Introducing Kenex new employee
Kenex welcomes Joel Newman to our team as a Geologist/GIS Analyst. Joel comes to us with ten years of experience in the mining industry in Australia and Africa, having worked in greenfields and near-mine exploration, as well as open-pit and underground mining on gold and iron ore deposits. More recently Joel has been providing drone inspection, mapping, and GIS services to clients in infrastructure, mining, agriculture, and viticulture. With this wide range of experience in geology, mining, remote sensing, and asset management we’re excited to see how he can add value for our clients through the innovative GIS solutions that Kenex offers.
More exciting discoveries for Duke Exploration
Kenex's client Duke Exploration Limited has announced that visible copper sulphides have been intersected in drillholes at the Quorn prospect, 9 km from Mt Flora within the Bundarra tenement. Read their announcement here.
The importance of mining for the green economy
Here's a great article that highlights the continued importance of mining for the green economy, highlighting the need to find more deposits 'close to home' to minimise the mining impact.
Read our last newsletter of the year
2020, it's a wrap!
It has been a challenging year, but it also had a few highlights that we want to share with you all in our last newsletter for the year. Read it here >
The office will be close from Crhistmas day to the 4th of January. Have a merry Christmas and see you all in 2021!
The Central Lachlan Orogen data package is out
The results of the Mineral Potential Mapping project that Kenex
undertook with the Geological Survey of NSW over the Central Lachlan
Orogen have just been released online! The report and data package from
the project are now available for download from DIGS from this link. This also marks the end of the 4-year
statewide mineral potential mapping collabroation between Kenex and the
GSNSW. For more information about the overall project, click here.
If you have questions about the project, or if you are looking to add value to your own exploration data with mineral potential mapping, don't hesitate to get in contact!
A Story Map to show how Mineral Potential Mapping works
Mineral potential mapping has always been at the core of Kenex's business through involvement in software development, publication of peer-reviewed papers, delivery of training courses, and the completion of over 200 mineral potential mapping projects for the mineral exploration industry and government organisations over the course of the last 18 years. Click here for more information about the advantages of mineral potential mapping or follow this link to see directly the Story Map of the Bundarra project case study.
Longreach Exploration gets CEI grant for Fletcher Awl
The latest round of Queensland Government Collaborative Exploration Initiative (CEI) grants have been announced and Longreach Mineral Exploration were one of the successful applicants. The grant will be used to do work on their Fletchers Awl project in Central Queensland, which is currently interpreted as a copper-gold porphyry/epithermal system. Kenex will be involved in the project helping Longreach update the regional geology map using machine learning and building a 3D geological map over the project area in order to better understand the underlying architectural controls on the mineral system at Fletchers Awl.
New downhole logging video from Kenex
Have a look at our latest video explaining the benefits of adding a downhole wireline logging workflow to your RC or diamond drilling program. We can help you get set up with an acquisition company, log and interpret the data collected and use the data to build robust 3D geological and targeting models. Make sure you getting the most data that you can out of your project for minimal extra cost!
The Bundarra case study for RIU
Our Business Development Manager Andrew Wilkins is at the RIU Explorers Conference in Fremantle this week and if you are there he would love to chat with you about how our technical services can help you to advance your project. If you are interested in our capabilities, have a look at our new presentation that highlights some of things we offer using Duke Exploration’s exciting Bundarra Project in Queensland as a case study.
Kenex December newsletter is out
With the end of 2019 approaching and the festive season on our doorstep it's time to reflect on what we've been up to for the last few months in our Christmas Newsletter. Our last day in the office is the 24th of December and we will be back up and running on the 6th of January. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Kenex Team!
Mt Flora drilling blog
QGIS live demo delivered at Place 19 conference
Our GIS analyst and geolgist Suzanne was invited to do a live demo on GIS analysis using free data and open source software at the Maori conference Place 19 in Rotorua. The demo shows how you can quickly and easily perform a landuse classification in QGIS. The tutorial is available as a presentation on Kenex slideshare.
