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Next Generation Mineral Systems maps
Following the success of the ExploreSA: The Gawler Challenge the South Australian Government has allocated an additional $5 million to the Geological Survey of South Australia (GSSA) to flesh out the winning concepts into prospects assist exploration companies in making new discoveries.
The GSSA will use this new funding to develop, validate, and deliver publicly available Next Generation Mineral Systems maps for explorers.
ExploreSA: the Gawler Challenge winners
The challenge winners were announced on 15 September 2020, sharing a prize pool of $250,000.
Best overall submission
Per-OZ for effectively integrating mineral systems and geo-mechanics with appropriate machine learning techniques
Caldera Analytics for the way they made use of negative drill holes as training data, alongside applying gravity data
DeMist for bringing the best approach to finding deposits undercover
Rock licker award
Jack Maughan for the best use of geochemistry or mineralogy
Future data award
Sam Bost for his work in enhancing the capacity to do more with future data collection
Breaking new ground award
Avant Data Solutions for the best approach to generating targets in under-explored areas
Data preparation and cleaning awards
These awards were announced earlier in the year, establishing the competition's foundation
- Watch the formal awards announcement by the Hon. Dan van Holst Pellekaan, Minister for Energy and Mining, Government of South Australia
- Interviews with the overall winner, runner up, and student prize
ExploreSA: The Gawler Challenge submissions and datasets
All submission reports, related target datasets and supporting information is accessible via the South Australian Resources Information Gateway (SARIG) To access downloads use the identify tool and select a team on the map to view competition results and data links.
About the challenge
- Crowdsourced open data competition (opened early 2020)
- Combining machine-learning techniques,alternative mathematical and data analysis approaches
- Assist traditional geoscientists in supporting the ability of explorers to increase the accuracy of their potential drill targeting
- Utilise existing world class geoscience datasets from recently completed major geophysical data collection programs across South Australia, in particular the world leading Gawler Craton Airborne Survey (GCAS), the AusLAMP magnetotelluric program, and subsequent Olympic Domain in fill survey
- $250,000 prize pool
The South Australian Government is partnered with open innovation platform, Unearthed, in a world-wide call for geologists and data scientists to uncover new exploration targets in the state's highly prospective Gawler Craton region, which currently includes BHP's Olympic Dam and OZ Minerals Carrapateena copper-gold deposits.
Unearthed has the largest community of data scientists, developers, and startups solving the challenges of the energy and natural resources industry.
- Express your interest in receiving updates on the challenge via the Unearthed website
- Gawler Craton geology
- South Australian Resources Information Geoserver (SARIG)
- Media release from Hon Dan van Holst Pellekaan, Minister for Energy and Mining