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New GIS-based product: New Zealand’s sedimentary basins

22 May 2013

New GIS-based product informs understanding of New Zealand’s sedimentary basins

New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals welcomes the release of the first systematic GIS-based compilation and interpretation of geological data, leading to improved understanding of the structure and distribution of sedimentary basins in the New Zealand region.

The New Zealand Extended Continental Shelf SEEBASE™ GIS project delivers a 1:3,000,000 GIS-based, geophysically constrained, depth to basement geological model across New Zealand’s onshore, Territorial Sea, Exclusive Economic Zone and Extended Continental Shelf.

“The project provides new interpretation and modelling in a cohesive, country-wide GIS-based package. This provides a foundation to guide relevant national resource delineation activities, inform allocation of acreage via the government’s Block Offer permitting rounds and it provides context for more detailed petroleum systems evaluation,” says Dr Brad Ilg, Manager Petroleum Strategy, Planning and Promotion.

New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals has funded the release of the database; the investment maximises the value of existing public-good pre-commercial data, Dr Ilg says.

SEEBASE™ includes processed geophysical data-sets, cultural data, terranes and derivative products, which can provide a wide variety of users with an accurate regional framework for the rapid assessment of available resources.

The project also encourages all interested parties to compile data and results with common GIS metadata standards to facilitate efficient knowledge transfer and concept development across government, organisations and industry.

This non-exclusive and now publicly available product has been developed by FROGTECH. Download or order a hardcopy from:


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