GIS has proven to play a vital role in the following:
- Resource Management
- Harvest planning
- Fire Management
- Map production
- Strategic planning and modelling
As a simple example, Foresters can note the acreage of a forested tract and the tree species within it. The capability to enter insect damage, wildfire hazards and water quality law enforcement information in the field is available via Voyager.
GIS and eVO is central to forestry management, maximising economic efficiency through improving the way operators, consultants, managers and specialists manage timber resources.
eVO enables those involved with its management to improve inventory, strategic planning, inspection, land administration, sustainable forest planning, timber sales, etc.
Remote data collection
Voyager enables organisations to collect and maintain business data in areas which do not have internet or Wifi access. The off-line capabilities of Voyager provide users with all of the capabiliites of Earthlight in the field – allowing forestry personnel to edit existing data and collect new records in any location irrespective of whether the area has internet connectivity.
Remote synchronisation and working
When Voyager is brought into a Wifi enabled / connected area, it can automatically synchronise with your enterprise spatial data repository database. So there is no need for forestry personnel, consultants or workers to go into an office in order to merge the data with the enterprise business data.
eVO enables users to maintain information about all and any aspect of forestry, including owners, forest cover, economic plans, timber harvesting, forest age, and other information.
Sophistication through Simplicity
Because of the simplicity in setting up powerful and desktop replacement capable mobile data collection and editing capabilities using Voyager, there is no need for scripting or coding of any kind. Thus you are supplied with all of the required
It is simple to incorporate all base mapping, imagery, and any other base layers which it is required to have on mobile devices when maintaining data.
It is simple to use eVO throughout the organisation, even by nontechnical officers, who might previously have used only paper maps. Officers need just one device—a tablet with Voyager—for all elements of spatial data management, including data collection, editing and navigation.
eVO supplies all online and offline remote working requirements
GIS helps forest officers make better decisions more rapidly. In the past, when a land owner needed to know if his land was classified as forest land, an officer had to search the database for the associated land record, check for previous requests and documents, evaluate the vegetation type, and do a few other tasks before he could determine the land’s status.
Now, the required information can be stored in the eVO spatial data repository. Officers can explore a map of the area, examine current information on individual plots, and view any related attachments. If additional data is needed, it can be gathered in the field using Voyager.
Because all data is stored on the eVO spatial data repository, collaboration is made simple and achieved in an instant. If Earthlight is used in conjunction with Voyager, data collection, maintenance, sharing and analysis is immediate and elementary beyond words.
Mining and Mineral Industries
GIS enables companies to have a centralised data sharing platform, making it easier to manage dispersed mining operations. It streamlines the flow of information so decisions can be made using consistent, accurate and authoritative data.
It enables employees throughout organisations to have very detailed data relating to geography, geology or spatial measurements. eVO provides information upon the intimate relationship with the surrounding landscape – above and below the surface – required for mining. Burrowing under the earth or scraping over its surface in search of resources is an intrinsically spatial activity, and as such, the effective collection and presentation of geospatial data is an indispensable part of the operation.
Central to these efforts are geographic information systems (GIS), which are designed to collate, analyse and display massive volumes of geographic data, replacing paper surveys and giving mining companies a clearer and more thorough bank of information to press ahead with operations.
In terms of the industry, eVO provides the following:
- delivers the ability to overlay and analyse interdisciplinary data, such as geological maps, geochemical surveys, geophysical images, drillhole data and mineral resource studies. This allows mining companies to better understand the geographic or spatial relationships that affect sustainability, profitability, environmental issues and other concerns that impact mining and exploration.
- brings together the best technology, data and Flows to not only visualise complex mining and exploration data, but to also more effectively and efficiently manage, analyse and share maps and data to whomever and wherever it’s needed.
- a key innovative technology enabling exploration. It allows fast and accurate analysis, bringing together numerous types of data which enable explorers to uncover new patterns, trends and relationships. It provides an innovative way of looking at existing and new data that can lead to more successful exploration.
eVO provides the opportunity to reduce risks by tracking geographic variables that might otherwise have been missed. eVO is useful in almost all aspects of mining: from initial exploration to geological analysis, production, sustainability and regulatory compliance.
As an enterprise platform, eVO provides solutions and services that mining companies use to better manage every stage of their operations – from discovery to production to mine closure and reclamation. eVO integrates with other systems to bring diverse datasets together. These range from basic geological maps, satellite and geophysical imagery to operational data. Users can effectively and accurately explore and calculate economic potential, manage risk, conduct environmental assessments and analyse other concerns affecting mining and exploration.
eVO enables users to explore data quickly and effectively, including for activities such as interpolation and site suitability assessment.
Application and Data delivery
StatMap’s eVO Platform is the most powerful enterprise geospatial internet server platform available – for efficiently collecting, managing, displaying, analysing and sharing geospatial data, maps and applications.
Beyond the server, eVO can be deployed on mobile devices, over the web and in the cloud. This provides enhanced situational awareness and increased collaboration by allowing users to obtain a comprehensive real-time view of the entire mining operations.
