EDM - The Online Exploration Data Management System
The Exploration Data Management online service is focused on streamlining, organizing and presenting data for a variety of geological environments. The Exploration Data Management, EDM, online service is designed for mineral exploration, development, and mining projects. As such the EDM also supports data management for other industries utilizing similar surface, drilling, and analytical data collection processes.
There is no software installation required to use the service, only your browser. The EDM provides maximum flexibility and utility, enabling surface and drill data to be entered on the fly from anywhere in the world, processed, and then presented in attractive, customizable user reports for all stakeholders.
The EDM has been used to manage active drill programs around the world for nearly a decade and the results are impressive. In one installation alone, the EDM resulted in a 75% reduction in manpower requirements. It is an extremely cost effective solution managing mining industry exploration data. The EDM allows real-time access to geologic and analytical data from anywhere in the world, which ensures rapid, informed decision making.
The development of the EDM began in the early 2000’s as a SQL database to answer the need to manage active drill programs with multiple projects and 30 plus drill rigs. The initial application resulted in a 75% reduction in manpower requirements, while providing real time access to geologic and analytical data. By the late 2000’s, based on multiple client feedback the EDM was migrated to a web based user interface and the core functionality was expanded.
In 2010, the application was further expanded to support multiple customers utilizing a cloud based secure hosting service. While initially developed to meet the needs of gold centric projects, the application has also been utilized in porphyry copper, and rare element systems. As a result the application is now easily adaptable to any metallogenic system and continues to be used on projects worldwide by various clients.
The EDM SQL database includes tools that minimize the time between data acquisition and availability to end users. Our product reduces data management cost by greatly simplifying workflows. We help increase data accuracy by maintaining control over data integrity and security through extensive auditing.
Companies using the EDM application benefit from streamlined data flow to key experts during 43-101 resource evaluations and feasibility studies.
“The EDM” is a multi-user web based exploration Data Management System designed to meet the real-time dynamic needs of exploration and development projects, significantly reducing data management costs and increasing data accuracy.
The EDM has much more flexibility and utility than frontends to typical mine planning software packages.
Our online service allows management as well as technical employees immediate access to data utilizing a SQL Server® based security model ensuring data integrity and improving report turnaround time.
No software installation is required. All data is loaded via laboratory certificates or Excel® Spreadsheets utilizing Internet Explorer®, or other browser, and an internet connection.
Audit trails are maintained on all primary tables allowing change tracking when required.
Microsoft SQL Server® database allows third-party software to connect remotely via ODBC.
Client has the ability to generate canned as well as user customizable reports and export files.
Customized export formats can be generated to client specifications minimizing reporting delays.
The home screen from our Training Site is shown below. The basic concept is to provide access to all information concerning a particular drill hole from one screen. Note there is a separate tab for surface or point samples as well.
Data can be uploaded from customizable Excel® spreadsheets, although direct entry on web forms is supported if internet access is available. Assay and geochemical certificates received from labs are imported and stored in an isolated repository. Data from this repository are posted to the assay, geochem, and QaQc tables based on rule sets managed by client-designated user.
Surface samples or other point sample data can be entered directly or from Excel® spreadsheets. Assay lab files automatically post to the surface sample table following the rule sets mentioned above.
Geologic logs can be entered using basic import template or user-modified import templates. Management of different log versions, including relogs, is quick and easy.
Bulk Data Importing
Legacy and bulk data can be imported from spreadsheets utilizing the geologic log import module.
Drill Hole Header/Collar
Drill Hole Surveys
Geology Drill Log
Surface or Point Samples
Extensive data validation routines are integral to the system. For example, when lab files are imported, lab methods and elements are checked against look up lists. Look up lists are also utilized for all geologic parameters. Each project can have a unique set of look up lists. Referential integrity is enforced on Project, Holename and Depth in primary tables.
A robust security model is in place using SQL Server® to limit permissions based on assigned roles. For instance, all valid users are able to view most data but are not allowed to make changes. A user assigned to the Geology role can modify geologic records but cannot create assay records. The security model is managed from an administrative form by a client-designated user.
Changes to data in the primary tables are audited in the background so there is a complete list of changes available indicating what, when and who made them.
User customized reporting is available along with various standard reports. Export files can be created to support virtually any third party application. Significant intercepts can be calculated and stored using a user configured color-coded interactive form.
Compositing (GxT calculator)
Significant Intercept Calculation
RC Sample Generator
Sample Data Digger (Quick Find)
Geology Log Template Mapping
Lab Method Management
Surface Sample Management
Drill Hole Data Delete
Remove Header Records
QA QC Charting
Feature Request Submission
Geodata Digger Report *
Drill Hole Table Data Exporting
Drill Hole GeoData Exporting
Drill Hole Assays Complete Report
Drill Hole Recent Changes Report
Drill Hole Assay Report
Results By Method Report
Drill Hole Header Report
Surface Sample Data Report
Certificate Surface Samples Processed Report
Automated Email Reports
ODBC Support For 3rd Party Software
KML For 3rd Party GIS Software
*Geodata Digger Report allows the user to simply select via menu check boxes any custom combination of drill hole analytical and/or geologic variables, (click here to see a report example). Geodata Digger Report format can also be used to export custom data sets.
Our pricing is flexible and dependent on the needs of your application. In addition to the EDM application itself our associates offer a full line of support services to help you get a handle on your data. Please contact us to discuss your organization's requirements in more detail. Contact Us for pricing and customization options.
What help do we offer you?
Our associates are available to provide direct data organization and management support, to help you address the ‘Where do we start?' question. EDM associates can:
Review and consolidate digital and hard copy data
Integrate historic legacy data, including automated assay unit conversion
Load all data and verify it
Configure custom reports to meet client specifications
Configure custom output formats to meet client specifications
Train client staff
Our associates can provide ongoing support for new data upload, verification and reporting in the event in-house resources are unavailable. Please contact us for pricing and additional information.
Customized functionality and integration services can be provided to meet your business requirements.
Help with your EDM installation
Our associates are committed to providing full support for our loyal customers. Our comprehensive training on the usage and best practices of the EDM will ensure you and your employees get the most out of your EDM installation.
We look forward to hearing from you. Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know your interests and a good time to call
We would be happy to give you a demonstration of the EDM and consult with you on your specific requirements.