New on-line web portal for preliminary Grade Engineering® evaluation
The newly developed GE.View tool uses predictive modelling of heterogeneity to identify Grade Engineering opportunities in the Western Australian minerals industry from public domain data.
The development of the innovative tool was led by the Cooperative Research Centre for Optimising Resource Extraction (CRC ORE), drawing on the discipline-specific expertise of a number of its Participant research organisations.
The tool was developed to exploit the potential of the vast GeoVIEW.WA database by focussing on increasing the value of the collection by applying Grade Engineering tools to add an extra dimension, potentially revealing new economic opportunities for the industry. The system will allow users to assess and rank opportunities on a deposit-by-deposit basis.
Assess and rank opportunities
The Western Australian government has developed and published a unique and comprehensive collection of geological data from historical and active mines in WA. The Geo.View web portal is a GIS-based system used to query and visualise geology and resource-related data sets including drill holes and assay information. CRC ORE has recognised the potential of this vast database and is focused on increasing the value of the collection by applying Grade Engineering® tools to add an extra dimension, potentially revealing new economic opportunities for the industry.
The tool allows individuals to extend Grade Engineering® concepts onto their own or public domain data, via a new web portal (GE.View), to assess and rank opportunities on a deposit-by-deposit basis.
- Initial data evaluation and data viewing of GeoVIEW.WA sourced information in the context of extracting additional or new value through Grade Engineering.
- Self evaluation of non public domain data for preliminary Grade Engineering techniques.
- Development and extension of CRC ORE’s heterogeneity indices.
- Linking heterogeneity indices with Grade Engineering opportunity preliminary assessments, highlighting the most appropriate coarse separation lever(s) on a deposit-by-deposit basis.
The new portal and approach form a key component of CRC ORE’s engagement with the WA mining industry and the Grade Engineering® opportunities can be further developed through the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Mining Innovation Hub.
This research was lead and managed internally by members of CRC ORE's Innovation Delivery Group. Technical specialists from a number of our participant research organisations contributed their expertise in discipline-specific areas.
GE.View extends the breadth of previous CRC ORE research findings into a new sector and enabling wider dissemination of the Grade Engineering philosophy and approach.
The Kalgoorlie-Boulder Mining Innovation Hub.
Furthering industry-led technology development in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
Kalgoorlie-Boulder Mining Innovation Hub early supporters include