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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review

Chapter VII - Searching the Exploration Database


A: Project Details Search
B: Notice Details Search
C: Deposits Details Search
D: Exiting the Search Menu


This module is used by the Regional Geologists. The Exploration Database is populated with both the import of Notices of Work and the geologist's own data. The Regional Geologists' data and the Notices of Work data will not be distributed but you can create your own Exploration Database if desired.

This option allows you to search the Exploration Database, using a number of criteria. Each criterion will be dealt with in turn in this section.

Refer to the section called General Comments on Searches in MINFILE/pc in Operating MINFILE/pc (Chapter II, Section E) for further search information.

In order to search the database, select "Search Database" from the Exploration Projects section of the Main System Menu. The Exploration Search Menu will then appear:


Exploration Search menu.


The Exploration database may be searched according to Project, Notices and Deposit details. The "Reset total projects" command is used to start a new search with all available projects.



Project Details Search


Select this search and the following screen will appear.


Project Details Search.


1. Project Number

This option allows you to search for Mining Inspection Districts or Projects by specific number. Each Project is identified by a unique 7-digit Project number. Project numbers exist for the life of the Project (possibly multiple years) and are assigned by the Notice of Work (NOW) database. The Project Number is comprised of the Mining Inspection District number (2 digits, e.g. 01 for Northwest) and the mine identification or sequence number (5 digits, e.g. 00073).

The following table lists Mining Inspection Districts.


Skeena/Queen Charlottes
West Kootenay
East Kootenay
Lower Mainland
Vancouver Island/South Coast
Prince George/Valemont
Elk Valley
Greenwood East


You may use this search to isolate Mining Inspection Districts by entering the first 2 digits with any of the numbers in the above table. Enter the remaining 5-digit mine sequence number to identify a unique Project number.


2. Project Name

This option allows you to search for Projects by name. Each Project can have up to 2 names. When searching by name, the system considers both entries for each occurrence. This means that a search for a Project named Hopeful and a search for a Project called Valentine could select the same project if the project has both of these names.

There is often some overlap of names. You may find that several Projects have (as one of their names) the same name as the one for which you are searching.

If you do not know the entire name of a Project, you can search the database using only part of the name. For example, for a Project called Eskay Creek, you might enter only 'Esk'. MINFILE/pc will then select all projects that begin with the letters "Esk", including Esker, Eskimo and so on.

You can enter up to 30 characters in the blank field. If the field is full the search will be initiated. If the field is only partially filled then you can press 'Enter' or 'PgDn' to initiate the search.


3. Project Type

Each Project is assigned one of 4 type (status) designations: Major property, Major mining zone, Minor property, or Unknown. The designation can be selected from a pop-up list when you enter any letter in either of the two blank fields. Simply select the appropriate type from the list and press 'Enter'. The selection will be entered in the blank field. Press "Enter" to initiate the search in the first field, and the entry in the second field automatically initiates the search.


HINT: MINFILE/pc is not sensitive to uppercase and lowercase letters. There is no reason to capitalize the names in a search. However, names occur in proper uppercase form in the reports.


4. National Topographic Series (NTS) Map Sheet

This option may be used to search for Projects located in specific NTS map sheets with scales from 1:1,000,000 (for example, NTS 094), ranging to 1:25,000 (for example, NTS 094H05E).

When searching by NTS map sheet number, ensure that ALL digits are entered to the desired scale. For example, enter '092', not '92'. If only two digits are entered where three are needed, the search will be unsuccessful. This search accepts two NTS Map areas.


5. Region(s)

This function searches for projects located in a specific region or regions.  Enter the code for the area that you wish to search.  If you are unsure of the region code, simply type in a letter and press "Enter".  A pop-up menu of valid codes will appear, and you may then select a region.  

To search multiple regions, use the arrow keys to move the cursor from space to space. Repeat the above steps for each selection.  You may search up to six regions at a time.


6. Mining Division(s)

Use this function to search for Projects associated with a specific Mining Divisions. Enter the code for the Mining Division that you wish to search.  If you are unsure of the code, simply type in a letter and press "Enter".  A pop-up menu of valid codes will appear, and you may then select a Mining Division.  

To search multiple divisions, use the arrow keys to move the cursor from space to space. Repeat the above steps for each selection.  You may search up to four mining divisions at a time.


