4D data management services
This centre [Sudbury-based Mining Observatory Data Control Centre - MODCC] will harvest the secrets hidden in large amounts of exploration and mining data, gleaning insights to improve exploration success and will result in better decisions that improve both daily and long-term profitability.
Our team works on a daily basis with the 4D integration of geological, geophysical, geochemical, rock quality, mine seismicity, mine production, geotechnical monitoring, and mine stability data. We have the required skills and technology for practical, business-focused data management as a solid foundation for modelling, analysis, and interpretation. We are experts in helping both mineral exploration and mine sites with true 4D-GIS integration.
In mineral exploration, the organization of multi-disciplinary spatial data has become increasingly important to the creation of integrated earth models that serve as the basis of targeting at depth or under cover. At the mine site, where the integration of geological, geotechnical, geophysical, and production data has become critical to both safety and production decisions, understanding the time-evolution of the state of the mine is paramount to effective decision making. Our motivation is to provide a means of organizing, verifying, and channeling technical data to the modelling and analysis systems that rely on them.
Our software combines true 4D multi-disciplinary geoscience data management, modelling, query, and expert-system targeting to drive exploration and mining success. Our technology system is flexible; we can host your data or provide customized on-site solutions for your most complex geoscience data management needs.
Our hosted, relational rock property data management system brings together geological and geophysical information on a common integration platform. It correlates a geological description with the rock property data across a range of geological environments to provide an understanding of the physical property environment in the alteration complexes associated with ore systems. This allows users to enforce, or judge, consistency between the geological models and geophysical data from the same project area.
Datasets we work with
We ensure fast, intuitive, and accurate 3D earth models, regardless of your data types. We work with geological, geophysical, geochemical, and geotechnical data from standard mining industry formats: ArcGIS, MapInfo, AutoCAD, GOCAD/SKUA, Gemcom, Surpac, CAE Studio, Vulcan, Geosoft, Leapfrog, ER Mapper, ioGAS, UBC-GIF, VPmg, Profile Analyst, Maxwell, and others. Our data management solutions can link to virtually any data source, including real time data feeds from microseismic or other geotechnical monitoring instrumentation, production and mobile equipment data, and other mine site sources.
Expertise and experience
Our team brings together data management and 3D modelling software development professionals with a strong inter-disciplinary group of geoscience professionals. We are working on a number of fronts to make a difference in 4D geoscientific data management. Our partners and clients include Vale, GlencoreXstrata, Rio Tinto, the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI), and the Canadian Mining Innovation Council (CMIC).
We are actively taking part in a Canadian Mining Innovation Council (CMIC) research project on the discovery of new combinations of measurable parameters that define the footprints of ore systems. This project is the largest-ever Canadian mineral exploration R&D project, supported by a collaboration of 24 universities and 27 industry sponsors.
The proposed research aim is to improve “exploration success by developing practical applications and approaches to the acquisition, management, integration, and analysis of data that can be used to identify the ore-system footprint at the most distant edge and at depth.” – CMIC-EIC Program Summary
We are co-leaders of the project’s data integration activities, providing both advisory services and software.
At the mine site, the integration of 3D geological and rock mass models with 4D mine geometry, stress, microseismicity, and other monitoring data yields the capability of evaluating geotechnical hazards. Sharing consistent, real-time data on equipment performance, rock stability, and various mine monitoring systems ultimately means mining more safely, efficiently, effectively, and with greater economic feasibility.
We have been working closely with the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) on the Smart Underground Monitoring and Integrated Technologies (SUMIT) program and the Tunnel Boring System (TBS) projects of the Rio Tinto Centre for Underground Mine Construction (RTC-UMC). The data management side of this program aims to facilitate deep mining research and development by refining the process of data collecting, storing, and sharing through a centralized system. Our contribution to this project is providing the necessary technology needed to manage multi-disciplinary time-based data and mine models. This data management foundation will be integrated with our quantitative, 4D geohazard evaluation system to support analysis and geotechnical decision-making.