New paper about the use of Random Forest tool in mineral potential mapping
Kenex Senior GIS Analyst Arianne Ford has just published a new paper on Practical Implementation of Random Forest-Based Mineral Potential Mapping for Porphyry Cu-Au Mineralization in the Eastern Lachlan Orogen, NSW, Australia. The study tests a number of different inputs to the Random-Forest machine learning method to see how it deals with "big data" and how the results changed with different levels of intervention from an expert. Download the paper here >
Drilling at Mt. Flora has started
Drilling has started at Duke Exploration’s Mt Flora prospect this week. The programme is off to a good start with copper and silver mineralisation intersected as predicted in the first 13 m. The Duke Directors, including Kenex Director Dr Greg Partington, visited the site earlier in the week and are positive about the results so far. Read more about this project and Kenex’s involvement on our Duke project page.
Eastern Lachlan Orogen mineral potential mapping and results
Last week, Kenex Senior GIS Analyst Dr Arianne Ford presented the
results of the Eastern Lachlan Orogen mineral potential mapping at the
Mines & Wines "Discoveries in the Tasmanides" conference in Wagga
Wagga for the first time. The project, undertaken in 2019 in
collaboration with the Geological Survey of NSW, looked at mapping the
mineral potential for porphyry Cu-Au, polymetallic skarn, Kanimblan and
Tabberabberan orogenic Au, and VAMS mineral systems.
The results of the project have been released in a data package that includes the final report, spatial data table which documents the maps made, digital mineral potential maps for each of the 5 mineral systems, and a comprehensive set of predictive maps that map the key components of each mineral system (source, transport, trap, deposition/preservation).
The data package can be downloaded from here.
Drilling at Mt. Flora
Duke Exploration is preparing to drill at the Mt Flora prospect in their Bundarra tenement EPM 26499 located in North Queensland. Three diamond holes for a total of 545 m are planned to assess the copper-gold-silver mineralisation potential of the Mt Flora mine area. Read more about it here
New OGR Paper
Kenex, in collaboration with the Geological Survey of NSW, have just published a comprehensive review of how to produce statistically valid, geologically meaningful, and practically useful mineral potential maps that can be used for strategic land-use planning and exploration targeting. Thanks to GSNSW, this work has been published as open access, so the paper is freely available to all. Get your copy here and feel free to distribute widely.
Dr. Bonham-Carter visiting the Kenex Office
Kenex recently had the pleasure of hosting Graeme Bonham-Carter in our New Zealand office. Graeme is a Canadian mathematical geologist who has extensive experience in geoscience data analysis, and is the author of one of the seminal books on mineral potential mapping - referenced in nearly every paper or report we produce! During his visit, Graeme presented a talk on regional geochemistry data analysis to Kenex staff which provided some useful insights on how we might use these techniques for our own projects in the future. In addition, Kenex presented an overview of the New South Wales Zone 54 mineral potential mapping work undertaken in 2018, which lead to a free flowing discussion on the workflows used in the project from both a technical and collaborative perspective. We are grateful to Graeme for taking the time to visit us while in New Zealand and look forward to maintaining ongoing discussions in the future!
Kenex August newsletter is out
It's been a busy 4 months at Kenex since our last newsletter. We are seeing an increase in the global interest in our work and along with the current projects described below we have a number of proposals out for consideration. Read the full newsletter for more news and updates from Kenex.
Keynote speech at the Future Generations Conference in Vancouver
Our Senior GIS Analyst Arianne will be presenting a keynote talk on mineral potential mapping at the RFG 2018 on Thursday June 21st at 08:30 in the Mineral Prospectivity session in room 116. Arianne will be around all week if anyone wants to discuss how Kenex can assist in supporting your mineral exploration or land-use decision making.
