The “Making of” the Integra Gold Rush Challenge
CIM Vancouver 2016
Mr Carl Pelletier (InnovExplo), Ms Francine Fallara (InnovExplo)
The Integra Gold Rush Challenge, completed in March 2016, was a crowdsourcing contest open to individuals and organizations around the world to help find the next major gold deposit discovery at Integra's Sigma and Lamaque properties in Val-d’Or, Québec.
The database distributed publically was based on over six terabytes of proprietary digital information from the properties. The data dates back to 1934 and includes over 30,000 historic drill holes, more than 500,000 gold assays, detailed plans and sections of underground workings from two contiguous but independent mining operations.
Following a mandate from Integra Gold Corp, InnovExplo amalgamated the available numerical drill hole information into a single database and completed the entry from the original missing logs. The available numerical underground openings were merged and the missing underground openings were digitized from original plans and sections. The original drift mapping was digitized to create lithologies and veins 3D objects. The original data used imperial units and several local grids which were all transformed in UTM coordinates.
This innovative approach to analyze and interpret massive volumes of data attracted 95 teams comprising 1,342 contestants. Five finalists defended their submission at the Gold Rush Finale during the 2016 PDAC convention.