Explorer Challenge corrals exploration know-how

Prominent Hill mine site

CREDIT: Australian Mining

Making new mineral discoveries in modern mining requires innovative approaches, something OZ Minerals and Unearthed called upon for the Explorer Challenge – a global, online crowd-sourcing competition.

OZ Minerals boldly released over two terabytes of private exploration data and offered up a $1 million prize pool to geologists and data scientists from around the globe, in return for ground-breaking exploration approaches that could identify targets with high prospectivity at the Mount Woods tenement near the Prominent Hill mine in South Australia.

Circulating the data on the Unearthed platform was a move that notably broke with the industry tradition of mining companies opting not to share proprietary information.

The novel approach paid off for OZ Minerals and Unearthed, with the collaboration being recognised at the 2019 Australian Mining Prospect Awards, winning the Austmine Innovative Mining Solution award.

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