Kenex presenting at Geological Survey of Finland seminar in May
Arianne will be presenting at the final seminar hosted by the Geological Survey of Finland for the Mineral Prospectivity Modeller project in Rovaniemi, Finland, 2-4 May. She will talk about Kenex’s involvement in the development of the new release of the ArcSDM toolbox. Arianne will also be available to chat about how Kenex uses ArcSDM for mineral exploration targeting and how we can help you with project development.
A new CEO for Kenex
We are very pleased to announce that Katie Peters has been promoted to the role of CEO of Kenex. he will continue to manage the New Zealand operations as well as taking on more responsibility for the overall direction and strategic planning of Kenex.
Kenex have been working on finalising historic data compilations followed by 2D and 3D modelling as required for all 5 IDE project areas. After additional fund raising the intention is to list IDE on the ASX in the first half of 2018 and commence drilling on priority targets soon after listing. IDE also hold a 5-10% interest in tenements managed by Emmerson Resources Ltd in the Lachlan Fold Belt of NSW, which were also selected using Kenex model targets. Emmerson have recently raised an additional $2M specifically to continue exploration on their NSW tenements, and we look forward to hearing the highlights and hopefully good news in their future announcements. Check out IDE website for more news and information about their projects.
3D Hydrostratigraphic Modelling in the Wairarapa
In the second half of 2017 we have been working with the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) to develop 3D hydrostatigraphic models of the Wairarapa Middle and Lower Valley catchments using Leapfrog Geo software. The main purpose of the models is improving the planning of new boreholes and monitoring hole locations.
Mineral potential mapping in NSW completed
Kenex Kenex worked with the Geological Survey of NSW (GSNSW) to develop Mineral Potential Maps for intrusion-related Sn-W, intrusion-related Au and orogenic Au in the Southern New England Orogen. This was a pilot study that combined the high quality pre-competitive data and mineral system knowledge of the GSNSW with the mineral potential mapping expertise of Kenex.
Kenex is excited to announce that they have now filled two new positions and are currently in the process off employing another GIS analyst.
Geologist Emory Beck who has been working part time is now on board full time assisting with database management, GIS services including mapping, data collection/compilation and spatial analysis.
Andrew Wilkins has taken over the role of Business Development Manager working closely with our Operations Manager and Company Directors to promote and expand our services within the global minerals community and other industries. He will also continue monitoring and managing tenements held by Kenex and jointly with our Alliance Partners in Australia and South America.
We are pleased to announce that Katie Peters has moved into a newly created role at Kenex, as New Zealand Operations Manager. Katie has been a key part of Kenex's success during the past 10 years, most recently as Senior Geologist on our largest projects. We are delighted that Katie has agreed to take on this demanding role and look forward to the focus on day to day operations that she will bring.
While we are also sad to announce that we are losing Campbell McKenzie as our Chief Executive Officer, we are pleased that he will be taking up a position as a Kenex Director in a non-executive capacity. Campbell will continue to provide support to Kenex, in particular he will continue his work on the development arm of our business as we seek to realise value out of several copper and gold exploration projects Kenex has been instrumental in acquiring.
Kenex is pleased to announce that it has been selected by the New South Wales Department of Industry to undertake mineral potential studies within the Southern New England Orogen in the north-eastern part of the state. Working closely with the Geological Survey of NSW (GSNSW), and in particular the Geoscience Acquisition & Synthesis unit, the collective project team will produce a comprehensive accounting of the mineral resource potential for granite related (tin, tungsten, bismuth, molybdenum, gold and silver) and orogenic gold-antimony mineral systems. The aim for the project is to produce predictive mineral potential models for each of these mineral systems that provide output for:
- Land planning and advice purposes;
- Technical resources for improved mineral system studies, including global endowment estimations; and
- Promotion of the South New England Orogen through the generation of targets and prospective tracts to reduce exploration risk and encourage the uptake of exploration titles and increase exploration expenditure, particularly in regards to drilling.
