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Route To Reserves is linking with Ogilvie Geoscience

23rd July 2021


It is a pleasure to associate with Ogilvie Geoscience, who link structural geology with geomechanics for appraisal and development of fractured reservoirs. Principal geologist Steve Ogilvie brings vast experience of North Atlantic and Middle East-North Africa experience in hydrocarbon exploration and development. Both Ogilvie Geoscience and Route to Reserves have experience characterising discoveries in fault-fracture systems West of Shetland and in the Zagros fold-thrust belt.

Route To Reserves video about exploration risk, chance of success and value of information analysis for metals exploration

11th June 2021


It was a pleasure to present a seminar to the geohug community about placing exploration risk, chance of success and value of information analysis for metals exploration into the mineral system framework. A massive thank you to geohug and Jessica Keast for so much enthusiasm, efforts and video editing skills. It's a privilege to have my seminar alongside so many other brilliant seminars by geoscience legends. Here's the video in case you missed it.


Route To Reserves is linking with Sedimentary Geology Consultants

26th May 2021


It is a pleasure to associate with Sedimentary Geology Consultants, who provide technical analyses in sedimentary geology from specific interpretation tasks to entire reservoir characterization projects. Principal geologist Jean Hsieh brings 20+ years’ global experience in carbonate stratigraphy and sedimentology to exploration and development projects, research and technology deployment.

Route To Reserves in a podcast about mineralized carbonate rocks


20th May 2021

It is a pleasure to join with Bell Geospace and Sedimentary Geology Consultants on a podcast about the importance of exploring carbonate rocks for critical metals, base metals and the petroleum required for the transition into a low-carbon economy. Tune in!


Route To Reserves is delivering a professional development course: Holistic Exploration Workflow for Critical Mineral Exploration

14th May 2021


It is an honour to have been invited to create and deliver a professional development course within GeoLogica's GeoEnergy Transition series: The application of geoscience to achieve a net-zero energy system. Sign up at:

This course presents a recommended workflow for critical minerals explorers: from province to prospect scales. During the exercises, you will apply concepts and skills that are fundamental for all exploration geoscience activities – in industry and research –including: the mineral system framework, exploration as a predictive activity, chance of geological success, uncertainty, risk, value of information and respectful teamwork. The examples will be for rare earth elements (REE) and nickel. The mineral system approach for critical minerals is still at a nascent stage. This course presents some of the progress to date. However, your ideas and contributions could shape a global exploration process.

Working with Battery Minerals Ltd: structural geology on its copper and gold project

7th April 2021


Route To Reserves and Southern Geoscience Consultants are pleased to be working with Battery Minerals Limited on its Exploration Licence EL6871: located in the Stawell Gold Corridor and around the historical Moyston Gold mine, Victoria, Australia. Our project is to understand the under-cover geology and structural evolution, generate targets via ground and airborne geophysical surveys, and strengthen community relations. Read more:

Consulting partner for the MinExTarget project alongside the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland

15th March 2021

It is a pleasure to assist the MinExTarget project and its research partner GEUS, to design interactive maps that place geochemical data into structural geology and geomorphology and exploration risk context. MinExTarget is a research, business and industry consortium with 2.4 million euros of EIT RM funding. MinExTarget aims to develop and introduce a new mineral exploration technique for the early stages of exploration targeting in environmentally sensitive regions: locate upstream mineral deposits using trace element and isotope compositions of heavy mineral grains collected in down-stream sediments and glacial cover. To learn more:


See you on the PDAC mineral resource estimation course

3rd March 2021

Route To Reserves looks forward to participating in the PDAC short course: A practical guide to the fundamentals of mineral resource estimation, 4-5 March 2021.

See you at PDAC convention!

2nd March 2021

Route To Reserves looks forward to meeting you at the PDAC 2021 convention, and discussing how to better integrate your structural geology, geophysics and UAV-based surveys into exploration chance of success evaluations.

