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  • GIS in Mining Industry Expert Profile: Christopher Pedler, GIS Officer at Goldfields St Ives in Kambalda WA
    GIS in Mining Industry Expert Profile: Christopher Pedler, GIS Officer at Goldfields St Ives in Kambalda WA Mining IQ recently interviewed Chris about his experiences of working as a GIS specialist as well as his experiences more generally of working in the mining industry in Australia. Here, he shares his insights. Chris - please tell us about your role and responsibilities as a professional in GIS? As the sole GIS Officer at St Ives, I’m responsible for maintaining and updating our GIS data, developing new tools and ways of using our spatial data, supporting and training staff, producing content to specification for all departments, and promoting the understanding and use of GIS across the site. I guess the best way to describe my role is ‘army of one’.   How long have you worked in the mining industry? I’ve been working in the mining industry for 2 years now. How did you embark on a career in the mining industry? I saw the position
  • GIS in the Mining Industry: Top 13 Content Pieces
    Mining IQ has collated the top 13 content pieces in relation to GIS in Mining and Exploration. We wanted to make it easier and faster for you to view the best GIS in mining content all in one page. I hope you will benefit and enjoy reading, listening and watching what we have to offer to our members and viewers.    GIS Technology Under-utilised in Mining Industry: Industry Q&A with Shane Barrett Mining IQ interviewed Shane Barrett, Manager, and Spatial Data Quality at BG Group on what he thinks of the current state of GIS technologies in the mining industry. He also discusses how companies can better use GIS technologies and manage data integrity.    GIS in Mining Industry Expert Interview: GIS Insights from Robert Woodcock, CSIRO Mining IQ interviewed Robert about his experiences of working in GIS from both an industry and government standpoint. Robert also shares his insights into the future of GIS and spatial data application in Australia as well as
  • GIS in Mining Operations
    GIS in Mining Operations Better data has long translated to increased chances of success for mining projects, and this remains the case as the industry enters a new age of automation.  Fewer experts are now at the mine site, with Rio Tinto's mine of the future being operated from a commands centre in Perth, which is up to1,500 km away from some operations, yet the need for accurate data from on the ground is still there. Geospatial information systems (GIS) form an important part in allowing the mining industry to improve its productions and operations as it shifts to this new level of automation.  GIS and modelling  Back in 2007, before the mining industry faced the recession, Dr Peter Lilly, chief of CSIRO Exploration & Mining, noted health and safety, climate change, skills shortages and waste pressures meant the mining industry would have to change the way in which it operated.  Speaking at the time, he said: "We will need to shift towards more
  • GIS in Mining Industry Expert Interview: GIS Insights from Robert Woodcock, CSIRO
    GIS in Mining Industry Expert Profile: Robert Woodcock, CSIRO Mining IQ recently interviewed Robert about his experiences of working in GIS from both an industry and government standpoint. Robert also shares his insights into the future of GIS and spatial data application in Australia as well as the potential for us to realise the full value of GIS and spatial data infrastructure. Here, he shares his insights Robert - please tell us about your role and responsibilities specific to GIS? I lead a portfolio of projects in CSIRO’s Minerals Down Under Flagship working with industry and Government to improve access and integration of pre-competitive geoscience information across Australia. The accessibility and availability of geoscience information has enormous impact on the competitive position of Australia for exploration investment and outcomes.  Integrating vast quantities of data from across multiple organisations, and then converting that data into useful knowledge is a
  • GIS in Mining and Exploration - Online Event Announcement
    Dear fellow GIS Professional, In today’s complex and competitive environment, GIS offers multiple applications in the mining industry with tools to gather, compile, process, display, analyse, and archive extensive volumes of data. A well designed, implemented, and supported GIS management structure is critical to the success of your mining or exploration operation. At Mining IQ's GIS in Mining & Exploration recent online event attendees had the opportunity to hear successful examples of companies that have implemented GIS and utilised GIS to their advantage. They also heard about the future of the industry and the role GIS will play going forwards, both in terms of exploration and mining. A group of global GIS and spatial data (SDI) experts gathered for this online summit to disseminate and share global best practice and to discuss matters of mutual importance; about where the GIS is headed and what strategies both mine sites and
  • Is GIS Data Your Underrated Business Partner?
