The Department of Mines and Petroleum will showcase the latest developments in 3D geological modelling at an open day in WA next week.
With new advances in data acquisition and modelling enabled by the DMP Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS), mines minister Bill Marmion will open the annual Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA) event on Fiday 27 February at the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle.
GSWA acting director Dr Ian Tyler said the new developments in 3D modelling would reduce uncertainty and risk in exploration targeting.
“The integration of high-quality surface geological mapping with depth data will enable the creation of realistic models in 3D that accurately visualise the Earth’s crust in Western Australia,” Tyler said.
The WA government will also launch Round 11 of the co-funded exploration drilling program, with $5 million posted to encourage drilling in under-explored areas.
The WA government has committed $10 million to the EIS for the three years from July 201 to 2017, bringing total funding commitments to $130.4 million since 2009.
Several new systems will be showcased, including web application GeoVIEW.WA, a mobile device geological map viewer called WA Geology, and the UNCOVER Australia project.
Tyler said UNCOVER Australia was “an excellent example of a Team WA approach to collaborative geoscience research”, involving GSWA, CSIRO, Curtin University and UWA.