National Computational Infrastructure

NCI

Unlocking Australia’s Resource Data

VanDijkStill7Geophysical data has been collected by researchers, government agencies and the private sector for over 100 years in thousands of individual surveys and data acquisition campaigns targeting the management of water, mineral and petroleum resources.

In that time, data volumes have grown exponentially, while the disparate collections have made it much more difficult to pool data from multiple geophysical surveys to look for regional and national scale patterns.

Today, NCI enables new, more efficient methods of resource discovery by making accessible decades of previously locked away geophysical data. The development of data management and data interoperability systems specifically suited to dealing with multiple data sources in different formats, together with the processing and memory capability to analyse data at this scale, makes resource discovery easier than ever.

Previously, the task of locating an underground ore deposit, typically less than 1 km wide, was like finding a needle in a haystack. Now, the combination of multiple surveys producing high-resolution national datasets and access to supercomputing technology enables
researchers to identify these valuable ore deposits much more quickly.

This is assisting Geoscience Australia (GA) in the preparation and delivery of pre-competitive information to the mining and resources sector, and today is supporting GA’s Australian Lithospheric Architecture Magnetotelluric Project (AusLAMP), which uses 2800 instruments across Australia to provide a large-scale, three-dimensional model of the country’s interior.

By embedding entire collections covering the entire country with decades of geophysical data within a rich environment of high-end computing and data services, NCI allows resources to be found in previously impossible ways.


National Science & Research Priorities:

Resources | Transport | Energy

Impacted Government Portfolios:

Education & Training | Industry, Innovation & Science | Environment & Energy | Agriculture & Water Resources | Resources & Northern Australia


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