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New Northwest Queensland Regional Seismic Traverse Available

The Geological Survey of Queensland announced the release of the final processed sections of the recent deep crustal seismic reflection survey at this year’s Digging Deeper 2015 seminar.

Line 14GA-CF1 was acquired in 2014, beginning at Longreach and running along major roads through Winton, Kynuna and Julia Creek before ending just north of Fourways for a total line length of 670 km.

NW Qld Seismic Traverses

Line 14GA-CF1 was acquired in 2014, beginning at Longreach and running along major roads through Winton, Kynuna and Julia Creek before ending just north of Fourways for a total line length of 670 km.

Funded from the Greenfields Prospectivity Initiative, the survey was conducted to improve the understanding of the crustal architecture in the region, as well as promoting greenfields exploration in northwest Queensland.

Images and SEG-Y files of both the migrated and stacked section can be downloaded from DNRM’s online data delivery system QDEX Data now (not available in Internet Explorer).

Processing is ongoing for lines 14GA-CF2 and CF3, with an expected public release date of final SEG-Ys by May 2016. However, we are making the raw unprocessed data available now so that companies can do their own processing of the data in areas they consider to have high exploration potential. The raw data for 14GA-CF1 is also available for reprocessing.

For further information on the Deep Seismic program, or if you require help to obtain deep seismic data in Queensland, contact the geophysics team at geophysics@dnrm.qld.gov.au

Queensland’s Chief Government Geologist Retires

Brad John, Chief Government Geologist since 2011, will retire at the end of 2015.  His retirement was announced in the Geological Survey of Queensland’s December Geoserve newsletter, although advertisements seeking to fill the role of Chief Government Geologist first appeared several months ago.

Brad has given his working life to the GSQ, starting as a cadet in 1969, and working his way up to his present position, gaining his BSc and MSc in geology and an MBA in management.

Brad John

Queensland Chief Government Geologist Brad John

Brad has provided the GSQ with strong leadership and executive oversight to better understand Queensland’s geology, resources and resource potential. He has also helped to build strong partnerships with industry through the Queensland Exploration Council and within government through Trade and Investment Queensland, Geoscience Australia and Austrade.

Brad had a significant impact on the GSQ’s geoscience programme and structure.

AIG extends best wishes for his retirement and future endeavours.

Queensland Exploration Data Centre Expansion Plans

The Queensland Geological Survey’s Exploration Data Centre at Zillmere in Brisbane’s north and the John Campbell Miles Drill Core Facility at Mount Isa hold valuable drill core and cuttings collections from over 9000 boreholes. The facility is used by industry, universities, researchers and Government scientists.

The Zillmere centre was built in 1979 and has reached capacity. $5m was allotted to expand the current facility in the Geological Survey of Queensland’s Future Resources Program Budget (2013 to 2016).

Land has become available as a result of machinery of government changes and closures adjacent to the existing facility.

The Department of Housing and Public Works have been appointed as project managers and AECOM Australia was commissioned to complete the Predesign and Schematic design phases. Tenders were called from suitable qualified companies in August this year and the tender to design and construct the new facility was awarded to Northbuild Constructions Queensland in mid-December 2015.

The expansion is due for completion in mid-2016. The new facility will have the capacity to hold over 3000 pallets of drill core and cuttings in high rise racking and should approximately double the current EDC storage capacity. The building has an expected life of about 15 to 20 years until it will also reach capacity.

EDC-Plans

Services available at Zillmere include:

viewing and sampling core and cuttings
HyLoggingTM core (supported by XRD if needed)
assistance with lodging or locating material and lodging analysis results
facilitation of training activities.

From the Geological Survey of Queensland’s Geoserve Newsletter, December 2015

Unlocking Australia’s hidden mineral potential

Stage 1 of AMIRA International’s “Exploration Under Cover – A Roadmap” delivered a consensus view from key stakeholders on what needs to be done if Australia is to find yet undiscovered mineral wealth in areas of cover.

A copy of the outline of Stage 1 is available here.

Stage 2 will complete the industry and geological survey organisation funded Roadmap originally proposed by AMIRA to implement the UNCOVER vision.

AIG has been asked to continue as a sponsor of Stage 2 of AMIRA’s Exploration Under Cover project.  Members interested in the project may leave comments here or on AIG’s Linkedin Group page.

Geoscience Australia Minerals Forum

Geoscience Australia have made the presentations from the recent Minerals Update Forum, held in several cities around Australia, available on the GA web site.

Richard Blewett, Branch Head Mineral Systems, Resources Division, Geoscience Australia thanked members who attended the fora for their participation.

Geoscience Australia publish a monthly email newsletter of minerals activities.  Click here to subscribe to the newsletter.  The link will open the current edition of the newsletter.  The subscribe button is on the left hand side of the page.

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