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August 17, 2016

New IGS Xplore prospectivity maps for Botswana

International Geoscience Services have released a series of base metal prospectivity maps for the Ngamiland District of northwestern Botswana using free geodata available on the recently-launched Botswana Geoscience Portal, hosted by Geosoft. The maps identify favorable areas for copper, zinc and lead mineralization using geological, geochemical and geophysical datasets downloaded directly from the portal.

August 11, 2016

NexGen Makes New High Grade Discovery

NexGen Energy reported the discovery of a new high grade zone of mineralization 4.7 km northeast of the Arrow Deposit as part of an on-going summer drilling program on its 100% owned, Rook I property, Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan...

August 10, 2016

Rampion UXO Disposal to Take Place This Week

E.ON has confirmed that the two unexploded devices, detected along the Rampion offshore cable route will be safely disposed this week following the consultation with the Marine Management Organisation...

August 9, 2016

Diamonds In The Rough: E&Ps Find New Reserves In Mature Basins

The oil industry’s history demonstrates clearly that new plays and prospects have long been found in mature basins that were thought to be well on the way to being squeezed dry. Through the acquisition of new data, developing new concepts and coming up with fresh interpretations, long-producing basins around the world from the North Sea to Malaysia have continued to reveal new riches...

August 8, 2016

Northern Shield Identifies High Quality VTEM Targets at Séquoi

Northern Shield Resources announced the results of the interpretation and modelling of the VTEM survey from the Séquoi Property in the Labrador Trough of Quebec . Séquoi is owned 100% by Northern Shield and is being explored for Noril'sk style Ni-Cu-PGE massive sulphides. After geophysical modelling and interpretation of the VTEM data from Séquoi, six VTEM anomalies of significant interest have been identified...

August 3, 2016

Rio Tinto tailors big data drive to copper

Rio Tinto will put the weight of an exploration big data push and its newly-formed Growth and Innovation group behind its desire to identify a "tier 1" copper asset. Speaking at the annual Diggers & Dealers conference in Kalgoorlie, Growth and Innovation group executive Stephen McIntosh said Australia was "overdue for a tier 1" mineral discovery of any type...

August 1, 2016

Tetra Tech Awarded $200 Million Navy CLEAN Contract

Tetra Tech announced that it has been awarded a $200 million, single-award contract by Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Atlantic. Through the Comprehensive Long-term Environmental Action Navy (CLEAN) contract, Tetra Tech will provide environmental engineering support services to installations within the NAVFAC Atlantic Area of Responsibility...

May 3, 2016

NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS), MODUM Partners announce "Young Scientist Summer School on Sea Dumped Chemical Weapons"

This international project cooperates closely with CHEMSEA (Search and Assessment of Chemical Weapons) Project for and sharing and knowledge transfer...

April 12, 2016

Monday mad rush for gold stocks

Renewed optimism about the outlook for gold saw investors pile back into gold stocks, pushing many stock to 52-week highs in heavy volumes...

April 11, 2016

Medgold Resources: Continues to Expand the Boticas Gold Project, Portugal; Proposes $200,000 Private Placement

Medgold Resources is pleased to announce new assay results from contiguous rock-chip sampling from the Limarinho South zone at its Boticas gold project in Portugal, which include a highlight of 6.0m @ 5.7 g/t Au...

April 8, 2016

De-carbonizing our energy sector

Nuclear energy currently provides around 11 percent of the world's electricity. China, the European Union, the United States, India, Russia, South Korea, and other nations’ have major existing fleets...

April 1, 2016

Follow-Up Drilling Results Indicate Wide Gold Zones at Hendricks Gold Discovery

Gascoyne Resources Limited announced that it has received the final assay results from the 10,000 metre aircore exploration drilling programme...

March 26, 2016

The Oil Market Is Finally Hitting Its Breaking Point

After a significant reduction in investments over the past two years, oil companies can no longer overcome the production declines from legacy wells...

March 15, 2016

N-Sea Expands into the French Offshore Wind Industry

Subsea IMR provider, N-Sea, has signed a letter of intent with CERES Recherches & Expertise Sous-Marine and TechSub Industrie Environement, to provide subsea survey, installation and remediation services to the French offshore wind industry...

March 9, 2016

PDAC 2016 Convention Exceeds 22,000 Attendees

Optimism and opportunity abounded at the PDAC 2016 Convention of The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada in spite of recent industry challenges...

March 3, 2016

6 Alpha Launches EOD Contracting Division

6 Alpha Associates, a specialist risk consultancy practice, with expertise in the assessment and management of unexploded ordnance, has launched a dedicated explosive ordnance disposal division...

February 10, 2016

Cameco's new uranium discovery revealed

Canada's top uranium producer has a significant new discovery nearby to one of its largest existing mines...

