Australia is home to significant deposits of a wide range of valuable minerals such as iron ore, gold, coal, uranium, and many more. Location is tied to mining from the get-go, starting with the push to pinpoint mineral resources, through to the management of the assets and surrounding environment of operational mines. Geospatial information is therefore a key consideration for the mining industry, and is being increasingly utilised in all areas as a tool to improve efficiency and maximise profit.
Staff at RIA Mobile GIS have been dealing with the mining industry for over 25 years, at many levels. We have built a strong understanding of the needs and user requirements across different sectors in the industry and are highly capable of engaging these different sectors and other stakeholders to bring together the information required to deliver solutions. We have supplied systems to all major mining companies in a range of different areas, worked extensively with geologists using GIS for exploration jobs, and consulted with indigenous groups.
Geospatial information has been a boon to exploration in mining for many years, and with increased access to information and more intelligent analysis techniques, mineral deposits can be detected more precisely and efficiently. GIS is an ideal platform for managing and analysing this information, which is often brought together from multiple different sources, collected at different times, by different people and across different exploration leases. GIS has been used for this task for some time, but many geologists working in exploration have brought the power of GIS into the field.
RIA Mobile GIS have implemented many systems for geologists working in the field, including an extensive regolith mapping program for Geoscience Australia. Typically this involves a mobile mapping system which both brings geospatial information into the field and allows users to capture their findings and samples in a digital format. Using a ruggedised, field-proof handheld device or tablet, which have built-in cameras and GPS, detailed data can be recorded out in the field and then automatically integrated into existing spatial databases and systems at the end of the day.
These mobile systems speed up the process in the field and also enable a robust practice for data collection, reducing room for human error and providing a consistent approach for recording data with picklists, checkboxes and other functions of well-designed digital forms. Mobile GIS can save time and will result in consistent and robust data which can easily be integrated with information from other sources.
Having the information in the in an accurate and queryable format provides situational awareness in the field – from tracking where you have been, to signifying locations of property boundaries, sacred sites or other areas of interest.
Managing a mine is a huge task which encompasses many different areas. Environmental management, asset monitoring, development planning and emergency response are just some examples of areas which can benefit and profit from harnessing the potential of GIS and spatial information. With our broad understanding of mining we can confidently consult and design with GIS for all facets of the mining industry.
One challenge with which we a familiar is the difficulty in sourcing and collating all the data available to assist in exploration and planning. RIA Mobile GIS can facilitate communication between many different groups, both internally and externally to help build the best information possible.
MRT (Mineral Resources Tasmania) through Project TIGER developed an integrated information system that forms part of a wider whole-of-government land information system. One of the important objectives of the project was to use a whole-of-government land information resource …