14th June 2016

The Geological Survey of New South Wales (GSNSW), in collaboration with the Central West Exploration Discussion Group, jointly organised a workshop and evening of technical talks in Orange on Wednesday 1 June.

The workshop, attended by 20 participants, included comprehensive hands-on sessions facilitated by specialist presenters from the Geological Survey. The event focussed on enabling exploration and mining industry professionals to efficiently use the Geological Survey’s online systems to access data.

Participants received a first-hand demonstration of how to manipulate the Geological Survey’s 3D geological models using GlassTerra and learnt how to bring their own data into the models using additional software or web applications. They were also given a tour of the new DIGS search engine, where they gained an understanding of the advantages of its spatial search to industry and learnt how to find and access the best possible geological and geophysical products.

The workshop highlighted new features in the Geoscientific Data Warehouse, revealing how the GIS-friendly assay data outputs could be used in GIS. In addition to this, a demonstration of the NSW geology phone maps was carried out, showing users how they could install apps on phones and download maps.

The workshop was received very well by participants – a local exploration geologist who attended it, shared, “What we learnt yesterday will definitely boost our efficiency and productivity and we are glad that a workshop like this was organised.”

The workshop was followed by an evening of technical talks, which attracted 40 locals. It featured results from a 3D spectral study of a Cu–Au porphyry system, mineral systems work in the Lachlan Orogen and updates on regional mapping projects.

Following the event’s success, Chris Yeats, Executive Director of the Geological Survey of NSW is keen to make it an annual event.

For presentations from the event, see: Geological Survey of NSW, Bathurst Metallogenic map, Results from the Captains Flat and Braidwood mapping projects, Application of hyperspectral data, and East Riverina Mapping Project.