August 21, 2012–Obviously, mining has long been crucial to the field of geology, but these days, mining information from large databases has become every bit as important as mining precious minerals and ancient fossils from the earth. Geological Data Design (GDD), a specialist in the collection, management and analysis of exploration and mining data, has an exciting new tool they claim speeds up the process. An article published by Marketwatch, “Resource Industry to Mine Data Faster With Actian and Geological Data Design” provided us with more details.
According to the article:
“GDD’s Field Data Integrator combines best-of-breed technologies for collecting, managing and analyzing data more rapidly. The end-to-end solution enables geologists to collect samples in shorter time frames, and then quickly analyze large volumes sample data for complex scenarios such as such as project timings, cash flows and profitability with greater sensitivity levels….GDD’s Field Data Integrator automatically synchronizes sample data from various field instruments, GPS, and cameras onto a ‘tough’ tablet using Bluetooth. Geologists enter notes directly onto the tablet using on-screen or wireless keyboards, enabling all data on samples to be collected automatically into a single source. The tablet then automatically synchronizes with a master database running Vectorwise whenever in mobile range, saving geologists time in manual data entry.”
This is exciting new technology and we are pleased to see the importance of data analytics being highlighted within the physical sciences. Sound empirical data is the foundation of any scientific study and with the aid of companies such as GDD and Digital Reasoning, geological science stands to gain even more rock solid footing.