February 9, 2016

NexGen Drills Most Intense Mineralization to Date at Arrow

NexGen announces further results from its on-going six rig 30,000 m winter 2016 drill program on its 100% owned Rook I Property in the Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan...

February 9, 2016

Rio Tinto scales up its big data ambitions

Rio Tinto is opening its "vast troves" of exploration data to junior explorers in the hopes they will help sift for opportunities and supply ideas and labour...

February 8, 2016

Online portal improves access to geoscience data from Africa

The Botswana Geoscience Institute is launching a Geoscience Portal...

February 8, 2016

5 Best Minerals & Fossils To Buy With Your IRS Tax Refund

You just got your IRS tax refund and now you're presented with some cash to go out and buy one of a kind minerals and fossils from your local...

February 5, 2016

World's largest offshore windfarm to be built off Yorkshire coast

Dong Energy makes final investment decision on 1.2-gigawatt project that will power more than a million UK homes...

February 2, 2016

World's top 10 rookie gold mines

These high-grade mines will soon start competing with gold mining's industry leaders ...

January 25, 2016

Exxon Mobil Corp's defiant outlook predicts Canadian and Venezuelan oilsands output will 'quadruple' over next 24 years

In sharp contrast to the grim medium-term prognosis for the Canadian oilsands, Exxon Mobil Corp. is predicting sunnier times for bitumen in the decades ahead...

January 23, 2016

Magnetic Survey Keeps Cost Down

At a contaminated furniture factory site in North Carolina, a reconnaissance magnetic survey was conducted toward the end of a Phase 2 investigation ...

Cameco launches GET-IT: Data on demand virtually

by Carmela Burns on April 13, 2015 technology

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Cameco’s Geospatial Envision Technology & Information Transfer (GET-IT) System provides a single web interface for accessing exploration and land management data.

Mike McClelland presented on harvesting time with data organization at the PDAC 2015. Watch the webcast.

Imagine being able to zoom in on a project area from your laptop, interrogate and extract all the exploration data that has ever been collected there, and immediately begin building maps and images from the information.

For Cameco’s geoscientists, this is no longer a dream but a reality. Cameco recently launched its Geospatial Envision Technology & Information Transfer (GET-IT) System, a web interface for exploration and land management data, in Australia. The North American launch will take place in April.

“Most people didn’t think it could be done, and were surprised when GET-IT was actually delivered,” says Mike McClelland, Cameco’s director of land tenure and geospatial information “But everyone agrees this is where we should be. Exploration is spatial, and the fact that we have been stuck in contextual search mode has been limiting.” He adds that GET-IT wouldn’t have been possible without the openness of the business, not only corporate but end users, to change and innovation.

GET-IT provides a single web interface to data managed by servers including SDE (GIS) Leasecontrol (agreement, land and permit management), Sharepoint (documents) Geosoft DAP (imagery and geophysical data) and acQuire (drillholes and geochemical data). Geoscientists, management and other permitted users can access the GET-IT system via a web browser and then search, preview, interrogate, and extract data from the connected servers and make use of simple map-making capabilities.

Cameco’s journey from searching for information in scattered folders to the forefront of on-demand exploration data delivery was a huge undertaking that required company-wide collaboration, standardizing data in the same formats for all of Cameco’s global projects, and cleansing bad data. McClelland estimates that about 45-64%, or 4.4 terabytes, of Cameco’s data folders were either duplicated or obsolete.

But the anticipated reward is a data management system so efficient that Cameco’s geoscientists will be able to spend an extra day per week looking for mines rather than searching for data.

As a key component of GET-IT, Geosoft’s DAP server stores the company’s geophysical data consisting of 650 surveys ranging from seismic to airborne EM. Cameco also makes extensive use of Geosoft exploration applications for data interpretation, presentation and modelling, including Target for 3D geology and VOXI Earth Modelling for geophysical inversion.

“We found a partner in Geosoft, who helped us develop and implement GET-IT,” says McClelland. “They delivered on the technology and services. I was confident that they had the right experience and a pulse on where the industry is moving. They were also clear on what could and could not be achieved.”

“More than that,” he continues “Geosoft took the time to understand our business requirements and they continue to learn with us. It’s a long term relationship, and we’re equally vested in making this the best experience it can be for data consumers.”

McClelland is continuing the drive towards centralization and virtualization now that GET-IT has been launched. He envisions Cameco moving all of its geoscience information, processing and communication into the cloud by 2017 providing a user experience that’s similar to Microsoft’s Office 365, which has enabled access to Office applications, including web conferencing, over the Internet.

“In corporations fifteen years ago, everything was on a mainframe. Then we switched to desktops where everyone takes the data and works with it on their own,” he says. “Now there is a real appetite to bring things back together. We’re actively working with our software vendors of choice to develop a Geoscience 365 environment.”


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