    With more mining companies becoming focused on efficiency, there’s becoming a greater drive to look at current operations and maximise practices already in place. GIS is becoming a critical area where mine operators should be looking to increase the efficiency of their operations. GIS opens up a wealth of spatial data to the mine site, in many cases, not currently being utilised to achieve maximum results. No longer is GIS seen as a tool purely for the geology, exploration and environmental departments. Mining companies are increasingly looking to unlock the value of their spatial data to improve performance across the entire supply chain. With this in mind Mining IQ recently caught up with Jacob Modiba, GIS Manager, Anglo American Platinum. We wanted Jacob’s insight on where the current focus for GIS lies and how he’s ensuring data is being used to its full potential. “I am currently GIS Manager at Anglo American Platinum within its Mineral Resources
  • 7 GIS Blogs That You May Not Be Aware Of
    These 7 GIS blogs are favourites of ours? Why – because they are personal, honest, detailed, regularly updated and have a sense of humour. We wanted to profile them on Mining IQ as we know that you wanted to hear from us more about GIS at a personal level. This piece is a follow up to the Top Rated Mining Industry Blogs that we posted in 2012 (and which remains our most viewed piece of content on the site to this day). Enjoy… http://spatiallyadjusted.com/: James Fee is the administrator of Planet Geospatial which has helped build a community around geospatial blogs. http://www.gisdoctor.com/site/gis-help/blogs/: GISDoctor.com was first developed during the summer of 2009 to bring a wide range of spatially enabled folks a GIS resource for any number of topics. http://www10.giscafe.com/blogs/: A great collection of blog contributions from a group of well-respected and experienced industry practitioners. http://blog.gisuser.com/: The AnyGeo blog is maintained
  • INFOGRAPHIC: Mining your iPhone
    Engineering experts over at 911 Metallurgist, with some help from the designers at Neomammalian Studios, break down the innards of smartphones and how much the raw metals are worth.
  • GIS Technology Under-utilised in Mining Industry: Industry Q&A with Shane Barrett
    GIS Technology Under-utilised in Mining Industry Mining IQ interviewed Shane Barrett, Manager, Spatial Data Quality at BG Group on what he thinks of the current state of GIS technologies in the mining indusry. He also discusses how companies can better use GIS technologies and manage data integrity. What are the key challenges faced by GIS and exploration managers?   I will focus on the data aspect of this question as this is where my current role lies as Spatial Data Quality Manager.   • Challenge 1: Receiving up-to-date data from various sources (Field Staff and Surveyors, 3rd Parties and Govt) and delivering it to the organisation with a quick turnaround. Solution: Developed Data Model and Data Dictionary with compulsory compliance for all staff and contractors engaged with our work, via strong contract management.   • Challenge 2: Getting data out of Government bodies when we know it exists. Case: After no less than eight phone calls one morning
  • Mining IQ GIS Expert Profile: Nenad Petkovic, Senior Project Geoscientist, Rio Sava Exploration, Rio Tinto, SERBIA
    Mining IQ GIS Expert Profile: Nenad Petkovic, Senior Project Geoscientist, Rio Sava Exploration, Rio Tinto, SERBIA Nenad Petkovic, graduated from the department of Regional Geology, engaged in the Jadarite development Project as a Senior Geologist. He has more than 18 years’ experience in geological research, of which 9 years’ experience are specific to underground mining and mineral resources exploration. In addition to the basic specialties in the field of structural geology, he has gained considerable experience in the field of Geological Information System and databases management. During his career he has undertaken projects in Serbia, Montenegro, Republic of Ireland and Libya. He has been at Rio Sava Exploration (Rio Tinto) since March 2011. Please share a little about your role and responsibilities in relation to GIS and spatial data? I have been working at Rio Sava Exploration, the one of the Rio Tinto branches, as a Senior Project Geoscientist at Jadar
  • Mining Guide to the World's Best Topographical Maps
