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Magnetometer batteries

Scintrex and Geometrics magnetometers require heavy sealed lead acid magnetometer batteries greater than 7.2Ah in size. In contrast GEM Systems uses lightweight lithium Ion batteries and SLA batteries only 2.2Ah in size. While the SLA batteries are conveniently built in to the console, they do however need to be protected against a short circuit against […]

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Overhauser Magnetometer sale

For a limited time you can save thousands off the new price of a GEM Systems GSM-19 overhauser base station or rover magnetometer. Fast sampling rover (GSM-19W overhauser) magnetometers are currently CAD$11,850 and base station GSM-19 overhausers are currently priced at CAD$9,000. Overhauser magnetometers have a sensitivity of 0.02 nT and are ideal for base […]

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A compact, lightweight and reliable magnetometer backpack

Ground based magnetometer systems haven’t changed much in 12 years. The most recent change was in 2001 with the inclusion of a GPS in most magnetometers when selective availability was turned off. This greatly increased the efficiency of surveys since only one operator was required to conduct a survey and they could walk continuously without […]

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A ground magnetometer survey gone bad. Very bad.

A news report from Tsodilo Resources (TSX:TSD) on July 22nd 2013 caught my eye: A total of 63.70 line kilometers [of ground magnetics] was covered during the month of June as area totaling 2.53 km2. The expected monthly target is 360 line kilometers for the month and the shortfall is largely attributed to machine malfunction […]

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Don’t do a ground magnetic survey without GPS navigation built into the magnetometer.

Most magnetometers can tell you where they have been, but only a few can tell you where to go. For efficiency, ground magnetic surveys are usually conducted along parallel survey lines – or grids. In the bad old days prior to GPS, these grids would have to be laid out at great expense prior to […]

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How to walk straighter and further with less effort when conducting ground geophysical surveys.

Some walk the line straighter than others. Walking straighter lines when conducting ground geophysical surveys increases the production l-km in a day. Alternatively, if there is a fixed amount of work to do in the day, then straighter lines means less walking and less stress on the body. Walking straight in thick vegetation is never […]

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Modern Mag is an official GEM Systems agent.

Did you know Modern Mag sells GEM systems magnetometers and spares? We have been using GEM equipment for over 17 years. We have experience with all of their magnetometers and can help you choose a system for your needs. We chose GEM magnetometers for our field work because they are simply the best magnetometers to […]

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GEM Systems magnetometer navigation firmware now works. Many improvements coming soon!

Modern Mag in conjunction with GEM systems magnetometers is trialing new firmware for the GEM-19 and GSMP-35 series of magnetometers. For many years there has been a fatal flaw in the real time magnetometer navigation function. A programming error caused the lane guidance and distance to end of the line functions to fail, particularly for very long […]

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Base station magnetometers for ground mag surveys.

While any kind of magnetometer can be used as a base station magnetometer to record temporal variations in the geomagnetic field, some are more accurate and convenient than others. It is convenient to use a base station from the same manufacturer since the software that comes free with those magnetometers can diurnally correct that data. […]

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Walking the line. Ground magnetic surveys in 2013

As a young geophysicist I paid my dues and walked the ground magnetic survey line kilometers. It is a right of passage that teaches graduate geophysicists design, acquisition and processing skills for the most common potential field dataset. Magnetics. Many of you reading this have no doubt done your time, walking the line. Some of […]

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