MVE to present digital field geology trial at Pittsburgh AAPG

Upcoming AAPG presentation describes field shootout between ‘digital’ and ‘paper’ geologists.

The abstract from an upcoming poster presentation to be delivered at the AAPG provides a snapshot into the digital field geology. The paper, authored by geologists from UK-based Midland Valley Exploration, traces the history of geological mapping leading to the advent of digital technology, in particular, with MVE’s own digital geologic mapping application, FieldMove.

The trail set teams of ‘paper based’ geologists against ‘digital’ colleagues and put them to work, mapping a small area in NW Scotland. The digitals used ruggedized tablet PCs equipped with Midland Valley’s 2DMove. Digital geologists were ‘slightly slower’ from outcrop-to-outcrop, but faster and more effective than paper based geologists overall. Paper based geologists had more work to do at the end of the day, digitizing or inking-in maps. Digital geologists had more software tools available for analyses which ‘improved geologic understanding’ and planning of the next day’s work. The study’s findings were used in the specification and development of MVE’s FieldMove package, used for tablet-based field mapping, More from MVE and on the upcoming AAPG gathering in Pittsburgh.

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