Airborne Geophysical Data Now Available from Virginia Earthquake Area

December 2014 - Data is now publicly available for the combined gravity, magnetic and radiometric survey that SGL flew in Virginia to help the USGS study the underground faults associated with the region's August 2011 earthquake.  This earthquake (Mw5.8) was among the largest in history along the US eastern seaboard and caused extensive damage.  The survey was flown using SGL's unique AIRGrav system, and according to the USGS this was the first time that airborne gravity was being used to map seismic hazards in the US.

Airborne Geophysical Surveys over the 2011 Mineral, Virginia, Earthquake Area

USGS (sciencebase.gov), November 24, 2014


Sander Geophysics Awarded Gravity & Magnetic Survey in Guyana

November 2014 - CGX Energy Inc. (CGX) has awarded Sander Geophysics an airborne gravity and magnetic survey in Guyana over the Berbice Block.  The survey will be flown with Sander Geophysics´ industry leading AIRGrav system, providing gravity and magnetic data with the highest resolution and accuracy available.  According to CGX, the results of the airborne survey will be used to assist with the design and placement of its follow-on 2D seismic survey.

CGX Energy announces Award of Onshore Survey on the Berbice Block to Sander Geophysics Ltd.

CGX Energy (cgxenergy.ca), November 13, 2014


SGL Participates in S3's Drop-Test Flight Campaign

November 2014 - Sander Geophysics supplied the helicopter and flight crew for the 1st phase of S3's drop-test flight campaign in North Bay, Ontario.  According to S3, this 1st phase involved the testing and verifying of various systems including avionics and navigation.  S3 reports that as part of the testing of system control and in-flight telemetry, the helicopter was flown to a maximum altitude of 3,800 m / 12,500 ft.

S3 Concludes 1st Phase Drop-Test Flight Campaign in North Bay

Swiss Space Systems (s-3.ch), November 2014


SGL Ventures into Space

October 2014 - Sander Geophysics sponsored the launch of a Space Weather Buoy with spaceweather.com.  This buoy launched on September 28th flew 115,000 feet above the Earth's surface to find out if the stratospheric radiation was rebounding from a Forbush Decrease that occurred earlier this month, after a coronal mass ejection (CME).  A CME is a large eruption of magnetized plasma blown away from the sun that bursts outward into space.  This activity sparked the strongest geomagnetic storm of the year.  These Space Weather Buoys have been launched into space regularly to study the effect of solar activity on the Earth's upper atmosphere.

Space Weather Buoy Recovered

spaceweather.com, October 2, 2014

Sander Geophysics Flight to the Edge of Space

Earth to Sky Calculus, November 2014


AIRGrav to Antarctica with NASA - for 6th Year

October 2014 - SGL is delighted to once again be involved in NASA's IceBridge project.   2014 marks the sixth year that SGL has supplied its industry leading AIRGrav airborne gravimeter to assist with NASA's polar research.  This campaign will be flown from mid-October to the end of November by NASA's DC-8 based in Punta Arenas, Chile.  According to NASA, the focus for the 2014 season involves ensuring that the flights flown allow for comprehensive monitoring of differences in height and depth of the ice sheet over time.  Flights that have not been accomplished recently will have a higher priority, thus ensuring that all sorties are flown on a rotating basis.

Antarctic 2014 - Planned Science Flights

NASA (nasa.gov), October 2014

Prioritized 2014 DC-8 Antarctic Flights

NASA (nasa.gov), October 2014


AIRGrav Survey Used to Target Seismic in Kenya

September 2014 - Camac Energy has recently awarded a contract to acquire 2D seismic data in onshore and offshore areas of Kenya, over Blocks L1B and L16.  The seismic program was designed based on the results of airborne gravity and magnetic surveys flown earlier by Sander Geophysics (see April 2013 news item).  Both surveys are part of CAMAC´s multifaceted program to define the petroleum resource potential in these blocks, which the company hopes could ultimately lead to a commercial hydrocarbon discovery.

