December 2012

Eric Rops, a third year Western University Geophysics student was selected for their Science Internship program and ended up half way around the world in Tanzania working on a survey Sander Geophysics is flying for the government of Tanzania.  Eric is looking forward to his next tour which begins in the new year and will keep him busy in the country processing data for another two months.  SGL is pleased to have been able to offer employment and training to Eric and many other co-op and intern students, several of whom have gone on to become full-time Sander Geophysics employees.

Turning an Internship into a Once in a Lifetime Experience

Western Science (, December, 2012

October 2012

Sander Geophysics is pleased to once again to be working on NASA's Operation IceBridge project collecting data with SGL's AIRGrav system over Antarctica.  Survey flying began on October 15 and will continue through mid-November.  According to NASA, this season IceBridge will survey previously unmeasured areas of land and sea ice and gather further data on rapidly changing areas like the Pine Island Glacier.

IceBridge - Antarctic 2012

NASA (, October-November, 2012

September 2012

As Sander Geophysics prepares for another season of surveying in Antarctica with Columbia University and NASA, some questions are answered.  Ken Jezek and Michael Studinger of Operation IceBridge discuss the challenges of providing accurate polar region data and the importance of such information to prepare for climate change.  The state-of-the-art technology used for the project is also revealed, including SGL's AIRGrav system which helps scientists understand what is occurring beneath the ice shelves.

Ken Jezek, Co-Team Lead for Ice Sheets, and Michael Studinger, Project Scientist for OIB, NASA Operation IceBridge

ResearchMediaLtd (, August 30, 2012

August 2012

Data are now available from the Gippsland Basin Nearshore Airborne Gravity survey, Victoria, Australia conducted by Sander Geophysics.  This AIRGrav survey is part of the CarbonNet Project for the Department of Primary Industries to gain a greater understanding of on-shore, near-shore and immediate off-shore of the Gippsland Basin.  The enhanced knowledge of the geology will assist the CarbonNet team identify and evaluate potential carbon storage sites.

Gippsland Nearshore Airborne Gravity Survey

Department of Primary Industries, Victoria, Australia (, August 16, 2012

July 2012

Sander Geophysics has completed the airborne survey component of the Tellus Border Survey in Ireland.  Funded by the European Union and managed by scientists from the Geological Surveys of Ireland and Northern Ireland, this world-class survey will provide scientists with increased knowledge of the soil, rocks, water and natural resources.  The survey involved collecting almost 60,000 km of high resolution airborne magnetic, radiometric and electromagnetic data, all recorded simultaneously using SGL's specially equipped Twin Otter aircraft.  This unique survey platform, which can also be configured for airborne gravity using AIRGrav, is now available for surveying worldwide.

Tellus Border Airborne Survey Touches Down for Final Time

Tellus Border News Release, July 23, 2012

July 2012

Sander Geophysics has been flying a combined magnetic, radiometric and electromagnetic survey in Ireland as part of the multi-disciplinary Tellus Border mapping project (  According to scientists from the Geological Survey of Ireland, the data gathered by SGL´s highly sophisticated instruments will significantly enhanced the knowledge of the geology in the area.  TV news coverage from Ireland discusses the project, and shows the SGL aircraft and crew in action.

Tellus Border Mapping Project (this segment at 17:20)

RTE News,, July 25, 2012

July 2012

Sander Geophysics has started flying a combined gravity, magnetic and radiometric survey in Virginia to help the USGS study the underground faults that caused the region's earthquake in August 2011.  This earthquake was among the largest in history along the US eastern seaboard and caused extensive damage.  The survey is being flown using SGL's unique AIRGrav system, and according to the USGS this is the first time that airborne gravity is being used to map seismic hazards in the US.

Low-Flying Airplane Mapping Virginia´s Underground Faults Next 11 Days

USGS,, July 10, 2012

Technology flies overhead to detect earthquake activity below

NBC12,, July 12, 2012

Flights Take Off to Find 2011 East Coast Quake Fault

OurAmazingPlanet,, July 13, 2012

April 2012

SGL has taken delivery of a second Eurocopter AS350 B3 helicopter to support the continued high demand for its airborne geophysical services.  The Eurocopter AS350 B3 is a modern high performance light helicopter with a reliable and powerful turbine engine.  With its unrivaled safety record, high altitude and long endurance capabilities it is well suited for survey flying.  SGL´s geophysical survey fleet now includes 17 company-owned, extensively modified aircraft.

Sander Geophysics Acquires Another B3 Helicopter

Sander Geophysics Press Release, Ottawa, Canada, April 24, 2012

March 2012

LNG Energy announces positive prospects in its recent work in Papua New Guinea, PPL 319.  The results of a combined aeromagnetic and gravity (AIRGrav) survey flown by Sander Geophysics in 2010 have been confirmed by a recent 2D seismic survey.  The AIRGrav and seismic surveys imaged a structure that is identified as the Tuyuwopi prospect.  LNG believes this structure has characteristics that are representative of a proven hydrocarbon trend.

LNG Energy Completes 2D Seismic on Papua New Guinea PPL 319 Licence and Identifies Tuyuwopi Prospect

LNG Energy Ltd., Vancouver, British Columbia, March 29, 2012

February 2012

Sander Geophysics is flying a combined magnetic, radiometric and electromagnetic survey in Ireland as part of the multi-disciplinary Tellus Border mapping project (  The enhanced airborne geophysical data will be made available to researchers and local policy makers, among others and according to the project leaders these data will aid in environmental management and the development of natural resources including geothermal energy.  In previous Tellus surveys (between 2004-2010) in Northern Ireland, the geophysical data were used to select suitable areas for Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS).

Deep geothermal resources of Ireland: Implications from the Tellus and Tellus Border projects

The Geothermal Association of Ireland, Newsletter No. 20, February 2012

January 2012

Sander Geophysics is very pleased to be part of the multi-disciplinary Tellus Border mapping program, covering a large area in Ireland near the border with Northern Ireland.   SGL is responsible for the airborne geophysics component, which involves surveying with sophisticated instruments measuring electrical conductivity, magnetic field and natural radioactivity of soil, rocks and groundwater.  These instruments are flown in a specially equipped aircraft at low altitude.  Steps have been taken to mitigate any affects of the low flying aircraft including informing landowners and coordinating closely with animal owners in the agricultural community.  The Tellus Border project is a partnership between several groups, who report that all the new data will be combined with existing data across Northern Ireland to provide such things as improved geological mapping, enhanced knowledge of radon levels and allow the modelling of peat depth.   For more information about this project including the latest flight schedules and the survey progress visit

Tellus Border — Geophysical Survey

Tellus Border News, Issue 2, Autumn/Winter 2011-12