About EL Template
EL Template is part of a system developed to allow uniform reporting of exploration
data to State and Federal Government agencies, while also providing greatly improved
access to existing exploration data by subsequent explorers.
Digital Reporting can provide significant cost savings to industry in reporting, as well
as savings for government in assessing and storing reports. Industry will also be able to
search for and retrieve existing exploration more rapidly and easily as data will be
stored and accessible online.
EL Template is the result of cooperative efforts between State and Federal Government
agencies, including the NSW Department of Minerals Resources, and the mining
industry. The software was developed under the auspices of the Australian and New
Zealand Minerals and Energy Council, with considerable input from government
EL Template should be used to attach header information when providing surface
location, drilling, lithological logging, surface geochemistry, down hole geochemistry,
and the listing of files in a digital report. (Verification listing)
Hardware and software needed
Users will need hardware with a minimum of 16 Mb RAM, 2 Mb Hard disk space and a
CD-ROM drive. EL Template is designed for use with Windows NT and Windows 98
Software that will be useful when sending and accessing existing exploration data
1. a web browser, such as Microsoft Explorer or Netscape Navigator (versions 3.0 or
later) to load the software from the Internet, and
2. Microsoft Access (version 95 or later), either as an existing program on your
computer or downloaded as required through EL Template.
3. Adobe Acrobat (version 3.0 or later), to convert text reports to .PDF format before
sending in EL Template. Acrobat can be purchased from an Adobe supplier.
4. An image viewer (such as Microsoft Photo Image or Adobe Photoshop) to view
digital maps and images in various formats, including .JPG, .TIF and .PNG. Note
that Wangimg.exe comes with Windows 98. It is the Imaging program in the folder
found by clicking Start > Programs > Accessories.
Installing EL Template
The software for EL Template is on the CD-ROM provided or downloaded via the
Internet from the NSW Department of Mineral Resources website at
Installing the program from the CD
To install EL Template onto your computer from the CD:
1. Place EL Template CD in CD drive, and click on Start menu > Run.
2. Click on Browse, select the CD drive and double click on Package > Setup.exe
3. Click on “Open” and then “OK” (if you wish to continue installation).
4. Click on the icon button to begin installing files.
Data files are now expanded and installed.
The software commences saving to your computer’s hard drive into folder
‘C:\Program Files\EL Template’. NOTE: Do not use the default option to change
the directory from ‘C:\Program Files\EL Template’.
5. Select Program Group: EL Template and Click Continue.
6. Click on “OK” to complete installation.
Installing the program from the Internet
To download and install EL Template onto your computer from the Department of
Mineral Resources website:
1. Using Windows Explorer, ensure a folder called “C:\Program Files\EL Template” is
2. Open your Internet browser and type in www.minerals.nsw.gov.au or click on this
3. Click on the option that allows EL Template to be downloaded. The program file
will be over 10MB and could take some time to download, depending on the speed
of your line connection, your modem and your Internet carrier.
4. Save into the folder “C:\Program Files\EL Template”.
Checking the program
To check that EL Template has installed correctly:
1. Click on Start > Programs and double click on “EL Template” icon.
A “home page” window showing five buttons (for starting or viewing templates or
data) and program information should appear.
2. Click on Exit to leave program.
Transferring the program to floppy disks
A user may have a floppy drive rather than a CD drive in their computer. To install EL
Template from floppy disks, contact NSW Department of Mineral Resources to obtain a
set of eight (8) 1.44 Mb, 3.5” floppy disks.
Deleting EL Template
To delete the EL Template program from your computer:
1. Click on Start > Settings > Control Panel.
2. Double click on “Add remove Programs” icon.
3. Click on “EL Template” icon.
4. Click on “Add/Remove” button.
5. Click on “OK” button.
NOTE: Do not delete the EL Template program by deleting
‘C:\Program Files\EL Template’ folder and all contents using Windows Explorer. This
causes ‘Authentication denied’ errors when attempting to re-install EL Template in the
Getting help and making comments
EL Template is a major step forward in improving the provision of digital data to
mineral resources agencies around Australia. The program allows standard “header”
files to be attached to required digital data sets regarding drilling, geochemistry and
location. The data provider will still need to attach the template data to the digital data
sets provided regularly to Departments.
EL Template version 1.0 will need comments and suggestions from users to improve
the capabilities, comprehensiveness and adaptability of the software, while maintaining
a relatively simple, intuitive layout for all users.
