Australian mining software developer Deswik has launched a new set of tools for geological mapping and sampling.
Deswik.Mapping is a Windows tablet application that digitises the traditional, paper-based geological mine mapping process. Deswick says it enables geologists to photograph the face, create 3D maps and log sample data in situ on a mobile device, whilst offline and underground.
Deswik.GeoTools product manager Nick Anderson said the application improves the consistency of geological mapping by enabling geologists to use standardised methods, styles and formats when recording their observations, ensuring that all data is captured to an agreed standard.
It eliminates the double handling of data that takes place when geologists transfer paper-based drawings and notes to a software program back at the surface.
Deswik.Mapping incorporates a template that can be configured to ensure users follow a consistent mapping style and employ standardised nomenclature to record their observations.
The company says custom symbols, colours, sizes and names can be used and parameters set to ensure all required data is recorded for every aspect of the section of an area being mapped.
Users can establish their location in 3D space, using survey markers and tunnel design, before they begin the mapping process. Photographic images can be overlaid with geological mapping, to create a rich representation of the geology being mapped.
When samples are taken, their locations and ID numbers can be logged immediately, again reducing double handling data entry and providing instant visual validation of the correct positioning in 3D space.
Geological maps created using Deswik.Mapping can be imported into Deswik.CAD, integrated with other Deswik modules or exported to standard CAD formats.