Inauguration of the Artificial Intelligence - Geological Data Analytics Center (AIGDAC) by the Saudi Geological Survey


The Saudi Geological Survey (SGS) inaugurated the establishment of the Artificial Intelligence - Geological Data Analytics Center (AIGDAC) today as part of the General Geological Survey Program initiative. The inaugural meeting of the project implementation committee was attended by interested parties, specialists from the public and private sectors, as well as experts from various countries.

The meeting, officiated by Nasser Al-Jahdali, the SGS Vice President for Geological Programs, commenced with field visits to SGS facilities and laboratories, providing participants with a comprehensive understanding of the infrastructure. In-depth workshops were conducted, focusing on the AIGDAC's components and the digital analysis methodology based on AI applications and big data in the field of earth sciences. These applications leverage the accumulated knowledge within the SGS and the outputs of the National Industrial Development and Logistics Program (NIDLP), aimed at developing national industries and logistic services.

Tariq Aba Al-Khail, the official spokesperson for the Saudi Geological Survey, explained that the workshops, spanning four days, emphasized the active participation of local and international entities, including specialized companies in data and mining from leading countries like Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and China. Saudi universities also played a significant role in the discussions.

He further emphasized that the primary objective of the project is to launch an advanced Saudi platform for earth sciences, encompassing comprehensive data analysis, continuous development, and optimized utilization of resources within the field. The project also aims to establish a robust system for big data and knowledge in earth sciences, significantly contributing to the scientific advancement of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Furthermore, the project is set to support national energy strategies, enhance mineral wealth and artificial intelligence capabilities, and elevate the Kingdom's international standing in the fields of AI and earth sciences. It envisions Saudi Arabia as a prominent center for regional earth sciences research and innovations, promoting economic and social development through the provision of high-quality data to various sectors and the creation of new employment opportunities. Additionally, the project aims to expedite and enhance the selection and targeting of raw minerals, facilitating the rapid identification of new high-potential sources for resource development.