Kambalda Geology Symposium 2017 Recap

Together with co-sponsors Cube Consulting and BMGS, Expedio helped to organise yet another successful Kambalda Geology Symposium.

Held on 12 October 2017 at the Kambalda Community Recreation Centre, the event featured a wide range of useful presentations.

Presentations addressed the latest technology available to monitor blast movement, 3D laser scanning, and data management for mines and exploration. The topics also included talks about the area specific mines’ geology and development success.

Increasing Knowledge Through Collaboration

Rebecca Prain served as the MC for the event, welcoming the region’s project  geologists to learn new information through listening to the presentations and through informal conversations among colleagues. In only a few short hours, participants honed their professional skills, thanks to the informative presentations from each of the experts on tap.

More than 80 geologists attended the sessions and both the number of speakers and delegates were increased from previous years.

Expedio’s Managing Director, Lara Groves, acknowledged the participants and co-sponsors for their part in the event. She said, “Thank you to everyone who attended the Kambalda Geology Symposium and to Cube Consulting, co-sponsors BMGS and Expedio for organising another successful event. Special thanks to Rebecca Prain for her outstanding job as MC and making everyone feel welcome. It was a great opportunity for geologists to get together and hear a wide variety of presentations.”

From all the buzz on LinkedIn, the participants felt likewise. One participant commented, “…A great symposium. The presentations were…interesting and informative.”

Another simply exclaimed, “Excellent presentations and event!”

Sharing knowledge about the local mining industry, as well as techniques and tips, is always a big part of this information-packed event. With the symposium itself only taking five hours from start to finish, participants had ample time to meet up afterwards to see clients, colleagues, and long-time friends and catch up on the latest developments in the field.

Lara Groves and the entire Expedio team look forward to an even better event in 2018.

For more information about the Kambalda Geology Symposium or about how you can benefit from immediate and accurate data, contact Expedio at info@expedio.com.au or phone the company on +61 8 9381 6132.

 

Australian Gold Outlook 2017 to 2057

A new report from the Association of Mining & Exploration Companies (AMEC) looks at the current and future outlook for gold mining in Australia. The report provides key insights on what to expect in gold mining.

In 2017, 9.7 million ounces of gold were mined in Australia, generating $15.8 billion in revenue. Gold has been a major player in the Australian economy since its discovery in the 1800s. Gold production in the next 40 years is forecast to fall by half, due to declining reserves, uncertainty in exploration success and an average 13 year delay between discovery and development.

Tier-1 Discoveries Scarce

Tier-1 discoveries have been non-existent over the past ten years in Australia. The last one was the Tropicana gold deposit in 2005. As many parts of Australia represent a mature exploration environment, the decrease in Tier-1 discoveries is expected, though still concerning. The crux of the challenge of finding new mines is long-term sustainability. The currently operating mines can continue to meet demand in the short to medium term but depleting reserves will lead to their inevitable closure.   It’s critical to find new sites for viability in the next 10 years and beyond.

For the mid- to long-term, new mines will have to be discovered and developed to replace existing operations. In fact, in the next 15 years, over half of the country’s gold production will have to come from undiscovered mines. This means, incentives and support for exploration are critical. Otherwise, the entire ecosystem of gold production is at risk. This marks an opportunity for the industry and government to create policies to support such initiatives. This includes innovation and ideas around enhancing the efficiency of gold mine production.

New Sites Require 13 Years from Discovery to Production

Looking at the immediate production forecast, there are three groups: existing, known projects and new discoveries. It currently takes at least 13 years from discovery to development and this delay period is increasing over time. Looking at the data that stipulates the production coming from new mines in 15 years, new sites are imperative and they must be ready to produce significantly.

In the next five to ten years, the central focus of new development will be based on known deposits. To maintain current production levels in the Australian gold industry, either discovery success must be doubled or the overall exploration expenditures must be doubled.

Exploration success will be pivotal in the race to fill any shortfalls in production, which are imminent.

Production Expected to Drop by Half

In the research, many different calculations and data points were considered for the modelling. Factors influencing the forecasts include depletion of current operations and a presumed reduction in new sites and the scale of the discovered mineral reserves. The current forecast for the next 40 years of gold production in Australia is expected to drop by 50 percent. As the gold industry is such an important economic pillar, this means there needs to be preparation to sustain or replace the income. The collective minerals industry accounts for eight percent of the country’s GDP.

For additional information on the future state of the gold industry, you can refer to “Long-term forecast of Australia’s mineral production and revenue – The outlook for gold 2017-2057” published by Association of Mining & Exploration Companies.

How to Get Your Data Sorted in Water Management

Water management data for a sustainable future

 Management of water resources is vital in Australia and water harvesting, storage and distribution have been a critical factor in urban and regional development.

Water usage and rainfall in Australia varies greatly year by year, in volume and in geographic distribution. That’s why careful water monitoring and data management is so crucial for sustainability, as well as complying with statutory groundwater licensing and usage obligations.

