MICROMINE Collaborates on Coal Data Standard Project

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MICROMINE again proves its leadership in assisting in the standardization of Borehole Data Logging for the Coal Industry

"...this Coal Standard is...a universally-consistent system...," says Mr. Ibo Mango of MICROMINE.

Leading provider of intuitive software solutions to the mining and exploration industry, MICROMINE has once again positioned itself at the forefront of technical geological development.

The Australian Coal Industry recently released “CoalLog” Version 1, a Borehole Data Logging Standard for the Australian Coal Industry. The standards were initially developed by senior GeoCheck staff Andries Pretorius, Gary Ballantine and Brett Larkin, then followed by the collaboration of major mining and software companies including MICROMINE. MICROMINE’s Geobank Data Management Specialist, Mr. Ibo Mango, has been a member of this collaborative panel since its inception.

Early involvement in this project, titled the ACARP Project C21003, has enabled MICROMINE to invest considerable time in the development phase of producing a solution to meet the requirements for Borehole Data Logging Standard for the Australian Coal Industry.

Over time, data formats and coding sheets have been integrated into the technical workings of geological records. In some instances, over 30 different data formats are used and over 100 different dictionaries for the Australian coal industry. Consequently, data is often flawed, leading to numerous inconsistencies. There has been considerable pressure on the industry for this data to be standardized and a coding standard be established.

Commenting on his involvement, Mr. Mango says, “Being involved in the coal panel is really important to me, like so many of my colleagues, as for so many years my coal-related work has been dependent on so many variable factors. Depending on the data format and dictionaries in use, my findings have varied considerably from company to company, making work extremely frustrating at times.”

He continues, “The best thing about this Coal Standard is the benefits it can provide to our clients. A universally-consistent system will not only be more transferable within the industry, it will also enable us to record and manage higher quality and more accurate borehole data. We are excited to be driving this data standardization improvement and being able to pass this new standard on to our clients.”

MICROMINE’s Geobank consulting team is now offering the new coal data standards as part of its current client software implementations and is in the process of implementing this solution for various clients.


With over 12,000 clients in more than 90 countries, MICROMINE is the leading provider of intuitive software solutions for the entire mining process.

MICROMINE understands the software and consultancy needs of exploration and mining operations around the world. Located in 20 of the world’s major mineral producing capitals, our team is close to your operation. This means MICROMINE can provide local support and services in your language and time zone.

MICROMINE’s intuitive solutions are delivered by a team of specialists who understand the software and how it can be integrated into an operation for maximum results.

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