There are some who wrongfully feel that spending money on geological fieldwork is a huge waste of resources and it is money that could be used for something else more worthwhile. The thing that they don’t understand is that this kind of fieldwork is necessary if any project is to be successful and it is a great way to establish whether or not it makes sense to pursue the whole thing in the first place.
You just can’t assume that beneath the ground holds everything that you are looking for and just because something has been found close-by, it doesn’t mean that you’re going to find exactly the same thing in a different spot.
When it comes to geological mapping, it needs to be done right and when it is, you will find that it will help you with cost effectiveness when deciding the budget for the particular job and it is a great way to establish that there is something worth searching for and so this gives confidence to not only yourself, but to your investors as well.
It can also be highly valuable for finding other items that you weren’t searching for in the first place and these could end up being more lucrative than what you’re looking for in the first place. If you’re still not sold on the benefits of doing geological fieldwork for any project then hopefully the following can help to change your mind.
- It gives you a competitive advantage – If you do geological fieldwork when you are exploring for certain things and by doing the necessary fieldwork, then we can make better decisions when it comes to the whole exploration process and the risks that are involved.
- It is cost-effective – As was briefly mentioned before, doing some geological fieldwork is a very cost-effective way to reduce your risk with regards to exploration and unforeseen expenditure, and it is one of the cheapest ways to get the answers that you’re looking for when compared to other exploration techniques.
- Real-time data – Geological surveys and mappings have probably been done before by other institutions in the area that you are looking, but it would be foolish of you to accept these as a good indication of what is currently down the. It’s highly likely that any maps that are data that are available now are out of date and you can always assume that all of the work was done right in the first place.
- It creates a learning curve – The information that you get from your geological mapping and fieldwork can also help you to learn about other aspects with regards to geology. The information that you find can also be used by other professionals like palaeontologists and even geochemists.
There is no doubt that geological fieldwork and mapping provide a confidence booster to the work that you are doing and when you need to do presentations, it allows you to be clear about the work ahead and what needs to be done.