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December 7, 2016

Geosoft introduces IP and resistivity inversion in VOXI Earth Modelling

Geosoft has added induced polarization and resistivity data inversion to its VOXI Earth Modelling 3D inversion software service. Geoscientists are now able to create detailed 3D models of conductivity and chargeability from IP and resistivity survey data with VOXI. The resulting models can assist in interpreting and targeting regions for mineral and environmental applications...

December 5, 2016

Mexico's Deepwater Round Exceeds Expectations

Some of the world's biggest oil companies showed up Dec. 5 and agreed to invest on the Mexican side of the Gulf of Mexico, proving that deepwater exploration still has a pulse despite challenging market conditions...

November 30, 2016

Magnetic inversion results for Ngamiland available for download

A regional-scale geophysical inversion of magnetic field data in the Ngamiland region of northwestern Botswana is now available for download from the Botswana Geoscience Portal, a partnership initiative of the Botswana Geoscience Institute, industry sponsors and Geosoft...

November 30, 2016

LIGO Resumes Search for Gravitational Waves

After a series of upgrades, the twin detectors of LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, have turned back on and resumed their search for ripples in the fabric of space and time known as gravitational waves. LIGO transitioned from their engineering test runs to full science observations at 8 a.m. Pacific Standard Time on November 30...

November 9, 2016

International Volcano Scientists Unite

For the first time, the United States will host the international Volcano Observatory Best Practices workshop, previously held only in Italy. The workshop will take place this month in Vancouver, Washington. It is designed specifically for volcano observatories around the world and their staff to exchange ideas and best practices with each other...

October 4, 2016

USGS Assesses Mineral Potential for Sagebrush Habitats in Six Western States

USGS has completed a comprehensive assessment and inventory of potential mineral resources covering approximately 10 million acres of Federal and adjacent lands in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming...

October 3, 2016

Uganda Targets Up to U.S.$100 Million for Mineral Exploration

Uganda is well endowed with mineral resources and, like many naturally-gifted African countries, is becoming keen on ensuring that these resources play a transformative role in its long-term structural transformation dream - the Vision 2040...

September 9, 2016

Small-Scale Fishers Get A Big Boost With First-Of-Its Kind Impact Investment Fund

Conservation organization Rare announces the Meloy Fund for Small-Scale Fisheries at Our Ocean Conference. The Global Environment Facility, one of the largest funders of conservation worldwide, will be investing $6 million into the fund...

September 1, 2016

Scientists take to the skies to track West African pollution

Scientists operating research aircraft over West Africa have detected organic materials in the atmosphere over a number of urban areas, contributing to concerns of the rise in pollution across the region...

August 17, 2016

New IGS Xplore prospectivity maps for Botswana

International Geoscience Services have released a series of base metal prospectivity maps for the Ngamiland District of northwestern Botswana using free geodata available on the recently-launched Botswana Geoscience Portal, hosted by Geosoft. The maps identify favorable areas for copper, zinc and lead mineralization using geological, geochemical and geophysical datasets downloaded directly from the portal.

August 11, 2016

NexGen Makes New High Grade Discovery

NexGen Energy reported the discovery of a new high grade zone of mineralization 4.7 km northeast of the Arrow Deposit as part of an on-going summer drilling program on its 100% owned, Rook I property, Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan...

August 10, 2016

Rampion UXO Disposal to Take Place This Week

E.ON has confirmed that the two unexploded devices, detected along the Rampion offshore cable route will be safely disposed this week following the consultation with the Marine Management Organisation...

August 9, 2016

Diamonds In The Rough: E&Ps Find New Reserves In Mature Basins

The oil industry’s history demonstrates clearly that new plays and prospects have long been found in mature basins that were thought to be well on the way to being squeezed dry. Through the acquisition of new data, developing new concepts and coming up with fresh interpretations, long-producing basins around the world from the North Sea to Malaysia have continued to reveal new riches...

August 8, 2016

Northern Shield Identifies High Quality VTEM Targets at Séquoi

Northern Shield Resources announced the results of the interpretation and modelling of the VTEM survey from the Séquoi Property in the Labrador Trough of Quebec . Séquoi is owned 100% by Northern Shield and is being explored for Noril'sk style Ni-Cu-PGE massive sulphides. After geophysical modelling and interpretation of the VTEM data from Séquoi, six VTEM anomalies of significant interest have been identified...

August 3, 2016

Rio Tinto tailors big data drive to copper

Rio Tinto will put the weight of an exploration big data push and its newly-formed Growth and Innovation group behind its desire to identify a "tier 1" copper asset. Speaking at the annual Diggers & Dealers conference in Kalgoorlie, Growth and Innovation group executive Stephen McIntosh said Australia was "overdue for a tier 1" mineral discovery of any type...

August 1, 2016

Tetra Tech Awarded $200 Million Navy CLEAN Contract

Tetra Tech announced that it has been awarded a $200 million, single-award contract by Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Atlantic. Through the Comprehensive Long-term Environmental Action Navy (CLEAN) contract, Tetra Tech will provide environmental engineering support services to installations within the NAVFAC Atlantic Area of Responsibility...

May 3, 2016

NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS), MODUM Partners announce "Young Scientist Summer School on Sea Dumped Chemical Weapons"

This international project cooperates closely with CHEMSEA (Search and Assessment of Chemical Weapons) Project for and sharing and knowledge transfer...

April 12, 2016

Monday mad rush for gold stocks

Renewed optimism about the outlook for gold saw investors pile back into gold stocks, pushing many stock to 52-week highs in heavy volumes...

