Case Study – A well-established Diamond mine

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Case Study

A well-established Canadian diamond mine in the Lac de Gras region, Northern Territories

PROBLEM

  1. Difficulties with data flow and data management
  2. Data was fragmented and in many different formats
  3. A non-observational style of geological logging was causing delays and hindering data flow
  4. 3 month delays to use collected data lead to frustrated geologists and management

SOLUTION

Self-managed database – Expedio introduced a self-managed database solution and provide support

Data Logging: Expedio implemented a data logging solution that could be used offline with a standardised interface that adjusted the logging style of the geologists to an observational technique. This technique reduced logging time as geologists were no longer adjusting logs to fit standard geological blocks

OCRIS Logix: A stringent data management process that streamlined the workflow of uploading data from the field logger to the production database.

OCRIS Model: Expedio’s single interface data management solution integrated with our anywhere logging software centralised and standardised all company data.

Data Management: Expedio removed the frustration of waiting months for valid usable data. Data is now usable within hours of it being collected in the field. This allowed for the collection of analytics on production which identified inefficiencies that could be addressed. Centralising and standardising the data provided Logging Geologist, Geology Supervisor, Plant Operators, Plant Supervisors, Diamond Pickers, Resource Modellers and Mining Engineers access to the most current data set as required.

GBIS/Geobank Optimisation: A decade of experience in optimising GBIS/Geobank systems allowed Expedio to get the most out of the client’s current data management system.

OUTCOME

Support OCRIS Logix was delivered to the client onsite, with remote support by Expedio.

Robust system – The self-managed system has required little to no maintenance since its implementation over 5 years ago.

Validated data – A single source of validated data ensured all departments are using the latest reliable and accurate  data sets.

Reporting – Data is now available to all departments within hours of collection, management can now act decisively regarding their resource and production in real time.

MESSAGE

The driving force behind any data management system is that it delivers Always Accurate Data

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Case Study – A large gold miner in North Sumatra

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Case Study

A large gold miner in North Sumatra, Indonesia

PROBLEM

  1. Complicated data entry systems
  2. Non-standard assay management system
  3. Geologist and field staff were logging on paper in the pit
  4. Slow turnaround for grade control data users from capture to reconciliation stages
  5. No consistency and no data flow control mechanisms
  6. Non-compliance: A culture of database schema changes to force non-valid data into the database
  7. Non-compliance: Allowing non-valid data into the database compromised the veracity of the dataset and compounded several major issues within the database
  8. Language and cultural barrier to locate the source of their data issues
  9. Several generations of data consultancies had tried and failed to solve large scale issues in the importing, validating, exporting and reporting of the data.

SOLUTION

Database solution – A self-managed database solution with support from Expedio

OCRIS Mobile: Expedio designed and implemented a robust data capture solution customised with the client’s business rules, validation and formulas. Changes are delivered quickly and easily applied

OCRIS Logix: A stringent data management process from field logging to data management with a full, demonstrable audit trail.

OCRIS Model: Expedio introduced a standardised and secure data management system using Expedio’s own schema design and software configuration optimised for Gbis / Geobank Increased database security controls allowed the company to regain and maintain  the veracity of their database.

Global experience: Years of experience working around the world meant Expedio was able to address cultural and language barriers by building trust with the onsite staff and deliver on our proposed solutions

Custom validation: Customised rules and views ensured non-valid data would be unable to corrupt the new schema. With these rules in place Expedio was able to validate and audit their entire dataset and correct many historic data issues

GBIS/Geobank Optimisation: A decade of experience in optimising GBIS/Geobank systems allowed Expedio to get the most out of the client’s current data management software.

OUTCOME

Data Capture – Field logging process delivering a clean, controlled and rapid flow of data with errors trapped and corrected at the point of capture by the user

Export data on demand – Users can generate ready to use data on demand in standard formats for each production department in addition to automated mailouts of QC data results

Dataset control – Validation rules, views and security permissions

Data Management – By outsourcing the development and support to Expedio, onsite staff can now focus on the day to day data management. The data managers can now provide clean, valid and effective data to the Geologist, Engineers, Metallurgists and Surveyors onsite.

MESSAGE

The driving force behind any data management system is that it delivers Always Accurate Data

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Expedio Top Tip – Code Compliance

Code Compliance

Expedio’s Top Tip for May keeping Code Compliance:

Data Mining Code Compliance

Having inconsistent logging codes within a data set will cause major issues when modelling the data. “how do I use this – I can’t model my geology, how do I put this on a section?”  This can be caused by a field geologists creating there own codes in the field “Im not sure what this is, ill just use ???”

