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Meet us in South Africa for SAGA 2017!

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Meet us in South Africa for SAGA 2017!

Meet us in South Africa for SAGA 2017!

  The 15th SAGA Biennial Conference & Exhibition takes place on September 10th – 13th 2017 at the Lord Charles Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa!    With a distinctive focus on “Expanding Frontiers”, experts will be sharing novel methods and applications related to the field of geophysics. These experts are drawn from diverse locations across the globe including leading academic and research institutions, minerals and petroleum exploration minors and majors as well as government delegations. A comprehensive selection of geophysical service providers exhibit and present the newest commercially available technology. The Conference, a staple of the geophysical fraternity in Africa and hosted by the South African Geophysical Association (SAGA), provides a forum for engagement and idea generation and sharing. SAGA was founded in 1977 to foster and encourage the development of Geophysics in South Africa and has since grown to over 350 members worldwide. Mount Sopris and ALT will be exhibiting in The Grand Ballroom at Stand A15.  Together, Mount Sopris and ALT offer a comprehensive suite of slim-line borehole geophysical instrumentation and software.  Stop by our booth to get information on new and upcoming technology that includes: SIP (Spectral Induced Polarization) Neutron generator probe 19mm Natural Gamma Probe (19 NGR Nano-Gamma) 2,500 meter servo-controlled smart winch Also, stop by for a demonstration of ALT’s new release of WellCAD 5.2!    WellCAD is toolbox that can be used for data import, interpretation, and presentation.  WellCAD 5.2 introduces many new features including: Restart Manager Composite Documents Auto Depth Matcher NMR Processing Module Color Classification Unit Converter RGB Color Coding Cased Hole Workspace Stop by our booth for the latest and greatest slim-line borehole geophysics equipment and software. See you in Cape Town, South Africa!...

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Field Training Lithium Mine in Salar de Atacama, Chile

Posted by on Aug 15, 2017 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Field Training Lithium Mine in Salar de Atacama, Chile

Field Training Lithium Mine in Salar de Atacama, Chile

    Mount Sopris Instruments geophysicist, Lia Martinez, recently spent  a week giving a training on how to use our acoustic televiewer tool for production lithium mining at the SQM Salar de Atacama lithium mine outside of San Pedro de Atacama, Chile in northern Chile. SQM uses a variety of Mount Sopris and ALT equipment on both sides of the border at mines in Chile and Argentina. Given the process of lithium mining as a brine, logging data is primarily collected and processed by Hydrogeologists in their Production and Exploration group. SQM is a long time Mount Sopris and ALT customer and has been using many of these logging tools for years.  The Sociedad Quimica y Minera (SQM) is a worldwide company based in Chile and was founded in 1968. They are producers of potassium nitrate, iodine and lithium carbonate. They also produce other specialty plant nutrition products, iodine and lithium derivatives, and certain industrial chemicals, including industrial nitrates. SQM invited Mount Sopris to give a training in the Salar primarily for the purpose of gaining better clarity about how to log and process acoustic televiewer ATV data in a difficult borehole environment. The salt is mined as a brine, so knowing where fractured and highly porous media exist using televiewer logs is very important for defining the salt as it changes with depth. They also use the processed acoustic televiewer traveltime caliper log to allow them higher accuracy when constraining and processing their NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) data.     The equipment for training included Matrix data logger WellCAD Version 5.1 with the Image & Structure Interpretation Workspace Portable winch with 450 m of 4-conductor cable QL40-ABI-2G Acoustic Televiewer- best on the market Other probes purchased include: QL40-GR Natural Gamma QL40-FTC Fluid Temperature and Conductivity probe   What is the Salar de Atacama? “The salt flat encompasses 3,000 km2 (1,200 sq mi), is about 100 km (62 mi) long and 80 km (50 mi) wide, which makes it the third largest in the world. Its average elevation is about 2,300 m above sea level. The Salar de Atacama is the world’s largest and purest active source of lithium, containing 27% of the world’s lithium reserve base, and as of 2008 provided almost 30% of the world’s lithium carbonate supply. High lithium concentration in its brine (2,700 parts per million), a high rate of evaporation (3,500 mm per year), and extremely low annual rainfall (<30 mm average per year) make Atacama’s finished lithium carbonate easier and cheaper to produce than what could be produced in the neighboring Salar de Uyuni, which is estimated to have half of the lithium reserves in the world. Salar de Atacama’s evaporation rate is the highest in the lithium industry, followed by Puna de Atacama, Argentina (2,600 mm per year), and the Salar de Uyuni (1,300–1,700 mm per year).” from Wikipedia “Salar de Atacama”     The training was focused around a few main objectives: Methodology and principles behind the acoustic televiewer sensor and images. Field well logging procedures including centralization, echo window configuration both in open hold and in PVC, telemetry settings, and LoggerSuite software. Maintenance and field troubleshooting of the acoustic televiewer and Matrix data logger. Advanced WellCAD processing and data interpretation using WellCAD V5.1 software with the Deviation and Image and Structure Interpretation workspace.   The first half day was used to review measurement principles. This proved to be a very successful process using a workbook and presentation provided...

