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800+ km of Queensland rock samples housed in new centre

A vast library of drill core and geological samples is now available at the $5 million expansion of the Exploration Data Centre (EDC) at Zillmere, officially opened by Minister Lynham last month.

The official opening attracted members of the Queensland Exploration Council, University of Queensland research students, media, contractors involved with the building and construction of the new facility, as well as Geological Survey of Queensland (GSQ) staff.

From left, Geoscientist Sarah Sargent discusses drill core samples with Chief Government Geologist Tony Knight, Member for Nudgee Leanne Linard and Minister Anthony Lynham.

From left, Geoscientist Sarah Sargent discusses drill core samples with Chief Government Geologist Tony Knight, Member for Nudgee Leanne Linard and Minister Anthony Lynham.

Senior Field Hand, Lex Klein, uses a high lift machine to retrieve boxes of geological core from the core library at the Exploration Data Centre (EDC).

Senior Field Hand, Lex Klein, uses a high lift machine to retrieve boxes of geological core from the core library at the Exploration Data Centre (EDC).

Geoscientist, Sarah Sargen, at the EDC.

The EDC provides access for industry and university researchers, explorers and government scientists (in support of the mining industry) to Queensland’s biggest “rock library” – a reference library containing extensive and significant geoscience information about Queensland. This will help in attracting exploration investors as they search for new mineral and energy deposits. Stored core, cuttings and samples can be examined in the EDC’s purpose-built, all-weather courtyard.

The expanded EDC

  • houses in excess of 800 km of drill core and rock samples
  • has a new state-of-the-art drill core storage warehouse which effectively doubles the capacity of the original facility and provides storage for more than 3000 new pallets of drill core (solid, cylindrical rock samples taken from beneath the earth’s surface) and cuttings from government and company exploration programs
  • stores samples from Coal Seam Gas wells, water bores and 11,600 exploration holes collected over 100 years of exploration across the state
  • provides industry with improved access to view and assess drill core, petrographic sections and geochemical samples representative of the stratigraphy of Queensland
  • offers HyLogger™ technology – a non-destructive, scanning technique to assess mineralogical information, not available to the naked eye, of an entire drill core with minimal sample preparation or removal from its original tray.

 

HyLogger in action.

In the early 1950s, the EDC was established to store coal cores for the GSQ and in 1979 it was moved to Zillmere. These days, the EDC stores and preserves economically and scientifically valuable samples acquired through company and government exploration. For more information, contact Manager Exploration Data Centre Mark Livingstone.

In addition, DNRM operates The John Campbell Miles Drill Core Storage Facility (Mount Isa). For more information, contact Manager Drill Core Facility Randal Thorpe.

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Drill core at the EDC.

Article by Geoscience Manager, GSQ, Paul Murtagh.  

Macquarie Earth Sciences researcher awarded prestigious Medal

  • Associate Professor Juan Carlos Afonso has won the Anton Hales Medal
  • The award is one of the most prestigious in the field of Earth Sciences in Australia
Geophysicist Associate Professor Juan Afonso - Recipient of the Anton Hales Medal

Geophysicist Associate Professor Juan Afonso – Recipient of the Anton Hales Medal

Geophysicist Associate Professor Juan Carlos Afonso from Macquarie University has been awarded the Anton Hales Medal by the Australian Academy of Science. The award is one of the highest honours in Australia in the Earth Sciences and recognises distinguished research contributions in the field.

Associate Professor Afonso said that it was an incredibly humbling experience to learn that he had received the award.

“When I found out I had been selected for the 2017 Anton Hales medal, two thoughts came immediately to my mind. First, I wanted to thank all the people that helped me during my career and therefore contributed to this achievement; this award is not only for me, but for all of them as well. Second, it made me reflect on my personal path to become a scientist and all the sacrifices I had to make. This sort of recognition makes it all worthwhile.”

The early-career award is offered by the Australian Academy of Science to researchers who are within 10 years of completing their PhD and are Australian residents or have conducted most of their research in Australia. Associate Professor Afonso, who originally hails from Argentina, received the award for his research exploring and improving our understanding of the internal constitution of the Earth and plate tectonics. His work has also received other prestigious international awards such as the Outstanding Young Scientist Award of the European Geoscience Union.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Sakkie Pretorius says that Afonso’s research into the mechanical and geochemical interactions that affect tectonic processes is a powerful example of research with global impact.

“As a world-leading research-intensive university, we have a responsibility to produce knowledge and solutions that help communities remain resilient in the face of natural disasters and long-term hazards. Associate Professor Afonso’s research is a prime example of this, having aided our understanding of the nuances of Earth’s tectonics and increasing our insights into the internal constitution and dynamics of the Earth’s interior.”

The Anton Hales Medal honours the contributions of the late Professor Anton L Hales FAA to the Earth Sciences, and Associate Professor Afonso believes that he is in good company – both past and present – in Australia with so many accomplished Earth Scientists within our borders.

“It is such a great honour to be acknowledged by your peers, especially when there are so many great Earth scientists in Australia. I also feel that it does not really matter where you come from or how difficult the path is, if you are really passionate about something (and stubborn enough), you can do well,” Associate Professor Afonso concluded.

