Underground 2ADL-1020 Adaptor, Laval 1-conductor video cable head to Gearhart-Owen 4-conductor probe top Why stackable QuickLink probes in place of combination probes? The Edwards Aquifer Authority wants the flexibility to mix and match their logging tool stacks to best optimize their time required for logging and the variety of well-site applications their required to log.  Their wide range of stackable QuickLink (QL) tools allows them to customize their probe stacks and logging procedures for the best possible efficiency in the field.   The training was focused around a few main objectives: Methodology and principles behind each measurement including applications for open and cased groundwater wells. Field well logging procedures, probe calibration, and LoggerSuite software. Maintenance and field troubleshooting of all probes, winch, and cablehead. Laval Underground downhole camera logging and video recording. Advanced WellCAD processing and data interpretation using WellCAD V5.1 software. The first half day was spent reviewing measurement principles and maintenance of the probes, camera, and winch. The following day was spent field logging at various boreholes in the San Antonio area. Many of these boreholes included karstic layers with large voids. These were readily apparent with the...

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ALT to Exhibit at AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition

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ALT to Exhibit at AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition

ALT to Exhibit at AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition   Mount Sopris’ sister company Advanced Logic Technology, ALT , will be presenting the new release WellCAD 5.2, with lots of new features, at the AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, from 2 – 5 April 2016. With a global audience of some 6,800 professionals from more than 72 countries, the AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition is one of the most prestigious events for the geosciences community with a tradition of delivering an exceptionally strong, juried technical program, state-of-the-art technology displays and networking activities that create a dependable, fun and valuable business forum. Founded a century ago, AAPG was built upon the expertise and knowledge of many of the world’s most prominent and successful geoscientists. The traditions of scientific excellence and professional camaraderie carry on when the Association’s flagship event returns to Houston for the centennial of AAPG. Annick Henriette and Rein Corstanje will be representing ALT at Booth 2239    Don’t miss seeing the new features of WellCAD 5.2, soon to be released!   ALT – Advanced Logic Technology is a leading developer and supplier of borehole logging equipment and data processing software. Their product portfolio includes: Slim hole geophysical logging systems such as acoustic and optical televiewer for cased and open hole applications High temperature acoustic televiewer suitable for geothermal and well integrity applications (cement evaluation, casing integrity) WellCAD / CoreCAD software for core description, drilling optimization, log processing, wireline & image processing. Full suite of slim hole geophysical logging tools (158°F- 2900 PSI) Data acquisition systems (mini logger and 19”rack solutions) Bureau work (digitization, data loading etc…)   Find out more about ALT on their website www.alt.lu or email...

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Adding In-House Machining Capabilities to Reduce Cost & Lead-time

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Adding In-House Machining Capabilities to Reduce Cost & Lead-time

As part of its ongoing efforts to provide customers better value and service, Mount Sopris recently added automated machining capability to its in-house machine shop – a ProtoTRAK K3 mill with 2-axis CNC and a 3-axis digital readout.   The purchase of this machine will directly affect our ability to reduce the cost of parts and decrease the time required for certain low volume machined parts.   “While we will continue to strategically partner with local machine shops for the vast majority of our parts”, explained Plant Operations Manager, Curtis Baker, “the ProtoTRAK will allow us to more efficiently produce parts in low quantities.”   In addition, the ProtoTRAK mill will also speed the development of new products, by allowing the company to more rapidly turn-around prototype parts used for the testing and validation of new designs. “Speed-to-market of new products is more important than ever”, states Baker, “in light of the dynamic environment our customers face daily.   Mount Sopris is committed to investing in new equipment and technologies to improve efficiencies, streamline operations, and create better products that appeal to our customers. In doing so, we aim to deliver the best value, highest quality, quickest delivery, and best support in the...

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Mount Sopris Sponsors Student Project to Develop Adjustable Centralizer

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Mount Sopris Sponsors Student Project to Develop Adjustable Centralizer

Consistent with its mission, Mount Sopris Instruments seeks to build synergistic partnerships with research institutions throughout the world, investing in both future geoscientists and new technologies. To that end, we recently sponsored an engineering capstone project at the Colorado School of Mines, which challenged the students to develop a downhole centralizer capable of automatically adjusting to a borehole with different diameters.   With specific boundary conditions and coaching from Mount Sopris engineers, the multidisciplinary team successfully developed a suitable design solution and built a working prototype, able to automatically adjust to borehole diameters from 6 to 16 inches. Trade Fair Poster The team started with three very different conceptual designs. They evaluated each design based on parameters that included reliability, manufacturability, cost, and borehole realities. The design they chose utilized two fixed collars inside of two sliding collars, where the sliding collars are connected using 4 blades made from a high strength nickel-chromium alloy. This material offers excellent relaxation resistance, a wide temperature range, and outstanding tensile, fatigue, creep, and rupture strength.   The force applied perpendicularly to the blades varies with borehole diameter, moving the sliding collars up or down the probe to automatically adjust to the borehole diameter. The team developed a SolidWorks model to analyze material options, and performed a mathematical force analysis on the proposed design to verify that it met all requirements.   Following the analysis, Mount Sopris supplied the funds to purchase the materials required to build a working prototype. The student team manufactured the prototype themselves, using the school’s machine shop. To validate the design, the team tested the prototype in pipes of varying diameter, successfully demonstrating the functionality of the centralizer.   Mount Sopris Instruments was pleased to partner with the Colorado School of Mines to enrich the learning experience of the students. While we do not currently have plans to commercialize the product, we would certainly be interested in your thoughts regarding automatically adjusting centralizers.  Also, if you represent a research institution and are interested in collaborating on a student project, please contact us to discuss your ideas!...

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Visit us at PDAC in Toronto!

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Visit us at PDAC in Toronto!

Visit us at PDAC in Toronto!

Visit ALT and Mount Sopris at PDAC 2017 March 5 – 8!  Our booth location is the same as prior years, booth 1416 / 1417 Hall E level 800, MTCC South Building.  The PDAC International Convention, Trade Show & Investors Exchange began in 1932 and is widely considered as the world’s leading convention for people, companies and organizations in, or connected with, mineral exploration and finance. Mount Sopris and ALT are just two of over 900 exhibitors and 22,000 attendees from 125 countries, so you can also attend technical sessions, short courses and networking events. Our booth this year will feature an OBI-2G Optical Televiewer geophysical logging simulation; MSI’s Taylor Weber and Jim LoCoco can tell you all about our Spectral Induced Polarization (SIP) tool developments and the new, innovative, servo-controlled, high capacity, small footprint 2500 meter winch assembly. Mount Sopris and ALT have been a part of this important convention and symposia for over 25 years   Join Jim and Taylor, along with Annick Henriette and Mariano Rodriguez of ALT who will demonstrate the upcoming WellCAD Version 5.2 features, including new color classification for OBI-2G data processing, NMR processing module, engineering log enhancements, cased-hole workspace, PDF printing, unit converter, enhanced log summary bar, and many other outstanding new features. Stop by and discuss your applications for ALT’s new rack-mount OPAL (Open Platform Acquisition Logger) and the new joint ALT/MSI standalone SCOUT logger.  ALT and MSI continue to deliver the world’s best “spirit of service” products and support. See you in...

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WellCAD Short Course at SAGEEP in March 2017!

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WellCAD Short Course at SAGEEP in March 2017!

Don’t miss out! Taylor Weber from Mount Sopris Instruments, will be teaching a 1-day WellCAD class in Denver, Colorado on March 19th in conjunction with the SAGEEP 2017 The course will be broken down into smaller focus groups that will cover: NEW features of WellCAD 5.2, custom header design, document formatting, image processing, full waveform sonic processing, etc.   Objective WellCAD is rapidly becoming the standard software for data processing and presentation in the geosciences industry. This 1‐day short course is designed to accommodate any level of WellCAD by using the smaller focus groups to address different topics.  The course objective is to familiarize new WellCAD users with the software and its capabilities, as well as address specific processing questions from the more advanced users.   Course Content A few of the topics that will be covered during the course are: WellCAD 5.2: New features of WellCAD version 5.2 Introduction to the concepts around which WellCAD is organized: User interface, types of data, loading and management of borehole data, presentation layout (templates) and data exchange with other software. Document header design: Dynamic text fields, maps, legends, tables. Manipulation of data: Filter, depth shifting, resampling, blocking, formula parser, manual data entry. Image & Structure Interpretation Workspace: Setup of workspace, manual and computer assisted picking. Full Waveform Sonic Module: Velocity Analysis, First Arrival Picking, Cement Bond Methods.   Who should attend The course can be followed by beginners and advanced WellCAD users. See the course brochure for more information or sign up now by contacting Taylor Weber at Taylor.Weber@mountsopris.com or through the EEGS...

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Renting Multi-Frequency Sonic Probe for Rock Integrity, Infrastructure & Permeability Profiling

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Renting Multi-Frequency Sonic Probe for Rock Integrity, Infrastructure & Permeability Profiling

Renting Multi-Frequency Sonic Probe for Rock Integrity, Infrastructure & Permeability Profiling

Renting Multi-Frequency FWS Sonic Probe for Rock Integrity, Infrastructure & Permeability Profiling Our innovative slimline multi-frequency Full Waveform Sonic (FWS) downhole probe is modular, easy to ship, and simple to set up in the field – making it a good choice for geotechnical and engineering applications such as rock integrity, infrastructure, permeability profiling and other every-day applications. Our unique FWS tool includes a single, user-configurable, multi-frequency transmitter, as well as 2 or 3 broadband receivers. For detailed information and product specifications, go to the 2SAA-1000-F Modular Full Waveform Sonic webpage. Depending on your needs, the FWS tool can be rented with our ultralight mini winches or semi-portable winches up to 1000 meters capacity. With several FWS probes, a wide selection of winches, loggers, and software in our rental pool, you can be assured that we will be able to supply you a turnkey system when you need it. See the Rentals page for more information, including pricing and longer term discounts. If you have any questions or are ready to arrange a rental, please contact Paul Staples at rentals@mountsopris.com or call +1 303.279.3211, x110. When you rent borehole logging tools from Mount Sopris, you can be assured of at least two things: The equipment will be in top condition You will receive the very best support in the industry. No one understands the operation and capabilities of the equipment like the manufacturer. Don’t let surprises derail your logging job and potentially affect your pocketbook! Here are a few important guidelines and hints to ensure your success with the Full Waveform Sonic probe: Zero the tool in LoggerSuite, so that the on-screen depth matches the depth of the bottom of tool. Always centralize the tool for best results. Be sure to size the centralizers so that they fit easily in the borehole to avoid creating “front-end” noise on the waveform. Hint: If there is a restriction at the top of borehole, try using only 3 rods per collar pair instead of the usual 6. Select an operating frequency resonating optimally for the formation and borehole diameter. Check the PDF manual here for details. For example, a 4-inch (0.1016 m) open fluid-filled borehole through sandstone with a Vp of 4500 m/sec, you would select a resonant excitation frequency (lowest mode) of Vp/2D = 22Hz. Set the frequency and other settings in the Tool Panel “Settings/Commands” dialogue box. Waveform length is important. As a general rule, multiple the anticipated 1st arrival time by at least 2x so that flexural waves may be viewed. Generally, for most applications, we recommend 512 samples x 4 uS sampling. Always set receiver gains to a fixed number so that the amplitude does not clip. Longer-spaced receivers may have higher gains. Hint: Select the “OthSvsShort.wch” header, which will save your settings. Collected FWS waveforms must be depth-shifted prior to processing: Tx-Rx1 mid-point channel shift = 1.027m Tx-Rx2 mid-point channel shift = 1.179m Tx-Rx3 mid-point channel shift = 1.332m For the best results, always rent a 3 Receiver tool from Mount Sopris. WellCAD is an excellent resource for processing semblance, filtering, and merging FWS data with other logs. Contact Mount Sopris for details and have some fun on your next FWS logging...