CAMAC Energy to Acquire 2D Seismic in Kenya

Market Wired (marketwired.com), September 3, 2014


SGL Collecting High Resolution Mag for Directional Drilling

August 2014 - Sander Geophysics (SGL) recently completed a high resolution magnetic survey for Magnetic Variation Services (MagVAR) over the Texas/New Mexico border area (see map).  The magnetic data have been used by MagVar to develop sophisticated 3D geomagnetic reference models for real-time steering of directional wells using measurement while drilling (MWD) techniques.  The final processed data and In-Field Referencing (IFR) products are now available from MagVAR.

Airborne Magnetic Survey over Texas and New Mexico

Magnetic Variation Services (magvar.com), August 2014


SGL's Big Malawi Job Nears Completion

July 2014 - Sander Geophysics' survey flying in Malawi is nearing completion.  Malawi Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Minister, Atupele Muluzi expressed satisfaction with how the countrywide airborne geophysical survey is proceeding and indicated that the results could help the country's economy.  Fatima Mechennef, a Sander Geophysics crew member in Malawi, looks toward the timely completion of the northern and southern blocks and the successful conclusion of the survey data gathering phase.

Malawi Mining Industry Promising - Minister

Zodiak Online (zodiakmalawi.com), July 14, 2014


Non-exclusive Gravity and Magnetic Data Available:   South Highlands, Papua New Guinea

July 2014 - Sander Geophysics has finished final processing of the previously announced multi-client (non-exclusive) gravity and magnetic survey in the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea (PNG).  High quality gravity and magnetic data have already been delivered to clients who pre-funded the survey, and the data are now available for general licensing.  The survey covers almost the entire southern region of the highlands up to the Indonesian border, and includes much of the prospective foreland and highland areas of PNG. For additional information and pricing please contact Malcolm Argyle by email or by phone at +1-613-521-9626.

High Resolution Gravity and Magnetic Survey, Papua New Guinea

SGL (sgl.com), July 2014


Sander Geophysics Awarded Large Survey in Uruguay

June 2014 - Sander Geophysics has been awarded a contract to fly over 180,000 lkm of high resolution geophysics in Uruguay.  Six companies put in bids for the airborne geophysical survey and Sander Geophysics was chosen; deemed to be the best qualified company.  The geophysical survey will include magnetics and gamma-ray spectrometry over eight areas of the country.  The Director of Mining, Pier Rossi stated that it is a good investment and a good step for the mining sector in Uruguay.

La canadiense Sander Geophysics fue elegida por el gobierno para realizar “la investigación más importante” en geología
     Unofficial English Translation

BUSQUEDA, 12 de junio de 2014


SGL Acquired Tanzania Data Available for Purchase

June 2014 - Fully processed airborne geophysical data over parts of Tanzania are now available.  Acquired by Sander Geophysics in 2012-13 for the Geological Survey of Tanzania (GST), the final data are now available for purchase from the GST.  The data covers the Lupa Goldfied and the Singida-Handeni Corridor and includes 556,880 line kilometers of magnetic and radiometric data at a line spacing of 250 m, flown with a nominal 60 m terrain clearance.  AIRGrav gravity data flown at a 2,500 line spacing are also available over the entire survey area. For additional information please contact Prof. Abdul Mruma, GST CEO, by email or by phone at +255 262 32302.

Geological Survey of Tanzania Press Release

Geological Survey of Tanzania (gst.go.tz), June 2014

High Resolution Magnetic, Radiometric and Gravity Survey, Tanzania

SGL (sgl.com), June 2014


Sander Geophysics Aids Oil and Gas Exploration in PNG

May 2014 - Papua New Guinea (PNG) and its industry partners are celebrating the first shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the massive $19 billion PNG LNG project.  With a capacity of 6.9 million tonnes a year, the PNG LNG project is an integrated development that includes gas production, processing facilities, and over 700 km of pipeline connecting all facilities.  To support the search for additional oil and gas supplies in PNG, Sander Geophysics is currently flying a combined gravity and magnetic survey over an area that covers almost the entire southern region of the highlands up to the Indonesian border, and includes much of the prospective foreland and highland areas of PNG.  As reported earlier, the fully processed gravity and magnetic data is expected to be available in mid 2014, and data licenses are currently available.  For additional information and pricing please contact Malcolm Argyle by email or by phone at +1-613-521-9626.

