Professional Development

EGRU Professional Development

Professional Development Training

EGRU regularly presents professional development training courses and workshops. They are scheduled annually or biennially and the courses currently available are listed below. For dates of courses scheduled for 2018, see upcoming courses here.

EGRU also has the capability to present a variety of training courses, tailored to suit specific company training requirements.Tailored courses can be presented on campus or delivered onsite, and EGRU has the resources to fully manage all course logistics. Examples of possible course topics available on request include :

  • Rare Earths
  • Laser Ablation ICPMS techniques
  • Advanced Mineralogy
  • Fluid Inclusions
  • Isotope Geochemistry
  • Zircon U-Pb Data Quality Control
  • GIS and Prospectivity
  • Structural Geology
  • Field Mapping
  • Exploration Geology
  • Skarns, Porphyry, Epithermal
  • Basin Analysis
  • Tectonics
  • Marine Sediments and Geophysics
  • Ore Texture Recognition
  • Core Orientation Techniques

(The above are subject to staff availability)

Business and Financial Management for the Minerals Industry

Content

This  course covers, but is not exclusive to, the following topics:

  • Goals, strategies and tactics
  • Management of people: structuring and managing a creative enterprise for success in exploration
  • Economic and financial management
  • Operations management and planning: organisational management, incorporating budgeting, data management and auditing performance, management of environmental, legal, business ethics and community issues.

Course Leader

Dr Nick Franey

This course was originally developed and presented by Dr Andy White.  Andy presented the course with Nick Franey in February 2016, where he handed over leadership of the course to Dr Franey.

Course Schedule

The next course is scheduled for February 2018.

Further Information

IOCG and other Mineral Systems in the World-Class Cloncurry Region

Content

This 3 day workshop, which is held in Cloncurry in north-west Queensland, includes:

  • presentations on deposit scale to regional scale geology;
  • sessions on exploration methods and discovery histories of various deposits;
  • field visits and drill core inspections.

Workshop  Leaders

A/Prof Zhaoshan Chang
Dr Richard Lilly

Workshop Schedule

This workshop was held in 2015 and 2016 and attracted a capacity number of delegates.

The next workshop located in Cloncurry is planned for March  2018.

Further Information

Advanced Field Training

Content

This intensive 8-day course is designed to provide geoscientists with essential exploration-related field skills in complexly deformed and altered rocks. Real field mapping is a dying art and this course does not encourage wandering around with a GPS making random observations. Genuine ‘form surface’ mapping of contacts, alteration zones and structures will be integrated with paragenesis, geophysical interpretation and the use of alternate knowledge-based and data-based exploration models, including an introduction to the simple and useful application of semi-quantitative prospectivity tools.

The course will include

  • Veins, breccias, shear zones: paragenesis, overprinting, mechanisms, geometry
  • Advanced structural geology and structural controls
  • Developing exploration strategies from field observations

Course Leader

Prof. Paul Dirks
Dr Ioan Sanislav

Course Schedule

The next course is scheduled for  June 2019

Advanced Techniques in Mining and Exploration Geology

Content

This 9 day course, which is divided into modules can include, but is not exclusive to, the following topics:

  • fractal analysis of mineralisation
  • geological complexity as controls on mineralisation
  • structural geology refresher
  • numerical modelling
  • 3D ore modelling

Course Leader

A/Prof Zhaoshan Chang

This course can also include invited experts as lecturers.

Course Schedule

The next course is scheduled for 2019

Ore Textures and Breccias Recognition Techniques

Content

This module is designed to introduce participants to the fundamentals of textural observation and interpretation in mineralised hydrothermal systems. The techniques are simple, highly effective and require no specialised equipment for their implementation. The techniques taught are also extremely practical in that they generate numerous questions concerning the mineralisation being studied and commonly provide vectors toward mineralisation for drill testing.

Course Leader

Dr Gavin Clarke

Course Schedule

The next course is scheduled for  January 2018

Further Information

Integrated Spatial Analysis and Remote Sensing of Exploration Targets

Content

This  course is divided into modules which can include, but is not exclusive to, the following topics:

  • Spectral remote sensing for mineral exploration 
    • spectral remote sensing with spaceborne/airborne images
    • SWIR (short wavelength Infra-Red) spectral techniques and applications
  • Exploration geochemistry and GIS-based prospectivity analysis  
    • geochemistry in mineral exploration
    • univariate analysis of exploration geochemical data

Further Information