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MMG Las Bambas Logging Training in Peru

Posted by on Jan 26, 2017 in Blog, News | Comments Off on MMG Las Bambas Logging Training in Peru

MMG Las Bambas Logging Training in Peru

Mount Sopris Instruments geophysicist, Lia Martinez, recently spent two weeks giving a training on how to use our borehole logging systems for exploration copper mining.

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New Logging Boom that Fits into Standard Vehicle Hitch Receiver!

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Blog, News | Comments Off on New Logging Boom that Fits into Standard Vehicle Hitch Receiver!

New Logging Boom that Fits into Standard Vehicle Hitch Receiver!

Mount Sopris recently released a cost-effective and versatile hitch boom that conveniently fits into a standard 2-inch by 2-inch hitch receiver.

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Don’t miss the Mountain States Groundwater show

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Don’t miss the Mountain States Groundwater show

Don’t miss the Mountain States Groundwater show

Mount Sopris will be attending the annual Mountain States Groundwater Expo on February 9th and 10th, 2017 in Laughlin, Nevada.

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New Mount Sopris Online Store!

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in Blog, News | Comments Off on New Mount Sopris Online Store!

New Mount Sopris Online Store!

The Mount Sopris store is now online. In an effort to better serve our customers, Mount Sopris is proud to announce the opening of our new online store.

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Exciting Developments for 2017 and Highlights from 2016!

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Exciting Developments for 2017 and Highlights from 2016!

Exciting Developments for 2017 and Highlights from 2016!

As 2016 comes to an end, we would like to take this opportunity to share a few highlights from the past year and make you aware of some exciting, new developments planned for 2017.   Sales: Despite continued headwinds in the mining and energy sectors, we were pleased to serve the geophysical equipment needs of customers in 45 nations in 2016, including 60 new customers. Our international sales partners again played a vital role in our success. Special recognition goes to our top-selling sales reps for 2016: Laurel Industrial (China), Al-Hazzazi Global Technologies (Saudi Arabia), C&H (Korea), and Terraplus (Canada).   New Product Developments: There were several new product introductions in 2016, as well as engineering improvements to existing products. Among the new products was a 32mm diameter natural gamma probe, which can also be configured to carry a small radioactive source for 4-pi CPS density measurements, useful in mining, non-destructive highway pile testing, and obtaining soil / lithology profiles inside geo push-tubes. We also extended our winch range with the addition of the WFA truck-mounted winch, featuring a 2-Hp motor for heavier tool stacks and deeper boreholes. Several products were also re-engineered to improve ease-of-use and reliability, including the Heat Pulse Flowmeter, Fluid Sampler, and the portable MX and Mini winch series.   What’s Next: We will soon be releasing an innovative new truck-mounted winch, spooled with 2500 meters of 3/16” (4.72mm) 4-conductor geophysical wireline. This unique winch is servo-driven, features a touch-screen user interface, and includes fail-safe programming. Another product soon to be launched is the SCOUT data logger. Whereas MATRIX was designed to accommodate a wide variety of tools, SCOUT is designed for our latest line of QL (stackable) tools and is optimized for use with the 2nd generation acoustic and optical televiewers. Another exciting project under development is a probe employing Spectral Induced Polarization (SIP), which promises indirect determination of hydraulic conductivity, effective porosity, and other properties. New WellCAD™ Release: WellCAD™ 5.2 is due to be released in early 2017. This version of ALT’s industry-leading software features an improved cased hole workspace, a new workspace for NMR data, and a Print Manager that allows the combination of multiple borehole documents in a continuous plot. Other WellCAD 5.2 improvements include a unit converter, color classification and automated depth shifting options.   More Rental Equipment: We increased the size of our rental pool this past year to provide new options and more flexibility for our customers. Among the new additions was a portable, dual-view borehole camera system, perfect for water well inspection, finding lost tools, or analyzing borehole formations to 300 meters (1000-ft). Not only do we have the most extensive range of rental equipment, but we also offer expert assistance to ensure your success. After all, nobody knows the equipment like the manufacturer! Delivery and Support Improvements: Since 2014, Mount Sopris has been implementing world-class supply chain and manufacturing practices aimed at reducing delivery lead-times. Good progress was made in 2016, with average lead-times down by 50%. To further strengthen our best-in-class customer support, we introduced a web-based helpdesk software to ensure customers get timely, expert assistance – no matter where they are in the world.   Newsletter and Online Store: If you haven’t done so already, be sure to sign-up for our newsletter to be the first to know about new product developments and offers, firmware updates, industry events, and company news. And while you are there, be sure to check out our new online store, where you can quickly and easily purchase replacement parts, accessories, and WellCAD software.   As always, we sincerely appreciate...

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Acoustic and Optical Televiewer Training in the Dominican Republic

Posted by on Dec 27, 2016 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Acoustic and Optical Televiewer Training in the Dominican Republic

Acoustic and Optical Televiewer Training in the Dominican Republic

Mount Sopris Instruments geologist, Taylor Weber recently spent several days in the Dominican Republic providing well logging training.  The training was held on the Pueblo Viejo mine site, approximately 100 kilometers northwest of Santo Domingo.  This site is operated by Pueblo Viejo Dominicana Corporation (PVDC) – a joint venture between Barrick (60%) and Goldcorp (40%), and is one of the largest gold assets in the world. PVDC has a Mount Sopris borehole logging system with both an Optical Televiewer (OBI-2G) and an Acoustic Televiewer (ABI-2G) .  The televiewers are used to provide valuable digital borehole images including structural information, lithology, fracture detection, and bedding detection and orientation. The first day of training was focused on the operation and maintenance of the logging equipment: Tool specifications and measurement principles Configuration of televiewer parameters in the field Behind PVC, Casing Thickness, and Open Hole Operation of equipment Maintenance and troubleshooting The second day of training was spent collecting additional data and processing image data in WellCAD. This training included: Basic WellCAD – Importing, formatting, and header design Advanced Image Processing – ISI Workspace, image pre-processing, deviation plots, and structure picking Core photo importing and exporting of structural data Overall, the training was a great success and Pueblo Viejo was very happy with the results. This training follows up from an introductory training completed at Pueblo Viejo two years ago by MSI geologist Jim LoCoco. For more information on field and WellCAD training, both at the Mount Sopris facility in Denver, Colorado and on-site anywhere around the world, please contact...

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Development of SIP Probe Announced at AGU

Posted by on Dec 20, 2016 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Development of SIP Probe Announced at AGU

Development of SIP Probe Announced at AGU

Mount Sopris announced the development of a new borehole probe based on Spectral Induced Polarization (SIP) technology at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall meeting in San Francisco last week. The SIP probe will be directly relevant for subsurface investigations in hydrogeology, environmental, mineral exploration, and other fields, promising indirect determination of hydraulic conductivity, effective porosity, and other formation properties.   Providing a superset of measurements, the SIP probe will cost-effectively compare with nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) logs, while also providing SP and conventional resistivity logs. It will also provide an inherently safer alternative to nuclear logging tools using radioactive material. This project is a collaboration between Mount Sopris, Rutgers University, and Ontash & Ermac (O&E), a leading developer of spectral induced polarization (SIP) equipment for use in laboratory and surface applications. Together, this team is integrating O&E’s SIP electronics into Mount Sopris’ borehole logging system, followed by rigorous field validation and characterization in various borehole conditions for which comparison data is available.   The anticipated product release of commercial probe is late 2017 or early 2018. For more information, go to...

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Save Money by Servicing your Equipment Before January 31st!

Posted by on Dec 8, 2016 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Save Money by Servicing your Equipment Before January 31st!

Save Money by Servicing your Equipment Before January 31st!

  Winter in the northern hemisphere often means scheduled downtime for borehole logging operations. Take advantage of this time by sending your equipment to Mount Sopris for maintenance, calibration or repair, and gain the confidence that your equipment will ready-to-go when your field work resumes. And if you do this before January 31st, Mount Sopris will cover the cost of return shipping which could save you hundreds of dollars! Our technicians are highly trained and can efficiently diagnose, repair, test, calibrate, and maintain all current and most legacy Mount Sopris products. Our aim is always to make your equipment as accurate and reliable as it was when you initially purchased it. Like any production asset, doing the necessary maintenance on your equipment will improve performance, increase reliability, and extend its productive life. To initiate service on your equipment, simply complete the Repair Form found on the Repair Services page on our website and enter the following code in the comments section: “FREE SHIPPING”. Completing this form and following the directions given will ensure the quickest turnaround and most cost-effective service. Whether it’s a readiness check, preventive maintenance or calibration service, make arrangements now to have your equipment serviced by the experts at Mount Sopris – and save money with FREE return...

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Don’t miss NGWA and AGU trade shows in December!

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Don’t miss NGWA and AGU trade shows in December!

Don’t miss NGWA and AGU trade shows in December!

