The prime objective of the three year pilot Coal Compilation Project (CCP), initiated in the 1989/90 fiscal year, is to provide coal resource maps to stimulate and support industry exploration programs, and assist government in matters of resource management. An essential feature of the program is the use of cost effective Geoscience Information System (GSIS) technology that allows the database and various thematic maps to be analyzed, updated, and displayed with complete flexibility at any scale.
Each map set is intended to be a stand alone, unique product contributing to an overall synthesis of information. Maps generated can be at a regional or reconnaissance level. Collection of new data has been limited. Data compiled and evaluated has been based on the following principal sources; Alberta Research Council/Alberta Geological Survey (ARC/AGS); Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB); Geological Survey of Canada (GSC/ISPG); and information from the coal industry sector. Industry has cooperated and supported the CCP by providing unpublished corporate reports to the AGS. The availability of these reports has been an essential component toward the success of this project.
The CCP may encompass up to eighteen 1:50 000 scale mapsheets, to be completed over the three year period. Nine mapsheets have been completed to date, four during the 1989/90 fiscal year and an additional five during the past 1990/91 fiscal year.
Custom maps and database searches can be obtained by contacting the Coal Geology Section, Alberta Geological Survey, Alberta Research Council. Raw coal exploration dataï¿½ that are in the 'public' domain can, for a nominal fee, be viewed in microfiche form at the Records Center of the Energy Resources Conservation Board in Calgary, Alberta. Arrangements can also be made to acquire copies of all/selected data.