The mode of scientific exchange of information with latest data processing and presentation scheme is significantly enhanced with development of state-of-the-art IT facilities in Atomic Minerals Data Centre (AMDC) AMDC has been entrusted with management of IT infrastructure, website, emails, and design, development and implementation of Enterprise Level Atomic Minerals Exploration Database Management System. The centre has also developed facility for Geomodeling using latest tools. The major activities of the group are as follows:
Database development is the major activity of the centre. AMD generates a wide variety of data sets as part of its atomic minerals exploration work. A beginning was made with a modest development of a database for borehole logging data (LOGIC-D) and for U-occurrences (INDUGEO). Subsequently, during early nineties, geoscience database on atomic mineral exploration was designed and developed in Paradox database management system to work in standalone mode and was deployed at all Regional centres for data population.
With an aim for overall integration and utility, and to effectively utilise location specific exploration data, a geospatial database management system was developed in client-server mode using open source tools like PostgreSQL object relational database management system, and deployed on AMD Local Area Network connecting headquarter with regions. Data received in templates from various Regional data centres and extracted from old reports is being added to the central server. The spatial data can be visualised from all Regional centres.
In order to develop an integrated centralized database facility for utilising legacy data stored largely in paper format, digital data without georeferencing, varied formats and reference datum, an Enterprise-level Geospatial Database Management System (EGDMS) is under development. This would seamlessly integrate all the data at one place in a defined coordinate system and be useful for visualization, spatial analysis and geomodeling.
A web based human resource database has been developed for online update and viewing of the biodata of AMD employees including personal information, recruitment, service, qualification, promotion and transfer details. This application is deployed on AMD LAN, and can be accessed by employees with proper authentication.
Numerous utility databases have also been developed for various in-house applications.
The 3-D visual aspect of geological features and ore bodies contribute significantly in the understanding of spatial controls and distribution of mineralisation in a geological system. The 3-D distribution of block grades in a deposit estimated and simulated by kriging algorithm can form a definitive decision making tool while exploring, evaluating and exploiting the ore bodies and to recover metals of interest. To achieve such perfection, latest and the best software for data modelling and geospatial analysis are being utilised in the data centre, which also acts as a centralised facility. Some of the software packages used include Studio 3 (Datamine), Isatis geostatistical modelling software, Geographical Information System, Rockware, and Target. Uranium deposits at Rohil, Rajasthan; Lambapur and Chitrial, Telangana; Bodal, Chattisgarh; and Domiasiat, Meghalaya; and beach sand deposit at Chavara, Kerala are being studied.
AMDC is instrumental in establishing IT infrastructure at Headquarters and it’s connectivity with Regions. Two Local Area Networks (LANs) are established, one secure data network and another with internet facility. AMD WAN connects Headquarters and it’s laboratories with the Regional centres for updating and sharing of information in a secured environment using virtual private network (VPN). A messenger service is deployed to facilitate communication and file transfer among the employees. Various sections utilise AMD LAN for providing services like pay roll information, administrative matters, procurement related matters and library information system.
A multipoint high definition video conferencing system connects Headquarters and six Regional centres and is being used for real time interactions among scientific fraternity on a regular basis. Besides, it is used for training of scientific and technical staff, conducting departmental promotional interviews and discussion on administrative matters with the regional centres. Data encryption technique is being used for secure communication during video-conference.
AMD Headquarters is also connected with other DAE units through National Knowledge Network (NKN) grid.
AMDC is actively collaborating in the VSAT based ‘ANUNET’ project of DAE. To provide seamless voice connectivity, EPABX exchange of AMD has been configured with ANUNET. A video conferencing system has been setup to communicate between various DAE units using VSAT based connectivity. AMD library server is also connected and users can browse library information.
AMDC designs, develops, promote and update AMD's website on a regular basis. The website is CMS based for conforming to the Guidelines for Indian Government Websites (GIGW). For updating information, AMD utilises National Informatics Centre’s VPN.
AMDC in coordination with National Informatics Centre manages official email accounts of AMD employees.