Come visit Lia Martinez and Jim LoCoco in Booth 533 at the upcoming National Groundwater Association annual meeting and exhibition from December 6th-9th, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada! The show is one of the largest water well drilling exhibitions and conferences in the world. Jim and Lia will all be on hand to answer any questions you may have about how borehole logging can help you design and maintain your water wells to the highest quality in the industry. Also, don’t miss our presentation of equipment on Wednesday afternoon: How to (Geophysically) Log a Water Well Wednesday, December 7, 2016: 3:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall- Activity Area A (Las Vegas Convention Center) Jim and Lia will bring a portable geophysical logging unit to simulate how a driller, hydrogeologist, or anybody needing aquifer data can obtain information like thickness, lithology, water quality, production estimates, etc.  for their projects.  Using basic lithology tools & water quality tools, a spinner flow meter, and an optical televiewer, participants will have a chance to practice connecting to the logging system and collect data.  There will also be a segment on how to present data to a homeowner, local water authority or management district. Presenter: James J. LoCoco Co-Presenter: Lia Martinez For more information on the show, visit http://groundwaterweek.com/. The following week, Mount Sopris will also be exhibiting in Booth 1224 at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall meeting in beautiful San Francisco, California! The new WellCAD Image and Structure Interpretation Workspace will be on display and Taylor Weber is excited to demonstrate how optical image data can be quickly processed to for structure features. Our Optical Televiewer now has the highest resolution and fastest logging speeds of any optical televiewer in the industry! For more information on this show, please...

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Mount Sopris and ALT: 3 Reasons why we are better together!

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Mount Sopris and ALT: 3 Reasons why we are better together!

Mount Sopris and ALT:  3 Reasons why we are better together!

Mount Sopris Instruments (MSI) has been partnering with Advanced Logic Technology (ALT) for almost 20 years, with the goal of providing customers with the most comprehensive range of fully integrated borehole logging solutions. Together, MSI and ALT offer customers unique advantages that improve their subsurface investigations and promote their success. Here are 3 reasons why we are better together.   Best Selection: Together, we are the only total solution provider in the industry. No other company offers as many stackable and smart combination probes as MSI and ALT, all of which work seamlessly with each other and the rest of the system. The combined experience of the companies has also led to the development of best-in-class logging winches, from the highly portable “Mini” to an innovative 2500m truck-mounted winch soon to be released.  Customers also have 3 different acquisition systems to choose from, including the popular MATRIX that MSI and ALT jointly developed to work with hundreds of legacy, current, and even competitive tools. And since ALT is the developer of the industry leading WellCAD software, raw data files from MSI and ALT tools can easily be “dragged and dropped” into the software – reducing steps and saving time. Best Support: Together, we have the most accessible and experienced staff of geoscientists in the industry. MSI and ALT have a combined staff of 10 geoscientists with hundreds of years of combined experience, eager to help customers produce great logs in all types of geological formations and conditions. With offices in the USA, Europe, and Asia, we can provide 24-hour customer support no matter what time zone customers are working in. In these offices, numerous languages are spoken, including English, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Russian, and others. Using cloud-based support software, all MSI and ALT geoscientists are interconnected so that customers benefit from the combined knowledge of the team. Finally, MSI and ALT also have the largest combined network of international sales partners, all of whom have one or more experienced geoscientists familiar with local geology and conditions. Best Practices: Together, our cultural and technical diversity helps us to better serve our customers. With nationals from over 10 countries, MSI and ALT together represent a “melting pot” of ideas and best practices. Approximating the diversity of the customers we serve, we can better understand the unique interests and requirements our customers are facing. MSI and ALT’s close collaboration has also improved our ability to develop innovative new products, using a common development process with joint engineering reviews. MSI and ALT also benchmark each other’s manufacturing and supply chain practices, with the goal of delivering world-class quality and value to our customers.   Best selection. Best support. Best practices. 3 Reasons why Mount Sopris and ALT are better together, all of which provide our customers with superior logging solutions and successful subsurface...

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4WNA Winch Upgrade Available!

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Blog, News | Comments Off on 4WNA Winch Upgrade Available!

4WNA Winch Upgrade Available!

Do you have a Mount Sopris 4WNA winch with a 1 HP motor and more than 1000 meters (3,281 feet) of geophysical logging cable?  If so, we now have an upgrade kit package that includes a 2 HP motor plus gear box, mounting hardware and accessories, and step-by-step installation instructions.  You can do it yourself.  Our 4WNA-3700 Upgrade Kit will save you time and money allowing you to stack three or more Quick Link (QL) tools so that you can perform geophysical logging operations with the comfort of knowing you have plenty of power to pull tool stacks through hostile borehole environments. Feedback from customers indicated that the WNA truck-mounted winch had insufficient power in deep holes, especially when drawing stacked QuickLink tools.  This input led to the development of the WFA winch, featuring a 2HP motor versus the 1 HP motor on the WNA. The 2HP motor permits 3x greater logging speed at the same load as the 1 HP motor. Once upgraded you will need 220 VAC and the winch motor controller can be set for 50 or 60 Hz for power depending on your location.  Most generators and power inversion systems already have this functionality. Mount Sopris is proactive about serving customers.  Our mission includes providing the highest quality and reliable solutions for everybody.  Visit the 4WNA and 4WFA Winch page for a comparison of 4WNA and 4WFA features.  These small footprint, high-capacity truck/skid mountable geophysical logging winches feature depth-speed-tension display and handy hand-held remote control function for ease of operation that are the envy of competitors. Buy it now on our Web Store! The 4WNA-3700 Upgrade Kit is available from the Mount Sopris Web Store.  While you are there check out all the other items, including re-head kits, centralizers, WellCAD software and upgrades that you can purchase easily with a mouse click and a credit...

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Waterwell Training in Ethiopia

Posted by on Oct 27, 2016 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Waterwell Training in Ethiopia

Waterwell Training in Ethiopia

This past summer, a Mount Sopris Instruments geophysicist, Lia Martinez, spent a week giving a training on how to use our borehole logging equipment for groundwater wells in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. The customer, Water Well Drilling Enterprises drills water wells in rural villages and remote locations throughout Ethiopia for the purpose of bringing freshwater to communities and farmers. Water Well Drilling Enterprises is a long time Mount Sopris customer and this was a second trip to visit them. The first training was completed a few years ago by past president John Stowell. They now currently own two complete sets of logging equipment, the older 2PGA and 2PEA poly series electrical and gamma tools and the newer QL40-ELOG and QL40-GR probes. Both sets of equipment were sold through and are supported by our very experienced Ethiopian sales representatives, T & S Trading PLC, headed by Bruck Girma. The training was focused into two main objectives: 1) Maintenance and field troubleshooting of their existing equipment and 2) Advanced WellCAD processing and data interpretation for groundwater. The first day was spent reviewing types of troubleshooting and maintenance for their probes and two winches, the semi-portable 4MXB and the Miniwinch. This proved to be a very successful day. The second day of training began with a drive around Lake Tana to the west of Bahir Dar, eventually entering into an agricultural area. The land surface was very rich with volcanic red soil. While logging, there were large areas of dense ash and tuff, which resulted in very low resistivity measurements. The last day focused on WellCAD data processing. The trainees learned to design their own headers for use in the field and create templates for easy, fast data display. We also discussed the use of more advanced processing techniques such as cross plot charts and applying formulas to calculate Total Disolved Solids (TDS) and Resistivity Porosity. Overall, the training was a huge success. With this new experience, Water Well Drilling Enterprises will be able to continue drilling and providing waterwell completions at a high level to it’s customers throughout Ethiopia....

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New 32mm Gamma Ray Probe just Released!

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Blog, News | Comments Off on New 32mm Gamma Ray Probe just Released!

New 32mm Gamma Ray Probe just Released!

Driven by our goal to improve the quality and performance of our products, ALT and Mount Sopris Instruments are pleased to announce the release of our new digital Slim Gamma Probe (32mm) – rated 70°C (158°F) / 200 bar (2900 PSI) – the 32GR. This new generation instrument is the result of our continuous process of developing and upgrading our borehole logging tools. The 32GR incorporates the latest generation of digital communications. By digitizing the probe, it will allow for more robust communications.  The probe now handles higher counts and provides more consistency in the measurements.  There will be no more dialing in discriminator settings or varying counts over different wireline lengths.  The new 32GR provides more consistent measurements and operation over the previous analog version. The tool can be run as a standalone tool or it can be adapted to carry a small radioactive Cesium-137 source (generally 100 mCurie for most applications) for 4-Pi density measurements. This density setup can be run normally in the borehole or decentralized with the use of a bow spring assembly to collect semi-quantitative (when calibrated) density information of the material surrounding the borehole. It is most commonly used to assess the integrity of media surrounding small diameter access tubes in highway construction piles, diaphragm walls and other infrastructure and geotechnical works.  Logs of density in lbs/ft3 or g/cm3, can be generated in real-time. See the log below for an example of the 32GR in this application. For more information on this tool including the User Manual and Release note, please see the 32GR Slim Gamma product page.  ...

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Mount Sopris to Exhibit at SEG in Dallas

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Mount Sopris to Exhibit at SEG in Dallas

Mount Sopris to Exhibit at SEG in Dallas

Come visit Mount Sopris Instruments and Advanced Logic Technologies (ALT) at next week’s Society of Exploration Geophysicists Annual Meeting and Exposition in Dallas, Texas. Representing Mount Sopris in booth #3342 will be Jim LoCoco and Thom Mandl, while Annick Henriette will be representing ALT in booth #3344. Both companies will be demonstrating the new generation of Optical Borehole Imager, QL40-OBI-2G, capable of producing extraordinarily clear, 360° digital views of the borehole wall. Together, Mount Sopris Instruments and ALT provide the industry’s most comprehensive range of geophysical borehole logging systems for groundwater, mining, research, geotechnical and other applications – featuring a best-in-class series of stackable probes, rugged logging winches, versatile data loggers, and the industry standard WellCAD...

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Borehole camera system added to rental pool!

Posted by on Oct 3, 2016 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Borehole camera system added to rental pool!

Borehole camera system added to rental pool!

Mount Sopris Instruments is pleased to announce the addition of a Laval R-CAM 1000 downhole camera system to its rental pool. The R-CAM system, featuring variable illumination and both down- and side-views, further extends our broad range of borehole solutions available for rent. Key features of the R-CAM system include: A 7″ color monitor and recorder Side- or down-view control switch Forward or reverse rotation selection Up / down variable reel speed controller On-screen digital depth counter The potential uses for the downhole camera system are many, including: New well construction inspection Periodic inspection of existing wells Pre- and post-service inspection and validation Determination of water quality, mineralization, geological strata, etc. To simplify shipping, we deconstructed the winch boom and handle system, and then mounted it in a rugged case. It can be easily reassembled for operation. We also provide a light weight AC to 12-volt power supply to operate the system without the need to ship a heavy deep cycle battery. The system can also be powered using a 12-volt vehicle battery. The Laval SC-166 slim, down-looking only, camera is also available for work in 2-inch to 10-inch (5 cm to 25 cm) water wells, boreholes and vertical shafts. When you really need to know what is going on in your borehole, there is nothing better than having a look for yourself. Contact Paul Staples, Rentals Manager, to reserve the R-CAM 1000...

