UPDATE: MicroMentis Launches Novel Non-Invasive Analysis Platform for Mining Applications in North America

    New platform allows mining firms to 'see differently' - allowing them to
    analyze, model and visualize physical and mechanical properties without
    having to first drill

    LAS VEGAS, Sept. 22 /CNW/ -- MINEXPO (BOOTH # 373) -- MicroMentis
(http://www.micromentis.com), a Canadian-based leader in solids technology,
today debuted the industry's first non-invasive platform in North America for
rapidly testing and finding geological structures within the Earth's surface.
Called SWIPS(TM) (Surface Wave Intelligent Profiling System), the platform
enables users to analyze, model and visualize the physical and mechanical
properties of solids in a non-invasive manner. MicroMentis' technology can
accurately analyze the Earth's crustal content through the use of its
MicroMentis platform.
    For ground investigation, SWIPS can reduce the prospecting and
exploration time as well as the number of drill holes required. SWIPS also can
improve the drill holes yield through valid and usable information. Through
MicroMentis Platform, SWIPS Wizard and Drill Hole Wizard can help users
integrate complementary data (gravimetric, resistivity, IP and more), plan
work, facilitate data gathering, analysis and modeling, plan drill holes,
incorporate drill holes properties and finally support the whole project
modeling and evaluation. The SWIPS technology also is suitable for
investigating man-made infrastructures and detecting flaws. SWIPS also
provides tools that will respond to many unanswered questions regarding solid
matters. MicroMentis' technology and components are patented.
    The system comprises 16 Wireless Sensors, an Impact Generator and an
intuitive User Interface, which incorporates one of the most advanced software
applications for Earth Analysis and Modeling. SWIPS is self-powered and all
its components are self -communicating, self-correcting and self-calibrating.
The end results provide astonishing detailed 3D information about physical and
mechanical properties and conditions of solids as never seen before (go to
http://www.micromentis.com/index1.html for demo).
    The SWIPS approach enables the measurement of the Shear Wave Velocity
Profile (Vs) and simultaneously the Density (p) and the Poisson ratio (v)
providing a unique solution limited by the instrumentation accuracy. From
these physical properties, it is now possible to calculate the mechanical
properties of solids; Modulus Rigidity (Gmax), the Modulus of Elasticity (E),
the acoustic impedance and the ground liquefaction index providing a complete
solution contributing to a better understanding of the environment of solids
and their corresponding properties. According to the company, it is a system
far more advanced than any other of its nature and provides numerous real-life
    The SWIPS process enables:
    -- Prospecting and exploration specialists, geophysicists, geologists,
geotechnologists and geomorphologists to gain better insight and understanding
of the solids.
    -- Mining engineers to plan with a whole new perspective their mine
exploitation, as well as improving drilling and blasting operations, thus
improving overall mining productivity.
    -- Mining safety personnel to identify adverse conditions, such as ground
liquefaction, unsecured structures, and presence of void, and unstable
geological features. In case of incident, it will help rescuers in their
efforts for saving lives.
    -- Environment personnel to assess the integrity of waste containment;
solids as well as thereby reducing the risk of potential environmental
    "We have spent years developing this technology and have seen the
dramatic results it has achieved time and time again," explained Daniel Rioux,
President and Chief Technology Officer at MicroMentis. "SWIPS promises new
possibilities in mining quality data and detection, cost reduction and
profitability that will change the way mining is done now and well into the
    Orders are being taken now for the MicroMentis platform. General
availability is slated for the first quarter of 2009.
    MicroMentis develops, manufactures, and markets scientific equipment and
software to analyze, model and visualize the physical and mechanical
properties of solids in a non-invasive manner. MicroMentis provides a variety
of services, such as training, support in data integration, data analysis,
modeling, software and hardware updates. It strives to solve users concerns
related to profitability, productivity, efficiency, quality, accuracy and
safety. Breakthroughs, like SWIPS(TM), promise new possibilities in quality
data and detection, cost reduction and profitability. The MicroMentis team of
specialists is dedicated to pursuing the highest standards in R&D, innovation
and customer training, support and service. For complete information, visit
the company's Website at http://www.micromentis.com.

For further information:

For further information: Terri Douglas of Catapult PR-IR,
+1-303-581-7760, ext. 18, cell, +1-303-808-6820, tdouglas@catapultpr-ir.com;
or Naji Barsoum, Marketing & Sales Director of MicroMentis, +1-450-628-9292,
naji.barsoum@micromentis.com Web Site: http://www.micromentis.com

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