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Overview of innovation

Various techniques are available to locate magnetic bodies buried in the subsurface, particularly when it comes to mining explorations. Existing techniques have restrictions and problems, such as only working with profile data, being restricted to a specific source type, or failing in the presence of remnant magnetization (magnetization which some rocks possess even in the absence of a geomagnetic field).

A Wits researcher has come up with new algorithms better to interpret already available magnetic data. In particular, these equations more accurately determine the subsurface location, geometry and depth of magnetic bodies from aeromagnetic data.  Thus, the algorithms make it easier for geophysicists and geologists to find mineral deposits of economic value.

The developed algorithms are not constrained by some problems that exist with existing techniques, as set out above.

Type of Intellectual Property protection
Patent
Innovation Opportunity Type
Collaboration
Licensing
Partnership
Pilot
Industry
​Mining and quarrying
Natural Resources
Technology Readiness Level
TRL 5 – Prototype tested in a controlled environment
Website link
https://wits-enterprise.co.za/innovation-support/innovations/geophysics-mineral-software-modelling