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New Rental Available – NMR Probe

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in Blog, News | Comments Off on New Rental Available – NMR Probe

New Rental Available – NMR Probe

Mount Sopris is excited to now offer a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance probe for rental. This tool is a modified version of a tool typically used for deeper oil and gas logging. The Mount Sopris NMR tool measures total porosity independent of lithology and can calculate continuous permeability and grain size distribution.   With its 60 mm body and innovative technology, the NMR tool provides accurate subsurface measurements for a variety of slim borehole logging applications such as: Moisture content, specific yield and dry weight density in iron ore deposits Developing dewatering strategies for mining application Mapping aquifer hydrogeology for groundwater management Mapping brine hydrogeology for brine mining operations Mapping coal seam gas content and permeability for coal mining operations   The Mount Sopris NMR tool delivers high quality data for a wide range of geophysical parameters related to pore characterization. The tool is simple to use and requires minimal equipment and personnel, giving it the best value on the market.   Some of its advanced features include: Advanced NMR pulse sequences and signal processing techniques enable geophysical parameters to be determined with a high degree of precision and accuracy The MSI QL advanced wireline telemetry and powerful OPAL and WellCAD analysis software generates a detailed real-time continuous log Large depth of investigation due to impressive signal-to-noise (SNR) characteristics.   A team of Mount Sopris geologists and engineers received training on this tool this week from Representatives at NMRSA. We want to ensure that our employees are able to provide the best support for our products and be able to resolve any issue that may arise when operating this tool in the field. For more information on the measurement, please refer to the July issue of the Wireline Workshop. There will be more information on NMR featured in the September issue as well. Additional product information can be found on the NMR product page. For questions on how this tool may benefit you in your logging application and for rental inquiries, please email Rentals@mountsopris.com or call +(1) 303.279.3211 x 110. We are excited to now offer this product due to high demand from our customers. Mount Sopris is committed to providing the latest and most efficient tools and equipment in order to better provide you with a solution for your logging application. As always, don’t hesitate to Contact Us with other suggestions for new products! Hydrogeology...

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Global Uranium Symposium U2017

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Global Uranium Symposium U2017

Global Uranium Symposium U2017

Mount Sopris is excited to announce our participation in the U2017 Global Uranium Symposium being held in Casper, Wyoming from August 21-25th, 2017!   Mount Sopris Instrument Company was founded in Boulder, Colorado in 1951 at a time when locating uranium for weapon and reactor use was of national interest. The company’s first product was a portable scintillation counter.  Since then, we have designed, manufactured, and supplied a wider variety of natural gamma tools than any other manufacturer in this industry. We are proud of our history and currently work to supply the best products possible for the Uranium Industry. For that reason, we will be attending and demonstrating equipment at the upcoming Uranium Symposium in Wyoming.  You’re not going to want to miss seeing these new gamma logging probes for uranium!   On hand, we will be displaying handheld scintillometers designed and manufactured by Radiation Solutions in Canada. Classic natural gamma tools will be present in the form of our 32GR Slim Gamma and 40LGR Gamma, SP, and SPR probe. Last but not least, we will have our newly designed 19NGR Nano Gamma tool which is an incredible 19 mm in diameter!  Here is some information about the conference from the conference website: “The U2017 symposium is already shaping up to be an educational and best practices experience for members of the uranium industry – those responsible for the mining and production of the fuel used for nuclear power. Our goal is to bring in both experts and frontline workers involved in all phases of the uranium fuel cycle to discuss and share knowledge of an energy source that is vital to keeping America’s economy strong as well as to advance uranium mining, safety and reclamation. In addition to workshops and presentations on uranium research and global developments, participants will have the opportunity to tour regional mines while enjoying the beautiful Wyoming weather and hospitality. Check out our amazing featured speakers list that have committed to present at this year symposium Central Wyoming Section of SME’s History and Mission The Central Wyoming Section of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) has been active in all mining disciplines with a concentration of members from the uranium mining sector.  The Central Wyoming Section of SME is centrally located in Casper, Wyoming. The State of Wyoming has a unique position relating to the energy industries, which provides for a revenue stream to the state to maintain a variety of programs through the extractive industries. The Section has been active for over 65 years. ” Don’t miss the biggest Uranium Conference of the year. As an extra benefit, those who will attend the first day of the show will also get to see the total solar eclipse on the morning of August 21st. Casper just happens to be a perfect place to view this special event. We hope to see you there!  ...