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Come visit us at GSA in Denver!

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Come visit us at GSA in Denver!

Come visit us at GSA in Denver!

Come visit Mount Sopris Instruments’ Taylor Weber and Jim LoCoco at the upcoming GSA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Denver, Colorado next week.  Mount Sopris will be exhibiting Monday September 26th through Wednesday September 28th.  If the exhibit hall isn’t enough to keep you busy there are 230 topical sessions, 32 short courses, five Pardee sessions, and 35 field trips throughout the Rocky Mountain region in conjunction with the meeting. Mount Sopris Instruments is a worldwide leading manufacturer of geophysical borehole logging systems for groundwater, environmental, research and mining applications. We offer a complete range of best-in-class stackable downhole probes, rugged winches, data acquisition units compatible with probes from many vendors, and best-in-class WellCAD software. Please stop at our booth #163 and ask about our equipment and software...

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Mountain Adventures of Mount Sopris Employees!

Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Mountain Adventures of Mount Sopris Employees!

Mountain Adventures of Mount Sopris Employees!

  Summer is wonderful season in the American West. Visitors from all over the world converge on the vast forests, high mountains, steep plateaus, and alpine lakes to enjoy the beauty and solitude of this vast area. The Rocky Mountains, stretching from Canada to New Mexico, offer dramatic wilderness, diverse wildlife, and limitless outdoor adventure opportunities. Mount Sopris Instruments is located in Denver, Colorado, which affords its employees easy access to the mountains. They love to play in the thin air of the Rockies, whether it be trekking, camping, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, climbing, motorcycling, fly fishing, and countless other outdoor pursuits. When they are not manufacturing world-class geophysical equipment or supporting our valued customers, they can often be found in the mountains. Below are some of the adventures from the last few months. We would like to know how YOU spend your summer holidays! Please send a digital image of your favorite holiday location/activity, together with a brief explanation, and we will include these in a future post. As an incentive, we will award a $100 gift card to the person who submits the most interesting picture! Send yours today to Lia.Martinez@mountsopris.com! ——————— Ascent of Mount Sopris, the Company’s Namesake Did you know that Mount Sopris Instruments was named for a prominent mountain near Glenwood Springs? In July Thom Mandl climbed the twin-peaked mountain, a 15-mile roundtrip from the trailhead and an elevation gain of 4300’. “Ever since I joined the company, I wanted to summit this iconic mountain – it felt like a rite of passage. While a challenging climb, the views up high were incredible”   Backpacking in the Grand Canyon In August, Taylor Weber took a trip out to the Grand Canyon in Arizona for a weekend full of backpacking.  The 30 mile trail roundtrip from Havasu Falls with a full pack was a bit trying, but well worth it in the end. “As a geologist, the Grand Canyon has always been one of my bucket list trips. It did not disappoint!”   High Altitude Biking for a Great Cause For 23 years, Jim LoCoco has been peddling his bicycle over picturesque Rocky Mountain passes to raise money for Children’s Hospital in Denver. This year’s ride was about 160 miles over two days, including a number of high mountain passes. Jim rides with Team Anadarko (WellCAD customer), whose team members have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Children’s Hospital over the years. “While riding in Colorado’s high country is exciting, my biggest thrill is meeting some of the kids and hearing stories about how they have overcome challenges with determination and joy.”   Summiting the Highest Mountain in Colorado Mt. Elbert is the tallest mountain in Colorado at 14,433 feet above sea level, but this did not deter Zhanna Overchuk and her family from getting the top. With an elevation gain of 4,700′ over 4 miles, it was straight up for Zhanna and her family. Even so, they did the entire hike in less than 6 hours, including a 45-minute break on top. “The views are unbelievable – lakes, clouds, and mountains for as far as you could see. We felt like we were on top of the world. Expect to breathe HARD, to hydrate frequently and–oh yeah–be prepared for the three false summits. It’s worth the view, I promise!”   Touring National Parks in the American West Steve Phung and his family made a road trip visiting national and state parks in California, Oregon, and Alberta (Canada), including world-renowned Yosemite, Redwood, and Banff National Parks. Spending several days in each of the parks, Steve and...

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Your don’t need to be a Picasso to use CoreCAD

Posted by on Aug 4, 2016 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Your don’t need to be a Picasso to use CoreCAD

Your don’t need to be a Picasso to use CoreCAD

  The following article is a great summary of the currently available core description software on the market, including CoreCAD within the WellCAD software.   YOU DON’T NEED TO BE A PICASSO -COME TO LAGOS! Guest article by Junaid Sadeque from LinkedIn Are you still describing your cores by hand for facies analysis and report? That’s so like in the 90’s! But why should I assume that you haven’t gone digital already?  Scanning and converting your sedimentological log into a PDF, and preserving it for eternity, by the way, is not ‘going digital’ (Figure 1). Such preservation definitely has a qualitative value for understanding depositonal environments. But it provides no convenient way to transfer the data to a format (say, Excel) that allows statistical operations or cross-plots with other reservoir data for quantitative analyses. For that, one will need to read out all the values from the PDF and manually transfer that information to Excel. Cumbersome? Well, imagine the added horror of working with ‘previous reports’ of dead geologists. If there is no record of the amount of ‘core-shift’ that had been applied to the document in order to match the core depth to open-hole log depth(which is often the case), -you are practically fracked up! Goes without saying, the original geologist who had drawn the log, our venerable sedimentologist Dr. John Doe, has kicked the buck already, taking to his grave the deep dark secret of that core-shift. He may be smoking cigar in heaven right now, while you get to explore the purgatory… in redoing the whole description from scratch. God forbid!! But if you don’t want to be cursed by posterity like John, leave your pencil already, take up the stylus and use some good software to record your core description digitally on your tablet or laptop. To read the complete article, please visit this LinkedIn...

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Training and exhibition at ASEG in Adelaide!

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Training and exhibition at ASEG in Adelaide!

Training and exhibition at ASEG in Adelaide!

Mount Sopris Instruments, along with our sister company, ALT, will be exhibiting and providing training in conjunction with the Australian Society of Geophysics’ (ASEG) 25th International Geophysical Conference and Exhibition in Adelaide, South Australia. Mount Sopris is exhibiting with our Australian representative, Alpha Geoscience, at booth 63. Our partners, ALT and Geosensor will be at booths 19 and 20. The show runs from August 21-24, 2016. Please feel free to stop by our booth to ask about our new 2500 meter winch and slim 4-Pi density tools. We want to hear from you about which tools you need developed for future jobs!  Following the conference, Timo Korth (ALT), lead product geophysicist and programmer for WellCAD software, will be conducting two classes related to image logging and processing. Introduction to Acoustic and Optical Televiewer from Data Collection to Processing Cost: FREE Date: August 25th, 2016 Description: Image logging with Acoustic (ultrasonic) and Optical Televiewer for mining, mineral and geotechnical applications has rapidly become a standard in the industry. This 1‐day short course will introduce the course attendee to many aspects of the Acoustic and Optical Televiewer tools, the logging system and procedure as well as the data processing in WellCAD software. Transportation, lunch, and drinks are provided. Includes a logging demonstration of the latest generation Acoustic Televiewer. WellCAD Essentials for Image Logging Cost: $450 Date: August 26th, 2016 Description: WellCAD is rapidly becoming the standard software for image data processing and presentation in the geosciences industry. This 1‐day short course will familiarize the course attendee with many aspects of the software including loading, processing and presentation of image logging data. Course Content Includes: Introduction to the concepts around which WellCAD is organized: User interface, types of data, loading and management of borehole data, presentation layout (templates) and data exchange with other software. Document header design: Dynamic text fields, maps, legends, tables. Manipulation of data: Filter, depth shifting, resampling, blocking, formula parser, manual data entry. Image & Structure Interpretation Workspace: Setup of workspace, manual and computer assisted picking. Click here or here for more information on these classes and how to sign...

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Mecca Feed-through SALE!

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Mecca Feed-through SALE!

Mecca Feed-through SALE!

The Mount Sopris single-conductor cablehead has been industry standard for over 40 years.  This simple, easy-to-rehead assembly includes a mecca bulkhead seal. When installed it provides at least 20 M-Ohms isolation needed to collect excellent geophysical logs every time. Thousands of these cableheads are in use in over 100 countries around the world today! Every Mount Sopris winch delivery includes a re-head kit, but it’s also a very good idea to have a feed-through on hand to reduce potential down-time.  If you have the older single-O’ring bulkhead found in our model 02000-1448 cablehead you should consider ordering some 21-808-500 mecca bulkhead feed-through seals, and we just made it easier for you to do so as the price for these items is now over 50% off recent price.  While supplies last you can order the feed-through for just $43 each with no quantity limit.  Old price was $102. ***A few tips and tricks when using this bulkhead seal in the field*** During regular maintenance of your cablehead (3-month intervals recommend) you may find that the bulkhead seal may be leaking, perhaps at 10 M-Ohm, or some other value below the recommended 20 M-Ohm isolation.  If you don’t have spare cablehead parts at your disposal in the field you can sometimes remove the mecca feed-through from the bulkhead, clean it and get better isolation.  The brown phenolic isolators can get wet, creating some continuity between center-conductor and isolator.  Simply letting them dry out in the sun or drying with a heat-gun (or hotel room blow dryer!) gets the job done so you can get on to your geophysical logging projects.  Rarely, small pin-holes can develop the clear plastic sleeve over the 4-40 threaded rod, causing annoying leakage and / or noisy logs.  Fix this with some heat-shrink tubing from your geophysical tool kit (Mount Sopris part number 5TKA-1000). Check http://mountsopris.com/products/store again soon as you will be able to order cablehead parts and many other accessories from our new web...