    In news that will excite Mining IQ’s readers interested in GIS, Japan and NASA have published an updated version of the world’s most complete digital topographic map. The maps have enormous potential for many across the globe, from those involved in urban planning to land protection and of course, mining and locating natural resources. The map is an update from the  2009 maps and uses images from NASA’s Terra spacecraft. The free online map has several improvements from the 2009 version: • better spatial resolution • increased accuracy (both vertical and horizontal) • more realistic coverage of different land masses, rocks and water. According to Mike Abrams, ASTER science team leader at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the updated map gives the “highest-resolution global topography data available”. The topographic maps were composed from an instrument aboard Terra, called ASTER - Japan’s Advanced Spaceborne
  • Geology Overview: GIS and Generative Geology Insights from Brian Cellura, Miranda Gold
    Geology and exploration insights from Brian Cellura, Miranda Gold Mining IQ recently interviewed Brian about his experiences of working in GIS from an industry standpoint specific to generative programs and his love of field geology. Brian also shares his insights about what he enjoys about the role, as well as future challenges and opportunities for the application of geology, GIS and spatial data infrastructures.  Here, he shares his insights:  Brian - please tell us about your role and responsibilities within the field of geology? I oversee all aspects of the generative programs for Miranda Gold, for both of our domestic and international programs.  Basically my job is to be on the front end of finding new ideas and potential new areas that might turn into projects, to take ideas from our VP of Exploration and turn them into a reality.  My duties include but are not limited to, company startup, staffing, technical support, data procurement and quality
  • Mining Skills Shortage Focus: Skills Update for GIS and Geospatial Integration Systems
    Mining IQ Mining Skills Shortage Focus: GIS and Geospatial Integration Systems Mining IQs Peer on Peer Skills Focus Mining IQ recently canvassed GIS practitioners globally to comment on the critical aspects of their role. We asked these practitioners to comment on what they love about their work, what’s challenging, and what advice they could give to someone looking to move into this field as a career choice. Mining IQ disseminated their comments and pooled the responses to create a ‘skills’ focus specific to this field of expertise for you. Mining IQ would like to thank all of the experts who participated and offered up their tips and comments for us to work with. The value of this content is invaluable at a time when the skills shortage is cutting across the mining industry indiscriminately. Here’s what they had to say... GIS Career Advice for Graduates and New Industry Joiners The following is advice from peers in the industry about what is required of
  • Geospatial Information Systems & the Skills Shortage: Mining IQ unravels challenges
    Geospatial Information Systems Insights from the Arizona Geological Survey Mining IQ recently interviewed Lee Allison, State Geologist & Director of the Arizona Geological Survey. In this short interview he shares his passion for the mining industry and the opportunities and challenges he sees ahead for the geospatial information systems (GIS) based field of the global mining community. Please tell us about your role and responsibilities? For most of the past 20+ years, I have been a State Geologist, first in Utah, then Kansas, and now Arizona. The jobs all entail a combination of applied science, public policy, and working across the full range of geoscience topics and issues.    How long have you worked in the mining industry? My professional background was more focused on the energy industry (petroleum and geothermal) starting in the mid-19070s.  However, both Utah and Arizona are major mining centers, so I’ve been involved in a
  • GIS in Mining - A Review of Geographical Information Systems
    Summary This review describes how geographical information systems (GIS) can be used in all areas of the mining industry from mine and ore body exploration, to development and production, to closure and reclamation. This review also details consultants and suppliers that specialize in GIS, as well as listing websites that may be utilized to obtain more information on GIS. INTRODUCTION GIS is a comprehensive technology that has been specifically designed to compile, process, analyze, display, and archive extensive volumes of data. A well designed, implemented, and supported GIS management structure is critical in the success of any mining operation. Sophisticated technology is required to find, extract, and manage the resources in the earth's crust. Since mining is inherently spatial, requiring accurate knowledge of areas of the earth's surface and subsurface, geospatial technology is best suited to intelligently oversee all phases of the mine operation. GIS gives mining