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First International Sales Representatives Meeting

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Blog, News | Comments Off on First International Sales Representatives Meeting

First International Sales Representatives Meeting

Whether across the street or across the ocean, Mount Sopris is committed to delivering the BEST products and customer service to our customers. To further this mission, Mount Sopris recently held its first-ever International Sales Representatives Meeting at its facility in Denver, Colorado. 35 Sales partners from 18 different countries traveled to our facility in Denver, Colorado to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to effectively assist customers in the selection, operation, and support of Mount Sopris and ALT products. With products in over 120 countries around the world, our network of local geoscience professionals is critical in providing the prompt, expert support you need to successfully complete your subsurface investigations – no matter what time zone you are in! The Sales Summit, as it was named, provided intensive training on both commercial and technical topics related to all current MSI products and those of our sister company, ALT. Sales reps were also introduced to innovative new products that will soon be available, like the 2500 meter IWA truck-mounted winch or the slimmest downhole gamma probe in existence today – the Nano gamma. All attendees toured the Mount Sopris Instruments production facility in Denver, meeting the employees and reviewing our engineering, manufacturing, testing, and rental capabilities. The representatives were introduced to our Lean manufacturing system, designed to produce the highest quality products in the shortest amount of time and at the lowest cost.  In addition, the attendees also received specialized training on operating logging systems in our onsite borehole, developing application specific quotations, as well as the fundamentals of managing a rental program and international logistics. Sales reps who attended included: GeoExplo, Algeria RADEF srl, Argentina Alpha Geoscience, Australia Geosensor Wireline Pty Ltd, Australia Terraplus, Canada GeoExploration Technology, Chile  DRM Chile, Chile Hidrochile, Chile Laurel Technologies, China Electrotek, India PT Mitra Intimarga, Indonesia Geostudi Astier, Italy C&H Inc, South Korea Geoelec, Mexico Okoro and Co., Nigeria GeoInstruments sac, Peru Al-Hazzazi Global Technologies Co, Saudi Arabia/Iraq/Jordan Eycossa, Spain Guideline Geo, Sweden CFU, Turkey TRX Consulting, Venezuela It wasn’t all work for the sales reps, however, as they had the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of Colorado.  Some reps summited the 14,000 feet (4400 meters) Mount Evans and toured a historic 19th century gold mine, while others toured the world-famous Dinosaur Ridge, Red Rocks, and the Coors brewery in Golden, Colorado. Most reps also got the chance to meet the legendary Buffalo Bill!   The first-ever Mount Sopris Sales Summit is just another example of Mount Sopris’ dedication to providing not only the very best products, but also the very best customer support. Whether you need a replacement part, onsite training, or a complete logging system, Mount Sopris sales reps are uniquely prepared to sell you the correct equipment, as well as provide the after-sales support that is critical for your success. Click here to get to know our sales representatives across the...

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Ground water Logging in Myanmar

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Ground water Logging in Myanmar

Ground water Logging in Myanmar

Mount Sopris Instruments’ geologist, Taylor Weber, recently spent a week in Myanmar giving a training to the Department of Rural Development (DRD) on logging and data processing for groundwater applications. Taylor also gave presentations to the Department of Geological Survey and Mineral Exploration (DGSE) for Myanmar and Geo Asia Industry & Mining Co. (a private mining company) on the benefits of our logging equipment for mineral exploration and characterization. TRAINING WITH THE DRD: “In accordance with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, the Department of Rural Development (DRD) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation is undertaking sustainable rural development measures for the sake of improvement of quality of life of people and their living standard. DRD is the focal department for rural development in Myanmar and is mandated to construct rural road and bridge, rural water supply and sanitation, rural electrification and rural housing and to enhance livelihood and income generation.” Check out the DRD website here. The focus of the training with the DRD was to improve the rural water supply well construction.  By implementing our equipment into their drilling program, they will be able to optimize their water supply well construction.  Basic measurements like natural gamma, resistivity, SP & SPR allow the operator to draw inferences about: Bed boundary analysis Facies changes Quantitative geological formation properties Identification of Hydrostratigraphic units Aquifer thickness and Water quality Hydrocarbon intervals, Ore body zones, In-situ Uranium assay Fluid contaminant monitoring, Soil horizons, Grain size estimation The availability of clean drinking water in rural areas is a primary responsibility of the DRD.  You can see from the list above that even basic measurements collected from the 40GRP will allow the DRD to improve their program and bring clean water to the rest of the country. The training with the DRD was two days long and included: Day 1 – hardware training on the following equipment: MATRIX acquisition system 500 meter MXA winch 40GRP-1000 Resistivity and Gamma combination probe Field printer, notebook computer, battery, inverter, and accessories Day 2 – data importing, processing, presenting, and interpreting using: WellCAD   Overall, the trip was a great success.  By bringing new equipment and technology into Myanmar and implementing it into their drilling program, we hope to improve the lives of people and the stewardship of natural resources worldwide through near surface geophysics....

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Mount Sopris Welcomes New Interns

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Mount Sopris Welcomes New Interns

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

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Featured Rental: Handheld Gamma Spectrometer

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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