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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review

Chapter X - Exploration Data Entry

 

A: Introduction
B: The Exploration Database
C: Selecting A Project to Edit: The Project Menu
D: Selecting A Screen to Edit: The Screen Menu
E: Edit Modes In the Data Entry System: The Edit Menu
F: Printing A Report in Data Entry: The Print Menu
G: Link to the MINFILE Database: The Occurrence Menu
H: Getting Help in Data Entry: The Help Menu

 

A.

Introduction

 

Remember that the Exploration module was created for the use of the Regional Geologists. They have the capability to import Notices of Work data to automatically create an Exploration Database. The Regional Geologists data and the Notices of Work data will not be distributed but you can create your own Exploration Database if you desire. Development of this module is still in progress and new developments will be included in future versions of MINFILE/pc.

The Exploration data entry system is similar to the MINFILE data entry system. Exploration data entry is organized into 2 data entry screens: one for Projects and one for Notices of Work associated with the Project. When you first select Exploration data entry from the Main System Menu, you are presented with a screen displaying the data for the first project in the Exploration database.

Refer to General Comments on the Data Entry System in Chapter II, Section G for further information.

The Project drop down menu is automatically selected and you can either edit the first project or select another project for editing.

 

B. The Exploration Database

 

In MINFILE/pc, you can create your own exploration database by using the Exploration Projects Data Entry system.

 

HINT: The Exploration data entry module allows you to quickly add to or alter data. You can create a new Project providing that the number adheres to the stated format. Any project can be deleted when desired.

Projects are numbered using a 7 digit number (0100029 for example). The Project number exists for the life of the project (possibly multiple years). In addition, projects can be identified by a number (District Sequence Number) assigned by the user.

 

1. Project Information

The Project information can be taken from a Notice of Work or any other source and augmented with the user's own information. The information stored for each project is listed in Table 8.

 

The following is the Project Screen in Exploration Data Entry:

 

Project Screen in Exploration Data Entry,

 

Table 8. Notes on the Project Screen

 

Field Name Notes to Remember
   
Project Number Must be entered in the stated format if creating a new project.
Name(s) One must be entered; up to two.
Owner(s) One must be entered; up to two.
Operator One must be entered.
Project Type A list will pop up and you must select 1 of: Major Property, Major Mining Zone or Minor Property.
Mining Division One must be entered; up to two.
NTS Map One must be entered, up to four. Same constraints as the MINFILE data.
Latitude Must fall between 48o and 60o North.
Longitude Must fall between 114o and 140o West.
Location Certainty One of three choices provided must be selected.
MINFILE No.'s This field contains the list of MINFILE occurrences which are associated with the Project. Up to 16 may be entered but the first is the most important and is used in reporting.
District Sequence Number Optional. Sequential file number assigned by the user.
District Map Number Optional. Number assigned to the Project for plotting purposes.
Exploration Notes A memo field for entering text information of unlimited size.
Create Date The date the Project was created. This is automatically filled in by the system and cannot be accessed by the user.
Revised Date The date the Project was last revised. This is automatically updated when a change to the information is submitted.
Checked By The initials of the operator who entered or checked the data for accuracy.

 

HINT: Whenever you save the Exploration Notes field, a copy of the text information is stored in the MINFILE/TEMP directory as an individual file with the extension .EXC. These files are backup copies and can be deleted periodically.

 

2. Notice of Work Information

In addition to a record for each project in the Exploration database, a separate record exists called Notice of Work. You can enter your own "Notice of Work" type data. The information stored for each Notice of Work is listed in Table 9. The following is the Notice of Work Screen in Exploration Data Entry:

 

Notice of Work Screen in Exploration Data Entry.