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IAEA Uranium Exploration Workshop

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 in Blog, News | Comments Off on IAEA Uranium Exploration Workshop

IAEA Uranium Exploration Workshop

Earlier this year, the IAEA, along with the National Atomic Energy Commission of Argentina (CNEA), held a training workshop focusing on uranium exploration for over 70 geoscientists from 14 Member States. The workshop was facilitated by a team of experts which included our own Mount Sopris Instruments geophysicist. Expert scientists  included Dr. Michel Cuney, University of Lorraine, France; Dr. Mostafa Fayek, University of Manitoba, Canada; Dr. Kurt Kyser, Queen’s University, Canada; Lia Martinez, Mount Sopris, USA; and Ted O’Connor, Plateau Uranium, Canada. Mr Luis Lopez, project manager at the CNEA and local organizer for the workshop  stated after the workshop: “I dare say that was the most important uranium training event in Argentina, at least during the last forty years. This is truly a milestone in the history of our activities within the uranium production cycle. The CNEA is deeply grateful for the fact that the IAEA has organized this training course in the country, thus allowing the participation of a large group of local professionals and technicians”. The workshop, held in Mendoza, Argentina, included a field visit to the San Rafael mine, where there has been historical uranium production.   The purpose of the workshop was to provide an overview of uranium exploration methods ranging from practical basic knowledge to more recently developed techniques. Subjects covered included deposit classification, uranium resource classification, geophysical, geochemical, and other methods for exploration, evaluation and discovery of uranium deposits. The radiological and social aspects of uranium exploration were also covered. “This training was targeted primarily to those who are newly engaged in the uranium exploration industry,” said Adrienne Hanly, Uranium Resource Specialist at the IAEA Department of Nuclear Energy. “Participants can now be expected to have enough general knowledge to understand the basic principles needed to initiate an exploration program in their home country.” Feedback from the participants was overwhelmingly positive.   For further information about this Workshop and future IAEA Trainings and Meetings, please see the LinkedIn article, the IAEA article, or the Workshop information page with links to all uranium exploration presentations given during the training....

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Borehole Logging Software

Posted by on Jul 1, 2016 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Borehole Logging Software

Borehole Logging Software

Borehole Logging Rental made Easy- Preconfigured Computers Do you struggle installing rental software and getting it configured for each new logging project? Do you need internal IT department involvement on any changes to the computer?   Is time on the phone with technical support eating your day?   You and your field personnel have plenty of things to pay attention to, configuring a computer shouldn’t be one of them.   We have a solution – a fully configured computer with borehole logging software ready to go with your rental!   Benefits of a Computer Rental from Mount Sopris include: Log Acquisition software pre-installed No waiting for IT departments to provide administrator access to install software and configure firewalls to let it run. We have everything installed and operational Nothing to download and install No hassles with installation CD’s on a machine that doesn’t have a CD drive Logging system software is configured to our recommended settings. Tool configuration files installed We install up to date configuration files needed for your specific rented equipment. Tested with the system The tools are operated with the configuration files and system you will be using. Optionally, the latest version of WellCAD post processing software is pre-installed and tested. The laptop is shipped in a heavy duty Pelican case for maximum protection. Support We know the computer and how it is configured and can easily resolve issues over the phone. Although we can also do this with your computer it can be difficult to resolve configuration problems that are related to your computers operating system. If you have an IT department they may need to be involved in the solution. Contact Us Today! When ordering your rental system with borehole logging software be sure to request that a field computer be...

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Supply Chain Initiative to Shorten Delivery Time

Posted by on Jun 22, 2016 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Supply Chain Initiative to Shorten Delivery Time

Supply Chain Initiative to Shorten Delivery Time

In today’s environment, the need to rapidly respond to customer needs and exceed expectations is greater than ever. For this reason, Mount Sopris Instruments has implemented best-in-class supply chain practices to shorten delivery lead-times for new equipment and repairs. This initiative is being led by 3 employees who are completing the internationally recognized APICS’ Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) program. This professional program is designed to provide supply chain professionals with the ability to understand, evaluate, and improve production operations. The Mount Sopris employees completing the CPIM certification are in key roles that directly impact supply chain efficiency and delivery performance.

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Come visit us at AAPG in Calgary!

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Come visit us at AAPG in Calgary!

Come visit us at AAPG in Calgary!

  Come visit Rien Corstanje, who will be representing ALT and Mount Sopris at the upcoming AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition in Calgary this month. With a global audience of some 7,000 professionals from more than 72 countries, the AAPG annual meeting is one of the most prestigious events for the geosciences community with a tradition of delivering an exceptionally strong, juried technical program, state-of-the-art technology displays and networking activities that create a dependable, fun and valuable business forum. Founded almost a century ago, the AAPG (American Association of Petroleum Geologists) was built upon the expertise and knowledge of many of the world’s most prominent and successful geoscientists. The traditions of scientific excellence and professional camaraderie are being carried on, as the Association’s flagship event returns to Calgary for the first time in 10 years. It would be a pleasure to have you visit our Booth 1126. From June 19th through 22nd, this meeting provides a wonderful opportunity for us to thank you for your business & to further our collaboration. For those of you who don’t have tickets, we have exhibition tickets available. Please contact Rien Corstanje at Rien.Corstanje@alt.lu for tickets or one-on-one WellCAD demonstrations. We hope to see you there!...

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Searles Valley Custom Logging Vehicle

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Searles Valley Custom Logging Vehicle

Searles Valley Custom Logging Vehicle

Mount Sopris Instruments has designed and fabricated dozens of custom logging vehicles for customers all over the world.  Recently Mount Sopris was contacted by long time customer, Searles Valley Minerals, to build their latest turn-key logging vehicle.  Searles Valley Minerals is a solution mining company that processes brine solutions to produce boric acid, sodium carbonate, sodium sulfate, several specialty forms of borax, and salt.  The corrosive field conditions and the mine safety requirements made this a very unique build.   The Mount Sopris Instruments design team was led by product design engineer, Jody DuMond.  Jody and his team outfitted a Ford F-350 Transit Van into a state-of-the-art logging vehicle with features that included: Fully galvanized telescoping boom assembly to prevent corrosion with integral swivel brake and lock A Core Lube line wiper system that lubricates the wireline and prevents corrosion Front mounted generator to reduce noise levels as required in the project specifications Wall mounted probe racks Roof mounted A/C and heater Interior and exterior lighting Operator work area with access to winch and logging controls Storage benches for spare parts and equipment   Every vehicle that Mount Sopris Instruments builds is a custom design that is focused on the customer requirements.  These requirements can include anything from off road capabilities to customer specified vehicles.  The logging vehicle for Searles Valley Minerals was designed to withstand the harsh logging conditions encountered in the field and the strict safety regulations required by the mine. Following the design of the vehicle, an onsite training was conducted by Jim Lococo and Taylor Weber.  The 2-day training included an overview of the features and functions of the vehicle, logging operations, and data processing techniques. Don’t hesitate to Contact Us to ask for a logging vehicle quotation for your next...

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Did you see the May Wireline Workshop Bulletin?

Posted by on May 25, 2016 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Did you see the May Wireline Workshop Bulletin?

Did you see the May Wireline Workshop Bulletin?

This month’s Wireline Workshop Bulletin features articles such as  an overview of the Formation Density Log, an in depth measurement focus on the Induced Polarization (IP) tool, and a discussion of field radiation safety including the use of radiation detectors.   Wireline_Bulletin_May_2016 Download the PDF Here The following are just a few examples of the insightful material in this bulletin: “In oilfield logging, density and neutron porosity logs, as percentages of volume, are critical to the estimation of oil in place. Actual RD or density in grams per cubic centimetre is usually less critical. In mineral logging, density is arguably the most important measurement. A large proportion, probably over 70%, of mineral logging is performed in coal exploration and mining. Coal, particularly good coal, has relatively low density… the lowest of any mineral that one is likely to intersect while drilling in a sedimentary basin. Coal seams stand out clearly.” -in Overview- Formation Density Log “A log of electrical resistance per rock mass volume, or resistivity, was the first wireline log and remains a fundamental measurement in oilfield exploration. In sedimentary basins, the log is used as a measure of water-filled porosity, as opposed to oil-filled porosity (the distinction is not available from sonic density and neutron porosity logs). In clean (no clay) formations, the resistivity of a rock depends on two things; relative volume of pore spaces and conductivity of the fluid therein. Brine is conductive and oil is resistive. In some situations, most notably in hard rock environments more familiar to mineral explorers, a third factor will affect formation resistivity, the conductivity of the solid rock matrix. Some metallic minerals (and graphite) have conductive properties.” -in The Induced Polarization (IP) Sonde The Wireline Workshop Bi-Monthly Bulletin is available free to subscribers. Archived issues are available to download from the Wireline Workshop website here at anytime. If you wish to subscribe to receive future bulletins, please click here....

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Visit Vienna- 78th Annual EAGE Conference and Exhibition

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Visit Vienna- 78th Annual EAGE Conference and Exhibition

Visit Vienna- 78th Annual EAGE Conference and Exhibition

  Come visit Mount Sopris Instruments in Vienna, Austria from May 30th through June 2nd, 2016 for the 78th Annual EAGE Conference in Booth 1385. Jim LoCoco will be in attendance along with Annick Henriette from our partner company ALT. EAGE’s Annual Conference & Exhibition is the largest and most comprehensive multidisciplinary geoscience event in the world. The conference theme ‘Efficient Use of Technology – Unlocking Potential’ is especially relevant to the current situation in the petroleum and mining industries. Mount Sopris and ALT will be displaying the New 2nd Generation Optical Televiewer as well as giving demonstrations of the the recently released WellCAD Image & Structure Interpretation (ISI) Workspace. Stop by and ask for how we can help cut your image log processing time in half! About the conference city, Vienna: Vienna is the capital of the Republic of Austria. It is by far the largest city in Austria (population: 1.9 million), as well as its cultural, economic, and political centre. As the former home of the Habsburg court and its various empires, the city still has the trappings of the imperial capital it once was. The historic city centre is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Vienna, also described as Europe’s cultural capital, is a metropolis with unique charm, vibrancy and flair. Situated on the banks of the Danube, it boasts outstanding infrastructure, is clean and safe, and has all the inspiration that you could wish for. Sightseeing opportunities can be found in abundance. Wander along narrow, medieval alleyways or across imperial squares, view Schönbrunn Palace or the Imperial Palace (Hofburg) in the footsteps of Sissi and Emperor Franz Josef, and marvel at the majestic architecture along the Ring boulevard. Be inspired by an atmosphere steeped in history – which also boasts the comforts and infrastructure of a modern...

