NMDC Ltd Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) N. Baijendra Kumar, IAS, inaugurated the “Remote Sensing & GIS Lab” at NMDC Limited, Hyderabad on Wednesday, a company press release informed.
The Guest of Honour on the occasion was Dr. Santanu Choudhury, Distinguished Scientist and Director, National Remote Sensing Centre (ISRO), Department of Space, Government of India. Dr. Narendra K. Nanda, Director (Technical); Dr. T.R.K. Rao, Director (Commercial); P.K. Satpathy, Director (Production); Shri Sandeep Tula, Director (Personnel); K. Vidyasagar, Chief Vigilance Officer; Scientists from NRSC-ISRO and faculty members from Osmania University were present during the inaugural event, reported Daily Pioneer.
NMDC and NRSC (ISRO), Department of Space, Government of lndia joined hands through a MoU to Promote Space Applications in exploration and other mining activities for “Satellite Based Geological Mapping and Multidisciplinary Exploration of Iron, Diamond and other mineral deposits”, which is a step forward towards “Digital India” as Space Technology provides real-time data for generation of digital maps.
NMDC is the first CPSE in Ministry of Steel has signed MOU with ISRO for use of Space Technology in Mineral Exploration and Mining and this has been highlighted as special achievement of Ministry of Steel, Government of lndia. Several Innovative methods were used by NMDC-ISRO for targeting diamond and iron-bearing areas. Gravity and Magnetic data of ElGEN6C4 (NASA) Satellite was also used for identifying the potential corridor for diamondiferous rocks in the Central Indian Diamond Province. Few potential iron ore blocks have also been identified in Madhya Pradesh using Cartosat-2 and Aster Data.
NRSC and NMDC have developed a Mobile App to collect field data with location and field photo and catalogue to collect geological information and for viewing in “BHUVAN PORTAL”.
This app is presently being used by NMDC in its Sidhi-Singrauli Iron ore Block and Chattarpur & Damoh Diamond Blocks for field data collection and has proved to be very useful. NMDC is using MOBILE GIS studies using above APP and “Bhuvan Platform” in all its exploration programmes. The Remote Sensing and GIS Lab has two Licences each of “ERDAS” and “ARC-GIS” software along with high end “Workstations”.