Series VPRS 16209
Index to Surveys in Alpha-numerical Order by Name of Survey (Minerals and Petroleum)
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Date Range: Series 1939 - 1999
  Series in Custody By 1965 - 1999
  Contents By 1939 - 1999
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
Agency which created this SeriesAgency which created this Series
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1977 - 1985 Department of Minerals and Energy VA 611
1985 - 1990 Department of Industry, Technology and Resources VA 2661
1990 - 1992 Department of Manufacturing and Industry Development VA 3012
1992 - 1995 Department of Energy and Minerals VA 3035
1995 - ? 1996 Department of Agriculture, Energy and Minerals VA 3744
1996 - 1999 Department of Natural Resources and the Environment VA 3972
By 1939 - 1977 Mines Department (also known as Department of Mines and Mining Department) VA 612
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2002 - cont Department of Primary Industries VA 4563
Description of this SeriesDescription of this Series
  • How to use the Records
    Minerals and petroleum companies were obliged to request permission from the department to carry out exploratory surveys.

    The surveys were each named using an alpha-numeric code, for example, G 73 B. In this instance G stands for Gippsland Basin; 73 represents year 1973, and B indicates the sequential survey according to the Department register for that company in that year (A = first, B = second, C = third and so on). The different types of reports were listed on the index cards, for example, Seismic airgun readings, microfilm of velocity data in Bay N, etc.

    The department placed a lot of importance on the uniqueness of the survey name. If the name was ambiguous according to the register, then a new unique name was generated.

  • Function / Content
    The Department's principle identifier for a survey was the name determined by the department responsible for minerals and petroleum exploration.

    The Department's principle identifier for a survey was the department name. The Department's secondary identifier for a survey is the G Number.

    It was hoped that a national survey naming scheme would takeover from the Victorian-only scheme but, as of 2008, this has not occurred.

    Some examples of survey types are:
    - seismic reflection surveys
    - seismic refraction surveys
    - magnetic surveys
    - gravity surveys
    - geochemical surveys
    - electromagnetic surveys.

  • Recordkeeping System
    The index to surveys was arranged in alphabetical order by name of survey. The card index was superseded by the development of dBMap Oracle, an electronic database, in the mid-1990s within the Department of Primary Industries. Details that were on the index cards were also recorded in the dBMap database in a more structured manner.

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By 1965 - ? 1997 Seismic Survey Tapes VPRS 4550
By 1965 - ? 1997 Seismic Survey Technical Back-up Data VPRS 4551
By 1965 - ? 1997 Petroleum Exploration Geophysical Surveys, Alpha-Numeric Order by Survey Name (Minerals and Petroleum) VPRS 15984
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P0001 By 1939 - 1999 Open 1
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