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Mawson Resources selects MX Deposit for gold project in Finland

Design flexibility and support win them over

by Virginia Heffernan on July 16, 2018 APPLIED

Mawson Resources has completed an aggressive winter drilling program on its gold project in northern Finland, and has planned a 25,000-metre follow up program in Finland next winter.

Mawson Resources has completed an aggressive winter drilling program on its gold project in northern Finland, and has planned a 25,000-metre follow up program in Finland next winter.

Mawson geologists are using MX Deposit to make the voluminous amounts of data from their 16,000-metre, 75-hole winter drill program easier to manage.

Mawson geologists are using MX Deposit to make the voluminous amounts of data from their 16,000-metre, 75-hole winter drill program easier to manage.

As Vancouver-based Mawson Resources digests the results of a 16,000-metre, 75-hole winter drill program on its gold project in northern Finland, the company’s geologists are finding the voluminous amounts of data easier to manage using MX Deposit.

“I would say 95% of our data entry is quicker and easier,” says President Nick Cook, who is overseeing the company’s move to MX Deposit. “We are doing more with our core.”

MX Deposit is a cloud-based system, developed by Minalytix, that’s designed specifically for drill hole and sample data management. It can be accessed from anywhere, adheres to industry standards, and encourages real-time collaboration.

Geosoft offers the software on a subscription basis that can be scaled up or down depending on the user’s needs. Live support is available through built-in ticketing and online chat.

Nick says Mawson reviewed a number of options before settling on MX Deposit, primarily for its ‘excellent’ support that allowed the company to transfer drill data with few glitches. “We were looking for something that was not too big and not too expensive. We are happy with the way it is going.”

Quality control and assurance is another plus, allowing Mawson to flag data entry errors before they become a problem.

Mawson is exploring two main areas along several kilometres of host stratigraphy within the company’s permits in Finnish Lapland, Rompas and Rajapalot. The current focus is on Rajapalot, where multiple levels of high-grade, disseminated gold occur within a 100 metre thick stratigraphic package. Recent encouraging results include 32 metres grading 8.4 gpt gold at 244 metres below surface, confirming the continuity and predictability of the mineralization in a number of zones.

Almost all of the project area is covered in a thin veneer of glacial soils that average 3-5 metres, meaning multiple zones remain untested.

Like most exploration projects, Rajapolot has unique features, such as an association with cobalt, that require their own entry fields. Nick Cook says one of the best features of MX Deposit is the ability to design the system to fit the parameters of the project.

“It’s not often that you find that kind of flexibility and we can clearly see what the upsides are,” says Nick as he anticipates software improvements. “The ability to do more advanced striplogs and other features will make quite a difference to the usability.”

Nick says that now most of the drilling data from the permit area has been transferred, his team will begin importing all the soil and grab sampling results they have collected over the life of the project into a surface module, further enhancing the potential to find clues to the direction and extent of the mineralization.

Mawson received a vote of confidence from Goldcorp earlier this year when the gold producer purchased a 12.7% equity stake for $8.1 million, allowing the junior to complete the aggressive winter drilling program and plan a 25,000-metre follow up program in Finland next winter.


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