R2R is proud to represent Southern Geoscience Consultants and Volatus Aerospace at PDAC, and partner with Bell Geospace.

This alliance of four companies will present a seminar titled ‘Project chance of success: province to district to prospect scales’. The themes are how to efficiently collect exploration data for exploration targeting and direct detection, and how to integrate tectonics, structural geology, geophysics and exploration chance of success within a holistic mineral system logic.

Join us at 10:30am on 9th March and 06:30 on 10th March (Toronto time) on the Bell Geospace exhibition booth,  to see how our 4-company alliance can partner you from province-scale exploration through to risking and rating your prospect portfolio.

Hope you can join the discussion!

Getting Canada’s Leader in UAV/drone services ready for PDAC

20th February 2021

It is a pleasure for Route To Reserves to assist UAViation Aerial Solutions and the Volatus Aerospace group of companies with their preparation for the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) 2021 mineral exploration and mining convention:

Helping Southern Geoscience Consultants get ready for PDAC

20th February 2021

It is a pleasure for Route To Reserves to be associated with Southern Geoscience Consultants and assisting its preparation for the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) 2021 mineral exploration and mining convention.

Helping Bell Geospace get ready for PDAC

20th February 2021

It is a pleasure for Route To Reserves to be associated with Southern Geoscience Consultants and assisting its preparation for the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) 2021 mineral exploration and mining convention.

Route To Reserves is an associate of Southern Geoscience Consultants

20th December 2020

It is a pleasure and a privilege for Graham Banks of Route To Reserves to become an associate of Southern Geoscience Consultants (SGC): bringing more tectonics, structural geology, mineral and petroleum system logic and exploration chance of success experience to SGC's already vast geological and geophysical experience.

Graham will act as a Principal Geologist for the Americas, based in Vancouver region.

Looking forward to chatting with you about how SGC can design, QC, interpret and advance your mineral exploration, petroleum exploration and groundwater projects in the Americas!

Member of Chimaera Consultants

November 12, 2020

It's a pleasure to be a member of the Chimaera Consultants network, providing oil and gas, geothermal and mining expertise in evaluating complex geological environments.

External advisor for a pegmatite ores exploration project

August 25, 2020

It's a pleasure to be invited onto the GREENPEG Horizon2020 project as a member of the external advisory board. I hope to add value via experience of greenfields uncertainty and risk analysis, structural controls of mineralisation and an end-user's viewpoint about the tools developed.

The GREENPEG project will develop and test a set of high-level exploration technologies and algorithms to be integrated and upscaled into flexible, ready-to-use toolsets for the identification of buried pegmatite ores. The data acquired will be used to (a) enhance European databases, e.g. adding new petrophysical properties for lithium-caesium-tantalum (LCT) and niobium-yttrium-fluorine (NYF) pegmatite ores, (b) make toolsets that are important for geological surveys and (c) increase the competitiveness of EU companies. The first physical meeting was this week; well done for making that happen safely despite COVID-19.

GREENPEG is a project funded by the European Commission. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program under Grant Agreement n° 869274.

For more details:

Just published! A systematic workflow to evaluate mineralised provinces globally.

July 17, 2020

Exploration projects need a systematic, comparative method to assess value.

Province screening is vital for business and research decision-making processes.

This workflow enables comparison, rating and prioritisation of rare earth elements mineral provinces. It can be easily adapted for base metals, precious metals and other critical metals projects

It is a repeatable, low-cost aid to industry, research and government.

It combines geoscience, strategy, economic and socio-environmental factors.

Thank you to HiTech AlkCarb and Horizon 2020 for enabling this to be free and open access!

2nd publication to characterise fractured basement rock as a commodity reservoir

February 26, 2020

A paper to help exploration geoscientists be more systematic and aligned when characterising basement highs, rocks and reservoirs. It's the second paper in a Fractured Basement as Reservoir of Natural Resources project

 - A glossary of commonly used terms related to the geometric forms and the geological settings of basement highs is presented.