We are looking forward to working with the mineral system experts and data managers at the GSNSW where our complementary expertise in predictive modelling will deliver on project outcomes and support the GSNSW’s well developed strategy of providing highest quality pre-competitive geoscience information and research, as well as attracting new investment in the states mining and exploration industry.
Kenex has developed substantial experience over 15 years in exploration data management and predictive modelling for minerals in a number of countries around the globe and for a number of different mineral systems. We have worked on behalf of exploration and mining companies and government clients at regional and local scale. We have recently developed capability in 3D predictive modelling which we are currently applying to a number of projects internationally for drill hole targeting and further geologically constraining resource estimation work. It is this expertise and experience that we consider has led to the GSNSW seeking out Kenex to support that agency delivering on its objectives.
About the Geological Survey of NSW
The Geological Survey of New South Wales sits within the NSW Department of Industry and is one of the oldest agencies in NSW Government, being continuously active since 1875. It has played a key-role in the development of NSW’s mineral wealth. Their aim is to build the foundation for resource discovery by providing high quality pre-competitive geoscience information and research, as well as attracting new investment in the state’s mining and exploration industry. They collect and manage geological, geophysical and geospatial data to inform and advise Government, exploration and mining industries and the community about the state’s mineral, coal and petroleum resources. NSW Department of Industry is the lead economic development agency in New South Wales, responsible for driving sustainable economic growth across NSW. They work with local, national and international customers and achieve results by collaborating with and supporting businesses, industries and communities.
Over the past 18 months Kenex Ltd has been working with respected Australian mineral economist Richard Schodde (MinEx Consulting Pty Ltd) on a project for the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC). The PDAC commissioned a study to assess the impact of remoteness on the mining industry, and to identify those districts in Canada where strategic investments in enhanced infrastructure could stimulate the development of new mines.
Through the combining of detailed economic analysis (MinEX) with Kenex’s specialised spatial modelling approach to statistically map a number of relevant parameters (climate, geography, distance to/from markets, lack of existing infrastructure, commodity type and mine scale) the economic impact of remoteness in terms of the required increase in ore grade needed to achieve the same economic return as a similarly-sized project in an area of perfect infrastructure could be understood. The results of this work were presented to government officials in Ottawa on 17 October 2016 and received very positive feedback. The outputs are expected to be used by officials to assist in their decision making regarding future infrastructure investment and therefore enhanced regional economic development opportunities in remote areas of Canada. This is just one of a several infrastructure focussed spatial analysis projects Kenex has been involved in lately. Others have included wind prospectivity analysis in relation to the transmission network in Australia and industrial mineral prospectivity in relation to rail and port infrastructure in the Middle East.
Tthe first of four applications that Kenex have made in conjunction with Alliance partner Emmerson Resources Limited in the Lachlan Fold Belt (NSW, Australia) have been granted by the NSW Department of Industry.
One of the challenges of exploring in NSW is the presence of younger cover sequences obscuring the prospective host rocks and, rendering traditional targeting for the next big mineral discovery obsolete. Emmerson entered into a strategic alliance with Kenex Limited (ASX: August 2015) with the specific objective of developing tools to predict new high quality gold and copper deposits beneath such cover and within the highly prospective geological belts of NSW and QLD.
Kenex is at the forefront of developing 2D and 3D predictive models from multiple datasets that aim to statistically improve the probability of discovery. In a “blind test” of this approach, the porphyry copper-gold models for NSW identified 56moz of gold from the total known gold endowment (includes production) of 59mozs. Similarly the epithermal gold model identified 6mozs from a total known endowment of 7mozs of gold.
The first four of the strategic alliance top ten targets occur near Wellington, Parkes, Temora and Fifield collectively constituting some 768km² in area. These targets are highly prospective for both epithermal gold-silver and porphyry copper-gold – and share many of the attributes that are present in the known, larger gold and copper-gold deposits within the Lachlan Fold Belt of NSW (e.g. Cadia, Ridgeway, Cowal).
