Identifying Bitumen in Oil Sands
 First in Full Range PDA Spectrometer, Spectroradiometer and Spectrophotometer Systems
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Field portable spectrometer that is fast, accurate, and built for rugged use in the field.
Identifying total bitumen content (TBC) in oil sand mining helps
gauge economic viability of the deposit and prepare for the
ensuing proper treatment of the ore to recover bitumen and
transform it into synthetic crude oil.

Deposits are not homogeneous and include variability in clay,
bitumen, fines, and water that impact mining and recovery. Using
an oreXpress geological field spectrometer with EZ-ID mineral
identification software, a geologist can scan and identify bitumen
in oil sands and help determine the economic and production
viability of a deposit. The major known oil sands deposits are in
the Athabasca region of Western Canada, Venezuela,
Kazakhstan, and Russia.

Key distinctive absorption features can be seen with the
oreXpress at 1400nm (water), 1720nm (oil), 1940nmm (water)
2200nm (clay - typically kaolinite or smectite), and 2310nm (oil).

The oreXpress delivers:
  • Spectral range from 350-2500nm
  • Reliable one-touch operation with autoshutter,
    autoexposure and autodark correction before each new
    scan - no optimization step
  • Small and lightweight with re-chargeable Li-ion batteries
  • Superior signal to noise ratio for faster scan times and
    better reflectance measurement
  • Single user operation with optional rugged handheld
    computer that provides a sunlight readable display, plus
    the ability to tag spectra with GPS, digital images, and audio
  • EZ-ID mineral identification software with the USGS library
    and optional SpecMIN library of nearly 4,000 spectra plus
    our Custom Library Builder module for creating your own
    known spectra library

The oreXpress provides the following advantages for oil sands
exploration use:
  • Fast collection of data in minutes with no sample prep or
    sample destruction
  • Precision, accuracy and a wealth of information
  • Affordable measurement technology
  • In situ measurement capability
 First in Full Range PDA Spectrometer, Spectroradiometer and Spectrophotometer Systems
oreXpress for mining exploration and mineral
and the SpecMIN mineral spectra library. Clay mineral alteration of smectite to kaolinite can be an indicator of
bitumen in oil sands.
The oreXpress with EZ-ID is well-suited for identifying bitumen in oil sands