New South Wales
Manager Geoscience Information Services
Department of Mineral Resources
PO Box 536
St Leonards NSW 2065
Phone: (02) 9901 8372
(02) 9901 8753
2. Starting a new project
Each new project to be reported requires a new set of background data to be provided.
In EL Template, this data is supplied in the New Project template. Project data can also
be changed at a later date, through the Change Project template.
Each project has a unique set of data known as meta-data, or “data about data”. This
data is used to tag the new Templates and data files that are sent and stored as part of
EL Template. Therefore, a project template must be attached for each new report
NOTE: Data in Project Defaults is stored and can be reused for future reports. A
project in EL Template is essentially the data for an annual report or its equivalent.
Data required for Project Defaults Template
The Project Defaults Template requires the following data to be entered:
· Tenement Holder
· Project name
· Reporting end date
· Geodetic datum used
· Projection system used for maps
· Coordinate system used for location
Changing Project Default values
The data entered are established by EL Template as default values for the project. These
are added to the master template each time a report is sent.
Project default values can be changed at any stage before the report is sent. The
changes will also be made on tags that use this data elsewhere in EL Template.
Starting a new project
To start a new Project Default Template:
1. Click the “New Defaults” button on EL Template front page.
if you are in the EL Template window, click on File > New defaults.
2. Click on the “Project Defaults” tag at top of window.
3. Click on each field and either type in required data, or click on “down arrow” and
click on a selection in the list.
Note that all dates are to be entered on the templates as DD/MM
4. Click on “Update” button at the bottom of the page to save the project defaults.
5. Click on “Map Sheet” defaults tag at top of window.
6. The “Map Sheet” indicates the aerial extent of the project. Click on map size
(250,000, 100,000 or 25,0000) and enter name or number using the word wheel.
7. Click on “Add” button to add the map file name.
8. Click “Close” box on top right of Project Default Template to complete defaults.
Enter data in Project Defaults before entering data into templates
Editing project defaults
To view or edit data in an Project Defaults Template:
1. Click on “Update Defaults” button on EL Template front page.
if you are in the EL Template window, click on File > Open Defaults.
2. From list provided, select required Project and double click on “project name”. This
opens the Project Defaults Template for that project.
3. Edit data as described in the section Starting a new project, steps 3 – 9 on page 9.
4. Click on “Update” button at the bottom of the page to save the edited project
To update default click on “open default” update button, from the list provided
click on project name and edit as required.
3. Entering a new report
Having completed, checked or updated the Project Default, the user can complete the
template for the new report being submitted.
Templates to be completed
There are seven (7) possible additional templates that can be completed as part of the
report, each with its own data fields. A brief description of each Template is shown in
Table 1: Supplementary templates and their descriptions
For providing all necessary data for either hole collar
locations or surface geochemistry point sample locations.
For submitting down hole deviation survey data.
For downhole lithology descriptions.
For allowing all data to be provided, including
geographical location information and assay data.
An abbreviated format for use where geographical data are
submitted as separate file. While this format is not
preferred, raw assay data can be provided by laboratories
that do not have geographic data available. It is mandatory,
however, to submit a separate location file.
For submitting down-hole assays or surface geochemistry
results, where variable elevation (z component) is included,
such as with vertical channel sampling in a mine pit.
For providing a summary list of all digital files
accompanying the submission for the licence.
The Verification listing (VL1) templates must be completed for each report, as well as
any other templates relevant to the report data files provided.
Note that each data template includes fields that use data from the Project Defaults file.
The default data fields are: Tenement, Tenement holder, Project_name,
Report_period_end, Map sheet numbers, Geodetic_datum, Coordinate_system and
Any changes to these fields must be completed in the Projects Template. See Editing
Project Defaults and Appendix Table 4 for examples of data.
Entering new data on a template
To enter new data in a “Sites” template:
1. Click on the “New Template” button on the EL Template front page.
from the EL Template window, click on File > New Template.
2. Select data template type, as listed in Table 1.
3. Click on “Project Details” tag at top of new window.
4. Click on “Add Defaults to Template” button to add Project Defaults.
5. Select required Project Defaults name and double click. All defaults are added to
new template and coloured grey to indicate a default value.
6. Click on “Save” button to save data and move on to other report sections for this
Adding the project default data to a new template remember click on save after
adding project defaults.
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