Nation-wide GMRIS for Papua New Guinea, established by GAF AG

Munich – May 20, 2008 – GAF AG, an internationally active geo-information technology company, announces the successful completion of the design, implementation and testing of the Geological and Mineral Resources Information System (GMRIS) for Papua New Guinea at the Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) in Port Moresby.

The implementation of the information system at the Mineral Resources Authority represents a major milestone of the project. The main goal of the GMRIS system is to provide access to geological, geophysical, and geochemical data to exploration and mining companies.

The system�s core functions include:

� Collection, storage, management and quality control of digital geological, geophysical and geochemical data and related metadata.
� Production of maps and derived digital information useful to private and institutional users – on the basis of a catalogue of available data layers.
� Provision of GIS functionalities for the production of geological and other thematic maps in analogue and digital format.
� Query and search of the database using the Intranet or Internet.

The comprehensive archive and catalogue of all data sets available can be accessed online via, where metadata and spatial data (maps and images) can be viewed using a standard Internet browser, including:

� Remote sensing data (satellite images).
� Geological, geophysical and geochemical data and information.
� Mineral rights and titles (tenements).
� Other relevant data collected as part of other past and ongoing projects in PNG.

The GMRIS project is part of the Mining Sector Support Programme (MSSP) which was launched by the European Union with a grant from the 8th EDF under the SYSMIN initiative. The MSSP aims to sustain the country�s economic performance through mineral production and exports and to alleviate poverty, increase employment opportunities and mitigate mine-induced environmental impacts. The GMRIS project is carried out by GAF AG and its local partner Geo-Graphics Ltd. in close co-operation with the beneficiary, – the Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) in Port Moresby. The next phase of the project has commenced recently – providing intensive on-the-job training, assistance and support to local GMRIS staff at the MRA in the daily operation of the system. The project will conclude by the end of 2009.

The GMRIS project is supplemented by the recently launched MSSP project focused on marketing and investment promotion of the PNG Mineral Sector.

About GAF
GAF AG is a consulting company, internationally recognized for its expertise and experience in applied remote sensing and spatial information systems. Within the past 20 years, GAF has been active in more than 100 countries throughout Europe, Africa, South-America and Asia. The company offers a comprehensive portfolio of services including supply of spatial data and information (e.g. satellite and aerial imagery, digital elevation models) and geo-information services (e.g. image processing, thematic mapping, GIS/DBMS applications and software development). The company has a proven track record in consulting, capacity building, training and technical assistance projects in the natural resources and environment sectors.

About MRA
The Mineral Resources Authority was established through the enactment of the Mineral Resources Authority Act 2005 by the parliament. Its mission is to effectively regulate and promote a healthy and sustainable mineral industry for the long-term benefit of the people of Papua New Guinea, and to ensure that its geological resources and hazards are progressively investigated, properly documented, and effectively managed.

Author: EARSC

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