The world’s largest high-resolution airborne geophysical and terrain imaging program, the Gawler Craton Airborne Survey, aims to set the foundations for the next generation of resource industry growth and job creation in the services, supply and manufacturing sectors in South Australia.
The survey is being undertaken by the Department of State Development (DSD) in partnership with Geoscience Australia (GA) and is a key program within the Plan for Accelerating Exploration (PACE) Copper initiative, part of South Australia's Copper Strategy.
About the Survey
The survey will capture approximately 1,800,000 line kilometres of new magnetic, radiometric and digital elevation data over an area of about 324,000 Km2. This new data will surpass the current patchwork of historical surveys and provide a single, uniform dataset that will be fundamental in reinterpreting the geological structure of the Gawler Craton.
The geophysical data is being captured by a fixed-wing aircraft flying approximately 60m above the ground along flight lines spaced 200m apart.
Where the planes are flying
Geoscience Australia have contracted several airborne surveying companies to collect data over survey regions within the Gawler Craton. The map below shows the current progress of the survey.
The Gawler Craton Airborne Survey
What you need to do
The map on this page provides information about the survey regions and contractors, expected flight dates, and the latest flight plans.
If you are located in the survey area and feel your animals may be affected please contact the survey contractor for your survey region.