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During this demo, we will show you how you can easily visualize your geoscience data in Target for ArcGIS Pro.

We will show you how to import and refresh from MX Deposit. Integrate your exploration data in 2D and 3D. Come check out what’s included in the latest release of Target for ArcGIS Pro.



Kanita Khaled
Geophysicist – Seequent


29 min

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<v Kanita>Welcome everyone.</v>

My name is Kanita Khaled,

and thank you for joining in today.

Hope you’re making the most out of the first ever

virtual PDAC experience so far.

Today, we’ll be talking about how to import

and visualize your drill hole and subsurface data

in Target for ArcGIS Pro,

with a focus on connecting to MX Deposit.

A bit of demo logistics, I’m joined today by my colleague,

Geoffrey Plastow, who will be helping moderate

if there are any questions.

Okay, so, my name is Kanita Khaled, and I’m a Geophysicist

here at Seequent, and I’m based in our North America branch,

and today I’m joining in from Toronto.

And here at Seequent, I work primarily within

the technical team, collaborating often with our

other business units.

Statements of confidentiality and disclaimers,

and with introductions and disclaimers now out of the way,

let’s dive right into the demo.

And I’ve gone and opened up a blank map

of our ArcGIS Pro to get started.

And I’ve got the Target ribbon up here at the top,

and I’m signed in with both my Seequent ID and my Esri ID.

And I need to be signed in with my Seequent ID

to access the functions in this Target ribbon.

And on the left-hand side of the Target ribbon here,

I can see the import group, and this import group is what

allows me to import a variety of data types into my project.

I can import in things like Geosoft grids,

convert them into raster files, subsurface mesh data,

and also bring in drill hole data.

So this last category here,

drill hole data, is what we’ll be getting started with.

The first way to import drill hole data is to,

or is as an Excel or Access file.

A fairly common format.

You can also import in your data with an ODBC connection.

If you’re hooked up to an ODBC connection,

either locally or on your network,

and fairly commonly, you can also use a text,

a CSB, or an ASCII file format.

If your organization logs your drill hole data

with programs like acQuire or MX Deposit,

you can import data directly from those programs as well.

And finally, if you have a pre-existing

Geosoft Target project, that entire project

can be directly imported into ArcGIS Pro.

So today let’s focus on the import process from this program

right here, and that is MX Deposit.

So I’m going to flip over to my browser.


so here I am,

logged into the MX Deposit application on my browser,

and we’ll sidestep just a little bit here to talk about

MX Deposit very briefly.

If you’re unfamiliar with MX Deposit,

it’s a completely cloud-based logging application

that’s really designed to help mining

and exploration companies simplify and modernize

their drilling programs.

So MX Deposit essentially allows you to log your

drill hole data from anywhere in the world,

as long as you have internet,

but it also has remote capture options, as well,

for those who do not have internet access.

And MX Deposit is also supported as a mobile application.

So today we’ll take a look at the integration of MX Deposit

with Target for ArcGIS Pro, which allows you to

quickly import in drill hole projects from this

cloud-based environment

directly into the ArcGIS Pro environment.

And for that to work,

you have to make sure that you’re logged in with your

Seequent ID, that contains your subscription for both

MX Deposit and Target for ArcGIS Pro.

So here, is the home screen for MX Deposit,

and I’m going to head over to my project summary here,

the project summary page, and from here,

I can see a list of all of the drill hole projects

that I have been given access to by my organization.

So Foxfire, LITA, New Zealand, Phoenix, and Wolf Pass.

And this project is the one that I want to import in today,

this Wolf Pass datasets.

Once I select Wolf Pass, I can also see the types of data

that are logged within this project.

I can see the active drill holes,

and once I select the drill holes, I can select,

I can visualize

the list of drill holes that are associated

with this project.

And from here, I can select a drill hole.

I can take a look at its header

so I can see, okay, this is a diamond drill hole,

the depth of this hole,

who it was logged by,

when it got started,

and also the coordinate information.

Heading over to the survey tab.

I can see the down-hole survey information,

and along here, I can see all of the different

data attributes associated with this particular hole.

So my lithology data,

if you have alteration, mineralization data

and also sample results,

if you have those available from the lab.

So here, I have things like my copper, my gold, my silver

assay results for this particular hole.

If you like, there’s one really helpful feature.

You can start to visualize this down-hole data

as strip logs.

So here, at visualized the whole WP048 as a strip log,

this column here with my lithology data,

and here on the right in red and orange,

I’ve actually visualized my gold and copper data

as area plots.

So if I wanted to, I could then go in and start to

really customize this strip log.