 

Table 9. Notes on the Notice of Work Screen

 

Field Name Notes to Remember
   
Project Number As assigned for the parent Project.
Notice Number Must be entered in the stated format.
Notice Type Must be entered. Valid types are Coal, Mineral, Placer, Quarry and Sand and Gravel.
Received Date The date the Notice of Work was received.
Approved Date The date the Notice of Work was approved.
Operator The Operator of record.
Manager The name of the Project manager.
Manager Phone The phone number of the Project manager.
Target The target of the work as stated on the Notice.
Work to Do A list of the proposed work.
Work Done List of the work completed.
Work Start The proposed start date of the work.
Work End The proposed finish date of the work.
Completed A flag field marked with a 'Y' if the program is completed and verified.
Exploration Budget Total amount of funds, in dollars, spent on the project for the year.
Production Budget Estimated production or pre-production development costs, in dollars. This should not include the funds listed in the Exploration Budget field.
Discussed Marked true if details and/or results of the project were discussed with a project representative.
Development Review Marked true if the project has entered the Mine Development Assessment Process.
Development Stage Stage, if applicable, in the Mine Development Assessment Process.

 

C. Selecting a Project to Edit: The PROJECT Menu

 

When you first enter Project data entry the first step is to select the project you wish to edit. To do this select the Project drop-down menu. You can do this by pointing to Project with the mouse and clicking the LEFT mouse button or by pressing the 'Esc' key. The Project menu will drop down over the data entry screen and will appear as follows:

 

The following options are available on the Project menu:

 

Selecting a Project to Edit: The PROJECT Menu.

 

1. Select from List

This option allows you to select a Project number from a list containing all the project numbers currently in the database. You can move freely up and down the list by using the arrow keys. A project can be selected by highlighting the number and pressing either 'Esc', 'Ctrl-End' or 'Enter'. This option is not available in the Notice of Work screen.

 

2. Previous in List and Next in List

These options allow you to move from one Project to the next Project in the list or the previous Project in the list. This option is not available from the Notice of Work screen.

 

3. Project No. Select

If you know the Project number that you wish to modify you may select this option and enter the Project number. You must enter the full project number in the format #######. This option is not available from the Notice of Work screen.

 

4. Create a Project or Notice of Work

To create a new Project or Notice of Work select create, press 'Enter' and the Project screen will appear. At the bottom of the screen you are prompted to create a new Project (P) or a new Notice (N). If you create a new Notice of Work it is automatically assigned to the currently selected Project. Therefore you must create the Project prior to creating the Notices for it. Pressing X at this point terminates the process and returns you to the Project drop down menu.

Project numbers are always entered in the following format: #######. The Notice number MUST be entered in the following format: YYYY-####, where YYYY is the 4 digit year (e.g., 1993) and #### is a selected number (e.g., 0001).

When you enter P to create a project or N to create a notice, you are prompted to enter the new Project or Notice number. Once you have entered a Project number, a blank screen is displayed and you can begin entering information in the fields. From this point, Exploration data entry is similar to the MINFILE data entry.

 

5. Delete a Project or Notice of Work

The delete function allows you to delete Projects or Notices which are no longer required in the database. Selecting the delete function from the menu will display a message asking you to confirm the deletion. If you confirm the deletion, ALL the data for that Project or Notice will be deleted.

 

NOTE: Notices data must be deleted BEFORE Project data can be deleted. When the Notice data is deleted, the Project data remains.

 

6. Exit to Main Menu

When you select this option, the system will check to make sure that the selected Project data has been submitted to the database. If not, you are prompted to Submit or Undo your changes before the system will proceed. When this is done you will be returned to the Main System Menu.

7. Append from Updates

Not available at this time.

 

D. Selecting a Screen to Edit: The SCREEN Menu

 

Once you have selected a Project, you can proceed to the Edit menu to select an edit mode. If you wish to access one of the Notices associated with the Project, click on the Screen menu and a list of the associated Notices will drop down. Selecting any of the Notices will switch you to the Notice data entry screen. The Screen drop down menu appears as follows:

 

Selecting a Screen to Edit: The SCREEN Menu.

 

The following options are available on the Screen menu.

 

1. Project

This selection will access the Project screen and allow you to make the appropriate modifications.

 

2. Notices of Work

The system will compile a list of all Notices of Work which are associated with the current project and add them to the Screen menu. You can then select the Notices, one at a time, for editing.