More information about the Australian Academy of Science’s Anton Hales Medal can be found at this link.

Access to Land: Is a new class of exploration permit needed?

Access to land is critical for exploration.  Delays in securing title, however, are becoming recognised globally as an impediment to exploration.  Is a new class of exploration permit, able to be granted and relinquished quickly, providing explorers the ability to conduct non-disturbing, reconnaissance work only, a means of getting “boots on ground” more quickly and at lower cost?

Could the following work:

  • Permit granted for a maximum period of 15 months.
  • Permit fee based on area.
  • No expenditure commitment.
  • No option for renewal.
  • Tenement holders have the ability to apply for an exploration licence during the term of the permit.
  • Strictly low impact exploration: no track construction, no earthworks, sampling with hand tools only (e.g. hammer, trowel), samples not to exceed 500 g each, sample sites to be photographed.
  • Airborne surveys using small UAV platforms with a minimum flight height specified to eliminate livestock disturbance.
  • Landholder permission required to enter private land, recorded using a pro forma document.
  • No environmental or cultural heritage clearance required.
  • Diary of activities conducted on permit and data collected to be reported to government?

Rapid access to land could boost exploration productivity.  Advances in exploration technology such as hand held XRF analyses and UAV-based mapping and geophysical data collection systems have been game changing in how data can be collected for analysis.

Do they help to make this a practical option for facilitating technically and cost effective reconnaissance exploration?

Join the discussion by leaving a comment on this page or visit the AIG Linkedin group.

The Geological Survey of Queensland opens new $5 million drill core storage facility

Queensland’s resources exploration industry now has access to more information thanks to a $5 million expansion of the Queensland Government’s Exploration Data Centre (EDC) at Zillmere on Brisbane’s north side.

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The Geological Survey of Queensland’s new Exploration Data Centre located at Zillmere in Brisbane’s northern suburbs

Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham and State Member for Nudgee Ms Leanne Linard officially opened the EDC expansion on Thursday, 20th of October.

The expansion will provide greater access and storage capacity for exploration samples from throughout Queensland, adding to the 800-plus kilometres of core samples currently stored at the facility.

The new drill core storage facility with state of the art drill core racking and inventory management

The new drill core storage facility with state of the art drill core racking and inventory management

The Exploration Data Centre offers the resources exploration industry a comprehensive catalogue of samples from over 11,600 drill holes collected by the Geological Survey of Queensland over the last 100 years, with the oldest being from the Mitchell town bore drilled in 1886.

This new expansion will provide storage for an estimated 500 km of additional samples, complementing the Geological Survey of Queensland’s (GSQ) HyLoggerTM digital spectral scanning technology which provides the exploration industry with access to a virtual core library.

From left the Geological Survey of Queensland’s Chief Government Geologist, Tony Knight, Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Dr Anthony Lynham and State Member for Nudgee Ms Leanne Linard opening the new centre.

From left the Geological Survey of Queensland’s Chief Government Geologist, Tony Knight, Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Dr Anthony Lynham and State Member for Nudgee Ms Leanne Linard opening the new centre.

The new facility was constructed by Northbuild Constructions Queensland and built over 8 months, creating more than 100 jobs for designers, engineers and contractors.

The expansion of this facility gives industry, universities, researchers and Government scientists even greater access to a reference collection of the geology of Queensland.

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The innovative Hylogger (TM) hyperspectral logging system is available for industry use at the EDC

Address and Contact Details:

68 Pineapple Street, Zillmere 4034 QLD
Telephone:  +61 7 3096 6810
Facsimile:  +61 7 3096 6817
Mobile:  0408 887 685
Facebook: Mining Qld
Twitter: @miningqld

Click here for more information about the EDC and the services available to support exploration in Queensland through the centre.

Click here for more information about the Geological Survey of Queensland’s on-line information services.

What’s happening in your state this Christmas?

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Join your local state branch for their annual Christmas and end of year celebrations!

 

Townsville Minerals Industry Christmas Party

Friday 18 November 2016 – from 6.30 pm – 11.00 pm
The Deck, Townsville Yacht Club
Register at www.aig.org.au/events/townsville-minerals-industry-christmas-party

 

Western Australia Branch – WA Christmas Function

Friday 25th November 2016 – from 5pm – 7.30pm
West Australian Rowing Club – Barrack Square (Riverside Drive)
Register at www.aig.org.au/events/wa-branch-xmas-function

 

Queensland Branch – Brisbane AIG Geoscience Christmas Party

Friday 2nd December, 2016 – From 5pm till late
Transcontinental Hotel – 482 George St, Brisbane
Register at www.aig.org.au/events/brisbane-aig-geoscience-christmas-party-2016

 

New South Wales Branch – SMEDG David Timms Christmas Cruise

Feast on gourmet food and sip on wine aboard the ‘Proclaim’!
Friday 16th December 2016
Boarding at McMahons Point Wharf 12.50pm
Register at www.smedg.org.au/smedg-david-timms-christmas-cruise-2016

 

We look forward to seeing you there!