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Mappt Case Study: Rodinia Geological Services

Project Name: Klondyke
Date: April-September 2017 (ongoing)
Company: Rodinia Geological Services consulting to Calidus Resources (ASX:CAI)
Location: East Pilbara, Western Australia
Industry: Mineral Exploration

Background

Rodinia Geological Services is a geological consulting services company consisting of husband and wife team, Nancy Reardon and Mark Styles. They specialise in geological mapping and target generation (for drilling) for mineral exploration companies.

Calidus Resources is an ASX listed gold exploration company which controls the 410,000-ounce Warrawoona Gold Project in Pilbara Goldfield in Western Australia.

Nancy and Mark decided to switch from notebooks and paper data entry to direct collection of data via mobile GIS. After investigating ArcGIS and MapInfo, they were disappointed to find these options were extremely expensive, they then came across Mappt.

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Problem

Nancy and Mark were originally collecting data by writing notes, taking GPS points and photos with a camera.

The process of compiling this data was extremely time consuming, inconvenient and less accurate. Mappt saves an enormous amount of time and rids the torturous task of data entry at the end of the day.

It was also very difficult for others to use the metadata, as clients would get a product map as a compilation and raw metadata.

Collecting data with Mappt allows clients to access and use the metadata easily, providing a better product for clients, more efficiently. Mappt was also significantly less expensive than the alternatives.

Objective

The objective for Rodinia Geological was to undertake geological mapping and analysis to define targets for drilling at Klondyke.

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Solution

With ruggedised tablets, Nancy and Mark would enter point data, take associated geotagged photos and draw lines and polygons to represent various geological features when out in the field.

The team used Mappt offline in a remote location with no cell or data service. They found the drop-down forms tool the key to collecting data that could be directly imported into their desktop GIS software.

Nancy and Mark initially chose Mappt for affordability, however quickly discovered Mappt is very user friendly and has all the features they needed to make their field mapping significantly faster, cheaper and easier. Nancy and Mark imported imagery and existing data as a base map and collect point data using the drop-down form tool.

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Outcome

The project is ongoing, with targets defined by Rodinia Geological to be drill-tested in future campaigns. Nancy and Mark will continue to use Mappt for future data collection, mapping and mobile GIS at Klondyke, as well as for projects for other clients.

Testimonial

“We love your product. I’ll be using it on a broker/analyst tour for a client. The platform allows an infinite amount of flexibility over old-school paper!”

– Mark, Rodinia Geological Services

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Mobile GIS: The best in-field partner a Geologist can get

Geology in the field

Getting out of the office and into the field is one of the most stimulating parts of a geologist’s job. Whether you’re plotting the location and attitude of various rock units or evaluating potential hazards, geological mapping and collecting real data in the field is a crucial element of effective geology.

Geological maps communicate vast amounts of information and are an essential item for when out in the field. However, flimsy paper maps are an outdated tool – they’re impractical, can be difficult to view and are easily damaged.

The same problems apply to other in-field equipment such as pens, paper graphs, cameras, external GPS devices, note pads and data tables, which leave field workers with piles of paperwork, and information all over the place.

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Time saving GIS features for geologists

The good news is mobile mapping and data collection apps are becoming widely used by geologists all over the world because they’re dramatically reducing the time and equipment needed in the field.

We can’t speak for all GIS applications, but Mappt offers geologists a range of features that speed up fieldwork, and make data collection far more efficient. The best part is these features sit on your tablet or mobile phone, so you can leave your GPS device, camera, paper map and notebook back at the office. Mappt’s top features for geologists include:

  • Import unlimited sized imagery including satellite, aerial, geological, topographic and elevation to view offline in the field.
  • Plot points, lines and polygons (shapes) and add data to each attribute.
  • Take geotagged photos that will appear on your map, right on the spot they were taken.
  • Create forms and organise the data they are collecting in a simple and easy manner.
  • Easily export your data back to your desktop computer in minutes.

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One of the most useful features for geologists is the map annotation tool. Geologists often examine the layers, folds and composition of rock beds and mineral deposits.

Field trip rock drawing using mobile GIS application Mappt

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Mappt allows geologists to take geotagged photos of areas of interest, automatically tag them to their exact GPS locations, then add optional annotations.

Users can draw, add shapes, use multiple colours, dotted lines and type coloured text over the image to explain certain features. The annotated image is then saved and workers can return to their navigational map without any disturbance. Users can also annotate map screenshots as well as geotagged photos.

The geologist’s tool belt is full of necessities that can’t be put on a tablet, however GIS software can significantly reduce the amount of equipment a field worker has to carry around, and significantly improves accuracy, efficiency and accountability of information.

