TORONTO GEOSOFT has proudly announced that its data access protocol (DAP) has been adopted by RIO TINTO as part of its exploration data management (EDM) strategy. DAP enables the rapid and reliable transfer of large volume spatial data between an Internet or Intranet client application and a hosting data server, allowing users to access and share geoscientific data both privately within organizations, and globally on the Internet. The advantage is faster data access, which improves decision-making, process efficiency and cost savings.
KENNECOTT EXPLORATION, a division of Rio Tinto Exploration, piloted the EDM project in 2002. Bill Whalen, Kennecott's IT manager, sings the praises of Geosoft's protocol: "The DAP server has been critical to us. We are highly dependent on rasters, and DAP's speed in serving up these grids and images from very large databases is very impressive."
Geosoft has launched a DAP Lighthouse Customer Program to facilitate its implementation. Information and a demonstration about DAP and this program are posted at www.geodap.com.