Development and Application of a Relational Rock Property Database System for BC (Whole Province)
- Tom Lane, CAMIRO
3D models are becoming standard for exploration data interpretation. Drill hole targeting based on the integration of geophysical inversions with geological interpretation requires understanding of the relationships between physical rock properties, lithology, and alteration typical of the relevant exploration setting. This understanding in turn requires a technology capable of accessing and querying large volumes of measured physical rock property data. Improved understanding of rock property relationships in mineral exploration settings is the objective of this project.
It has been recognized that access to physical rock properties is a primary requirement to model geophysics of rocks under cover. Mira Geoscience, the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) and CAMIRO are moving forward to develop a fully operative, web-based and populated National Rock Property Database System (RPDS). This project intends to achieve the following objectives:
RPDS is a mature, relational rock property database in continuous development since 1998. Its development has been funded through a series of R&D initiatives, originally by a consortium of industry sponsors and the GSC.
This one-year project focused in British Columbia will enable entry of a significant amount of BC data into the RPDS and allow immediate application to programs in the Central BC MPB Area and the Southern BC TGI 3 area. The builtin analysis applications between UBC and GSC will demonstrate utility of the RPDS system for subsurface interpretations. A workshop at project-end will educate users on how the database can be accessed and used and will serve as a check on fulfilment of delivery.
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