ARIS Search Help

The page offers help when searching the ARIS database through the web search feature. Explanations and guidance are provided for each of the search parameters, the results table, the detailed summary report, and associated links.

For further information on mineral assessment reports or the search tool, please contact the Mineral Assessment Geoscientist.

Search Parameters

Please note that a search is conducted on a copy of the database, which is updated monthly. Refer to the "Database Last Posted" date at the bottom of the search page.

Assessment report number

Assessment Report numbers are a sequential set of 5 digit numbers, one for each Assessment Report. Enter the required Assessment Report Number as a number and the search screen will automatically add the leading zeros. Eg. If you enter 158 and hit Enter it will be automatically converted to 00158 for the search. 

Accepted Value(s): 5 digits (00001-99999)

Affidavit date

The Affidavit Date is the date that the Statement of Work is recorded in the Gold Commissioner's office (Mineral Titles Branch).

Accepted Value(s): YYYYMMDD - YYYYMMDD

Claim name

Claim names or tenure numbers listed for each report indicate the claims actually worked on.

Accepted Value(s): 30 characters

Property name

The property name listed refers to the name the operator uses for the property. There is one property name associated with each assessment report. Prior to 1986 property names were not captured in the ARIS database. Partial property name searches can be performed.

Accepted Value(s): 50 characters

Individual name - owner/operator/author

There are name(s) associated with each assessment report. Names include authors, owners and operators. The author is the individual(s) who wrote the assessment report, owner being the individual and/or company that had title to the claims when the work was recorded, and the operator being the individual and/or company who paid for the work performed on the claims.  There can be multiple authors, operators, and owners for an assessment report.

When selecting this search, any combination of authors, owners or operators can be chosen. If you do not indicate a preference you will obtain all three (authors, owners and operators) in your search results. Eg. If you were looking for Jones, John and did not indicate a preference - you would get John Jones as an author, owner, and operator in your results. If you just wanted any reports that he authored you would select the author box alongside the name of Jones, John and would only obtain a listing of assessment reports that he authored. If you were looking for Jones Inc. you would key in Jones Inc. Only individuals are keyed in by surname, then first name, etc.

If exact spelling is unknown, partial name searches can be performed. Eg. Johnston or Johnson - could search on "John".

Name (Surname, First Name/Initials) or company Name : 40 characters

Mining division

The province of BC is divided into 24 Mining Divisions. To view the pull-down list click on the downward arrow at the end of the field to make your selection. An assessment report could reside in up to three mining divisions however you can only perform searches on one mining division at at time.

NTS map number

The province of BC is split up into mapsheets according to the National Topographic System (NTS). Searches are possible on partial NTS blocks, minimum value NNN (1:1 000 000) scale mapsheets. Eg. 104, 083, 092B, 104B01, 092C11, etc.

Accepted Value(s): 7 digit number, syntax =  NNNCNNC  Eg.  082E02W, 104B15E, 092H11W

MINFILE number

A MINFILE Number is assigned to each known mineral occurrence in the province. These MINFILE numbers have been captured in our ARIS database and provide a link to the MINFILE database. From the search results, you can click on the MINFILE number link to go to the MINFILE database and read about the mineral occurrence. 

Accepted Value(s): 9 characters, syntax = NNNCCCNNN or *NNNC>>NNN  Eg. 104JNE003, 092BSE012, *092JW>102, *114P>>123

* > means mandatory blank space(s)


A latitude/longitude coordinate is captured which indicates the centre of the work done. Searches can be done on a range of both latitudes and longitudes in either NAD 27 or TRIM/NAD 83 datums (simply select the NAD and this datum will carry forward until a new search is entered). When entering your values for these fields the tab key will move you forward through the degrees, minutes, seconds. Any blank fields will automatically default to zeros.

Latitude range Accepted Value(s): 6 characters (48-60 degrees, minutes, seconds) Eg. 48 15 00,  49 01 33

Longitude range Accepted Value(s): 7 characters (113-140 degrees, minutes, seconds) Eg. 114 00 30,  116 32 00

Mining camp

The ARIS database tracks assessment reports which fall into mining camps.  To view the pull-down list click on the downward arrow at the end of the field to make your selection.  An assessment report may only reside in one mining camp. 


The ARIS database tracks keywords associated with each assessment report. Keyword data capture commenced in April 1989 and replaces the previous geological summary associated with the older assessment reports. To view the pull-down list click on the downward arrow at the end of the field to make your selection. Alternatively, the keyword list is arranged alphabetically; click in the keyword box and start typing a keyword. The selection box will jump down to that spot in the list.

Accepted Value(s): 30 characters

General work type

An assessment report can encompass any combination of the six general work types listed. An assessment report can be associated with more than one general work type.

Specific work type

The specific work type field provide the details of work done as documented in the assessment report. To view the pull-down list click on the downward arrow at the end of the field to make your selection. An assessment report can be associated with many specific work types.

Results Table

When a search is completed a tabular report of the hits is displayed. The report shows the Search Criteria and the Progressive Hit Count. Only the first 20 hits are displayed; the Next 20 Hits and subsequent multiples can be seen by clicking on the button at the top or bottom of the page. Click Show Full Results to see a listing of all of the results returned for your search. Please note this may take some time given the number or results.

Click New Search in the top menu bar to reset the search parameters, or click Refine Search to search again on new parameters within your original search results. Click Export Results to download a .txt file of all of the report numbers from the search.

Below the results table, additional buttons are available. Click List Report Numbers to display a list of the all of the assessment report numbers returned by the search. Click ARIS/www Detailed Summary Report to view a compilation of the Detailed Summary Reports for all of the assessment reports returned by the search. Note that the ARIS/www Detailed Summary Report feature is only available when search results are less than 250 records. For search results greater than 250 records, please use the Refine Search tool to narrow down the selection to make use of the ARIS/www Detailed Summary Report feature.

Report number

Within the results table click the Report # link to view the Detailed Summary Report for that report.


Click the MINFILE # to go to the summary page for that MINFILE occurrence.


If using Internet Explorer, this link will open MapPlace, centralized on the location clicked. Assessment reports can be viewed spatially by turning on the "ARIS reports by year" layer under the Mineral Inventory collection. This Latitude/Longitude link to MapPlace is not supported in other web browsers at this time.

View PDF report

Click the View PDF Report to immediately view the report in .pdf. If the View PDF Report field is blank, it means the report is not yet available. If there are .zip links in the View PDF Report field, it means that there is digital data associated with this report available for download.

Detailed Summary Report

When a Report # is clicked from the search results table, the Detailed Summary Report provides an overview of details of the report: property name, mining division, mining camp (if applicable), location coordinates, NTS and BCGS map sheet numbers, report title, affidavit date, claim names/numbers, names of the operator(s)/owner(s)/author(s), year the report was written, number of pages in the report, off-confidential date, general work categories, specific work categories and details, keywords (used since ~1989, reports from 1981 to 1989 will have a geological summary), links to associated MINFILE occurrences, and links to associated assessment reports.

To access the report .pdf click the PDF Report link at the top of the record, next to the report number. If there is no link, this means the report is not yet available. There may be more than one link, indicated with a number next to the PDF Report link. This indicates that a large report has been broken down in to multiple volumes for easier download. If there is any digital data associated with this report, a numbered link to a .zip file will be available here for download.