About Peter Kowalczyk, BSc, P. Geo.
Chief Technical Officer, Ocean Floor Geophysics, Vancouver
Peter is a founder of Ocean Floor Geophysics (OFG), a company started in 2007 to provide geophysical services for seafloor exploration for minerals and gas hydrates. Prior to starting Ocean Floor Geophysics he was chief geophysicist for Placer Dome Inc.
Following graduation with a BSc degree in geophysics from the University of British Columbia, Peter joined Placer Dome as a project geophysicist in 1970 and worked on geophysical surveys around the world forporphyry copper, uranium, base metal and gold exploration, becoming chief geophysicist in 1992 that role Peter coordinated Placer's geophysical research and was heavily involved in the introduction and implementation of digital processing, visualization and geophysical inversion methods into the exploration practices at Placer Dome. In 2005 and 2006 Peter managed the geophysical component of Placer Dome's leading-edge exploration program for sea bottom massive sulphidesAn exploration generalist, he has particular experience in the processing and interpretation of airborne, ground and marine electromagnetic and electrical survey data.
Since leaving Placer following its purchase by Barrick Gold and starting OFG in 2007, Peter has been the chief scientific officer managing multiple cruises to explore for and map seafloor massive sulfide deposits, and in particular has directed or carried out a variety of recent marine projects including:
· Submarine Massive Sulfide (SMS) exploration projects in the South Pacific and around Japan,
· Very high precision bathymetric mapping using ROVs and AUVs, and
· Mapping offshore gas hydrate deposits using the Scripps Institute Vulcan CSEM system.
He is the inventor of the patented Ocean Floor Geophysics submarine electromagnetic system, and has also been part of a team that has developed a magnetometer system that provides automatic and highly accurate heading-compensated data when mounted on AUVs and ROVs that have not been degaussed or specially prepared as magnetometer survey platforms.
Peter has presented and published a wide variety of talks and papers on both land and marine geophysical projects.
Peter has long been involved in pro-bono efforts in the geophysical community in BC, including serving a multi-year stint as President of the BC Geophysical Society. Strongly committed to supporting and advancing geophysical education, Peter is also a long-serving Director of the KEGS Foundation and has guided fund-raising in the Lower Mainland community in support of the Foundation’s geophysical scholarship program.
Selected talks and publications:
· Mapping SMS deposits during exploration and exploitation. Using Sonar, Magnetic, Electromagnetic & Seismic methods effectively, EAGE Munster, Mar 2016
· CSEM for gas hydrate exploration - a new approach using the Scripps Institute of Oceanography CSEM Vulcan system, Gas Hydrate Workshop, Taiwan, Mar 2015
· Geophysical Methods for the Mapping of Submarine Massive Sulphide Deposits, OTC, May 2015
· Geophysical prelude to first exploitation of submarine massive sulphides, First Break, Nov 2008
· Interactive geophysical inversion using qualitative geological constraints, Exploration Geophysics, Jan 2007
· Theta Map: Edge detection in magnetic data, Geophysics, Jul 2005
· What if your inversion has no numerical target?, ASEG mtg, Jan 2003
· 3 component borehole magnetometry in and around magnetic orebodies, SEG meeting, Jan 1999
· 3D inversion of resistivity and IP data, two case studies from mineral exploration, SEG meeting, Jan 1999
· Applications of geophysical inversions in mineral exploration, Leading Edge, Apr 1998
· Geophysics of the Big Bell gold deposit, Western Australia, ASEG, Jan 1994