Expedio celebrates 20 years of Always Accurate Data
February 2019 marks Expedio’s 20th anniversary in business – a major milestone for this global leader in geological data science consulting and data management solutions.
With two decades of proud history behind them, backed by exclusive rights to the acclaimed OCRIS platform, the team is far from content to rest on their laurels. According to Lara Groves, Expedio’s Managing Director, exciting plans are already well under way for the company’s future.
“Expedio was established to provide data management solutions to mining and exploration companies, and we’ve been expanding our range of products and services ever since our formation by Phil Little in 1999,” says Groves. “We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved so far – both for our clients and as a business – but we still have plenty of innovations and ideas in progress that we believe will help us remain at the forefront of our industry.”
Expedio’s existing service offering includes: hosting, data capture and data management; historic compilation and data migration; and advanced SQL administration, database audits and Business Intelligence reporting.
This comprehensive foundation in data management lends itself to a progression into big data analysis – just one of the spaces Groves says Expedio is eagerly exploring.
“There is a big buzz in the industry right now around topics like data science, big data, digital disruption, the digital mine and interoperability, automation, machine learning, data analytics and Blockchain,” she says. “It’s an exciting time, because a lot of these services are a natural extension for Expedio. We’re exploring our options and potential partners in the space, and have already worked with a few groups using big data techniques for exploration targeting from open source datasets. Automation is another key area where we have been able to improve data handling efficiencies for data loading, extraction and transfer. These are definitely areas we have our eye on as a way to add value to our future service offerings.”
Big data and automation aren’t the only areas in which Expedio is expanding, however. Cloud-based technologies are also receiving the company’s focussed attention.
“We recognise that the cloud is the way of the future for many companies who don’t wish to invest in traditional IT infrastructure for server hardware, networks and desktop software applications,” says Groves. “We’ve already partnered with two new software providers to expand our service capabilities in this arena and look forward to more ventures of this nature as the technology matures.”
Expedio’s current cloud-based solutions include a “rig-to-cloud” web platform for transfer of downhole survey data, delivered in collaboration with partners, SpringTech. The platform makes it simple and fast for drilling companies and related service providers to securely share data, and represents much-needed competition in a space currently dominated by a single provider.
Another new solution in Expedio’s toolset is the Imago image capture and management software. Imago streamlines the Core Tray photography process, automatically labelling/cropping images and deploying to a cloud portal or server for easy access by the geology team. With Imago, the quality of interpretation and modelling is improved, as it can be validated at each step by viewing high-quality core images. Growing rapidly in Australia, Imago is an easy-to-install and affordable way to make big improvements in the geology process.
This kind of responsive problem-solving to common industry pain-points is just one of the reasons Expedio has become a trusted, world-wide choice in integrated data management. Their satisfied clients have many more reasons of their own.
“Pilbara Minerals Ltd engaged Expedio to custom-build an OCRIS data capture system for its Pilgangoora Lithium-Tantalum project in 2016,” says John Holmes, Exploration Manager at Pilbara Minerals Limited. “Lara and her team provided excellent customer service during the design and build phase and completed the module to budget and on time. Since then the system has operated seamlessly, allowing our resource management team to work with validated data direct from site on a daily basis.”
“Expedio have the experience on-board to understand our needs, as well as the ability to provide varying levels of data management, software, hardware and compliance advice,” says Kell Barnes, Database Administrator at Northern Star Resources Limited. “Done the right thing by us over the years!” says Francis (Frank) Hoppe, Supervising Geologist at API Management P/L.
The last 20 years have certainly been memorable ones for Expedio and its customers, and the team is extremely grateful for the ongoing support that they have received.
“We wouldn’t be where we are today without the wonderful clients and resource projects with which we’ve had the privilege of working,” says Groves. “We’re looking forward to expanding those relationships in the years to come and providing increasingly innovative solutions to make data
management easier, more efficient, and more effective for us all.”