HINT: Remember to press the 'PgDn', 'Down arrow' or 'Enter' key after your entry, to execute the search.


B. Notice Details Search


Under this search there are also six criteria which can be used to isolate projects. You can search any combination of these or all of them at a time.


Notice Details Search.


NOTE: The Notices Search returns the number of Projects which have Notices of Work that meet the search criteria, not the number of Notices of Work. Projects can have more than on Notice of Work.


1. Work Completed

This search identifies those Projects in which work has been completed (as identified in the Notice of Work). The field will accept "Y" or "N".


2. Notice Number (year-number)

This function is commonly used to search for the year of the Notices of Work associated with any project. For example, a search for the Notice Year 1993 will return those projects which have a Notice with a 1993 date as part of its identification number. The full four digit number must be entered.

The Notice of Work numbers are always coded as YYYY-#### where YYYY is the year and #### is the MIS number (e.g. 1995-0001 is the first Notice of Work filed for that parent project in 1995).


3. Notice Types

The Notices of Work are assigned one of five types: Coal, Mineral, Placer, Quarry and Sand & Gravel. When you enter any letter(s) in this blank field the list of appropriate types will pop up. Select the one you want, press 'Enter', and it will be inserted into the field. Press 'PgDn' to initiate the search. The number returned represents the number of projects which have associated Notices of Work of the specified Notice type or types (up to four).


4. Received Date

This search is used as a way to isolate Notices received within a range of dates. The dates must be entered completely in the day (DD), month (MM), year (YYYY) format. The search results in the number of Projects which have Notices received within the specified range.


5. Approved Date

This search is used to isolate Notices approved within a range of dates. The dates must be entered completely in the day (DD), month (MM), year (YYYY) format. The search results in the number of Projects which have Notices approved within the specified range.


6. Work End Date

This search is used to isolate Notices with work finished within a range of dates. The dates must be entered completely in the day (DD), month (MM), year (YY) format. The search results in the number of Projects with work finished within the specified range.


C. Deposits Details Search


The Deposits Details Search consists of two completely seperate search functions.  The first is the actual deposit details display, which is linked to the MINFILE Deposit Search.  The second is a MINFILE Number search, which allows the user to search for a project associated with a specific MINFILE number or part of a number.  The Deposits Details search screen looks like this:


Deposits Details Search.


1. Deposit Search

This search finds all projects that are associated with occurrences isolated fom a previous MINFILE search (see Searching the MINFILE Database, Chapter III).

Before starting a search from this screen, use the MINFILE database search to isolate all deposits fitting the desired search criteria.  You may also use Project or Notice details to isolate a set of projects. (For example; if you wish to find projects associated with occurrences containing molybdenum, first conduct a MINFILE search for molybdenum occurrences.)  Once you have isolated occurrences according to the MINFILE search criteria, the Deposit search will find all projects associated with these occurrences. 

The following diagrams illustrate how the Deposit search works:




Deposit search model 1.


These diagrams show how the MINFILE Deposit search and the Project/Notices search function on their own.  When the results of these two searches are combined and further reduced, projects which meet the deposit criteria and are associated with MINFILE occurrences will be displayed.



Deposit search model 2.


2. MINFILE Number Search

The MINFILE Number search component of the Deposits Details Search works best with the Project or Notices searches.  Once you have isolated the projects which fit your search criteria, this function lets you search for projects associated with either a specific MINFILE occurrence or a range of MINFILE numbers (for example, 082. . . will bring up all isolated projects corresponding with MINFILE numbers ).  You may enter a full or partial MINFILE string, depending on how specific you wish your search to be.


D. Exiting the Search Menu


When you have finished with these searches, press the 'Esc' key and this will return you to the Exploration Search Menu. Press the 'X' key or use the 'Esc' key to take you back to the Main System Menu. From here, you can choose the option which best allows you to manipulate the data you have isolated. Each option is discussed under its own section in this manual.


HINT: Once you have isolated a set of projects, through the "Search Database" option, it may be useful to save the search data for future use. If you choose "Utilities" from the Exploration Projects Main System Menu and then select "Import/Export Search File" you can save your search results by selecting one of the export search file commands.


If you wish to bring your project total back up to the maximum that you have available, you can reset them from the Main Exploration Projects Search Menu or select Utilities from the Exploration Projects section of the Main System Menu, and then select Reset Total Projects from the Utility Menu.