M. Lorraine Tighe, PhD
Dr. Tighe has a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences, a graduate degree in Remote Sensing and GIS, and a B.Sc. in Physics and Geology. Dr. Tighe has delivered lectures ranging from a half day workshop to a 4 week training program to over 2000 participants in USA, Canada, Jamaica, Brazil, Ecuador, Honduras, … More »
Geospatial in the Mining Industry
August 23rd, 2013 by M. Lorraine Tighe, PhD
A sound understanding of geography is needed in every phase of a mining venture development. Starting with exploration and resource mapping, the extraction of regional and local fracture patterns and the identification of lithogical unites, to mineral analysis, to finding an ideal location for the mining facility, including disaster management and environmental impact assessment of all elements.
Earth observation information, from commercially available radar and optical remote sensing systems, is regarded as a powerful tool for all phases within the mining industry. Geospatial products, in particular, play an important role because of their unique ability to provide highly accurate and detailed 3D geospatial information and solutions that increase the efficiency of reconnaissance mapping, exploration, logistical planning, and production operations.
Successful mining exploration relies heavily on the accuracy of the geology map layer that depicts the spatial distribution of geologic units and structure. Often times, however, existing geologic maps vary in quality and accuracy due to differences in purpose of mapping, scale or level of details, inconsistency in nomenclatures, and types of map projection / registration. Conventional mapping methods of bringing existing geologic maps to the desired quality level or standard will entail a large amount of time and effort, and consequently, will also drastically slow down mineral exploration. The creation of digital geology maps from the desktop provides a cost effective method for use in mining exploration.
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Category: Geospatial Application