With Voyager, data collected in the field can now be automatically updated to the corporate spatial data repository database. As a result, maps and data can now be easily accessed by field workers on their mobile devices over secure web portals. This allows everyone in the organisation to obtain accurate and up-to-date information needed for better decision-making.
The global mining community is becoming ever more focused on sustainability and social responsibility and are increasingly looking to use eVO to actively monitor the environmental impacts that may be caused by their activities. Environmental scientists use GIS to collect, analyse and map data about soils, vegetation, surface/groundwater hydrology and cultural resources.
GIS give miners and explorers powerful tools to integrate multidisciplinary data to enable the geographic advantage and ensure health, safety and environment program compliance by leveraging industry best practices, monitoring and reporting activities and incidents, and adhering to corporate and government laws and regulations.
A key use of GIS in the mining industry is to help secure and manage land tenure and mining rights. GIS helps mining companies define areas to be acquired, identify protected areas, apply and monitor the granting process, manage rights and obligations, and divest unwanted properties.
The technology is also used to monitor and identify competitor activity, evaluate status of opportunities and maintain competitive advantage. All of these tasks have a geographic or spatial aspect and GIS provides integrated tools to facilitate creation and management of solutions like land status and competitor activity maps.
eVO can be hosted on premise or in the Cloud, including all data content. There will be increasingly affordable technology that enables pervasive use of GIS across the entire mining life cycle. With improving mobile devices, as well as communication, security and infrastructure systems worldwide, the adoption of cloud-based GIS and software-as-a-service is expected to grow significantly. eVO leverages this expanding technology, data and workflows to make the mining industry even more successful into the future.
GIS can be used extensively during the development and production phases of a mining operation. Reserve estimates, annual planned production, cost-per-ton statistics can be linked to complementary geospatial technology, such as GPS.
GIS can be applied to both short-term and long-term scheduling to help optimize production at operations.
eVO can be used by mine planners to establish the optimal location for exploration drifts, crosscuts, sublevels, manways, and ventilation shafts. For service and ancillary systems, mine planners and engineers use GIS to find the lowest-cost path to route delivery of supplies to working areas, find the closest facility, establish which areas are within service range, assign proximity, model inaccessible areas, and model mine ventilation networks.
In production planning, eVO can help to site and query the location of service facilities relative to the main production centres. It helps to answer questions, such as are the orepass, drawpoints, ramps, shaft, winze, raises, haulways within a certain distance of production centres (stopes) and meeting production criteria? Are production stopes affected by unstable ground conditions, hazardous gas, refractory ore, etc.
To maximize profits and optimise your yield, you need to dedicate the right crops and equipment to the places where they can flourish. eVO enables you to integrate high-resolution imagery, field observations, and real-time data feeds to understand how to make the most of your limited resources at any time. Take the guesswork out of your production and manage your land more efficiently with GIS.
Droughts, unpredictable weather, and pests can ruin harvests. But eVO can help you to protect your crops by analysing and predicting threats before significant damage or total loss occurs. Planning sustainable measures that reduce water consumption mean that production can recover faster from disasters. With eVO, you can adapt to a changing climate and promote the continued health of your fields.
eVO enables organisations to integrate data sets and perform temporal analysis, and is moving from being merely useful tools to becoming a game changer.
Thanks to a perfect storm of rapidly enhanced sensor technologies, more powerful computers and improvements in GIS applications themselves, eVO is becoming the platform of choice for combining and analysing huge streams of data. And the ability to analyse those data streams and display results visually on maps has engendered a number of new projects and capabilities that have users requiring more.
Interdisciplinary Data Streams
eVO enables organisations to make use of growing streams of data – from satellite imagery to old-fashioned tabular data — and then to display the data in a visual geographic fashion, make them ideal portals for coordinating many kinds of cross organisational and departmental operations.
In the event of, say, a major flood, government will have many concerns, requiring them to look at the whole economic base for affected areas. How does that affect municipal services? How does that impact policy and programming decisions? eVO provides a much richer set of insights into these kinds of events by having a single platform based on a geographic area.
By tying together all of the different sets of background data through a eVO application, teams can gain unprecedented power to diagnose problems through classifying problems, interpreting analysis, prediction and forensics. eVO provides the analytical capabilities for bringing different disciplines together to solve problems more efficiently.
Not only does eVO allow for more effective data analysis by specialists within an organisation, due to its massive scalability, being an internet / intranet based platform, eVO is also increasingly effective as a means of reaching out to deliver content to non-specialists, as eVO is appropriate for everyone, not just the specialist: it can extend mapping to anyone who needs it.
Insurance and Fraud
Monitoring and assessing crops for insurance coverage is made easy in eVO: bringing together all hazards data to assess risks, including historic weather and satellite imagery. Not only can remote sensing data assist in identifying crops and risks associated with them, but it is also an essential business tool in identifying cases of fraudulent claims for crop losses – such as whether the crops existed and whether the event actually occurred at all.