We are a group of geoscientists with a combined skill-set for most exploration targeting needs. We have a track-record in structural mapping and remote sensing interpretations, integration of geoscience datasets for target generation, as well as seismic reflection interpretation. We have experience in diverse tectonic settings including the Cordilleras of North and South America and the Tethyan belt. We can communicate with clients in English, Spanish and German.
Structural Geology, Geophysical Data Interpretation
Matias Sanchez, PhD, MSc, is Director and Principal Geologist at Fault Rocks Inc. providing technical expertise in the areas of structural geology, geophysical data interpretation and GIS. He has over fourteen years of experience working in the mineral exploration industry and in economic geology research projects. Matias has carried out detailed studies and fieldwork for the understanding of structural and tectonic controls of epithermal and porphyry style deposits in western Turkey, the Canadian Cordillera, southern Argentina, Chile and Peru. He also delivers training courses in structural geology and interpretation of remotely sensed data to industry and academia. Matias has completed an MSc and PhD at the Fault Dynamics Research Group (FDRG) of Royal Holloway University of London and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Mineral Deposit Research Unit (MDRU) of the University of British Columbia. His role at Fault Rocks is to integrate geology and geophysics for building new structural mapping and interpretations for mineral exploration targeting.
Geological Mapping and Microstructural Analysis
Nader Mostaghimi, MSc, is a structural geologist at Fault Rocks Inc. focusing in detailed structural and hydrothermal alteration mapping. He is experienced in structural analysis, cross-section construction and three dimensional geological modeling at a project-scale. Nader is also practiced in microstructural analysis and in utilizing Ar-Ar (white mica) geochronology to better understand the pre-, syn- and post-mineralization development of faults and shear zones. His completion of the University of Waterloo’s co-op program enabled him to develop a background in Ni-Cu greenfield exploration in Quebec, Canada. His Master’s thesis at the University of British Columbia focused on the structural geology and timing of deformation at the Gibraltar Cu-Mo porphyry deposit in south-central British Columbia.
Seismic Reflection and Stratigraphic Analysis
Nicola Scarselli, PhD, MSc, joins Fault Rocks Inc. as an associate consultant extending the competence of the group on the structural and stratigraphic analysis of complex geological settings through the use of 2D & 3D seismic and well data. Nicola has over seven years of experience in building solid tectono-stratigraphic models from seismic data in order to better understand the hydrocarbon potential in a variety of settings, including rift-systems, deepwater passive margins and inverted terrains. His core expertise include advanced 2D & 3D seismic interpretation from regional studies to reservoir level, mapping of complex 3D structural & stratigraphic traps, calculation & interpretation of seismic attributes as well as post-stack filtering so that to enhance and get the most from seismic data.Nicola is currently seismic interpretation researcher at the Department of Earth Sciences in Royal Holloway University of London where he routinely delivers training courses and lectures in seismic interpretation and petroleum geology to postgrad and undergrad students. His research interests comprise structural geology, gravity-driven deformation and mass-transport complexes at continental margins, seismic stratigraphy and seismic geomorphology as well as understand igneous intrusions and seal bypass systems from seismic.
Tectonics and Geodynamics
Cesar Witt, PhD, MSc, is an associate consultant at Fault Rocks Inc and lecturer at Lille 1 University. He enhances the team expertise in Tectonics and Geodynamics, focusing on the evolution of magmatic-metallogenic arcs and orogenic basins. Cesar integrates field observations with seismic reflection data, low temperature thermochronology, U-Pb bedrock and detrital analysis, analogue modeling and geochemistry. He consults for several petroleum companies, including PETROAMAZONAS, PERUPETRO, TOTAL, PETROBRAS, PEMEX and SAVIA in Ecuador, Peru, Mexico, Central America and Indonesia. At Fault Rocks, Cesar provides the essential tectonic and geodynamic background, key for generative stages of mineral exploration.
Ken is Fault Rocks Inc. structural advisor. His role is to assist in the understanding of fault mechanisms and processes invloved in the control of hydrothermal fluid migration resulting in mineralization. Since 1991 he has been Professor of Structural Geology and Director of the Fault Dynamics Research Group at Royal Holloway University of London. This is a large multidisciplinary research group that investigates the geometries, kinematics and dynamics of crustal fault systems and is funded by the international petroleum and mining industries. Ken McClay has written a book for mapping structures in the field, edited four major volumes on Thrust Tectonics and has published widely on structural geology and tectonics. He is a consultant for both the international mining and petroleum industries and has given short courses to industry in Indonesia, India, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, Norway, UK, USA, Australia, Egypt, Canada, Iran, Alaska, the Philippines and PNG. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mining, Metallurgy and Materials, Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Geological Society of London and member of the AAPG.