Historical Exploration Data Capture Pilot Project, Northwestern British Columbia

Key Researcher(s):  C. Kilby

Project ID:  2014-005

Key Research Organization(s):  Cal Data Ltd.

Project Location:  Bulkley Nechako

Focus Area:  Minerals


Over 32,000 mineral assessment reports are publicly available through the British Columbia Assessment Report Indexing System (ARIS); however the information is locked in scanned pdfs, or "analogue" format. This pilot project focuses on select assessment reports filed within NTS 1:250 000 map area 093L and aims to extract primary exploration data such as soil geochemistry, drillhole and rock samples, etc. and convert this data into downloadable and interactive digital formats. This proof-of-concept study will augment and enhance the existing provincial database and will undertake to establish collection procedures and develop techniques and protocols to facilitate the continuation of this work. A final report is expected in early 2015.


  • Posters and Presentations

    2015: Historic Exploration Data Capture Pilot Project, Northwestern British Columbia (NTS 093L)

    – Mineral Exploration Roundup Presentation (pdf, 31 MB)

  • Technical Articles

    2015: “Historical exploration data capture pilot project, northwestern British Columbia”

    – Summary of Activities 2014, Report 2015-1 p. 79-84 (pdf, 3.5 MB)

  • Final Deliverables

    Geoscience BC Report 2015-06

    Historical Exploration Data Capture Pilot Project, Northwestern British Columbia (NTS 093L)

    A program to convert mineral exploration Assessment Report data of various types from their original analogue form to more useful digital form was undertaken as a pilot project with a fixed budget. The purpose was to undertake this work in order to see what could be accomplished within budget (time) and what challenges would arise. At the end of the project 81 figures (maps, cross-sections and profiles) had been converted to geopositioned raster images and 2,292 geochemistry analyses from various samples types (soil, stream sediment/silt, rock, and drillhole core) had been captured along with their locations. Numerous challenges were encountered along the way, including high errors encountered during geopositioning of maps and a minimal amount of geochemistry in digital form submitted from property owners. This report documents the work performed and makes recommendations based on the experience gained during the project.

    Data files for the 11 ARIS reports digitized are included in the data files released in this report. Each file includes the original ARIS pdf, CSV and Excel files, Raster Images and Shape files.