Geology and Mining Theme: Digital Transformation Enabling Sustainable Development Mandates

4 MAY 2023
Institutional Partner


Geological Survey Agencies have traditionally been engaged in basic geological mapping and resource assessment to map out features of the earth’s surface, and offer guidance for natural resource management. Geological mapping has in particular been crucial for the mining industry, where mineral exploration using geospatial technology enables effective prospecting. With the world transitioning to a low carbon economy, demand for most minerals is projected to increase, as low emission energy and transportation systems are more mineral-intensive than their fossil fuel counterparts. This provides a great opportunity for the mining sector to evolve, by reducing its own emissions, and venturing into frontier mining areas. Digital transformation of the mining workflow by integration of geospatial and frontier technology is expected to aid this evolution significantly. As countries around the world adopt sustainable development principles, a paradigm shift is expected in the geological mapping domain. With the increasing urbanization of global populations and prevalence of geohazards, the application of geological mapping is set to expand beyond resource management to continuous earth systems monitoring, sub-surface development, etc. The geological mapping organizations need to adapt and evolve to cater to the demands of a wide and diverse set of stakeholders, and provide better quality information in accessible formats.


  • To identify the evolving roles, mandates, and future directions of geological survey agencies, with the adoption of sustainable development principles
  • To define the role of geospatial and frontier technology adoption in the evolution of mining industry supporting energy transition and sustainable resource development
  • To ideate on emerging domains of application of geological mapping in light of increasing urbanization and climate change impacts


Geospatial World Forum 2023 shall host a one-day program on “Geology and Mining” to discuss the evolution of geological mapping and mining domains as the world transitions from an extractive fossil-fuel based economy to a circular renewable energy-based economy.

Topics to be covered:

Rise of 3D/ 4D geological modelling and predictive geoscience
Innovative business and collaboration models for providing solutions to diverse stakeholders
Digital transformation of mining industry - adoption of geospatial and frontier technology in mining workflow
Systems thinking in mining information management – integration of disparate spatial and non-spatial data sources
Transition from basic geological mapping and resource assessment to earth systems monitoring and risk mitigation
Geological mapping beyond resource management – 3D subsurface modelling, environmental geology, hydrogeology, sub-bottom geology, etc.
Deadline: 10 March 2023


  • Geological survey agencies
  • Mining industry
  • Geospatial technology provider
  • Digital/ IT industry
  • Geological survey associations/ networks
  • Spatial planning organizations
  • Environment monitoring and protection agencies
  • Policymakers
  • Academic and research institutions
  • Consultants
  • End users