Compilation and Quantification of Exploration Data for Computer Studies_ in Exploration Strategy

CIM Bulletin, 1973

E. GAUCHER, Vice-President, Exploration, D. C. GAGNON, Project Manager, SOQUEM, Quebec, Que.

The paper refers to methods and concepts used in the computer treatment of banks of geophysical, geochemical and geological data, relating to the exploration of massive sulphides. In particular, a data bank of 400 drill holes on independent conductors can be used to calculate probability levels of intersecting a certain quantity of sulphides according to the characteristics of the conductor. Inversely one can, using the data bank and some cost assumptions, simulate and optimize the cost of intersecting a certain quantity of sulphides by selecting drill targets among conductors according to conductivity, magnetism or gravity. Problems of noise, inherent in any simulation, are illustrated in this paper by the results of a study of the nomenclature of volcanic rocks of 27 drill holes by forty geologists. Compilations of data banks are long and time-consuming, and it would help to standardize to allow exchange of data. We believe that such efforts may result in the discovery of more mineral deposits and at a lower cost. The present study is supported jointly by SOQUEM, The New Jersey Zinc Co. and Cominco Ltd.
Keywords: Cost, Costs, Data, Drilling, exploration, geochemical, geophysical, process control, signal-to-noise ratio, siltstone, Noise, SOQUEM, sulphide, Sulphides