Resource sector projects typically have a life cycle with unique information requirements at different stages of a given project. For example, a typical mining cycle would include the phases: initial resource assessment, exploration, deposit appraisal, mine development, production, and mine closure and site restoration.
Depending on the cycle phase, information is required for opportunity definition, project feasibility assessment, operations management, monitoring, communication to relevant internal and external parties, regulatory approval, etc. The required type, detail and timeliness of information can vary significantly. Information acquired at the various phases impacts the safety, cost-effectiveness, environmental impact/risks or economics of a project.
The purpose of the sector assessments is to capture relevant information needs, current sources of information, existing gaps that can be supported by remote sensing, and value the contribution remote sensing can make in the relevant stage of decision making. Sector assessments will be conducted through a series of interviews, sector specific workshops, reviews of existing studies and assessments, and research/literature reviews of current practices and issues.
Information collected during the sector assessment process is approved for release by participants before publication. The results is being documented in a series of reports that are made available to industry for ongoing feedback and updates and as a resource to the Canadian Remote Sensing sector and to public and academic sector researchers to guide future marketing and R&D strategies.