The challenges facing mineral exploration and mining continue to mount as much of the world has already been surveyed and fewer deposits are economically recoverable. In mineral exploration, there is only a 5% success rate in brownfield exploration, and just a 0.5% success rate in greenfield exploration. When you compare this to oil and gas exploration, which makes greater use of computer modeling, there is an 35% success rate, leaving lots of room for improvement in mineral exploration.

Advances in data collection and storage technologies have vastly increased the amount of data available to a geologist; however it has led to databases that are far too vast and complex for geologists to effectively or efficiently evaluate.

At Minerva, we believe that the use of AI can revolutionize how companies search for mineral deposits. That’s exactly why we created TERRA, our AI platform for mineral exploration. With TERRA, users can standardize their mining and exploration data to ensure interoperability, enabling them to find, share and use that data for more sophisticated analytics by either a human or through machine learning and reasoning.

TERRA can help solve the issues of unmanageable data volume, organization, and decision support. The platform is built on a foundation of carefully structured human knowledge which allows it to provide conclusions on a variety of problems that are not well suited to traditional machine learning techniques. While machine learning techniques have made strides in aspects of mining, they continue to struggle with exploration, as mineral deposits are rare and complex with many different attributes… making the outputs difficult to interpret and validate without expensive field work.

Minerva optimizes mineral deposit discovery and metallurgical research by combining AI technologies with geological modelling, exploratory data analysis, and unparalleled cloud computing power. This optimum combination of AI and bleeding-edge technologies allows our clients to find the best locations for exploration, to explain in detail why each location was identified, and to provide advice on what additional exploration information to look for.

Minerva’s technology has been used in a number of projects for government agencies focused on identifying public domain exploration targets to promote mining within their jurisdictions. In 2019 Minerva completed the Yukon Mineral Targets project, an interactive website that allows the user to evaluate targets and understand how they were generated. Minerva recently completed a project in Mexico, the results of which will be announced at PDAC in 2021.

Our Products

Minerva has created a range of products in our TERRA Mining AI Suite that help mining and exploration companies harmonize their data, streamline their document management, find hundreds of new deposit-specific targets, or increase their R.O.I. in drill-hole assay data.


Harmonize poorly structured data with customized vocabularies and rules

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Overcome limited resources with hundreds of quickly generated deposit-specific targets

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Optimize under-utilized drilling data with 3D analysis of multi-element zones

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Find your documents efficiently with quick indexing, tagging and searching functionality

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Yukon Mineral Targets, Canada

The Challenge

Generating good new mineral exploration targets is a difficult task, requiring the consideration of many variables.

The Solution

Minerva’s approach to creating prospectivity maps for mineral exploration was designed to mimic the traditional methodology of an exploration geologist. We present 2,374 exploration targets, many of them new, which have been derived from the extensive geochemical sampling programs conducted in the Yukon by the Geological Survey of Canada. 

Target maps for 59 different deposit-types are published on this site, each showing from 10’s to 100’s of locations in which there is evidence for the existence of a mineral deposit.

Prospectors and geologists can view targets by deposit type name, primary commodity, source of the model.


Freeport Resources

Gord Friesen - Freeport Resources

“We found Minerva’s analysis and the DRIVER system to be very useful to our understanding of the (Star Mountains) project. DRIVER validated our geologists’ interpretation of the deposit zonation and gave indication of mineral potential beyond known resources on our properties and confirmed it in a fraction of the time. The synthesis of independent methodologies was a valuable contribution to the project and gave us confidence about the results.”

Gord Friesen, President, CEO & Director

Triumph Gold

John Anderson

“DRIVER is like a silver bullet for exploration targeting. We saved hundreds of thousands of dollars using DRIVER to identify and verify a large number of exploration targets, giving us absolute confidence in our upcoming drill program.”

John Anderson, Interim CEO, Chairman of the Board & Director

Giga Metals

Mark Jarvis, CEO, Giga Metals

“TARGET enabled us to work our way through an immense volume of regional geological data to focus on areas prospective for the deposit types of interest to us. This is a type of regional survey that was previously possible only for a major mining company with a large team of geologists.  It is exciting to experience at first hand how artificial intelligence is now making this type of survey accessible to smaller companies.”

Mark Jarvis, CEO

Prospector LLC

Emily King, Prospector Founder

“Minerva’s AI-powered mapping technology expands Prospector’s capabilities in exciting ways. By utilizing their team’s proven experience in building mineral target maps, we will be able to offer Prospector clients unique insights into new mining investment opportunities.”

Emily King, Founder

Orogen Royalties

“With LEO, we are able to quickly search through thousands of documents using keywords related to our prospect-generation activities. LEO’s powerful functionality and ability to work with synonyms is particularly important to our evaluation of large collections of legacy documents. Its automated OCR makes bringing those legacy documents into our library a cinch.”

Dave Groves, P. Geo. VP Exploration

White Gold Corp.

Shawn Ryan

“By using Minerva’s cognitive AI to identify the geochemical relationships between various structures, we can essentially get an unbiased second opinion to augment our own exploration effort and at a price that’s about the cost of a single borehole.”

Shawn Ryan, Chief Technical Advisor

Exploration Consultant

“This is a fantastic automatized tool for generating exploration targets and workable areas.”

Exploration consultant on behalf of Giga Metals' TARGET project.

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