The current state of mining geophysics in Latin America

The current state of mining geophysics in Latin America: methods, technologies, limitations, regional challenges and requirements for future professionals.

Speaker Bios

Telma Aisengart

Telma Aisengart is an experienced Senior Geoscientist with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry and management of technical teams. mentoring and developing the professional paths of the team members as well as achieving solid technical knowledge and helping customers to succeed. Delivered several technical presentations in National and International conferences. Managed the data services team in data cleansing and organization projects for major mining companies. Strong geophysics professional with 35+ years of experience, graduate studies and a Master in Physics from CBPF/CNPq and specialization in geophysics, having worked with seismic data processing in several companies before specializing in potential fields methods, having trained geophysicists in major companies such as Petrobras, YPF, Sonangol, Rio Tinto, BHP, Anglo American amongst others in the Oil& Gas and Mining sectors.

Maria Alagia

Maria Alagia is a Senior Geophysicist at Wellfield Services Group

Jeremy Barrett

Jeremy Barrett received a B.Sc. honors degree in Geophysics from Leicester University in 1992 and has continually worked as a geophysicist within the mineral exploration industry over the last 28 years. His career began with Rio Tinto working on extensive geophysical survey programs in Chile & Ecuador, transferring to CRA Exploration in Queensland, Australia in 1995 focused on exploration around the newly discovered Century deposit. At the end of 1996, he returned to Chile to start up and manage Zonge Engineering and Research Organizations contracting services in South America which, after a change in ownership, became Southernrock Geophysics based out of Antofagasta and Santiago. For the last 24 years Southernrock has provided geophysical services, focusing on IP, MT, and EM methods, throughout the Andean belt as well as Brazil, Central America, Africa, Europe and Australia. Jeremy has been actively involved with development of the gDAS24 and gDAS32 distributed acquisition system.

José R. Arce

José R. Arce has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Geology and Geophysics (1991) from the University of Missouri-Rolla. He also has a Masters of Science Degree in Geophysical Engineering (1993) from the University of Arizona. He’s been working as a geophysicist on Arce Geofísicos since 1993 and currently heads the company with more than 954 geophysical surveys to date in most of the American continent.

In the Society of Exploration Geophysicsts (SEG) he has chaired the Mining Committee (2015-2016), Near-Surface Technical Section (2019), Meetings and Review Planning Committee (2020), AGU-SEG collaboration committee (2018) and has represented District 6 in the Council (Latin America) between the years 2015-2017. He is currently a member of the Equity in Process & Diversity and Inclusion Task Force and the Health, Safety, Security and Environment committee.

In the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) he has been Regional Vice-President for Southamerica and has been a member of the Nominations and Fellowship committees as well as the Council.

He presided the organizing committee of the XIII Latin American Geological Congress in 2008 and presided the Peruvian Geological Society in 2012-2013.