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Mount Sopris Donates Computer Equipment to Robotics Team

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Mount Sopris Donates Computer Equipment to Robotics Team

Mount Sopris Donates Computer Equipment to Robotics Team

Mount Sopris recently donated PCs and monitors to RAD Robotics, a rookie robotics team competing in the Virginia-based affiliate of FIRST. The team will use the computers to program their robot, create new designs with CAD software, and manage the team’s data and projects.   FIRST is an international non-profit mentoring organization that was created to excite young people about science and technology, and prepare them to pursue advanced technology fields, as well as provide them with life skills such as self-confidence, teamwork, communication, and leadership.   Stephen Deloglos, student CEO of RAD Robotics, expressed his thanks for the donation on behalf of the team: “Team RAD is extremely grateful for the computer equipment, and will feature Mount Sopris Instrument Company as key sponsor on both our robot and team shirts.”   Consistent with its mission, Mount Sopris was pleased to play a small role in supporting tomorrow’s technology leaders and wishes RAD Robotics much success and personal growth in its upcoming...

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Probe Wrench Featured in Public Art Installation at Denver Light Rail Station

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Probe Wrench Featured in Public Art Installation at Denver Light Rail Station

Probe Wrench Featured in Public Art Installation at Denver Light Rail Station

  A Mount Sopris probe wrench, designed and built in the 1970’s, was one of 12 tools featured in a permanent public art installation at a station along the new rail line running from downtown Denver to the airport. The tool, among several that were built during that era, is still used today to assemble and disassemble probes without getting the housing out-of-round or marring the finish.   The public art installation, called “Hands On”, examines the neighborhoods around the new 40th & Colorado Station, celebrating this area as a place where people work, creating and producing products. Artist Erik Carlson designed the artwork at this train station to represent the hard work that people do, as well as the industrial nature of the area. Every day thousands of passengers will see tools of various local trades depicted in creative ways as they travel the 23 miles of commuter rail.   It should also be noted that the new 40th & Colorado Station is only 1 mile from Mount Sopris’ facility, making it very convenient and affordable for customers, sales reps, and other visitors to commute from Denver International Airport. Moreover, as the 5th busiest in the USA, Denver’s airport features non-stop service to cities throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia.   The employees of Mount Sopris Instruments are proud to be included in the public art installation that was created to honor the vital importance and deep history of “hands on” craftsmanship – a deeply held value at Mount Sopris for over 60 years!   Photo Credit: HANDS ON by Erik Carlson 40th + Colorado Station, Denver, CO RTD Art-n-Transit Program Photo by Erik...

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Capturing the “Voice of the Borehole Logging Customer”

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Capturing the “Voice of the Borehole Logging Customer”

Capturing the “Voice of the Borehole Logging Customer”

Net Promotor System (NPS) Beginning this past year, Mount Sopris has been systematically contacting customers to better understand their needs and identify ways that we can add more value. The closed-loop feedback process that we are using is called the Net Promoter System (NPS), which was introduced by Fred Reichheld in his 2003 Harvard Business Review article. Many successful Fortune 500 companies use this system, including Apple, Progressive, and Verizon Wireless. Following each transaction with the company, customers receive a 2-question survey asking for their assessment of their experience and what primarily influenced their score. This simple and quick approach has yielded helpful insights into what’s important to our customers and how we can better serve their needs. A number of changes have been made based on this feedback. As a way of saying “thank you” to those who respond, customers are entered into a periodic drawing for an Amazon gift card. Some of the recent winners include Ben Rice of Aqua Terra Geophysics, David Locke of Austin AI, David Carpenter of Monsanto, and Will Newton of Southern Company. For everyone who has or will participate, we want to express our sincere appreciation for your thoughtful and helpful responses that are helping us to better serve...

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Visit us at the Mountain States Groundwater Expo!

Posted by on Jan 23, 2016 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Visit us at the Mountain States Groundwater Expo!

Visit us at the Mountain States Groundwater Expo!

Mount Sopris will be attending the annual Mountain States Groundwater Expo on February 11 & 12, 2016.  The Expo will again be held at the Aquarius Casino Resort in Laughlin, Nevada. Hosted by the Ground Water and Water Well Associations of Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah, this show will host a number of exhibitors and groundwater related seminars. On Thursday February 11th from 8-9 am Taylor Weber, from Mount Sopris, will be giving a talk about well logging for quality well completion.  This talk will focus on how well logs can be quickly collected and used in the field to make decisions about what depths  to set the screen or casing, the volume of grout needed and which zones are most likely to act as barriers to contaminants from the surface. Using well logs can lead to quality well completion and higher producing wells. WHY ATTEND??? It’s a great opportunity to visit with Manufacturers & Suppliers, Drilling Contractors & Pump Installers, Technical & Consulting Firms, State Groundwater Officials, etc. Attend the Seminars Visit the Exhibits Earn CEU’s Participate in the Buck Lively Scholarship Auction & Raffle It’s casual & inexpensive: Bring your employees! Stop by and visit Mount Sopris at Booth 48!  For more information on this show please visit:...

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8 Reasons to Rent from Mount Sopris Instruments

Posted by on Jan 15, 2016 in Blog, News | Comments Off on 8 Reasons to Rent from Mount Sopris Instruments

8 Reasons to Rent from Mount Sopris Instruments

Technology. From the latest high-resolution Acoustic and Optical Televiewer probes and WellCAD software to classic gamma, SP, and SPR tools, our wide range of rental equipment will meet the needs of both complex and basic logging projects.   Portability. All systems can be configured for operation by one person and shipped by overnight carrier. Winches are available in 200, 300, 500 and 1000 meter lengths. Most probes can be used in as small as 2 inch (51 mm) PVC casing.   Availability. We stock multiple systems of our most popular equipment, increasing the likelihood that we will have exactly what you need when you need it.   Scheduling. We make scheduling your rental as easy and flexible as possible, and will reserve equipment for future dates with no commitment or expense on your part.   Expertise. Our engineers have decades of logging and technical experience with this equipment and can help guide you towards the best measurements for your project. We manufacture and repair most of our rental equipment which is tested and prepared by an experienced engineer.   Support. We provide free support by phone, email or remote login, and can get you up and running even if you are new to borehole logging.   Training. We provide free ½-day rental system training at our factory, which can include logging our test well. We can also provide on-site training if needed.   Your Success! Our goal is to provide the equipment, support and expertise necessary for you to succeed. Check out our Full inventory of Rental equipment and Daily rates or Contact us to get...

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Process Image Logs Faster with the New WellCAD ISI Workspace

Posted by on Jan 8, 2016 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Process Image Logs Faster with the New WellCAD ISI Workspace

Process Image Logs Faster with the New WellCAD ISI Workspace

Mount Sopris, along with our sister company, ALT, are constantly working to improve our product line and advance our technology. Coinciding with the release of WellCAD 5.1 was a new automated structure picking workspace developed by ALT in cooperation with The Centre for Exploration Targeting at The University of Western Australia. This new workspace boosts productivity and improves objectivity of the picking process. The Image & Structure Interpretation (ISI) Workspace combines manual and automated structure picking tools, sophisticated data visualization and a logical workflow into a powerful processing and interpretation platform. The ISI Workspace is a new add-on module to the basic WellCAD software package that extends the functionality of and replaces the original Image module. The ISI Workspace allows interpretation of ATV, OTV, Electrical Imager (e.g. FMI, CMI, STAR…) and 360 degree core scan images. The following are just a few of its exciting features: Real time conversion from apparent to true picks. Simultaneous picking of planar, linear and free hand features on multiple images. Picking results are tagged with a confidence value and structural planes are displayed superimposed to a virtual 3D core improving the data quality control. The geoscientist controls the manual, semi-automatic and auto picks. An interactive stereonet and algorithms to find similar or most representative picks enhance the interpreter’s control of the data set and optimize the picking results.   Your increased time efficiency when processing image data with the ISI Workspace will more than compensate for its activation or upgrade. If you would like more information or a quotation, please do not hesitate to contact us at sales@mountsopris.com. Free demonstration versions are available upon request. We will also be conducting an ISI Workspace training class at the Wynkoop Restaurant and Brewery in Denver, Colorado in March of 2017 just ahead of the SAGEEP 2017 Annual meeting. This training will be a one-day intensive course covering all aspects of the new ISI Workspace from pre-processing the raw image data through adjustment of the structure picking configurations for varying borehole geologies. All geoscientists involved in image log analysis and processing from the beginner/intermediate levels to advanced are encouraged to attend. Attendance will give you the tools and skills to process image logs using some of the most advanced techniques in the industry. Don’t miss out on this...

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How we are Helping our Customers Succeed in 2016!

Posted by on Dec 28, 2015 in Blog, News | Comments Off on How we are Helping our Customers Succeed in 2016!

How we are Helping our Customers Succeed in 2016!

Mount Sopris’ vision is to be recognized as the world leader in slimline logging solutions based on our customers’ success! To this end, Mount Sopris made a number of investments in 2015 to improve our internal operations and better meet our customers’ needs. Examples include:   Net Promoter System to systematically capture the “voice of the customer”. Lean manufacturing and advanced supply chain practices to reduce delivery time. Quality management system to identify and eliminate manufacturing defects. Customer support software to improve the efficiency and timeliness of our support. Expanded rental pool to provide new options and more flexibility. Additional staff to improve customer support and speed-to-market of new products.   In addition to these operational improvements, Mount Sopris also introduced several very popular products this past year. These included a 2nd Generation Optical Televiewer and WellCAD 5.1 software, which includes a significantly enhanced Image & Structure Interpretation (ISI) Workspace for greater productivity.   Not as visible were a number of winch derivatives for specialized applications, as well as a scalable boom assembly for custom logging vehicles. Other products to be released in early 2016 include an innovative 2500 meter winch and a 1.25” diameter gamma probe designed for mining and geotechnical applications.   Through better execution, better products, and better support, Mount Sopris is committed to the long-term success of its customers. Don’t hesitate to let us know how we can do better. On behalf of the entire team at Mount Sopris, and please accept our best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2016!  ...

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MSI Equipment used on Deep Fault Drilling Project (DFDP)

Posted by on Dec 3, 2015 in Blog, News | Comments Off on MSI Equipment used on Deep Fault Drilling Project (DFDP)

MSI Equipment used on Deep Fault Drilling Project (DFDP)

Deep Fault Drilling Project, New Zealand   Mount Sopris logging equipment was used to gather critical information on the Deep Fault Drilling Project in New Zealand. The Deep Fault Drilling Project (DFDP) is an international science project studying the Alpine Fault in western South Island. Through the project, researchers retrieved rock and fluid samples, made geophysical and hydraulic measurements, and established a long term monitoring observatory inside the fault zone. Other projects around the world have drilled into major faults, but usually not long after they have ruptured in an earthquake. The Alpine Fault is thought to be ready to fail in a large earthquake within coming decades, so it provides an opportunity to take a close look at a fault in the late phase of its seismic cycle. The drilling project is therefore of international scientific significance, but is also important to New Zealand because it will provide new scientific insights into how the fault operates, and the sort of earthquake we can expect. “DFDP-2” refers to the second stage of the Deep Fault Drilling Project and to the 1.3km-deep borehole that was drilled during this phase of the project. Throughout the video above, the Mount Sopris and ALT acoustic televiewer, Idronaut water quality, fluid temperature and conductivity, and other probes were used to collect valuable data about this fault and the surrounding geology. For more information about the project, please visit the DFDP webpage. The final report is recently available for free download through the GNS Science website. Another video with further information about the Alpine Fault follows....