 

E. Edit Modes in the Data Entry System: The EDIT Menu

 

Before you can edit the individual fields of the Project or Notices screen, you must select the mode in which you wish to access the data. This is done by selecting one of the entries in the EDIT menu. The Edit menu appears differently for each of the Project and Notices screens, as follows:

 

Projects

 

Edit Modes in the Data Entry System: The EDIT Menu for Exploration Projects.

 

Notices of Work

 

Edit Modes in the Data Entry System: The EDIT Menu for Notices of Work.

 

NOTE: The Exploration Notes field is handled in your Text Editor, similar to Capsule Geology (Chapter VI, Section G-3). Also, see Chapter II, Section G-3 for editing, exiting and saving data in this field.

 

The following options are available on the EDIT menu and are described in greater detail in the MINFILE Data Entry section of the manual (Chapter VI, Section C):

 

1. Append

This is used when you wish to add data to a field for which single or multiple entries may exist or no data exists. When a field containing multiple entries is selected, a box will open and display all the items in that field. The append function allows you to add items to the end of a multiple list. To quit appending press the 'Esc' key.

 

2. Revise

This allows you to make modifications to existing field entries. It can be used to append data to single entry fields but not to multiple entry fields (see Append). It can also be used to delete entries in multiple fields. When an entry has been revised and you are left in the field press the 'Esc' key.

 

HINT: To modify an entry in a multiple field, highlight Revise press 'Enter' and move to the field that contains the entry you want to modify. To open the field press 'Enter' and select the entry you are interested in and then press 'Enter' again. Type in the modifications and press 'Esc' when you are finished.

 

3. Browse

Allows you to view the Project data or Exploration Notes but you cannot change the data This mode protects you from accidental modification of the data. Browse works only on fields with multiple entries. Browse is not required in the Notices of Work screen because there are no fields which contain multiple items.

 

HINT: Multiple fields in the Project screen are: Name (2 entries), Owner (2 entries), Mining Division (2 entries), NTS Map (4 entries) and MINFILE Numbers (16 entries). See Table 8 for more information.

 

4. Delete

This function allows you to delete a single entry from a multiple item field.

 

HINT: For single entry fields use Revise to modify, add or delete data. For multiple entry fields use Append to add data, Revise to modify existing data, Delete to remove data and Browse to review data.

 

5. Move

This function allows you to change the order of the entries in a field containing multiple entries. This function is important because in many fields with multiple entries, the first entry in the list is assumed to have special significance.

 

6. Insert

This allows you to insert entries in any position, except the last, in field containing multiple entries.

 

7. Submit

This option submits any changes made on the Project or Notices screen to the database. Once a change is made on the Project screen, you are locked into that screen until you Submit the changes or Undo them (see Undo below).

 

8. Undo

This option is used to discard any changes made to the current Project or Notice screen. The Undo option will discard any changes made and restore the original values.

 

F. Printing a Report in Data Entry: The PRINT Menu

 

You can print reports from inside Project Data Entry. You can select the Print drop down menu and print either a Project Report or an Exploration Notes Report on the current Project selected.

 

NOTE: Data which has not been submitted to the database will not Print.

The Print menu appears as follows:

 

Printing a Report in Data Entry: The PRINT Menu.

 

G. Link to the MINFILE Database: The OCCURRENCE Menu

 

When you have selected a Project, the system will compile a list of all the MINFILE occurrences and anomalies which have been assigned by the user to that project. Their numbers are displayed in the Occurrence drop down menu.

The Occurrence menu will appear as follows:

 

Link to the MINFILE Database: The OCCURRENCE Menu.

 

Using the Occurrence menu, you can access the MINFILE data entry for any of the MINFILE occurrences which are assigned to the project. When you select an occurrence or anomaly you will automatically enter the MINFILE data entry module. Exiting from MINFILE data entry will return you to the Project data entry screen.

 

H. Getting Help in Data Entry: The HELP Menu

 

From the Help menu you can access the on-line MINFILE Help system, shell out to DOS, or check to ensure that the Friendly Finder system is turned on. The Friendly Finder system is the program MINFILE uses to validate and match codes in the tables.

 

The Help menu appears as follows:

 

Getting Help in Data Entry: The HELP Menu.