  • Mining Companies Not Using Geographical Information Systems to Full Potential
    Ahead of his appearance at GIS Mining and Exploration conference 2012, Ben Somerville, Spatial Systems Manager at Thiess spoke to Mining IQ about why he thinks mining companies are not using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to its fullest potential. Mr Somerville’s role at Thiess is to understand how the company can leverage GIS to improve productivity. Having worked across construction and projects beyond mining, he said mining companies could explore GIS’s other applications.   “In mining, GIS can also be used as a human management and safety tool and can capture data about utility and road networks in mine sites.” “For example, it can map out utility networks on a mine site which can prevent miners from digging into electricity wires and causing a black out.”   Currently the mining industry focuses on using GIS for environmental and asset management because of legislative requirements, but even within these duties, GIS can be
  • Top 10 Articles on Mining IQ April 2013
    Mining IQ presents our end of month mining content roundup. This month’s most popular mining articles explored energy’s future economic growth and tackled health issues in the FIFO lifestyle. For those of you seeking a quick and relevant summary of Mining IQ’s monthly activity – we recommend you visit the top-rated list of articles below: Facebook pick of the month: Adrenaline junkies inside the abandoned La Favre Falls Cement Mine in the New York state. Rio Tinto Health and Wellness Consultant David Nilson advises FIFO professionals on physical and mental wellness in our top article on FIFO camps and the mining lifestyle. You’ll also like these organisations, our top 10 sources of support for the mining industry and mining communities. We simply can’t live without these best Mining Apps. LinkedIn pick of the month: Free webinar on 2 May! Listen to Chief Economist Christof Rühl explains how energy growth will increase over 35 per cent by 2030.
  • The Importance of Inspecting Raw Data for GIS
    GIS provides an efficient means for recording, manipulating, revision display and analysis of spatially referenced data. By implanting an efficient GIS in your mine you can ensure your business remains highly competitive, and that cost-effective measures are systematically in place to save you time and money. Also importantly, the ability of GIS to perform spatial searches and query spatially referenced data makes it a powerful tool for all stages of Mining development. Mining IQ recently caught up with Regina Brown-Mensah, GIS data administrator, Abzu Gold Resources Ghana ltd who will be speaking at the upcoming GIS in Mining event in South Africa this October. I asked Regina about her experience and difficulties faced when utilising GIS systems in remote locations. Regina, who has used ArcGIS, said she has faced difficulty in trying to get geophysical data into it and the registration (georeferencing) of the data, more especially of a geophysical image. Regina also said it is very
  • Free GIS Book: Online Mapping Techniques
    It’s an ever changing landscape for mapping applications as technology evolves into the next big thing, and it’s easy to lose track of what is available. From the creator of MangoMaps comes a free e-book reviewing six of today’s online mapping applications. Though brazen about his own product in the review, Chris Brown’s “Online GIS: Meet the Cloud Publication Platforms that Will Revolutionize our Industry,” provides a useful and concise overview of: ArcGIS Online, CartoDB, CloudGIS, GeoCommons, MangoMap and MapBox. Brown’s book, originally published in late 2012, is a 50-page PDF comparing: Overview Standout features Limitation data import Cartography Administration tools Map tools APIs Pricing Suitability He also provides a brief overview in his own words: ArcGIS Online: Comprehensive feature list. Jack of all trades, master of none. Confusing pricing. Card carrying Esri users will love it. CartoDB: A GIS programmers wet dream. The power of

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