The Frank Arnott Award 1.0 (FAA) was founded in honour of Frank Arnott (1951-2009) who was an exceptional exploration industry leader.
He championed innovative techniques that maximized the value of the multidisciplinary data that underpins exploration campaigns worldwide. Frank was always looking for new and innovative ways to improve data processing methodologies and integrate multi-disciplinary exploration datasets. Seemingly a decade ahead of the industry in his thinking, many of the concepts he was advancing are only now being realized. Frank was never constrained by convention and was just as happy working on global datasets as he was working at the prospect scale. He was equally engaged with academia and industry and often sought innovation in unfamiliar areas.
Recognizing that effective data integration and visualization of data remains one of the biggest challenges, the FAA was a 'collaborative' challenge, focused on innovation in data integration and visualization. The challenge was open globally to both experienced and apprentice participants. 

The FAA participants selected one of five high quality datasets from that included the Yukon Plateau (Yukon, Canada), the Quesnel Trough (British Columbia, Canada), Broken Hill (NSW, Australia), Kevitsa (Finland) and Gawler Craton (SA, Australia).

The FAA challenge closed for submissions at the end of April 2017. These submissions from across the globe, were evaluated by independent judges, all leaders in various aspects of geoscience, using a pre-determined set of criteria. After thorough evaluation by the judges, the top 3 teams in both the Experienced and Apprentice categories were selected and honoured during the prestigious Exploration 2017 Decennial Mining Exploration Conference (DMEC). Each finalist team gave a presentation of their project findings and were formally presented with their final ranking and award October 24th 2017 in Toronto Canada.