A key component of sustainable water management is minimising or avoiding activities which could result in reduced water supplies or degradation of water resource quality. This is particularly in response to the building of dams and associated irrigation areas across all industries, which has increased water availability but has also damaged the environment, causing the long-term ecological decline of rivers, wetlands and floodplains. Many communities and industries have suffered from the adverse environmental effects and poor water quality.

Deep groundwater systems have very different characteristics to shallow aquifers and surface water resources. Understanding these differences and determining the degree of connectivity between aquifers is a key issue in effective water management.

Water data delivers important insights

When it comes to water management, data can deliver important insights and inform decision making. New measurement technologies can transform the types of big data collected, how it is interpreted and deliver better outcomes for utilisation of the groundwater resources and managing compliance obligations.

Understanding what types of water data can be captured will drive tremendous change in the years to come. New technologies which rapidly synthesise captured data with existing models will support this transformation toward a more sustainable future.

Data which can be captured from multiple sources and be presented in a way that delivers a high-level single source of truth for scientists, planners and policy makers is paramount. Going beyond just presenting this data on its own, it must also correlate and integrate with a wide range of information including environmental, demographic and industry specific modelling.

What is the solution for water data management?

  • Determine a single source of truth for water data which can be used in conjunction with other data models.
  • Capture and synthesise water data rapidly from a variety of sources such as weather stations, manual readings, water sampling and analysis, surface and downhole electronic data loggers
  • A data logging solution that can be used offline is vital.
  • Make data more accessible and improve how easy it is for users to interpret and integrate in decision making
  • Effective tools to monitor aquifer usage and manage groundwater licensing and compliance obligations
  • Implementing a data management solution integrated with centralised and standardised business rules, ensures a ‘single source of truth’ across divisions.

Get immediate & accurate data with Expedio

Contact us to discover how your water data management can benefit from immediate and accurate data delivered with exceptional customer service.

Get in touch on 1300 496 006 or at info@expedio.com.au.

We’re happy to help!

 

For further reading

Parliament of Australia Water Management

Bureau of Meteorology Water in Australia

Australia State of the Environment 2016: Water Management in Australia

ATSE Sustainable Water Management: Securing Australia’s Future in a Green Economy

 

How to Effectively Capture Data in the Harshest Environments

You need it quick, easy and clean

Capturing data in treacherous and challenging environments can be a complicated and complex venture. The integrity and accuracy of the data is of the utmost importance. You’ll need to find hardware and software up to the task.

When you are out in the field, you’re going to need rugged hardware and advanced software. When gathering data in remote areas, you need to feel confident that your tools are going to get the job done.

Gathering data in the field provides insights

Data in the field is a necessity. With the right type of hardware and software, you can rapidly enter clean data in an efficient manner. This data can then inform real-time operations or be aggregated with other information to provide larger insights for a project.

When using specialised field equipment, you have the ability to immediately see errors. It can alert you to errors in the data capture so it can be remedied on the spot. Gathering and validation of the data in the field allows for less overall errors and improves turnaround times.

Multi-log and Custom Validation

If you have multiple users collecting data in the field, you’ll need to be able to multi-log. You’ll want to have more than one logger definition per machine, depending on your work role for drilling, producing, environmental monitoring or rehabilitation tasks.

You can take validation one step further with custom checks for your specific business rules. This means that the parameters are customised to fit your needs. With custom templates and validation, you have:

  • Flexible data collection templates for all field work types
  • Compatibility with all data management software and data models
  • Industry standard code and numeric range checks
  • Downhole interval and depth integrity checks
  • Check for logic and context across the data
  • Time based data types and workflows
  • Embedded custom help and field procedural documents, photos and charts

Once you start to transfer data, you’ll need to have a flagging system to ensure data sets are clean and not exported more than once. Using tools that can alert you to this will keep the data accurate and the data flow streamlined.

Easy function

When working in the field, you don’t have time to worry about the structure or layout of the data. Use a system that has user friendly data entry defaults to help automate data collection. Template changes and data transfer tasks can be performed easily in a single step.

Sharing data

You often need to take data from the office to the field. The field system you use should allow for importing data as well as input from external devices such as GPS, Cameras, Digital Scales and Bar Code Scanners.  Double handling of digital data and a reliance on multiple spreadsheets is unnecessary.

Keep data clean and safe

Data integrity is very important in the field. To ensure that data stays clean and safe, there should be an auditable “digital” trail. This allows for you to look back should you feel the data has been compromised.

Data in the field is crucial to every part of what you do. You’ll want hardware that can work in extreme conditions as well as software that makes data aggregation and collection easy. In more than 13 years of use in the some of the world’s toughest conditions there has never been an incident of lost data due to software failure.

Learn more about how to obtain fast, accurate and reliable data in the field with OCRIS Mobile. OCRIS Mobile is the best choice for capturing data in tough environments.

 

What is Your Single Source of Truth?

