Series VPRS 16210
Index to Cores and Cuttings in Alphabetical Order by Well Name (Minerals and Petroleum)
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Date Range: Series By 1970 - ? 1999
  Series in Custody 1970 - 1999
  Contents ? 1940 - 1999
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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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 1970 - 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
    The Department's cores and cuttings were registered in the GEDIS boreholes database. Apart from the database, there is a card index to cores and cuttings. In relation to the different types of cores (mineral wells, petroleum wells and water bores) and different sorts of data was collected.

  • Function / Content
    "GEDIS" boreholes names were made up of local names, parish and borehole number within the parish. A borehole is known by the parish name in which it is located, and a unique number within that parish. In addition, the database contains "local names" that further identify the borehole (either by its name or its location).

    The GEDIS database has been set-up so that the petroleum well name is usually the "local name" in the boreholes database. The index cards are ordered alphanumerically by well name.

    Details included from petroleum wells were bores, cuttings, depth, location, trays and remarks. Similarly for water bore cores. The "cuttings" were rock chip samples generated by rotary drill bits and collected at the surface of the hole. The cores are solid long cylindrical-shaped rock samples.

    Details for water bore cores were number of bores, cuts, depth, location, number of trays, drill numbers

    Cores and cuttings were stored at the Department's core shed at Werribee (as at 2008).

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    The card index was superseded by the development of GEDIS Oracle, an electronic database, in the mid-1990s within the Department of Primary Industries.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

    Wells were registered using the next available number. This register is still in use by the Petroleum Division.

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