Improved Data Access to Guide Mineral Exploration Decisions

Vancouver, BC – October 21, 2021 – A new Geoscience BC minerals project extension will make more valuable public geoscience and mineral deposit data from technical reports easy to locate, search and access.

Called Georeferencing and Data Capture of 2019–2021 NI 43-101 Reports, the project is pairing National Instrument 43-101 Technical Reports (NI 43-101 reports) for British Columbia from 2019 to 2021 with location information. It follows a previous project, which did similar work for reports up to 2019. NI 43-101 reports are geologic assessments submitted by mineral exploration and development projects and operating mines to the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA).

NI 43-101 reports contain comprehensive scientific and technical overviews of minerals projects including activities such as drilling, sample analyses, mapping, significant findings and more. NI 43-101 reports dating back to 2004 are freely available through the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR) and can be searched by company name, document type, industry group or filing date. However, SEDAR cannot be searched by location or geologic information.

Project lead and Purple Rock Inc. President Nicole Barlow, P.Geo., said: “These technical reports contain so much valuable information, but they can be hard to access. We know from previous phases of this work that making the information easier to find, locate and understand leads to more efficient and effective mineral exploration and to more informed mineral exploration decisions in BC.”

As part of the project, each report’s location will be catalogued so that it can be searched and displayed in Geoscience BC’s Earth Science Viewer online mapping tool. The British Columbia Geological Survey’s (BCGS) MapPlace 2 platform will also be updated with the data when the project is completed. Each report will also be reviewed for new or updated mineral occurrence data that will be added to the BCGS MINFILE database.

This latest project follows on from the successful Georeferencing and Data Capture of NI 43-101 Reports in British Columbia project, published in January 2021, which paired location data with NI 43-101 reports from BC up to 2019.

Data from the latest project is expected to be published in mid-2022 and can be used by the mineral exploration and development sector, governments, Indigenous groups and communities to make more informed decisions.

Accessing Data
View the project page (2021-003) for more information.

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For more information, please contact:
Richard Truman
Geoscience BC