Objectives
 
The aim of the Business Development Department is to provide information and services to the public and private sector.  Our goals are to:
• Develop a marketing strategy for the Saudi Geological Survey.
• Build a financial system that ensures ease of commerce with companies.
• Open channels of communication with local and international companies.
 
SGS Commercial Services
 
Provision of geological and geophysical surveys including:
• Field regional and detailed geological surveys and the preparation of digital geologic and topographic maps at various scales.
• Geological analyses using aerial photographs and satellite images at various scales.
• Marine geological surveys of coasts and islands.
• Regional and local geophysical and geochemical surveys.
• Land surveys and production of land survey maps.
 
Mineral Exploration
 
SGS conducts mineral exploration projects for metallic minerals including precious metals (gold and silver), base metals (copper and zinc) and non-metallic minerals (magnesite, kaolin, phosphate, bauxite, silica sand, ornamental stones and gemstones).
 
Hydrogeological Studies
 
SGS conducts field surveys and hydrogeological studies to inventory water reserves in aquifers and to determine the quality and quantity of extractable water and its suitability for use.  These include:
 
• Studies of wadis, rocks and geological formations around mineralized districts to inventory the quantity of water available for mining projects.
• Studies of water wells throughout the Kingdom to inventory the quantity and quality of the water content and the provision of advice about its conservation.
• Conducting geological studies and chemical analyses of rocks and soil to identify appropriate sites for the construction of dams.
• Preparation of hydrogeological and hydrochemical maps at 1:250,000 scale.
• Monitoring groundwater levels and studying the impact of seawater incursion into ground water.
Remote Sensing Studies
 
Provision and processing of satellite imagery and data over areas of
interest.

Economic Feasibility Studies
 
• Exploratory drilling.
• Ore treatment and concentration studies with laboratory and field tests.
• Preliminary economic studies of mineral ores.
• Investigation of ore exploitation methods.
• Studies of infrastructure for mining projects and marketing studies of mineral commodities.

Information Technology
 
• Provision of databases for the Kingdom’s regions and towns.
• Use of state of the art technology for the production of digital maps.
• Use of geographic information systems technology for the development and streamlining of field operations.
• Use of computer software for handling three dimensional geoengineering problems.
• Development of the digital linking process between a geologist’s field observations and scientific results.
Investigation of Geo- and Environmental Hazards
 
• Earthquake studies and monitoring of volcano-seismic activity.
• Studies on ways to minimise flood hazards.
• Scientific solutions to minimize damage to the environment.
• Production of maps that show the sites and extent of geo- and environmental hazards.
• Provision of geoengineering consultations for construction works and urban planning.
• Provision of geological consultation services to individuals.
 
Services to the Community
 
• Formulation of stringent environmental regulations for solid and liquid waste disposal.
• Identification of flexible solutions to sewage water problems in some towns in the Kingdom.
• Contributing to the provision of mining investment opportunities in order to boost the domestic economy.
• Creation of job opportunities as a result of these investments.
• Provision of support and advice to individuals regarding mining projects, as well as any associated environmental and geoengineering problems.
• Production of maps that serve visitors to new tourist sites.
• Field trips.
 
Laboratories and field services
 
• Conducting all types of chemical analyses of rocks, soils and water.
• Conducting mineral separation and concentration tests, and tests for industrial mineral applications.
• Preparation of polished and thin sections and microscopic studies of rocks and minerals.
• Carrying out drilling and provision of field support services.
• Leasing of survey and exploration equipment, fixed wing aircraft and helicopters to other businesses involved in similar work to SGS.
• Field logistics and maintenance operations.

Training and Development
Training is provided in the following fields of specialization:
 
1. Geological hazards.
2. Engineering Geology.
3. Hydrology and hydrogeology.
4. Geological oceanography.
5. Geophysics.
6. Remote sensing and information technology.
7. Specialized courses on diamonds and gemstones.
8. Field trips and desert handling.
9. Use of global positioning system equipment.
10.  Educational school trips.
 
Publications and Printing
 
• Conducting ground photography and cinematography of various areas.
• Production of general and special geological maps. Correction and updating of these maps.
• Production of aerial photos and satellite images of various types.
• Production of the various publications required by the SGS.