April 11, 2016

Medgold Resources: Continues to Expand the Boticas Gold Project, Portugal; Proposes $200,000 Private Placement

Medgold Resources is pleased to announce new assay results from contiguous rock-chip sampling from the Limarinho South zone at its Boticas gold project in Portugal, which include a highlight of 6.0m @ 5.7 g/t Au...

April 8, 2016

De-carbonizing our energy sector

Nuclear energy currently provides around 11 percent of the world's electricity. China, the European Union, the United States, India, Russia, South Korea, and other nations’ have major existing fleets...

April 1, 2016

Follow-Up Drilling Results Indicate Wide Gold Zones at Hendricks Gold Discovery

Gascoyne Resources Limited announced that it has received the final assay results from the 10,000 metre aircore exploration drilling programme...

March 26, 2016

The Oil Market Is Finally Hitting Its Breaking Point

After a significant reduction in investments over the past two years, oil companies can no longer overcome the production declines from legacy wells...

March 15, 2016

N-Sea Expands into the French Offshore Wind Industry

Subsea IMR provider, N-Sea, has signed a letter of intent with CERES Recherches & Expertise Sous-Marine and TechSub Industrie Environement, to provide subsea survey, installation and remediation services to the French offshore wind industry...

March 9, 2016

PDAC 2016 Convention Exceeds 22,000 Attendees

Optimism and opportunity abounded at the PDAC 2016 Convention of The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada in spite of recent industry challenges...

March 3, 2016

6 Alpha Launches EOD Contracting Division

6 Alpha Associates, a specialist risk consultancy practice, with expertise in the assessment and management of unexploded ordnance, has launched a dedicated explosive ordnance disposal division...

Guy Holmes – Polar achiever

by Graham Chandler on June 19, 2013 profiles

Guy Holmes - Polar achiever

A determination both to give back to the community and help children drove explorer Guy Holmes to journey to the North Pole, raising over $20,000 for Australian charity HeartKids WA.

“I chose the venture first because it is something I had been wanting to do for three years. I didn’t want to do something a lot of people do on a regular basis.”
-Guy Holmes

Guy Holmes has excelled at a host of jobs: army combat medic, cook, greenhouse manager, geophysicist, entrepreneur, corporate strategist, and software developer, to name only a few. When he makes up his mind to pursue something, it seems there’s no looking back. It’s a mindset that propelled him to the North Pole - on foot - to raise money for a children’s charity.

And it’s the same mindset that led to the creation of SpectrumData Pty. Ltd., of which Holmes is the owner and chairman of the board. Based in Perth, Australia, it is the largest data management company in the Southern Hemisphere, and he built it from the ground up. SpectrumData manages and recovers data for companies worldwide, and among its clients are oil and gas firms which are in need of accurate seismic, geophysical and exploration data.

Holmes arrived at his current position by a roundabout route. Following service as a combat medical specialist in the U.S. Army, he worked in various jobs before drawing on his medical experience to work as chief cardiac technician in Sydney while pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in geophysics from Macquarie University in New South Wales. “At the cardiology clinic, I used to ask every patient what he did for a living,” he recalls. “One day a geophysicist came in and I said ‘I want to work for you and I want to start tomorrow.’ That was right at the end of my geophysics degree. His company took me in and the rest is history.”

The company was Encom Technology, which Holmes joined in 1996 as an entry-level geophysicist. He soon advanced from hands-on geophysics to software development, eventually heading up the company’s information management division. Under Holmes, the company accelerated its marketing and sales of software and data management services. With that momentum, Holmes led a management buyout of the division to create SpectrumData in 2003.

Today SpectrumData has sought opportunities to work more closely with Geosoft in Australia. Says Holmes: “I have been looking at ways to use Geosoft DAP technology to overlay on top of our data management technology, and have met with senior technology guys from Geosoft’s head office regarding ideas about managed services.”

A great deal of the determination that drives Holmes is related to his family and the hardships they have endured.

Holmes’s first child, Owen, born in 1999, nearly died from renal failure due to kidney disease. He survived thanks to a kidney transplant with a kidney donated by his mother, Guy’s wife. She donated it shortly after giving birth to the couple’s third child.

The team packed up camp each morning to get ready for the day ahead.

The transplant went well, but several months later Owen suffered a stroke. Although his kidney function is still good, there is a high likelihood that one day he will need a new kidney

In 2011, partly in response to Owen’s plight and partly out of a desire “to give something back to the community,” Holmes joined the board of HeartKids WA, an Australian charity devoted to children with heart disease. Determined to find ways to raise funds for the organization, he hit on the idea of trekking to the North Pole.

“I chose the venture first because it is something I had been wanting to do for three years. I didn’t want to do something a lot of people do on a regular basis.” The logistics intrigued him too — planes, helicopters, pulling his own kit for survival, battling the elements. “It then followed that it was a great opportunity to raise money and awareness,” says Holmes. Among the contributors is Geosoft, which kicked in $750 to help achieve the $20,000 goal.

Preparing for the venture was an ordeal in itself. Holmes embarked a rigorous five-month program of running, weight-lifting, kick-boxing and tire pulling. The latter was particularly grueling: “I rigged up two wheels with tires to a rope and harness and pulled them on the pavement five kilometres a night,” he explains. The remaining nights he played hockey.

After being flown in to a Russian ice base at the 89th Parallel,  there were a full 10 days of trekking ahead. Holmes averaged about 10 km a day on moving ice. “The cold was the biggest issue,” he says. “Unrelenting, ever-present and extreme, it controlled everything you did; I had very cold fingers for days at a time.”

On the day he arrived at the pole, he felt both “a sense of accomplishment and kind of a quiet contemplation,” he recalls. Other team members, many of them accomplished extreme explorers, were elated.

Holmes’s next fundraiser? “The South Pole has a nice ring to it,” he says, smiling.

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