Rock Property Database System
This relational data management system brings geological and geophysical information onto a common integration platform.
Geophysical data is only responsive to variation in physical rock properties in the earth, so physical rock properties are an essential component of earth models. Yet the correlation between physical rock properties and geological description is typically not well understood, particularly where it is most important — in the altered environment around ore systems. The result is that it can be exceedingly difficult to enforce, or judge, consistency between geological models and geophysical data from the same project area. This has a directly negative result on our ability to derive the best business outcomes from our data and models, such as exploration drillhole targets.
The Rock Property Database System (RPDS) is a long-term project at Mira Geoscience to build a database that correlates geological description with experimental rock property data across a range of geological environments. The database we currently maintain already contains approximately six million rock property records, mostly derived from the Geological Survey of Canada’s high quality laboratory and borehole programs, so meaningful statistics are already available. We will continue to build this database in terms of both number of records and of meaningfully derived statistics from them. In our own work we already draw upon RPDS in the development and assessment of mineral exploration models, a facility our clients can take advantage of.