Corescan contributes to Barrick's exploration success at El Indio, Chile

14 Aug 2015

Corescan is pleased to announce its involvement with Barrick’s Alturas gold project located in the El Indio district of Chile.

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Barrick recently announced exploration success at this large, high-sulfidation, epithermal gold deposit. Corescan was contacted to provide detailed mineralogical information that was able to advance Barrick’s alteration knowledge and improve their geological modelling of the deposit.

Corescan provided an onsite laboratory at Barrick’s remote exploration camp in the high Andes (due east of La Serena), which operated throughout the 2014-15 field season.

Core was scanned immediately following drilling and prior to cutting, with real-time processing delivering mineralogical maps directly to the site geologists as an integrated, automated, core-logging solution. Core photography (50micron) and mineralogical imagery were made available via satellite link from site to Barrick’s global exploration team via Corescan’s virtual core library (

“The delivery of real-time mineralogical maps to the field geologist at the core shed has been a dream for many years. Having improved mineralogical information ‘at the rig’ helps make better decisions, and builds better geological models, faster” said Neil Goodey, Corescan’s Managing Director. “Corescan are proud to have had the opportunity to work with Barrick to showcase this revolutionary, fully-automated, in-field work-flow.”

“Corescan’s on-site solution delivers timely, high quality alteration mineralogy resulting in more emphasis on interpretation,” said Kevin Creel, Barrick’s Senior Director for Exploration. “Not only have Corescan results accelerated understanding of mineralization controls, positively impacting our exploration program, it also captures robust data for future use by metallurgists, engineers, and other experts.”

In a recent interview with, Barrick’s SVP of Global Exploration, Rob Krcmarov praised the implementation of Corescan’s technology at Alturas and credited the technology with “producing truly sophisticated mineral maps and models“, and providing fundamental knowledge on mineralization vectors and underlying geology (R. Krcmarov,, 17June2015).

Brigette A. Martini, PhD
VP Business Development, Geologist, Corescan
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