Got Data? Geoscience BC Minerals Project Seeks Data for Northwest BC’s Golden Triangle

Geoscience BC looks to collaborate with the mineral exploration and mining sector for data acquisition and consolidation project to boost economic development in northwest BC.

Vancouver, BC – July 30, 2020 – A new Geoscience BC minerals project is seeking high-quality privately held geophysical data for the Golden Triangle area in British Columbia’s Northwest Region. The project will create a new public dataset for the area and encourage collaboration and new partnerships.

The Golden Triangle is an area famous for hosting current and past mines, as well as hundreds of mineral exploration projects, with the potential to supply critical metals needed to meet forecast demand for clean technology applications such as batteries, electric vehicles, solar panels and wind turbines. Called the Golden Triangle Geophysics Data Compilation Project, the new initiative will review, purchase and consolidate existing airborne magnetic data that is not currently available publicly for the area.

Geoscience BC is asking anyone with geophysical data collected by airborne surveys in the Golden Triangle area, especially magnetic data, to contact Geoscience BC by 12:00 pm PST on Friday, October 16, 2020 about the possibility of contributing data to the project.

Making the data public will improve the understanding of the area’s major geological features and the mineral systems throughout the area. The data will be valuable to the mineral exploration sector, governments, Indigenous groups and academia and can be used to guide decisions about mineral exploration programs in northwest BC. It may also identify data gaps and guide future geoscience initiatives by Geoscience BC or the BC Geological Survey.

“Many companies exploring for minerals in the Golden Triangle fly airborne geophysical surveys over their properties,” said Geoscience BC Vice President, Minerals Christa Pellett. “This collaborative effort to consolidate existing privately held geophysical data for the Golden Triangle will create a valuable new public dataset and will create opportunities to share knowledge and collaborate in the search for mineral exploration targets.”

Contributing Data
We aim to collect as much data as possible and will consider purchasing or donations of existing geophysical datasets in the Golden Triangle (view map here). Our primary focus is on airborne magnetic data, however, all airborne geophysical data in the designated area will be considered. To be considered for purchase, data must be:

  • Well documented and ideally supported by digital copies of a logistics report, flight logs, data archive descriptions and calibration files;
  • Not publicly available (maps and images derived from the data may be in the public domain e.g. news releases, websites, ARIS reports); and
  • Collected by a helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft survey.
The age, line spacing, drape percentage or height above surface and other acquisition parameters will be considered during Geoscience BC’s evaluation.

If you have airborne geophysical data for part of the Golden Triangle and would like to explore the possibility of contributing to this project, please provide the following information to by 12:00 pm PST on October 16, 2020:

  • Shapefile (preferred) or map of the outline of the survey;
  • Year the survey was flown;
  • Line spacing;
  • Drape percentage or height above surface; and
  • Any additional acquisition parameters
Geoscience BC will review information provided before contacting companies to discuss reviewing data.

View project information

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For more information, please contact:
Richard Truman
Geoscience BC