Building a Collaborative Data Workflow Tool from the Ground-up – MinExCRC National Drilling Initiative

Matilda  Thomas2, Dr Carina Kemp1, Simon Van Der Wielen2, Mark Sutti2, Anthony  Budd2, Rian Dutch4, Alex Otto3

1AARNet Pty Ltd, Chatswood, Australia, 2Geoscience Australia, Symonston, Australia, 3CSIRO, Canberra, Australia, 4Geological Survey of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia


The National Drilling Initiative (NDI) is part of the MinExCRC, a 7 year program partnering industry, government and academia to develop a new set of exploration tools and new ways to deploy those tools which recognise the fundamental importance of collecting quantity and quality data from the subsurface. Collecting these data requires drilling. The mission of the National Drilling Initiative (NDI) is to drill multiple holes in several case study areas to map the regional geology and architecture and define the potential for new mineral systems in 3D.

The NDI will generate a vast amount of new data and add value to existing data. These data will need to be appropriately managed throughout the life of the MinEx CRC to maximise the value from the NDI. Current methods for managing drilling data require multiple software packages and data delivery systems and are generally undertaken after the completion of the program.

A streamlined approach to managing and integrating the many layers of complex drilling data, which provides an objective analysis of the data, would result in significant efficiency gains and the ability to modify drilling programs in real time. Project 7 aims to deliver a single point of access to NDI drilling data for all stakeholders, inclusive of a data management and delivery system, geospatial and data analytical tools and drill target optimisation algorithms. This presentation will talk about these approaches.




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