I can start adding things like mineralization or alteration

and really customize the strip log.

Okay, so let’s come out of this.

So, I have all of these drill holes that are currently

ongoing or already completed.

Now that that has been logged in Capture,

let’s bring it into Target for ArcGIS Pro.

All right, I’m going to switch over.

So here, I have my blank map for this particular project,

and I want to import in the Wolf Pass dataset

from MX Deposit to ArcGIS Pro.

So to do that from this import group in the Target ribbon,

let’s go ahead and select drill hole data,

and then MX Deposit.

And this would then bring up the import drill hole

from MX Deposit toolbar.

And I can rename the project that I want to import,

let’s say, as Wolf Pass,

and because I’m connected,

or because I’m logged in with my Seequent ID,

which is also connected to MX Deposit,

Target will now show me the list of projects available

directly from MX Deposit.

Just the ones that we just saw.

So today we’ll pick Wolf Pass,

and from here we can also select the activity.

That would be core logging.

And you also have the option of selecting

the coordinate system.

For our case, WGS 84,

Zone 18N.

So once I click on this run,

run button, this starts the import process,

and this will then go ahead and import in

the Wolf Pass dataset from MX Deposit

from the cloud directly into Target for ArcGIS Pro.

So let’s take a look at what that looks like.

So here, I have my colors done,

and also my traces associated with

the Wolf Pass drill hole dataset.

So once your program, or once your drilling program

continues to progress each day,

you can always update your data in ArcGIS Pro

using this Refresh Drill Hole Import option.

And this will connect to MX Deposit,

and with just one click, you’re ready to update your data.

So this connection between MX Deposit

and Target for ArcGIS Pro allows you to log your data,

connect to it instantly,

and then visualize your results without losing any time

between the logging and the final visualization.

So this makes it a really effortless and efficient workflow.

So once the data is added in here to Target for Arc Pro,

I can start to visualize other attributes

using this Drill Hole Data button.

And from here, I could start to visualize

my down-hole data, like my lithology or my assay data.

So let’s say I would like to visualize my copper data.

I would simply toggle that on,

and that would then be plotted in Plan View.

Using the Symbology option here,

I can change the size and the coloring of these,

of this particular attribute.

I can also offset it away from the trace.

So let me show you how to do that.

So here, I have my lithology data visualized,

but I’ve set it at an offset away from my trace

so that I can view both my trace and the lithology data.

So let’s now add in another assay attribute.

In this case, copper.

So now I’ve visualized both my lithology

and my assay data


Another really interesting way of visualizing

your assay data is using this histogram-style look.

So here, I visualized my gold,

and I’ve customized the symbology

so that it’s visualized by color and size.

So it gives me a little bit of an easier look into where my

higher grade showings are.

So in this Plan View, you can visualize

multiple drill hole data types, lithology, mineralogy,

assay, all concurrently,

allowing you to really easily interpret my down-hole data.

Once I have my data in this 2D space,

I can go ahead and click on the New Drill Hole Scene button,

and that would take me to a new 3D scene.

And from here, I could start to visualize

that same dataset, but now I’m doing it in a 3D manner.

So let’s just rotate our scene here and position ourselves

so we could see a little bit better.


Let me go to a specific view.

So here, I have my drill hole dataset now visualized in 3D.

And similarly, I could start adding in things like

my copper or my lithology data right here onto the scene.

Wait a second for that to load.

And so there, I have my copper data, now visualized in 3D.

I could spin that around and take that,

just really start to inspect my data.

And I could also start to visualize things like

my lithology data

and so on.

You also have quick options here to view this data

from a variety of angles for ease of use,

but other than drilling data, what else can I bring in?

I’m also able to visualize raster data I mentioned before

by importing in Geosoft grids.

So I can import in a Geosoft grid,

like this topography file here,

and running that would then put that into my

geodatabase, which I could then visualize on my EDC.

So here, I have a LIDAR topography dataset that was

collected over this project.

It was graded in Oasis Montaj and then brought into

ArcGIS Pro as a raster image.

And so with this grid import option,

you can bring in other relevant data like geophysics

or geochemistry directly from Oasis Montaj.

Another key feature that I wanted to talk about today

is the subsurface mesh data option.

So that that’s this option right here,

and using the subsurface mesh data tool,

I can import in geological or other subsurface data

directly into my drill hole scene and project.

So for example,

let’s say I bring in data using an OMF format,

which is the open mining format.

And once I import that in,

I’m going to turn off my lithology

so you can get a better view.

So here’s that open mining format that is supported across

many of our Seequent products.

