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by CARMELA BURNS on June 24, 2016 news
Frank Arnott was an exploration visionary who championed innovative techniques that maximise the value of the multidisciplinary data.
Four high profile leaders were named as judges for the Frank Arnott Award (FAA) being presented as part of Exploration 2017 in Toronto. The judges are: Joel Holliday, general manager of exploration for Randgold; Dr. Donna Kirkwood, deputy chief scientist for Natural Resources Canada; Dr. W.A. Morris, Emeritus Professor of Geology & Earth Sciences at McMaster University; and Steve Hunt, chief advisor to Rio Tinto’s orebody knowledge, technology and innovation unit and general manager of its advanced project support team.
As experts in their fields, each judge will bring their unique perspective to determine the winning teams that will share a prize pool in excess of $40,000.
The FAA, named after exploration visionary Frank Arnott (1951-2009), encourages solution-finding for one of the biggest challenges in the exploration industry: data integration and visualisation of multi-disciplinary data. Candidates are invited to submit their entries, demonstrating a new way to improve exploration outcomes using data integration and visualisation, by the end of 2016.
Prizes will be awarded in each of two categories: ‘apprentice’, for undergraduates and graduates with less than five years industry experience; and ‘experienced’, for thosewith more than five years of industry experience.
Aside from the monetary reward, participants will differentiate themselves by working collaboratively, a skill that’s in high demand as companies combine data from different disciplines to improve discovery rates. The award committee willshowcase participating teams within the industry and among potential employers.
Each multidisciplinary team can work on one of five data packages from districts with exploration potential including: the Yukon Plateau and Quesnel Trough in Canada; the Kevitsa deposit in Finland; and the Broken Hill and Gawler Craton districts in Australia.
The judges will evaluate submissions based on four criteria: innovation in data integration and visualisation; significance in improving exploration outcomes; impacts on workflow and productivity; and collaboration by team members. The emphasis will be on the novelty of the approach and the integration of different data types.
Teams can be any size, and should include representatives from geology, geophysics and at least one other geoscience discipline. Social media, such as LinkedIn groups & departmental Facebook pages, can be an effective way to recruit other team members. The award is also open to individuals with multi-disciplinary skills.
The deadline for submissions is December 31st 2016. Finalists will be notified by July 2017. The prizes, including first, second and third prize in each category, will be awarded at Exploration 2017, a high profile industry event to be held in Toronto in October 2017.
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