Oil Sands Geophysics

Oil sands exploration and development encompasses large tracts of land which require investigation. DMT has extensive experience in geophysical investigations for oil sands applications including resource exploration and delineation, structural mapping and facilities design. The optimal application of complementary geophysical methods to oil sands exploration and facilities design has been proven to save time and money.


  • Aggregate studies
  • Lateral and vertical delineation of oil sand units
  • Mapping thickness and distribution of shale cap rock
  • Strategic targeting of drill holes
  • Mapping basement topography and depth
  • Monitoring steam migration
  • Identifying the presence of basal water sands
  • Determination of bedrock rippability and dynamic moduli
  • Groundwater investigations
  • Paleochannel delineation