Yukon gold, copper explorer embraces AI
Identifies new exploration targets with Minerva's DRIVER tech Metal Tech News – August 4, 2021
Last updated 8/10/2021 at 3:49pm
Triumph Gold Corp. says feeding tomes of data generated from years of exploration at Freegold Mountain into Minerva Intelligence Inc.'s DRIVER artificial intelligence technology has identified previously unrecognized mineral resource expansion targets in and around the Revenue and Nucleus deposits on this gold-copper project in Canada's Yukon.
A large road-accessible project in Yukon's Dawson Range, Freegold Mountain hosts near-surface porphyry gold-copper deposits and related precious metals enriched polymetallic targets across a roughly 12-mile (19 kilometers) stretch of the property. The two most advanced deposits along this trend are Nucleus and Revenue.
Nucleus hosts 31 million metric tons of indicated resource averaging 0.65 grams per metric ton (748,000 ounces) gold and 0.07% (44 million pounds) copper; plus 9.4 million metric tons of inferred resource averaging 0.56 g/t (169,00 oz) gold and 0.04% (9 million lb) copper.
Revenue, located about 3,000 meters east of Nucleus, hosts another 11.4 million metric tons of indicated resource averaging 0.38 g/t (140,000 oz) gold and 0.12% (30 million lb) copper; plus 27.5 million metric tons of inferred resource averaging 0.51 g/t (446,000 oz) gold and 0.12% (73 million lb) copper.
To leverage the enormous quantities of data from years of exploration at Freegold Mountain, Triumph hired Minerva to carry out an AI study focused on a roughly 3.5-mile area of the property that encompasses both Nucleus and Revenue.
"As an exploration company that embraces the application of new technology, Triumph is pleased by the depth of insight provided by Minerva," said Triumph Gold Vice President of Exploration Jesse Halle. "Having over 145,000 meters of drilling at the Freegold Mountain project, along with a massive amount of other exploration data, Minerva's AI engine has helped sharpen the focus of our new technical team."
Minerva's DRIVER software utilizes the power of AI and cloud computing to analyze all the elements available in assay results to vector in on previously unrecognized areas of interest and improve future drilling.
Triumph says Minerva's cognitive AI analysis of the Nucleus and Revenue deposits have both bolstered the confidence in existing models and identified unrealized controls on mineralization.
"Triumph's embrace of our state-of-the-art mining and exploration software is proof-positive of the value our cognitive AI technology can bring to mining and exploration companies," said Minerva Intelligence CEO Scott Tillman. "Triumph's vast amount of data made the results even better than we had expected."
At Nucleus, DRIVER revealed new vectors to gold and copper mineralization not characterized in the current mineral resource – delivering superior exploration models and a clear path forward for resource expansion,
"Multi-element overlaps will be drill-tested to further confirm our technical team's interpretations this exploration season," said Triumph Gold Chief Geoscientist Brian May.
At Revenue, DRIVER also identified drill-ready targets in under-evaluated areas of the deposit. Triumph says the DRIVER results agree very well with the current lithologic model, providing additional confidence for the technical team's interpretations.
In addition to DRIVER, Minerva carried out K-Means Cluster analysis on the Freegold Mountain exploration data. KMC analysis is an unsupervised learning algorithm meant to identify relationships inherent in a dataset. Unlike supervised learning methods, it does not require labeled training data from which to practice and learn, but rather uncovers native associations within the data itself. If executed carefully and with appropriate data preparation, KMC analysis can reveal complicated patterns in multi-element geochemical data that would otherwise be missed.
Triumph says this work has identified underexplored targets between Revenue and Nucleus.
The company is currently carrying out an initial phase of 2021 exploration at Freegold Mountain that includes a planned 8,000 meters of diamond drilling, 100 line-kilometers of ground geophysical surveying, 35 line-kilometers of soil sampling, and surface trenching.