QDEX - Removing barriers to accessing the Geological Survey of Queensland's data

The Geological Survey of Queensland (GSQ) provides geoscience and resource information to improve the understanding of the geology and mineral and energy resource potential of Queensland, and promotes the geoscientific data and exploration potential to attract investment.

GSQ has under its management a wide range of data types including: geophysical data, airborne magnetic, radiometric, electromagnetic and gravity, deep seismic, 2D and 3D seismic survey data, magnetotellurics, exploration geochemistry data, digital geological mapping data, mineral occurrence and geological observation data, wireline log data, hyperspectral imagery, ASTER satellite imagery, and 3D models.

A big challenge facing GSQ was how to get this data into the hands of exploration companies in a cost effective manner. Explorers had limited ability to search and find what data was available from GSQ. Requests for data were then handled manually within the GSQ, which took time and resources to find, clean and deliver datasets.

In this video, Mark Thornton (GSQ) and Ken Howieson (Geosoft) discuss the new Queensland Digital Exploration (QDEX) Data system. The QDEX data system enables customers to search for and download large spatial datasets via a simple web interface. It also provides a data management solution for GSQ data managers to index and catalog the many different forms of exploration data held within the GSQ.

Mark and Ken review the drivers for the new system, the challenges faced and lessons learned, during the implementation. The video is based on a case study presented at the AGU 2015 Joint Assembly.
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