I’ve imported, I’ve created this in Oasis Montaj

and then brought it in to Target for ArcGIS Pro,

and essentially it’s now converted

into a multi-patch object.

And now I can visualize my gold grades

of 1.5 grams per time

right here on my scene.

And similarly, you could also visualize


So here, in maroon here,

I’ve visualized a gold bearing day site dike unit

and this was modeled out in Geo and then brought

into Target for ArcGIS Pro as a multi-patch object.

So with the subsurface mesh data option,

that can easily bring in mesh data

to add context to my drilling program.

Okay, so we’ve brought in all of this data types

into Target for ArcGIS Pro.

What can we do with it?

Well, one very common data product,

are cross-sections across the industry,

and we have a fully functioning

cross-section creation and managing tool.

So with the Section Create Tool up here,

we can interactively create cross-sections

or a single cross-section,

or I could create multiple offset cross-sections.

So here, I’ve created a total of

five plus one original cross-section,

separated by 152 meters.

So I could change this to bring these sections a little bit

closer together, so those just updated.

And because this is a fully dynamic, 3D environment,

I can take this, and spin this around,

and inspect my cross-sections, or I can commit to them.

So here, if I didn’t like the location of them,

I could start to offset

it in perpendicular to my azimuth,

or I could even change things like the azimuth of the

cross-section, the inclination of the cross-section,

or even the length, the height, and the thickness,

all while, all before you’ve even saved the section.

Once you go ahead and save these sections,

they appear inside your Section Manager.

And inside the Section Manager, you’ll see a list

of all of the sections that you’ve created.

So I have four that are already created,

and now I can go into, what we call, a Section view.

And from the Section View, I can visualize my cross-sections

in a more familiar cross-section view.

And I can view them from a variety of angles.

From the front,

top, all just a variety of preset options

for your viewing convenience.

And while I’m here, I could go ahead and modify

these cross-sections on the fly.

If I wanted to readjust the scale, the length, the height,

or any of these other parameters that are present here,

I could do that.

And because you’re working inside the 3D view here,

you can also start adding in things like your assay data

or your day site dike unit,

or the gold shells that we brought in earlier.

So let’s turn on my lithology, actually,

and now that I’ve loaded it in,

I could start toggling through each one of these sections

to take a look at what they look like in this section view.

And once you’re ready,

this entire cross-section can be placed in a layout map,

like the one right here.

And once you place your section in a layout map,

any other relevant mapping information

like your legend,

your scale bar,

your north arrow,

any kind of text, Polyline annotation, mapping information,

can then be added in.

You can even add in a second or third or fourth inset map,

just like the one that I’ve added here.

So if you have active maps in your project,

you could then pull them into your layout

as you see relevant.

And once you’re ready,

these can be saved in multiple different formats like this.

Here, I’ve published it as a PDF.

You could do so in any of the formats that Esri allows

you to do like JPEGs and TMG files.

There’s a host of available formats to publish in.

And last but not least,

I’d like to bring your attention to one last functionality

that was incorporated recently, and that is strip logs.

So many of you are familiar with strip logs already.

It’s essentially a downhill plot of geological features

from a single drill hole.

We saw something similar in MX Deposit, and this,

in ArcGIS Pro, can be created using

the strip log reporting tool here in the Target ribbon.

Just going to close out the section tool here.

So here, I have the strip log reporting tool open

here on the side,

and I can start creating my strip log by importing

in a layout.

And there’s a variety of layouts that are available for

Target ArcGIS Pro users to start building

your strip log template.

And from here, you simply select the hole, the drill hole

they’d like to visualize, add some of these additional texts

to give information on your drill hole.

And from there, you can simply start adding in

what we call, chart frames for data strips.

So here, I’ve added

three charts frames for my gold, my copper,

and my molybdenum,

and here, I visualized them as far plots and line plots.

And here on the far left, I visualized my lithology data,

simply using my lithology color convention that I’ve

customized in Target for ArcGIS Pro.

So the appearance of all of these chart frames can be

modified and fine tuned.

I’ve also added in things like legends, and annotations,

and titles, just to make this plot relevant

and ready for publishing.

And just like the section map,

once you’re happy with your strip log look and feel you,

could publish it out into a variety of formats,

and the whole thing is quite customizable.

So with that, I’d like to conclude the demo portion

of the presentation, and just switch gears ever so slightly,

and talk about what’s coming up next.

So for upcoming release,

I am pleased to announce that the next release of

Target for ArcGIS Pro is coming up in April,

early April 2021.

So please be on the lookout for that.

And in this version, we’ll be supporting version,

ArcGIS Pro version 2.7.

