We offer worldwide land electromagnetic (EM) services, including passive magnetotelluric (MT) and active controlled-source electromagnetic (CSEM) methods. Our land EM group based in Milan has more than 25 years of worldwide experience in integrated EM solutions.
MT is a broadband electromagnetic geophysical technique that uses natural time-dependent variations in the Earth’s magnetic field as the source and electric fields induced in the earth as output. These data are used to determine (usually via 2D or 3D inversion) the resistivity distribution within the earth to depths of many kilometers. This is then interpreted in terms of lithology.
Under some geological conditions, it is impossible or prohibitively expensive to acquire useful seismic data. These conditions include subthrust plays, areas of volcanic cover, and beneath shallow salt bodies. To MT, the conditions that cause problems to seismic data are largely transparent, and thus the method readily images the subsurface in terms of resistivity. Ideal targets include resistive carbonate reservoirs below shale or flysch and clastic reservoirs below salt bodies. Exploration environments we have worked in include the Alpine thrust belts of Europe and the Middle East; subvolcanic areas in North Africa, the Middle East, and the United States; and subsalt zones in Europe, the Middle East, and the Gulf of Mexico.