SUBMISSION GUIDELINES                                                                                  


Your submission is best described as a “visual” extended abstract in that you’re utilizing graphical impressions as the primary means to articulate the learnings and outcomes of your team’s efforts to innovate around data visualization and integration. As innovation is the primary motivator of the competition, your articulation of innovation needs to in an exploration context with a clear demonstration of the incremental value. Innovation can be associated with either visualisation or data integration or both together with the latter scoring higher.
Although the judging panel is technically competent, you should approach your presentation as if you’re communicating your insights to the generalists (CEOs, Boards, etc.) who are the “real world” decision makers and need the simplicity and specificity of your story. Visual elegance trumps textural detail.

Submission Format

To ensure that your story speaks to “real world” generalists and create a level playing field for judging, all submissions are to be provided as a Microsoft PowerPoint (PPTX) report. The key messages and outcomes of your project must be evident in the PowerPoint presentation and entrants must not rely on the judges evaluating any other materials. Given that visualization and integration are the key themes of the Frank Arnott Award, it is expected that these key messages/outcomes of your story can be explained concisely through illustrations and that supplementary text like references be minimal and contained within the note sections of the slides.
If embedded PowerPoint movie files do not provide adequate presentation of the 3D visualisation, then a special application must be submitted to the panel for an alternative format or viewer. You can make reference to auxiliary material such as high quality images, movie files and free viewers. Entrants can use any vendor software platform for the project and reference it in the submission, but all materials submitted must be independent of a licensed product. Therefore, the message and key outcomes of the project must be evident in the PowerPoint presentation and entrants must not rely on the judges evaluating their other material.
The total number of pages of your report should be within the range of 30 to 50 pages.

Organization of Your Submission

The judges assessing your submission require a simplified articulation of the key components of your project. The following guidelines will help you frame your PPTX report. Your report needs to speak to the background to the project, key information on the preparation of the data, visualisation methods, integration methods, and in-depth discussion on the innovative components of the submission. Please pay particular attention to the score weighting for each of the components of your submission. Refer to the Assessment Criteria.

    1. Title

The title slide needs to state the title of your submission, your full names of the team members, their affiliation, and their role in your project. For the title, please choose as few words as possible to describe your submission. Note the name of the team, affiliation and the names of individual members will be redacted from the submission presented to the judges so as the entries are judged entirely on their technical merit.

    2. Summary

The summary needs to be concise and speak to:
Why you choose the particular dataset/s;
The makeup of your team and how each of them contributed to the final report;
What were the innovative outcomes around data visualization and integration; and
Why do you feel that your team should win.

    3. Visualisation


The innovative use of visualisation, whether it’s new or existing, needs to be a key element of your report.  Clearly and simply articulate how you have utilized a novel approach to visualisation to tell the story behind the data. Innovation examples can include new methods of visualisation in 2D and 3D formats, innovative use of existing methods, or the presentation of new data types in ways not commonly used.

Hardware Simplicity

Describe how your innovation around visualisation supports the broader accessibility and adoption through affordable platforms. The platforms can include desktops, mobile devices, and/or the web.

Software Simplicity

Articulate how your innovation can be utilized across a broader user base and how your innovation can be delivered in manner that supports affordability and ease-of-use.

Degree of Difficulty

The ease of which one can prepare and input data into any software weighs heavily of the ultimate acceptance of any technology. Describe the degree of difficulty in preparing the data for visualisation. Also, speak to how the degree of difficulty in preparing the data for visualisation will impact on the ultimate or broader-based acceptance of your visualisation innovation.

    4. Integration

Data Types

Maximizing the value of the diverse data types to enhance the comprehension of important exploration relationships is the other key element of your submission. Articulate the innovative ways in how the various data types would deliver insights of the geoscientists in relation to the specific exploration objective and the most innovative way to view the concepts without cluttering the view and obscuring the desired linkages.

Ease of Understanding

Describe how the integrated view(s) of the diverse data types convey the key exploration concepts.

Degree of Difficulty

Articulate the degree of difficulty to create the integrated view in terms of manipulating the data and its visual/contextual characteristics.

    5. Impact and Exploration Significance

Improvement on Exploration Project Outcomes

Clearly explain how your innovations around data visualisation and integration would change the exploration outcomes for the selected project dataset. A comparison with conventional approaches could help to illustrate this point. Delineation of specific exploration targets will be considered as a bonus.

Probable Impact on Global Uptake

Speak to what impact the innovative visualisation and data integration methodology have on the global exploration community if it is easily accessible on a commonly used software/hardware platform?

    6. Team Collaboration

Number of Discipline Specialists

The organizers believe an indirect benefit for participants in teams will be in gaining a holistic view of the earth sciences through collaboration with team members with strengths in other fields than their own. As such, collaboration is key to the Frank Arnott Award. Identify the individual participants, their specialization, and their contributions to the project. This would include direct participants and mentors, advisors, etc. Individuals are allowed to register as a team however; they will need to demonstrate a level of external collaboration.

Level of Joint Sittings for Collaboration

Identify how the individuals collaborated to achieve the project outcome. Describe the methods of collaboration, frequency of engagement, and how your collaborative approach supported the outcomes of the project. Also, speak to any key learnings from your collaborative efforts that could apply to exploration effectiveness and efficiencies.

How to submit?

  1. Please ensure you have followed the above guidelines
  2. Please ensure that there are no embedded logos or watermarks in your submission.
  3. Please click HERE to upload your submission no later than April 21st, 2017 at 5:00pm EST. 


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