And we’re hoping from that point onward,

we’ll be able to match the Target for Arc Pro

version updates with ArcGIS Pro version updates.

And in this upcoming version,

we’re adding multiple section improvements,

like section extents,

section scale, an offsetting capability for your symbology.

And we’re also supporting a new shared installation option,

which would allow multiple users to,

who share a single computer or a virtual machine,

to access Target or ArcGIS Pro.

So please be on the lookout for that upcoming release.

And with that,

I would like to conclude the presentation,

and I’ll just open up the floor now for any questions

that you might have.

Please feel free to type them into

the go-to webinar chat box, please.

And I’ll just turn on my video here again.

<v Geoff>Hi, Kanita, it’s Geoff.</v>

Thank you very much.

That was great.

Just a couple of questions coming into the chat panel

and the questions.

First question:

Can I publish their whole data through ArcGIS online

or through Esri online?

<v Kanita>Yes.</v>

So one of the powerful things that

ArcGIS Pro is able to do, is connect to Esri online.

And so you’re importing in your drill hole data using

Target for ArcGIS Pro, that entire drill hole scene,

that entire 3D scene with your drill holes,

with your subsurface mesh data,

can all be taken into the Esri online environment.

Let me see if I have an example of that.

This one.

So here, I have a dataset published

to the Esri online environment,

and here I can see the lithology or, sorry,

I have the assay here,

the mesh data, the day site dike unit,

and this is a really cool feature

because it operates kind of like ArcGIS Pro on desktop,

but kind of stripped away functionalities.

You can start to do some really interesting things here.

You can start to create sections or slices

while you’re in this 3D view.

So really start to investigate your data without actually

having a license to the software.

I hope that answers the question.

(Kanita laughs)

<v Geoff>Yeah, thank you.</v>

Can you load data from different MX Deposit projects into

the same Target for ArcGIS Pro projects?

<v Kanita>Can you load data from</v>

different MX Deposit projects

into the same Target for ArcGIS Pro project?

Yes, you can.

So, one thing I did not discuss is the fact that

you can import multiple drill hole datasets into Target,

from one Target for ArcGIS Pro project.

So here, I have one project,

and so that’s that listed in this current dataset group.

So I only have one project, but if I wanted to,

I can add many other projects,

and then I could simply connect with the data input tool,

connect to MX Deposit, and bring in my MX Deposit projects

into each of my relevant Target ArcGIS Pro projects.

So in that way,

you could have one Target for ArcGIS Pro project open,

but you could have it connected to

multiple MX Deposit projects on the cloud.

<v Geoff>Excellent.</v>

One other question:

When importing drilling and sample data,

does Target for ArcGIS Pro re-project that?

How does it handle coordinates systems?

<v Kanita>So when you’re importing in,</v>

when you’re importing data from MX Deposit,

MX Deposit has its own list of grids.

They call them grids, or coordinate systems,

attached to different global projects.

The grids that are available on MX Deposit are also linked

to your Target for ArcGIS Pro

account, if you’re connected with your Seequent ID.

So when I was doing that import from MX Deposit,

it did list all of the available grids on MX Deposit.

I would simply then go ahead and choose the one

that’s relevant to my project

and apply it before I bring it into my project.

And of course, as we get fully coordinated aware,

you do have the ability to re-project coordinate systems

and things like that.

But you do get a list of all of the coordinates that are

available on MX Deposit before we bring that data in.

<v Geoff>Excellent.</v>

Maybe one more question.

Can I use my own color convention on the drill hole data

and adjust my symbology?

<v Kanita>Yes, you can use your own color code convention.</v>

You could do it in a couple of different ways.

So you have a preset convention for your drill hole project

or your rock symbology,

and you have a library of that in like a CSV file,

you could definitely bring that in.

We have an import symbology tool here,

which would allow you to bring in that symbology

either from a rock code file.

We do have a specific symbology, or specific convention,

for this kind of file,

or you could customize it yourself

within Esri because you’re given all of the

Esri symbology options.

You could customize it yourself, save it as a layer file,

and then, you know, if you wanted to share it,

you could pass that layer file on to a colleague,

and they would have access to the same kind of symbology

that you have used.

Alternatively, if you have multiple global datasets going

in the same project space, you can also cross reference

those databases and bring in the symbology

from another dataset.

So three different ways of doing it, but it is,

it is possible.

<v Geoff>Excellent, thank you.</v>

I don’t see any other questions coming in.

<v Kanita>Yeah, no problem.</v>

I am also available to take any questions by email.

If you think of them after the fact,

please go ahead and shoot me an email.

And as always,

there’s a lot of information available on

Have a great day.

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