Groundbreaking tools for structural economic geology       





A node-based 3D geological modeling software that hosts a set of geo-scientific expert-based modules. It's user-friendly and its adaptability to early stages of exploration makes this software a significant tool for geologists and technicians, not only for off-site compilations and further modeling, but also at the exploration site.





An Ore.node™ module for structural logging developed to facilitate and improve the collection of structural data in oriented core. Exceptional at handling linear and kinematic features, this software also easily captures fold asymmetries, facing and shear sense. Its simplicity allows even recent graduates and technicians to collect complex structural features like a pro.    

vSET™ is based on a new geometrical reading method developed by Rogerio Monteiro in 2001, and is the best practices in major companies worldwide. It significantly improves the acquisition of structural data, particularly  lineations' measurement - a key factor for the understanding of the geometry of orebodies.

This software module includes a nodes editor (control center), a spreadsheet (data enter), a 3D viewport (boreholes and structural data visualization) and a     Stereonet viewport. These are all integrated and the collected data is updated in all views simultaneously. The vSET™  module is capable of running on a Microsoft Surface tablet, significantly improving efficiency and data visualization on-site and in real-time.                                     










An Ore.node™ module for structural logging of non-oriented core.  It uses a robust algebraic algorithm to recast the likely orientation of key structural mineralization vectors, allowing for - otherwise not possible, significant geometrical predictions.  

This method has been used in various exploration sites globally with remarkable results by re-directing drilling towards unknown mineral body extensions. In addition to helping you to quickly understand the mineral body geometry, vSI™ also allows you to acquire sufficient information to predict its extensions and to design a better drilling geometry. This application should show you the benefits of capturing the structural mineralization vectors of your mineral target, even before you have been able to implement your oriented core program.




An Ore.node™ structural logging module for 3D borehole images designed to extract planar features and acquire and process linear and kinematic features from televiewer images. Planes, lines, fold asymmetries, facing and shear sense can be easily extracted directly from  3D de-surveyed borehole images.         

Although televiewer is a remarkable tool to acquire structural data, industry-available softwares do not enable the extraction of linear and kinematic features from these images, limiting the interpretation to the collection of planes. vSBI™ offers the solution, allowing our clients to increase their understanding of their project architecture as well as the geometry of the mineralization. This implementation proved to significantly improve the understanding of complex ore bodies architectures, which were later validated by underground mining (Thompson Nickel Belt -McDowell, Stewart and Monteiro, 2007 - In-mine Exploration and Delineation Using an Integrated Approach -Exploration 2007 - Advances in Mine Site Exploration and Ore Delineation Panel, Paper 40, pg 571-589) and has been successfully applied by our team globally.    




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A 3D scanner and modular, node-based 3D software application for structural analysis and virtual core library acquisition.    It is the first 3D core imaging tool designed to obtain a permanent record of significant structural features observed in core samples - particularly the mineralization-related structures - key factors for Structural Vectoring®.     

The resultant 3D virtual core can be digitally stored and electronically transferred off-site to any location worldwide for the processing of lines and planes, including kinematic features associated to faults and folds. Their spatial location, orientation, and characteristics are directly extracted from within the software’s 3D viewport. The structural information can be live-linked to the Ore.node’s stereonet for analysis and visualization. This allows for the structural information to be validated and audited by experts or prospective investors, even after the core has been cut, split and pulverized for chemical analysis. In addition, the Ore.node-vKore™ scanner (Reader) is light-weight, rugged and portable, and it can be run from car batteries if the exploration project is located in remote areas. 






non-magnetic compass

The ML-Compass (US Patent number 6701631; Monteiro and Laamanen, 2004 (Authors) – intellectual property of Vale S.A.) was developed to overcome the problem of collecting structural data in locations where the magnetic field is distorted, where conventional magnetic compasses are rendered useless (such as with underground mines, highly magnetic rocks or ore, locations with high magnetic inclination).

This compass can be used underground and in open pit environments and was also tested in high latitude areas. It is simple to use and results are obtained in real-time.