The old data management proverb of “S*** in S*** out” comes to mind.

Enforcing company codes is important, consistency in logging is the key. Having a standard set of codes allows data collected to be consistent from geologist to geologist, Field assistant to Field assistant.

Having a field logging tool that has built in checks for valid numeric ranges and valid logging codes like OCRIS Mobile is essential.

Having a process for adding new codes within your company will kept consistency when new codes are required.

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Case Study – Taking the pain out of Data Management

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Case Study

A small Australian gold and REE explorer with projects in southern Africa

PROBLEM

  1. MS Excel based logging system was struggling to keep data consistent with the multiple versions of logging templates.
  2. No data flow control mechanisms.
  3. Fragmented data that was stored in many different formats including CSV, Access, Mapinfo and AcQuire.
  4. A non-centralised database was causing incomplete datasets to be used in resource estimation reporting. Some lab results were not being used as they were only located during Expedio’s migration process.
  5. Historic data from several previous project owners had created unconformity in the dataset. Local grid conversions have been mismanaged and not correctly implemented to the collar coordinate data.
  6. Lack of in house skills and IT infrastructure.

SOLUTION

Database solution – Expedio hosting with routine extracts and reports to client

OCRIS Operational Unit (OOU): Expedio implemented a centralised fully hosted OCRIS Operational Unit

OCRIS Mobile: Anywhere data logging solution customised with the client’s business rules, validation and formulas,.

OCRIS Toolbox:  Consolidated all data into one database. Using OCRIS Toolbox users can now access a variety of summary activity reports, QC analysis tools and strip log functionality to browse, report and export their data on demand.

OCRIS Logix: A stringent data management process from field logging to data management with a full, demonstrable audit trail.

Expedio Hosting: Expedio hosts one centralised database and manages all of their project data

OUTCOME

Scalable solution – By implementing the OOU the Expedio’s scalable solution will easily grow with the global expansion of the company.

Data Capture – Field logging process delivering a clean, controlled and rapid flow of data with errors trapped and corrected at the point of data capture by the user

Data Management – Regular updates using accurate datasets are always available on short notice, freeing up time for managers to do what they do best, plan, model, interpret and manage their project development, while outsourcing the skills, hosting and IT infrastructure overheads to the experts at Expedio.

Support – 24 hour support ensures the client has peace of mind knowing a solution to any data management challenges can be delivered rapidly avoiding any major issues.

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Expedio News – Daily Dashboard Reports

Expedio Monthly News

This was the March 2016 issue of Expedio’s Monthly News. Highlights were:

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Daily Dashboard Reports

Introducing customised high level reports for all Expedio clients. The Daily Dashboard Reports are a fully interactive reporting system. It allows executives, managers and supervisors the ability to see live reports on the go.

Key features include:

  • Management reports on the go
  • Drilling and Production summaries
  • Daily budget analysis
  • Interactive, app and web based
  • Fully customisable to your needs

Watch a short demo below of our Interactive Daily Dashboard Reports

Now is the time to upgrade! 
Why migrate sideways when you can migrate upwards to the leading edge OCRIS data management solution. Engage with Expedio and benefit by having access to the latest technology and industry knowledge along with ongoing cost savings that you can’t ignore.

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Expedio Top Tip – Data Capture

Data Capture

Expedio’s Top Tip for March better Data Capture:

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Data capture is one of the most important processes in data management. Getting it right at the point of capture will negate many errors before they become a big problem further down the process stream.

A data capture tool should enforce strict standards on a user to only allow valid data to be entered. For example:

  • Enforce company codes – pick lists to fields to ensure adherence to company logging standards and avoid a situation of people creating their own geology codes.
  • Built in validation rules to allow worksheet checks, this provides the ability to define contextual checking of data within and across multiple worksheets. Validations will allow you to check for:
    • Overlapping or missing intervals
    • Invalid dip/azimuth/grid values
    • End depth checking
    • Invalid sample types or groups
    • Contextual or logical checking across data columns
  • Manage data flow – only allowing a user to export data once from a logging tool to avoid a double up in data in the production database and creating an issue of multiple data sets. Which data set is correct?