Some of Mappt’s other valuable features include:

  • Offline GPS tracking record your journey with no need for WiFi or 4G.
  • Drop down forms for faster and easier data collection.
  • Measurement tools ensure accurate distances and areas.
  • Geofencing to ensure you never breach a boundary.

For a full list and explanation of Mappt’s time saving features, click here.

So whether you are studying sedimentation, structures, mineralogy or metamorphosis, mobile GIS applications like Mappt have you covered in the field from import to export.

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Siobhan has no background in GIS, she’s a beginner, just like you. Follow her stories for an easier digest of all things geospatial.

Top 3 Tablets for using Mappt

When using Mappt in the field there are two main requirements.

1: Mappt

2: Awesome Android tablet

Mappt we can provide, but you will have to take care of the Tablet part. This is in fact the harder of the two tasks as there are hundreds of Android tablets to choose from. If you are like most people they will all look pretty similar so in the end it will come down to price. The cost of the device is a major factor in it being selected, but you should take a good close look before you buy. In this article we will try to aid you in this task. To select a tablet not only on it’s looks or price but also by the many other factors such as available accessories, stability, size, weight and most importantly durability for field use.

Tablet 1

Nexus 7 (gen 2)

The Nexus 7 is the third Android tablet in the Nexus line and co-developed by Google and ASUS. It’s a very powerful small form tablet with a lot of accessories.

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The New Google / ASUS Nexus 7 gen 2

Tablet 2

Sony Xperia Z

In February 2013 SONY unveiled it’s new tablet the Xperia Tablet Z. A 10 inch tablet that is light, weighing just under half a kilogram and less than 7mm thick.  It’s the worlds thinnest 10 inch tablet not to mention it’s IP55 and IP57 (Ingress Protection) rating making it dust proof, scratch resistant and water proof up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes.

The Xperia Tablet Z's ports are all well covered and protected against dust and water ingress.

The Xperia Tablet Z’s ports are all well covered and protected against dust and water ingress.

Tablet 3

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A1

Our final contender is the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A1. The ultimate field partner. It’s Military spec all weather proof at IP65 and drop proof at 4 feet making it virtually indestructible as far as tablets are concerned. Unfortunately this is also reflected in the price tag.

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All ports are covered and locked away from the elements making this tablet an impregnable bunker.

Below is a table that compares the three tablets as well as a short review based on Mappt use.

Top three Mappt Field Companion Android Tablets, and why.

Top three Mappt Field Companion Android Tablets, and why.

The Mappt Advantage

Nexus 7 gen 2 (4G LTE)

Being the lightest of the three tablets this is in itself a big advantage. Not to mention that it’s fast, powerful and has a highrez display with very good battery life.The price is also very enticing, although you will need to get some very necessary accessories, such as a tough case, matte screen protector, car charger, etc.

Using Mappt on this tablet you are able to conduct all your usual tasks at a very acceptable speed, even with the smaller form factor. This is actually one of its biggest advantages.

An excellent compact Mappt companion that won’t hurt your pocket and fits right in it.

Sony Xperia Tablet Z  (4G + WIFI 16gig)

The new Sony Xperia tablet Z has taken the world by storm with its very durable shell, water proof for 30 minutes, dust proof and only 6.9mm thin. A very well rounded tablet with plenty of available accessories, not that you would need any to start off except perhaps a car charger. Perfect as a Mappt companion.

Mappt moves very fast on this device. Information loads lightning fast on the 4G LTE or WIFI. Navigation is a breeze with the clean shatterproof, sensitive, matte screen. Only down side is that it’s a little hard to see the screen in a well sun lit environment. This may be a big issue for some scenarios.

A very well priced and durable tablet. Perfect for almost all you every day Mappt field use.

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A1

If you ignore the huge price tag on this beast then this is hands down the tablet you want with you in the field. Its military spec hardware and case make it literary indestructible (figuratively). You can drop this guy from a height of 2 metres into an ice filled lake and have it sit on the mud lake floor (shallow lake), pick it up moments later and continue working on it.

Mappt works very well on this device even though it runs Android version 4. It has powerful 4G and WIFI connections and a GPS that will never fail. This tablet also comes with a stylus which can help when in the field, so you don’t have to get dirty hands on the screen and have to continuously wipe it.

What it falls short on, which are not vital for Mappt field use, are the cameras and lack of ultra highres display. Also be aware that buying accessories for the Toughpad FZ-A1 will also set you back a bit, as most of the accessories match the higher price of the device.

A tablet for very serious Mappt users who perhaps plan to trek into the caldera of an active volcano.