 - Qualifying prefixes for the term 'basement' are presented.

 - A scheme for characterising basement highs is delivered. This scheme is designed to standardise, and to add rigour to, description of basement highs. It will thereby enhance understanding and comparisons of basement highs across technical disciplines

1st mineral system for rare earth elements, published

January 30, 2020

Graham was a post-doctoral geoscientist on the Horizon 2020 funded HiTech AlkCarb European project (hence the lack of Route 2 Reserves activity), via the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland.

That project has been immensely successful with numerous publications, workshops, outreach activities relating to alkaline-igneous associated critical metals.

Graham built the first known, predictive mineral system and mapping recipe for rare earth elements. One paper has been published as is open access (as all tax-payer science should be)

Another is currently in review for publication in Geoscience Frontiers.

He also co-designed how to build 3D visualisations of metallogenic distrcts. Follow the link...

Youtube video: defining, mapping and risking 'tech metals' mineral systems

November 26, 2019

1st publication to characterise fractured basement rock as a commodity reservoir.

May 31, 2019

For those of us who work on fractured crystalline basement commodity reservoirs, here's a new paper available for free download. It's the first paper from the project, Fractured Basement as a Reservoir of Natural Resources. 

Basement highs are large structural features, commonly buried in sedimentary basins. They are of interest for natural resources exploration and research because of their ability to influence migration and entrapment of petroleum and water, and the deposition of metals . Three-dimensional (3D) reservoir models are built to evaluate and model fluid-filled basement reservoirs. However, subsurface data are expensive, difficult to obtain and are often widely spaced. Ideally, basement reservoir models would be constrained by rock, fracture and mineral vein data from appropriate outcrop analogues (acknowledging that sub-aerial basement rocks have, by definition, a different uplift history than subsurface basement). The Liverpool Land Basement High in Greenland is an uplifted and well-exposed basement high located between two sedimentary basins. It provides a valuable analogue for fractured basement-hosted mineral, oil and geothermal reservoirs. 

Holistic exploration workflow for critical metals: at EIT Raw Materials Exploration workshop 2018

November 20, 2018

A presentation summarising some benefits that Play-Based Exploration could bring to the mineral exploration sector. It was delivered at the EIT Raw Materials Exploration workshop 2018, DTU, Denmark. It displays a few examples from a holistic exploration workflow that have been in development since 2015. The presentation, Towards a holistic exploration workflow: adapting Play - Based Exploration for mineral exploration, is displayed in the Library tab. Hope this is useful for your exploration targeting workflow.

Cobalt targeting in Norway: Nation-Scale Screening, Database Building and Strategy Fit project

April 05, 2018

A project titled Regional Risking, Ranking and Recommendations: Prototype Methodology for Cobalt Exploration Targeting in Norway was delivered to an international exploration company. The study was proof-of-concept testing Stage 1 of a holistic, play-based exploration process: Nation-Scale Screening, Database Building and Strategy Fit. The methodology gained positive feedback from the Managing Director.

Thank you EIT Raw Materials for the funding!

Start-Up funding awarded from EIT Raw Materials

December 31, 2017

A great start to 2018! 

Route To Reserves gained Start-Up funding from EIT Raw Materials in late 2017, to develop its risk-based mapping technique: Regional Risk mapping, Ranking and decision Readiness (RRRR). 

Now to finish the workflow, and find exploration company and geological survey partners.

Thank you EIT RawMaterials North CLC, for recognising the potential of Route To Reserves.

Start-up funding pitch at EIT Raw Materials pitching event, Berlin

September 25, 2017

Gave a 3-minute pitch at EIT Raw Materials, to gain partners, funding and data to develop a chance of exploration success mapping workflow to aid Predictive Exploration Targeting of critical metals. It received interest and generated some valuable discussions.

Many thanks to the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) for support and review.

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