Software licence donation advances geosciences

May 29th, 2019, Published in Articles: PositionIT

Petroleum Experts has donated an academic software licence worth R25-million to the Wits School of Geosciences. The company’s MOVE software is the global standard in the minerals exploration, mining, and environmental geosciences for analysis of structural geological data collection, analysis, 3D visualisation and modelling. The donation by Petroleum Experts of 10 academic licences for use in research and student training has been made on a renewable licence agreement.

Dr Matthew Brayshaw joined the school recently from the mining industry where he used the software in mine exploration. Brayshaw said the software is useful in stress mapping related to targeting mineralisation prospectivity in hydrothermal gold deposits. The ability to integrate structural observations with other geological and geophysical datasets on a single platform and at varying scales is particularly beneficial, he said. Brayshaw has secured funding for several ruggedised tablets that can withstand the rigours of geological fieldwork. These tablets will be used for data collection and then linked to the campus-based MOVE software suite.

Dr Asinne Tshibubudze, senior lecturer in the school, co-leads the West Africa Craton Exploration Initiative (WAXI). The initiative creates integrated digital geological and geophysical datasets across multiple countries in West Africa that can then be interrogated by mineral exploration teams.

The donation comes at a a time when the school is completing a significant overhaul of its undergraduate curriculum which aims to develop stronger data management and interpretation skills in students.

Contact Lungi Ndevu, Wits School of Geosciences, lungelwa.ndevu@wits.ac.za

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