First cargo shipped from $19bn PNG LNG project

Mining Weekly (miningweekly.com), May 26, 2014

High Resolution Gravity and Magnetic Survey, Papua New Guinea

SGL (sgl.com), May 2014


SGL Expands Non-exclusive Survey in Papua New Guinea

May 2014 - Due to strong client interest, Sander Geophysics´ has expanded the previously announced multi-client (non-exclusive) gravity and magnetic survey in the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea (PNG).  The survey area now covers almost the entire southern region of the highlands up to the Indonesian border, and includes much of the prospective foreland and highland areas of PNG.  The fully processed gravity and magnetic data is expected to be available in mid 2014, and data licenses are currently available.   Extensions to the survey area, and add-on survey areas, are also being considered at this time.  For additional information and pricing please contact Malcolm Argyle by email or by phone at +1-613-521-9626.

High Resolution Gravity and Magnetic Survey, Papua New Guinea

SGL (sgl.com), May 14, 2014


Malawians Impressed with SGL's Survey Progress

May 2014 - Sander Geophysics has completed more than 75% of the previously announced countrywide airborne geophysical survey in Malawi.  When John Bande, Minister of Mining for Malawi, visited SGL's project base in Chileka he said he was impressed with the progress made so far.  The Minister also expressed the government's desire to keep Malawians informed and in control of their natural resources.  Eric Seme, SGL's in-country project manager, understands the country's desire to promote the mining sector and said that he expects most of the remaining areas to be flown by the end of June.  Once the data acquisition is finished, complete analysis and interpretation of the data will take place.

Malawi Government Impressed with Airborne Mineral Exploration

allAfrica (allafrica.com), May 1, 2014


Luise Sander Honoured with Businesswoman of Year Award

April 2014 - Luise Sander, SGL Co-President, is the recipient of Businesswoman of the Year in the corporate category, awarded by the Women´s Business Network.  The awards were given out at a gala in Ottawa on April 24th.  With Luise´s strong leadership Sander Geophysics maintains its position as a world leader in the highly technical field of airborne geophysics.  This family business values and cultivates a dynamic working environment encouraging employees to thrive and build on their contribution.  Luise´s belief in a healthy lifestyle is revealed at Sander´s workplace through fitness, education and community opportunities.

Businesswoman of the Year Awards

Ottawa Business Journal (www.obj.ca), April 24, 2014


SGL Starts Gravity and Magnetic Survey for NWMO in Northern Ontario

April 2014 - Sander Geophysics is currently flying an airborne geophysical survey over the Ignace region in northern Ontario, as part of its contract with the NWMO to help assess potential sites for a deep geological repository for used nuclear fuel. Airborne gravity and magnetic data are being acquired by Sander Geophysics as part of the project, which also involves geological mapping, environmental surveys and intensive consultation with local communities.

NWMO begins aerial survey work

The Dryden Observer, April 8, 2014


Sander Geophysics Flies Surveys for Canada's NWMO

April 2014 - Sander Geophysics has started flying high resolution airborne magnetic and gravity surveys for the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) in northern Ontario and Saskatchewan.  According to NWMO, the surveys are part of a plan, spanning many years, to find a site where a deep geological repository could be constructed to safely contain and isolate Canada´s used nuclear fuel over the long-term.

Canada´s Plan for the Long-Term Management of Used Nuclear Fuel:   Preliminary Assessments > Airborne Surveys

Nuclear Waste Management Organization (nwmo.ca), April 2014


Sander Geophysics Featured in SKIES

April 2014 - SGL is featured in the March/April issue of Skies, a leading aviation industry magazine.  Sander Geophysics is currently flying a high resolution gravity and magnetic survey over a large area of Papua New Guinea´s Western Highlands to help guide exploration companies in their search for hydrocarbons, and Skies recently visited SGL´s field crew.  Skies reports that survey flying over the highlands interior with its dense rainforest, dramatically rugged terrain and highly unpredictable weather is a formidable task, but SGL is up to the challenge.