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Submit your Abstract for SAGEEP 2016 in Denver!

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Submit your Abstract for SAGEEP 2016 in Denver!

Submit your Abstract for SAGEEP 2016 in Denver!

SAGEEP 2016 in Denver, Colorado Mount Sopris is helping to promote the next SAGEEP annual meeting. SAGEEP provides geophysicists, engineers, geoscientists and end-users from around the world an opportunity to meet and discuss near-surface applications of geophysics and learn about recent developments in near-surface geophysics. It is internationally recognized as the leading conference on the practical application of shallow geophysics. Since 1988, the symposium has been held over a 5-day period, with over 200 oral and poster presentations, several educational short courses and workshops, vendor presentations, and a commercial exhibition. SAGEEP 2016 is being held in the downtown Denver, Colorado Marriott March 20th through 24th. Among other pre and post conference activities, information on a ski trip will be offered. Details on other activities unique to the Denver/Colorado area and plans for the Conference Evening, Student Event and Short Courses will be made available over the coming days. Ideas for workshops or short courses may be submitted to Jim LoCoco, Short Course/Workshop Chair. A set of proceedings, comprised of technical presentations, will be distributed and available electronically. Key Dates Nov. 30, 2015 Abstracts and optional Extended Abstracts Due Dec. 3, 2015 Notice of Acceptance, Suggested Revisions or Rejection Jan. 19, 2016 Deadline for revised Abstracts and Extended Abstracts/NSGLs Jan. 26, 2016 Deadline for Final Extended Abstracts and NSGLs       Submit your Abstract by the end of November! SAGEEP 2016 Abstract Submission If you are not able to make the submission date, but would still like to be considered, please email John Stowell at john.stowell@mountsopris.com.     APPLICATIONS FOCUS Agricultural Geophysics – Barry Allred, Chair Airborne Geophysics, Remote Sensing, and UAV (Drone)-based Surveys – Ron Bell, Chair; Barry Allred, Co-chair Archaeological Geophysics – Laura Sherrod, Chair Dams and Levees – Scott Ikaard, Chair; Ted Asch, Co-chair Drone Case Histories – Ron Bell, Chair; Barry Allred, Co-chair Engineering Geophysics – Scott Ikard, Chair; Mike Powers, Co-chair Hydrogeophysics/Geophysics Applied to Water Resources – Brad Carr, Scott Ikard, Chairs; Andy Parsekian, Co-Chair Geophysics in Climate and Critical Zone Studies – Khamini Singha, Chair Geophysics for Contaminant and Site Remediation – Jonathan Nyquist, Chair Geophysics in the Oilfield: Contaminants, Water Demand, Induced Seismicity, and Hydraulic Fracturing – Bruce Smith, Chair Highway Geophysics – Jacob Sheehan, Chair Integrated Near Surface Geophysics Case Histories – Darren Mortimer, Chair Material Property Measurements Mining and Reclamation Geophysics – Allison Johnston, Chair Non-technical Issues and Barriers to Applications of Geophysics Polar and Planetary Geophysics Transportation and Infrastructure Geophysics – Frank Jalinoos, Chair; Rick Hoover, Co-Chair UXO and UXO Sensor Technology – Darren Mortimer, Chair; Ted Asch, Co-chair METHODS FOCUS Borehole Geophysics – Carole Johnson, Chair; Robert Garfield, Co-chair Drones in Geophysics – Ron Bell, Chair Electromagnetics and Magnetotellurics – Mel Best, Chair Geophysical Database Management – Darren Mortimer, Chair GPR and EMI in Complex Environments: Emerging Concepts, Methods, and Data Analysis GPR Instruments, Acquisition, Processing, and Analysis – Donald M. Thieme Gravity and Magnetic Methods: Engineering and Environmental Applications – Darren Mortimer, Chair HVSR and Passive Seismology – John W. Lane, Chair Integrating Drones into Geophysical and Geological Mapping Projects – Ron Bell, Chair Near Surface Geophysical Data Analyses, Integration, and Processing – Darren Mortimer, Chair Near Surface Geophysical Sensor Technology Near Surface Geophysics across Hydrologic Interfaces: Imaging Hyporheic, Lacustrine, Shallow Marine, and Underwater – Nick Valleau, Chair Environments – John Jansen, Chair; Nick Valleau, Co-chair Near Surface Seismic Reflection and Refraction – Jeremy Strohmeyer NMR for Near-surface Investigations (Development and Applications) – Elliot Grunewald, Chair Novel Environmental/NS Geophysics Methods Resistivity/Induced Polarization/Self-Potential Methods and Applications – Scott Ikard, Chair Shallow Marine and Underwater Geophysics – Nick Valleau, Chair To...

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Visit Mount Sopris at NGWA and AGU in December!

Posted by on Oct 16, 2015 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Visit Mount Sopris at NGWA and AGU in December!

Visit Mount Sopris at NGWA and AGU in December!

Come visit Mount Sopris in Booth 653 at the upcoming National Groundwater Association annual meeting and exhibition from December 15th-17th, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada! The show is one of the largest water well drilling exhibitions and conferences in the world. Jim LoCoco, Thom Mandl, and Taylor Weber will all be on hand to answer any questions you may have about how borehole logging can help you design and maintain your water wells to the highest quality in the industry. For more information on the show, visit http://groundwaterexpo.com/. Bruce Manchon, PG, and John Sciacca, PG, two very knowledgeable hydrogeologists, will also be giving a 2-day course on Borehole Geophysics for Water Resources in conjunction with the NGWA. Mount Sopris equipment will be on display and this course is highly recommended for anyone new to logging or needing to brush up on current water well logging practices.   At the same time as the National Groundwater Association annual meeting, Mount Sopris will also be exhibiting in Booth 915 at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall meeting in beautiful San Francisco, California! The new QL40-OBI-2G Optical Televiewer will be on display and Lia Martinez is excited to demonstrate how optical image data can be quickly processed to for structure features with the new Image & Structure Interpretation workspace within the WellCAD software platform. Our Optical Televiewer now has the highest resolution and fastest logging speeds of any optical televiewer in the industry! For more information on this show, please visit http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2015/.        ...

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Local Outreach to Colorado School of Mines Students

Posted by on Oct 16, 2015 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Local Outreach to Colorado School of Mines Students

Local Outreach to Colorado School of Mines Students

Mount Sopris Instruments always pursues opportunities to give back to our geophysics community! To further this goal, geophysicist Lia Martinez volunteered to help teach a field class of graduate environmental students from the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) this past September. Lia is a past graduate of CSM in 2007 from the Geophysics Department, so teaching this class was ideal community outreach. The field methods course is taught by Dr. Kamini Singha, a long time owner of Mount Sopris equipment. Dr. Singha teaches her students to use natural gamma, temperature and fluid conductivity, and optical televiewer tools. Lia Martinez was also able to bring the newest acoustic televiewer, the QL40-ABI-2G. The CSM campus is located near a series of hard rock boreholes along the foothills west of Golden, Colorado. The boreholes are open, water filled, and generally 35 meters in depth. Throughout the day, Dr. Singha, Lia, and the students collected data and discussed borehole logging techniques beginning with basic applications and moving into more advanced topics, such as televiewer centralization and how to set the acoustic echo window time. The collected data will next be processed and analyzed using WellCAD software to answer questions about the local geology, fracture density and orientation, water quality, and groundwater flow patterns. Mount Sopris partner company, ALT, has generously donated 20 licenses for use in this class. In the coming weeks, Lia will return to CSM to help teach the new Image & Structure Interpretation (ISI) Workspace within WellCAD. This work will give the students insight and experience into how borehole logging techniques can be applied to professional environmental projects they may encounter in the future....

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Denver Water Aquifer Storage and Recovery

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Denver Water Aquifer Storage and Recovery

Denver Water Aquifer Storage and Recovery

Mount Sopris customer Gehrig, Inc. is logging Denver Water’s ASR (Aquifer Storage & Recovery) boreholes. They are running a QL40-GR Natural Gamma, QL40-ELOG Electrical Resistivity, and QL40-CAL Caliper stack to collect vital information about Denver Basin geology . This log data will be combined with drilling information (bit rate, WOB, etc.), lithology information, NMR data from Vista Clara’s Javelin tool, geochemical data, and others.  They are also creating isopachs of Denver basin aquifers. See the video above or visit the Denver Water website for more information on the ASR project and to see Mount Sopris LoggerSuite software in action.  ...

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Mount Sopris goes to Turin, Italy!

Posted by on Aug 10, 2015 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Mount Sopris goes to Turin, Italy!

Mount Sopris goes to Turin, Italy!

Come visit Mount Sopris at the EAGE- Near Surface Geoscience exhibition and conference held this September 6-10th, 2015 in Turin, Italy. Jim LoCoco will be on hand to discuss your upcoming projects and how our logging equipment can provide the solutions your client or research needs. Too often important groundwater, engineering, and environmental projects are stalled or passed over because surface geophysical equipment cannot provide the required results. Contact Mount Sopris or visit Jim in Turin to find out how borehole logging can help...

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Come visit us at EAGE Madrid!

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Come visit us at EAGE Madrid!

Come visit us at EAGE Madrid!

  Mount Sopris Instruments will be attending the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) annual meeting June 1st -4th, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. As a part of the Earth Alliance, a partnership formed between DMT, ALT, Vibrometric, and IDS, our Booth #1051 will provide a full range of near surface geophysical equipment. Please stop by to speak about your borehole logging application with Lia Martinez from Mount Sopris or Mariano Rodriquez  and Annick Henriette from ALT. We will have the NEW QL40-OBI-2G Optical Televiewer on display along with the recently released WellCAD Version 5.1 with Image & Structure Interpretation (ISI) module. We hope to see you...

