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A targeted approach to resources data management

EXPLORATION data is recognised as a significant company asset, and the loss or corruption of such data can cost an exploration and mining company dearly.

However, simplifying and improving data management has been no easy task for the mining industry.

Backed by 15 years’ experience in mining data management, a Perth company formed two and a half years ago has developed a software package it believes offers best practice in data handling.

Karjeni managing director John Jessop says while exploration and mining companies have developed a greater appreciation of the need for better data management in the past five years, the approach to how to improve efficiencies has been quite random.

Available software has still required significant manual intervention from skilled per-sonnel and has assumed the integrity of all incoming data.

Hence, Karjeni has created its data management software package, dPipe, to reduce the time spent on updating, transferring and maintaining

the integrity of data and to remove the need for specialised staff.

One module of dPipe can bring together geological field data and assay laboratory results, format these and load them automatically into an existing database, without any manual input.

The ‘Beagle’ module will identify suspect data during loading, place it in a quarantine bank, and generate a warning message.

System operators need no programming or statistical skills to find the suspect data.

By pointing and clicking in the quarantine area, duplicated or invalid data will appear highlighted against the acceptable data.

Data also can be reformatted as needed for transfer to another system, an advantage when companies need to forward data for due diligence.

While the software is available now, Karjeni is developing supplementary email connector, statistical, charting and cost calculation modules.

The cost module will keep tabs on drilling expenditure, calculating how much of the exploration budget has been spent based on the amount of data coming into the system.

Karjeni began as a data management consulting firm under the name Genisys Consulting, but now with an added focus on software solutions as well as a new name, has developed an expanded and expedited profile strategy.

The company is seeking to place dPipe in 30 per cent of mine sites around Australia within 18 months. And with the cost of exploration data replacement currently sitting at around $30 per metre, Karjeni believes the package will be particularly attractive to smaller companies.

Karjeni is marketing the package for in-house operation, but also can offer an on and off-site database management service through a joint venture agreement with IO Digital Systems.

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