Canadian Airborne Geophysical Survey Company Charts New Territory in Papua New Guinea

Skies (skiesmag.com), March/April 2014


SGL's Geophysical Survey Brings Hope to Malawi Mining

March 2014 - The Malawi government is hopeful that the high resolution geophysical data from Sander Geophysics´ countrywide airborne survey will attract more foreign investment to the country´s underexploited mining industry, and thus increase this sector´s contribution to the economy.  Ministry of Mining permanent secretary Leonard Kalindekafe says Malawi expects to enormously benefit from the geophysical survey as it will allow investors to carry out follow-up exploration targeting specific areas identified in the survey.

Malawi pinning hopes of increased mining interest on airborne survey

Creamer Media's Mining Weekly (miningweekly.com), March 7, 2014


Luise Sander Elected Director of KEGS

March 2014 - Luise Sander, SGL Co-President, has been elected a Director of the Canadian Exploration Geophysical Society (KEGS) Foundation.  As described on the KEGS website (www.kegsonline.org), "KEGS and the KEGS Foundation support, nurture and promote geophysics at university, governmental and industry levels, in a spirit of kinship and openness for scientific advancement."  Luise is pleased to continue her long association with KEGS and is looking forward to serving as a Foundation Director.


IAGSA Honours Stephan Sander with Lifetime Membership

March 2014 - The International Airborne Geophysics Safety Association (IAGSA) has awarded Stephan Sander, SGL Co-President, with an honourary lifetime membership.  IAGSA promotes the safe operation of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft on airborne geophysical surveys, and Sander Geophysics is proud to be a founding and very active member of the organization.  Stephan is the current IAGSA President, and is happy to have been selected by IAGSA members for this award.


SGL Awarded Countrywide Geophysical Survey of Malawi

March 2014 - Sander Geophysics is flying an extensive high resolution magnetic, gravity and spectrometer survey over the entire landmass of Malawi.  According to officials in Malawi, the government expects that the data gathered will provide invaluable information for Malawi and encourage growth in the mining sector.  On a regional scale, the Work Bank says it has a plan to provide standardized information across the continent, improving accessibility of data and thus invigorating private sector exploration and investment.

Malawi Airborne Minerals Survey Expected to Draw More Investors to Mining Sector

Mining in Malawi (miningmalawi.com), March 7, 2014


Data Available - SGL's Gravity, Magnetic and Radiometric Survey in Tanzania

January 2014 - With survey flying in Tanzania complete, Sander Geophysics participated in a workshop in Dar es Salaam sponsored by the Geological Survey of Tanzania, and the Ministry of Energy and Minerals of Tanzania.  Preliminary results of the project were presented at the workshop, including over 550,000 lkm of airborne magnetic and radiometric data and over 50,000 lkm of airborne gravity data acquired by Sander Geophysics.  The Ministry of Energy and Minerals officials reiterated their expectation that the high resolution geophysical surveys, augmented with geological and geochemical data sets, will stimulate local and foreign investment in mineral exploration in Tanzania.

High Resolution Airborne Geophysical Survey in Tanzania

Exploration info Geophysics (explorationgeophysics.info), January 2014


Sander Flying Non-exclusive Survey:  Western Highlands, Papua New Guinea

January 2014 - SGL is currently flying a multi-client (non-exclusive) gravity and magnetic survey in the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea.  The fully processed gravity and magnetic data is expected to be available in mid 2014, and data licenses are currently available.  Extensions to the survey area, and add-on survey areas, are also being considered at this time.  For additional information and pricing please contact Malcolm Argyle by email or by phone at +1-613-521-9626.

High Resolution Gravity and Magnetic Survey, Papua New Guinea

SGL (www.sgl.com), January 20, 2014