A general purpose computer program for data analysis in exploration

Abstract Geological exploration involves the collection and analysis of a wide variety of information. A basic problem in interpretation is to determine the interrelationships of the different data. A number of statistical methods can be applied to this problem, provided that subsets of data can be selected.
We have recently developed a set of interactive computer programs which provide the capability to quickly examine a large set of data, and may be used by people with little previous computer experience. There are two main stages in using this system. First is selection of subsets of data, by applying various tests on the values of given items. This includes matching specific entries in descriptive fields, and minimum - maximum tests on numeric fields. The second stage is basic statistical analysis and data display, including histograms, 2-D scatter plots, probability (cumulative frequency) plots, and correlation matrices. All output can be viewed on a computer terminal, and important parameters changed to produce the most effective display for use in interpretation.
This system has been applied to a number of different exploration problems. An example was the determination of the nature and extent of mineralization of a gold prospect in the Queen Charlotte Islands, from drill-hole data. With the aid of the computer programs, a mineralized zone was defined, and locations for further exploration identified.
Keywords: Computer applications, Exploration geology, Data analysis, Computer programs, Statistical analysis
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Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): STAVROS A. ARGYROPOULOS, BERNARD CLOSSET, RADHAKRISHNA VALIVETI
Issue: 870
Volume: 77
Year: 1984
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Summary: New Brunswick Finance Minister John Baxter pulled something out of a hat for the mining industry in April, but there is a general concensus in the industry that he should put it back where it came from.
The industry has never been in the mood for progressive rate structures, but that is exactly what New Brunswick's 1984 budget offers to this depressed sector of the economy.
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): ROBERT B. PARSONS
Issue: 870
Volume: 77
Year: 1984
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Summary: A brief outline will be given of the concept of risk and its implications with regard to investment in exploration. The relationship between risk and decisions under uncertainty will be examined as a prelude to identifying those factors which contribute to exploration risks:
consideration of the effects of corporate objectives (e.g. survival, expansion, diversification) on exploration strategy and ultimately on success or failure, exploration and mining as an investment (the relationship...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): R.G. BURN
Keywords: Risk management, Mineral economics, Mineral exploration, Exploration strategy, Funding
Issue: 870
Volume: 77
Year: 1984
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Summary: The Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Limited, a government of India enterprise, has constructed iron ore mining, crushing, handling and concentrator facilities at Kudremukh, in southwest India. Concentrate produced is pumped 65 km to dewater-ing, storage and ship-loading facilities which were built at the same time at the sea port of Mangalore.
A computer-based distributed process control system was implemented for all operations at Kudremukh and to interface with and monitor the Mangalore...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): A. HEWITSON
Keywords: Computer applications, Process control, Control system, Design, Programming, Crushers, Conveyors, Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Limited
Issue: 870
Volume: 77
Year: 1984
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Summary: The CANMET SPOC project aims at inducing progress in process evaluation and optimization by developing user-oriented software based on state-of-the-art theory. The present work is the result of a joint effort by CANMET, Noranda Mines and Universite Laval to develop two computer packages: one (RTD) to calculate the residence time distribution that best describes the material transport through the mill, the other (FINDBS) to estimate the rate of breakage and distribution function of the...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): D. LAGUITTON, F. FLAMENT, R. SPRING, V.K. GUPTA, D. HODOUIN
Keywords: Computer applications, Ball mills, Mineral dressing, SPOC project, Modelling, Computer simulation, Grinding
Issue: 870
Volume: 77
Year: 1984
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