OCRIS Mobile allows for all of this and more, OCRIS Mobile has an unbeatable range of features combined with rock-solid data validation and management. OCRIS Mobile is the only choice if you want fast, accurate and dependable exploration or mining logging in the field.

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Expedio News – Data Capture, Preparing for the field season

Expedio Monthly News

This was the February 2016 issue of Expedio’s Monthly News. Highlights were;

Preparing for the field season with data capture

Preparing for the field season? 

Drilling, surface sampling or environmental monitoring at Expedio we believe it is the combination of a well-designed data capture solution and a clean data process that delivers always accurate geological data.

We have ready to go field logging modules for drilling, field mapping , Heritage PoW surveys, water management and mine production.  Be up and running within days starting from $1250 for an OCRIS Mobile digital data capture solution;

Data Capture

Rapid data entry – Fast, clean, efficient

  • Low cost and rapid implementation
  • Short learning curve and minimal training
  • ‘On the fly’ data validation with user friendly interactive reports
  • Camera / GPS / Digital Scales / Scanner data feed
  • Fully customisable to your company business rules
  • Compatible with all data management software products
  • Options to bundle with rugged hardware – hire or buy

 Data Management

Our services are expert, accurate, reliable and friendly;

  • Outsource your data management and IT overheads to us
  • Fast turnaround of clean, compliant data and reports
  • PAYG charge model – only pay for data management during your active field season
  • Single , centralised data source – eliminate those clunky spreadsheets and double-handling
  • Data Packaging,  audits and data migration services
  • Plotting
  • Delivery of Always Accurate Data

Come See Us At

RIU Explorers

Wednesday 24 & Thursday 25 February 2016 Esplanade Hotel Fremantle, Western Australia

The RIU Explorers Conference has earned a reputation as the major Australian forum for the resources sector, with mineral exploration companies and emerging new miners. Expedio will be there again this year so pop over and see us at BOOTH #43.

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Expedio Top Tip – Data Handling

Data Handling

Expedio Top Tip for February better Data Handling:

Data Handling

Poor Data Handling procedures can lead to loss of data, money and time. This can put a resource project under huge risk of failure. Companies are happy to spend millions of dollars on drilling and lab test work, but lack when it comes to storing the data it returns.

Data Handling problems can be attributed to these main factors;

  • Break down in data flow procedures;
    • loading the same data files several times
    • field collected data and lab results not making it back to the main office and the master data set
  • Non centralised data;
    • multiple copies of the data/database, users and managers working on separate copies of the data. Who has the most recent and up to date version?
  • Data being stored on an unsecure/non backed up system;
    • what would happen if the computer/server dies, do you lose millions of dollars worth of data

Click here to learn more on how Expedio’s OCRIS Logix processes can help your project and data management procedures.

neXTek Wrapup

Expedio at neXTek

The neXTek event held on 26 November was busy, well attended and informative – overall a great day for this inaugural event organised by the MineSpace folk.  Many delegates and exhibitors I chatted with really liked the 1 day conference format and the compact exhibition space hosting new and technologically advanced products and services relevant to exploration and mining.  Particular favourites were the underground virtual reality experience, a portable self-contained seismic unit and enterprise level 4G communication networks. The Expedio presentation and OCRIS product demonstrations were well received with a lot of interest from delegates unhappy with their current ‘old-school’ data capture and  management software  products.  Expedio would like to announce Tara French from Regis Resources as the winner of our lovely bottle of McLaren Vale red, congratulations Tara!  Thankyou to all attendees and organisers of neXTek, and we hope to see you all again next year.

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Expedio News – We’ve Moved & neXTek

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This was the November 2015 issue of Expedio ‘News for You’. Highlights were:

New Office Subiaco

  • WE’VE MOVED…
    Inline with the upgrades of our system we’ve upgraded our location! Come and try our freshly ground coffee whilst being informed of the latest features in OCRIS- Complete Data Management. click here to request a demo

neXTek

  • neXTek – Come see Expedio at neXTek; Not only will there be exhibitors, but talks will be happening throughout the day, along with small and large workshops. Philip Little from Expedio will be presenting at 12:20pm and giving short OCRIS demos in Booth 20.
  • Refer & Win – Refer a client to Expedio – ALWAYS ACCURATE DATA by the end of the year and win a $500 TRAVEL VOUCHER. Expedio are currently offering incentives to migrate to the OCRIS Suite. We gain a happy customer and you gain a relaxing break. Email info@expedio.com.au for more details.

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