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Geological mapping in a connected world

Jason Beltran, Ben Jupp
Saturday, December 1, 2018
First presented: 
AusIMM Bulletin, December 2018
This article describes how advances in geographic information and analysis systems have led to more streamlined and simple data capture processes, allowing increased accuracy, reliability and efficiency in mapping. Authors explain how having access to data at an earlier stage in a field program allows clients to make decisions in near real time, allowing for more refined target exploration. This streamlined process for data capture and interpretation ultimately reduces costs for exploration companies.

Feature Author

Jason Beltran

Jason Beltran has over 14 years’ experience in the GIS industry. His expertise in GIS project management includes implementing procedures for digital map creation and best practices in GPS field mapping. He currently manages all GIS data within SRK, developing systems using ESRI’s ArcGIS Server technology to publish and share digital mapping data across the organisation. Since joining SRK, Jason has worked on projects that require map production for publicly released reports, providing technical GIS support and database administration for smaller junior miners. He also specialises in closure cost estimations utilising the closure cost modelling Standardised Reclamation Cost Estimate (SRCE) model. In addition,m Jason has experience in design of geological maps, and has worked on various mapping projects that require the use of analytical GIS, such as viewshed analysis and floodplain mapping.

Senior Consultant (GIS)
BSc (Geographical Information Systems)
SRK Perth
Ben Jupp

Ben Jupp has ten years’ experience specialising in geology and 3D geological modelling. He has worked in several commodities within Australia and internationally, including BIF-hosted iron ore, nickel, lode gold, porphyry copper, lead-zinc and rutile. His experience is varied and includes multi-scale mineral and oil and gas prospectivity studies, mineral targeting studies, structural mapping in Africa and Australia and 3D geological modelling at both deposit and regional scales. Ben has strong technical knowledge inclusive of structural geology, geophysical analysis, seismic interpretation, structural mapping, geochemistry, GIS and geophysical modelling.

Senior Consultant (Geological Modelling)
BSc Hons (Geology)
SRK Melbourne
SRK Africa