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New Groundwater Borehole Logging Class

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Blog, News | Comments Off on New Groundwater Borehole Logging Class

New Groundwater Borehole Logging Class

Introduction to E-logging for Water Resources/Water Supply Applications and Direct Push Technology Presented by Bruce Manchon, P.G. and John Sciacca, P.G. Dates: April 28th to 30th, 2015 Location: La Vista Conference Center, Omaha, Nebraska Tuition Cost: $295    Workshop Description Borehole geophysics is, and will continue to be, a highly effective tool for water resource/water supply applications and is frequently applied in environmental investigations where, for example, sites must be evaluated to determine the distribution of contaminants. This portion of the workshop will provide the basic applications of borehole geophysics for designing and completing water production wells, assessing environmental concerns, conducting basin and hydrostratigraphic analysis, and rehabilitating or abandoning water production wells. This portion of the workshop will provide basic principles of log quality control and the main work products they should receive from a logging program and contractor (logging company). In addition, this portion of the workshop will demonstrate some of these important applications of borehole geophysics which include identifying water producing zones in well boreholes; evaluating the thickness the thickness, distribution and transmissive quality of granular, fractured and karst aquifers; identifying fractures; evaluating relative water yield and water quality; planning well systems; and planning and evaluating well seals, workovers/rehabilitation, and abandonment.   To further information, see the Borehole Geophysics Course Brochure or a detailed Course...

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Just published in EARTH magazine

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Just published in EARTH magazine

Just published in EARTH magazine

Mount Sopris is making a difference in the world! Mount Sopris’ mission is to improve people’s lives and the stewardship of natural resources through borehole geophysics. An article in the recent edition of EARTH magazine, entitled A dry and ravaged land: Investigating water resources in Afghanistan, illustrates one of the ways we do this. The article describes how the USGS has partnered with Afghan geoscientists to survey water resources in Afghanistan using Mount Sopris logging equipment. The results of this ongoing work will be critical to ensuring safe and reliable supplies of water for the rapidly growing population of Afghanistan, which is one of the world’s poorest countries and has an economy largely based on subsistence agriculture. Mount Sopris is pleased to play a small role in improving the lives of the Afghans. Click on the following link to read the article: http://www.earthmagazine.org/article/dry-and-ravaged-land-investigating-water-resources-afghanistan...

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Field Training for Twin Metals Minnesota

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Field Training for Twin Metals Minnesota

Field Training for Twin Metals Minnesota

Mount Sopris geophysicist Lia Martinez has recently returned from a field training in Ely, Minnesota. During the 2 day training, Twin Metals Minnesota geologists were taught the basics of well log analysis for mining exploration logging, how to log using an Acoustic Televiewer probe, maintenance practices for the truck mounted winch, cable, and equipment, and WellCAD log processing software with Image...

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WellCAD Essentials Course – Core Logging Data

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in Blog, News | Comments Off on WellCAD Essentials Course – Core Logging Data

WellCAD Essentials Course – Core Logging Data

WellCAD ESSENTIALS – CORE LOGGING DATA Don’t miss out! Rien Corstanje from Mount Sopris’s partner company, Advanced Logic Technology, will be teaching a 3 day WellCAD class in Houston, Texas from February 23rd to 25th. The course will cover introductory well log editing, header design, crossplots, creating lithology dictionaries, and core description. Objective WellCAD is rapidly becoming the standard software for core description data processing and presentation in the geosciences industry. This 3‐day short course will familiarize the course attendee with many aspects of the software including loading, processing and presentation of (core) logging data. Course Content The following topics will be covered during the course: Introduction to the concepts around which WellCAD is organized: User interface, types of data, loading and management of borehole data, presentation layout (templates) and data exchange with other software. Core descriptions with CoreCAD: Importing of core photos, setup of workspaces, vertical and lateral snap, zoom options. Document header design : Dynamic text fields, maps, legends, tables. Manipulation of data : Filter, depth shifting, resampling, blocking, formula parser, manual data entry. Dictionary design: New dictionary set-up, repeat and non-repeat pattern, import of patterns. Crossplots : Setup of a new crossplot, clustering of data, copy data back to main document. Who should attend The course can be followed by beginners and confirmed WellCAD users involved in the interpretation of data such as sedimentologists, geologists, technical assistants. See the course brochure for more...

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Exhibitions in 2015

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Exhibitions in 2015

Exhibitions in 2015

Please meet Mount Sopris at any of the following trade shows and conferences in 2015! Nebraska Groundwater Convention, Kearney, Nebraska Date: February 10-12, 2015 Information: Lia Martinez from Mount Sopris Instruments will be attending. Please contact Mount Sopris to schedule a meeting with Lia to discuss products, applications, support and training. Program at a Glance: Schedule for Attendees   Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (ASEG), Perth, Australia Date: February 15-18, 2015 Information: Jim LoCoco from Mount Sopris Instruments will be exhibiting with our Australian representative, Timothy Pippett of Alpha GeoScience. Annick Henriette from Advanced Logic Technology will also be exhibiting. We are offering a 2-Day Borehole Logging course directly after he show. For more information, please see the Course Brochure. Event Website: http://www.conference.aseg.org.au/ , Alpha GeoScience Website: http://www.alpha-geo.com/   Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, Toronto, Canada Date: March 1-4, 2015 Information: Jim LoCoco from Mount Sopris Instruments will be exhibiting with Annick Henriette from Advanced Logic Technology. Event Website: http://www.pdac.ca/convention   Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems (SAGEEP), Austin, TX Date: March 22-26, 2015 Information: Jim LoCoco and John Stowell will be exhibiting and presenting new research and products. Event Website: http://www.eegs.org/sageep-2015   American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), Denver, Colorado Date: May 31- June 3, 2015 Information: Rien Corstanje from Advanced Logic Technology will be attending to promote and support WellCAD software. Event Website: http://ace.aapg.org/2015   European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE), Madrid, Spain Date: June 1-5, 2015 Information: Lia Martinez from Mount Sopris and Mariano Rodriguez and Annick Henriette from ALT will be exhibiting. Event Website: http://www.eage.org/event/index.php?eventid=1237   South Atlantic Jubilee Water Show, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Date: June 26-28, 2015 Information: Jim LoCoco from Mount Sopris will be exhibiting. Event Website: http://www.jubileewatershow.com/   International Congress of the Brazilian Geophysical Society (SBGf), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Date: August 3-6, 2015 Information: Lia Martinez from Mount Sopris will be exhibiting with our Brazilian representative, Arthur Nobrega of AlphaGeofisica. Event Website: http://sys2.sbgf.org.br/congresso/, AlphaGeofisica Website: http://www.alphageofisica.com.br/   European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers- Near Surface (EAGE), Turin, Italy Date: September 6-10, 2015 Information: Jim LoCoco from Mount Sopris will be exhibiting with Mariano Rodriguez from ALT. Event Website: http://www.eage.org/event/?eventid=1119   NGWA Conference on Groundwater in Fractured Rock, Burlington, Vermont Date: September 28-29, 2015 Information: Lia Martinez from Mount Sopris will be exhibiting. Event Website: http://www.ngwa.org/Events-Education/conferences/Pages/5017sep15.aspx   International Mining Show Mexico, Acapulco, Mexico Date: October 7-10, 2015 Information: Lia Martinez from Mount Sopris will be exhibiting with our Mexican representative, Francisco Torres from Geoelec. Event Website: Coming Soon!, Geoelec Website: http://www.geoelec.com.mx/   Society of Exploration Geophysics (SEG), New Orleans, Louisiana Date: October 18-23, 2015 Information: Both MSI and ALT will be exhibiting at a large shared booth. Many new products and systems will be on display at the show. Event Website: http://www.seg.org/web/seg-new-orleans-2015/overview   National Groundwater Association (NGWA), Las Vegas, Nevada Date: December 15-17, 2015 Information: Jim LoCoco and Taylor Weber will be exhibiting for Mount Sopris. Event Website: http://www.ngwa.org/events-education/pages/calendar.aspx   American Geophysical Union (AGU), San Francisco, California Date: December 15-19, 2015 Information: Lia Martinez will be exhibiting for Mount Sopris. Event...

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WellCAD Version 5.0 is out now!

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Blog, News | Comments Off on WellCAD Version 5.0 is out now!

WellCAD Version 5.0 is out now!

Don’t forget to update your WellCAD software to access the newest workflows and enhanced data processing capabilities now! Highlights: New user interface in WellCAD, LithCAD, ToadCAD and HeadCAD. New free hand log type. New chart log type with cross-plots, ternary diagrams and histograms. Customizable toolbars and menus. Better control of annotations and operational symbols (latter ones are open to all users now). New author protection system. New crossplot overlays. New AGS4 file import. See the WellCAD page for more...

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Saving Money While Preserving the Environment

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Saving Money While Preserving the Environment

Saving Money While Preserving the Environment

Mount Sopris recently installed EcoTec LED lamps throughout its offices and manufacturing facility in Denver. Not only did this result in improved lighting, but annual energy savings estimated at 74% or $183,000 over the life of the lamps. Moreover, this energy offset is equivalent to 715 trees planted and almost 2000 lamps and ballasts diverted from the landfill. This investment is consistent with the company’s mission of improving both people’s lives and the stewardship of natural...

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New Gamma-Gamma Density Probe!

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in Blog, News | Comments Off on New Gamma-Gamma Density Probe!

New Gamma-Gamma Density Probe!

Mount Sopris has recently released a new generation slimline dual density probe! The QL40-DEN sidewall density sonde has a reinforced caliper arm and has been updated with fully downhole digital Quicklink telemetry. As part of the QuickLink tool series, it is stackable with other QuickLink tools such as the QL40-GRA Natural Gamma or the QL40-DEV Deviation tool. Contact Mount Sopris for further...

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Donation of 2PGA Gamma Probe

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Donation of 2PGA Gamma Probe

Donation of 2PGA Gamma Probe

Mount Sopris Instruments donated a 2PGA-1000 Poly Gamma probe to the EEGS Foundation, a 501(3)c charitable organization chartered to encourage the use of geophysical technologies to solve the near surface problems of today and tomorrow. The 2PGA tool provides natural gamma, spontaneous potential, and single point resistivity data in a compact body, able to function in boreholes as small as 2″ in diameter. It has been the cornerstone of the Mount Sopris Poly probe family for many years. You can find more information on the EEGS Foundation at...

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New 2500 Meter Winch!

Posted by on Mar 1, 2014 in Blog, News, Products | Comments Off on New 2500 Meter Winch!

New 2500 Meter Winch!

MOUNT SOPRIS is proto-typing a new small-footprint, high capacity geophysical logging winch. The new Model 4IWA-1000 (Intelligent Winch Assembly) geophysical logging winch is a result of our experience, customer feedback and innovation.

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