DIGS® (Digital Imaging of Geological System) is a public, online archive that provides access to non confidential reports and other important documentary material held by the Resources & Energy Division.

The DIGS® database contains over 126 000 reports, with approximately 3.5 million pages, or 5 terabytes of digital data. DIGS® includes the following record types:

  • Departmental publications: Explanatory notes for maps published by the Geological Survey of NSW, Minfo, Quarterly Notes, bulletins, annual reports, historical brochures, heritage material, educational material and past publications like Mineral Industry Reviews.
  • Maps: Geological maps, cartographic plans, heritage maps, interpretation maps
  • Exploration reports: Company exploration reports including geochemistry, geophysics, drillhole logs, downhole surveys, mine reports, mineral studies, research reports.
  • Coal records: Exploration reports, borehole reports, coal resource reports, borehole logs
  • Petroleum records: Petroleum geology reports including soil gas surveys, geological and geophysical interpretations, well completion reports, seismic survey reports, airborne surveys.
  • Title plans: Record tracings, survey plans, working plans, consolidated leases

Please note that access to DIGS® is limited during backups that are scheduled daily between 8:30pm and 9:15pm AEST.

Data delivery, downloads and CDs

If you are unable to locate reports and data then the DIGS® team can provide the information on CD or other portable media. Please note:

  • Relevant report numbers must be quoted along with contact details and exploration licence number where appropriate.
  • A single order can not exceed 20 items. Orders exceeding this limit will not be accepted.
  • The cost of a single CD with more than 300MB of data is $100 plus GST.
  • A single CD with less than 300Mb costs $50 plus GST

If you have any questions regarding DIGS® please email digs.info@trade.nsw.gov.au.

View large format images

Black and white images, for example, wirelines and seismic sections are scanned and output to a high resolution image format called TIFF (Tagged Image File Format) using CCITT Group 4 (G4) compression. Most scanned images in the DIGS® system can be viewed with standard imaging software, or converted to PDF format by a third-party software package incorporated into DIGS®.

However, some large formats (AO, or larger and tiled logs) may require a browser plugin to be installed in order to view the file directly in a web browser. If a plugin is required then it must be able to display TIFF files that use CCITT Group 4 (G4) compression. Many imaging software programs (such as ACDSee) and proprietary GIS packages (such as ERDAS ER Mapper) can be purchased and installed to view large format TIFF images.

If you don't have proprietary software to read TIFF files then there are many open source software imaging programs and free proprietary viewers. The Department does not endorse or offer support for any of these software packages. Some of the free plugins available online include:

DIGS search engine

The DIGS® search engine

The DIGS® reports search web page is the gateway to the DIGS® database. By entering information into the search fields and clicking the search button, users are able to access reports from the Department's collections. Please do not use a string of terms as in a Google-type search. The search will seek exactly what you have entered.

Exploration licence conditions document search

To search for Coal and Petroleum exploration licence conditions documents:

  1. Go to DIGS® and click the Search DIGS link to access the search screen
  2. Tick the Titles and Exploration Licence Conditions check boxes
  3. Enter the exploration licence number in the Report Number field (e.g., EL6856)
  4. Click Search and then click the report link on the search results page to to view the report summary and a list of available documents
  5. Click a View link to preview documents prior to download
  6. To download documents, select the required files and click Request Documents
  7. Click the Download File(s) button and save the documents

Related links and DIGS user guide

Can't find what you're looking for?
+61 (0)2 4931 6598
+61 (0)2 4931 6700
DIGS, Geological Survey of New South Wales, PO Box 344, Hunter Region Mail Centre NSW 2310
516 High Street Maitland NSW 2320 Map