Companies around the world which rely on accurate geological data can experience challenges consistently managing data to a single centralised source of truth.
This in turn can have a direct impact across the organisation.
When data is fragmented and delivered in any number of different formats, the knock-on effect can mean having to sift through data to establish the best and current version, verify it and then communicate it in a relevant way to the various roles which rely on the data to do their jobs effectively.
This is obviously labour intensive, time consuming, prone to error and causes operational delays – with the ultimate impact to the bottom line.

What should you look for?
From exploration to mining, planning programs to modeling, finance and production, accurate and compliant resource data is your solid foundation from which pivotal decisions can be made with confidence. This means ensuring an advanced end-to-end geological data management solution is adopted for effective project development.

When considering a data management services provider for your single source of data, you should be looking for these three key elements:

1. Accuracy

Accurate data should be achieved by the use of multi-level, real time validation. Make sure bulk data loading followed by QC and 3D integrity checking delivers you ready-to-use output on demand. With process-driven configuration and data management, you can benefit from real-time validation and graphical feedback. The provision of ready-to-use datasets in standard industry formats can add tremendous value

2. Efficiency

Ensure your provider utilises best practice methodologies to capture clean and accurate data every time. With integrated tools to configure and manage exploration and drilling data, a standardised SQL Server database schema can deliver you a scalable central repository which is configurable and controllable.. Flexible and prompt customer service results in rapid issue resolution and solution implementation.

3. Compliance

You need best practice data management which will always work within the constraints of your business rules and industry standards to deliver compliant results. A focus on compliance ensures a fully auditable database, QC and statutory reporting and a ‘Library Catalogue’ with both soft and hardcopy file management.. Full metadata results management, data reporting and a complete database history mean that all the compliance boxes are ticked for your company, not just at the time of reporting but inherently stored together with your data as your single source of truth

Do you have the tools to deliver your single source of truth?

You need a solution configured to meet your requirements, with all data managed in a single, secure and centralised database.

Do you have the tools and capabilities to accurate, efficient and compliant data?

Get in touch with us to discover how your business can benefit from a single source of truth.

You can reach us on 1300 496 006 or at info@expedio.com.au.

Bringing geologists together at the Kambalda Geology Symposium

We’re looking forward to sponsoring the coming Kambalda Geology Symposium in 12 October 2017, along with Cube Consulting and BMGS.

The past two year’s events have been very well attended, with 70-80 geologists from around the region coming together to listen, learn and develop their professional skills.

At the event, participants share tips, techniques and local knowledge in a collegiate environment and plenty of opportunities to catch-up with old friends.

The symposium will be held at Kambalda Community Recreation Centre, Irish Mulga Drive, Kambalda. Registration opens at 12:15am and the event finishes with drinks at 5:15pm

The symposium is free to attend. Afternoon tea and post-symposium snacks and drinks will be provided. Please email Lara if you would like to attend.

In 2016, we had a wide range of interesting topics from different companies covering varying commodities, with a theme emerging of Discovery. Check out a previous wrap-up from the Kambalda Geology Symposium 2016.

The Expedio team will be in the Goldfields area leading up to the Symposium and will be available for meetings and demonstrations. Please contact us if you would like to meet with us prior to the event.

We look forward to seeing you there.

A driller and a geologist walk into a bar

If a driller and a geologist walk into a bar with a willingness to teach and listen to each other, they’ll both soon realize the benefits of working together for project success.

CORING MAGAZINE JULY 29, 2016

The title may sound like the start of a bad joke, but this article aims to delve deeper into the relationship between geologists and drillers in the exploration and mining industries.

These two professions are central and are at times glorified, with the heroic notion of a steely-eyed geologist intently focused on a small, glistening rock chip while the brawny, tanned driller pulls steel rods somewhere on a remote mountain top.  Unfortunately, reality is more like two old men bickering over invoices or complaining about clogged cyclones. Whether we want to believe it or not, these two professions, as different as their backgrounds or personal interests may be, are kindred spirits who have much to gain and learn from one another if they simply take the time to talk and listen.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://coringmagazine.com/article/a-driller-and-a-geologist-walk-into-a-bar/

First signs of improvement in two years

“It’s absolutely essential that geoscientists experiencing tough employment conditions do not lose contact with their profession, peers and colleagues” AIG President, Mr Mike Erceg

First light at the end of a very long jobless tunnel for Australia’s geos?  READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

The jobs outlook for Australia’s geoscientists has shown the first small signs of improvement in two years with the number of professional geoscientists in Australia seeking work or unable to secure satisfactory self-employment, falling fell in the June quarter compared with the preceding period.

The survey received 1095 responses this quarter from an estimated 6,000 geoscientists in Australia, working in all sectors of exploration and mining, government, education, research, environment and a range of other fields of practice.

On a state by state basis, decreases in both unemployment and under-employment were evident in all states except South Australia where unemployment remained static but under-employment  amongst self-employed geoscientists increased.

Geoscientist unemployment and under-employment in Australia June 2009 – June 2016
Geoscientist unemployment and under-employment in Australia June 2009 – June 2016

Case Study – A well-established Diamond mine

Diamond

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

NorthSumatraGoldMine

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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