The South Australian Geophysical Reference Model allows users to bring to life the state’s vast resource data sets of geological landscapes. The model was introduced at this week’s 25th Geophysical Conference and Exhibition in Adelaide.

It draws on the state’s countless geo-data sets, enabling users to view different attributes on cross-sections of the earth.

By better defining the geological setting, the model can help exploration companies to make informed decisions to better target exploration programs, taking them closer to making new mineral discoveries.

South Australian Assistant Minister to the Treasurer Chris Picton said the new research and exploration tool was world class. He said it was the first time a model of its size, complexity and richness of geophysical data had been produced for the whole of the state.

“A tool such as this is indispensable for addressing the modern exploration challenges of finding significant new deposits at depth, under cover or in complex settings,” Picton said.

The model was developed in collaboration between the South Australian Department of State Development, the University of Adelaide, Geoscience Australia and the Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre and aligns with the national UNCOVER initiative.