Data compilation has now been completed on the Wellington and Temora targets where historical exploration has confirmed their prospectivity. The next step of exploration is underway and will include collecting high resolution aeromagnetics to better pinpoint specific areas for ground based exploration.
Emmerson Managing Director, Mr Rob Bills, commented “the first batch of targets from the strategic alliance with Kenex are underpinned by a very rigorous process of identifying the key elements that pinpoint world class mineralisation in the Lachlan Fold Belt. Kenex are experts in this field, having produced similar products in over 20 countries/regions around the world including in Oman (for VMS mineralisation), New Zealand (epithermal gold), the Tampia gold deposit in Western Australia and more locally, at our Tennant Creek Project in the Northern Territory. Thus we are confident that this innovative approach and investment in area selection will produce high quality projects and eventually mines. Further targets, both on open and held ground are currently being assessed. We have commenced the first phase of exploration over the granted targets and already received interest from a number of larger companies that see the potential of this innovative approach. “
Read the full ASX release by Emmerson Resources.
Emmerson Resources Limited Managing Director Rob Bills recently presented at the Australian Investors Association Conference on the Gold Coast. Among the several strands of work underway, Rob referred to targeting new opportunities using "big data" in alliance with Kenex. This work has seen the alliance apply for 4 project areas in NSW. A key theme running through Robs presentation was that of prediction and detection. Essentially the use of predictive spatial analysis to determine the areas of greatest geological potential which are then investigated in the field by appropriate detection technologies. For Emmerson, new technology and ideas continue to drive exploration in both their Tennant Creek project and in identifying new gold-copper opportunities. Read the full presentation.
Kenex client Emmerson Resources (ASX:ERM) has announced new results from recent drilling of the Edna Beryl prospect in the Tennant Creek Mineral Field, Northern Territory, Australia. The full ASX announcement can be found on their website. These new results at Edna Beryl confirm the high grade nature of the mineralisation and the potential for expansion beyond the sparse, existing drilling, particularly in ore Panel 3 and below. Kenex has worked with Emmerson in the Tennant Creek project area over the last 2 years and has formed a strategic alliance to identify exploration opportunities in other areas of Australia. Kenex is currently working with Emmerson on the Edna Beryl project to interpret data gathered from an optical bore hole imaging tool which also integrates with other tools, such as calliper, resistivity, natural gamma, conductivity, density and magnetic susceptibility probes. The data is being used to develop more robust geological models which will aid ongoing exploration plans as well as informing resource estimates for the project. Read the ASX announcment here
Kenex's client Explaurum Limited has seen significant recent growth in the exploration target area at their Tampia gold project in Western Australia. The following Mining News article provides an update on the project progress. Kenex continues to provide support to the project through exploration data management, field support for the drilling programmes and development of robust geological modelling to support mineral resource estimates. Read the MiningNews.net article here
The alliance between exploration company Emmerson Resources and Kenex has seen copper-gold projects applied-for in the Lachlan Fold belt of New South Wales, with two other regions also on the radar. Read the Emmerson full press release
Mariana Resources has released updated drilling results from their Hot Maden project in Turkey which display a number of excellent intersections of the mineralisation. More details about the results can be found here. Kenex completed 3D models of the mineralisation during 2015 and continues to assist Mariana with data management across a number of their projects.
Kenex client Explaurum Limited has reported shallow, high-grade gold mineralisation at its Tampia project in Western Australia.Assays from 14 reverse circulation holes at Tampia returned 4m at 11.69gpt gold from 1m; 4m at 5.78gpt gold from 9m; 12m at 3.22gpt gold from 23m; 11m at 3.11gpt gold from 8m; and 8m at 9.47gpt gold from 14m. The company believes the results will add to the 310,000 ounce resource at the project. Kenex has been supporting the exploration efforts at the Tampia Hill project through provision of exploration data management and 3D geological modelling services.