EGRU Professional Development 2018

EGRU Professional Development EGRU Professional Development 2018

Ore Textures and Breccias Recognition Techniques

Date23 - 25 January 2018
LocationJames Cook University, Townsville
Course LeaderDr Gavin Clarke

Detailed Information

This 3 day workshop 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 Fees 
EGRU Member$ 990.00
Non EGRU Member$1290.00
Student$  200.00

Fees are $AU and GST incl.

Core Logging Techniques

Date29 -30 January 2018
LocationJames Cook University
Course LeaderProf. Paul Dirks

Detailed Information

This 2 day workshop aims to teach participants the basic skills and methodology required to review and log geological core. Emphasis will be placed on the recognition, description and acquisition of oriented data (bedding planes, faults, fractures, shear zones), and how this data relates back to field observations. No prior experience in core logging is assumed, the aim being to familiarise participants with the key requirements of core logging, and how logs should be interpreted and integrated with geological models.

Course Fees 
EGRU Member$ 660.00
Non EGRU Member$ 860.00
Student$ 135.00

Fees are $AU and GST incl.

Integrated Spatial Analysis and Remote Sensing of Exploration Targets - Cancelled

LocationJames Cook University, Townsville
Course LeadersA/Prof Zhaoshan Chang
Dr Arianne Ford
Dr Carsten Laukamp
Course FeesModule 1Module 2Both Modules
EGRU Member$1600.00$2375.00$3975.00
AIG Member$1800.00$2675.00$4425.00
Non EGRU Member$2000.00$2875.00$4875.00

Fees are $AU and GST incl.

Course Description -

Module 1 Spectral Remote Sensing for Mineral Exploration

The first part of this module aims for the participants to be able to take measurements using SWIR instruments including specTERRA and PIMA, interpret the spectra, and use the results in exploration. The second part of this module will cover applications of spaceborne multispectral and airborne radiometric images for recognition of indications of mineralised land.

SWIR (short wavelength Infra-Red) spectral techniques and applications

  • Basic principles of the SWIR spectral techniques
  • Taking measurements using a specTERRA or a PIMA instrument
  • Interpret SWIR spectra manually
  • Interpret SWIR spectra with the assistance of a software, TSG (The Spectral Geologist)
  • Major spectral features of common minerals detectable by the technique
  • Extract numerical features from SWIR spectra using TSG
  • Applications of the SWIR spectral techniques in mineral exploration

Spectral remote sensing with spaceborne/airborne images

  • The electromagnetic spectrum and remote sensing targets
  • Hyper- and multispectral remote sensing technologies
  • Radiometric sensors
  • Methods of processing spectral and radiometric images
  • Ground validation of remote sensing  data and comparison with other geoscience data
  • Regolith characterisation
  • Mapping mine-scale to regional mineral footprints

Module 2 Exploration Geochemistry and GIS-based prospectivity analysis

The first part of this module will cover principles of mineral exploration geochemistry as well as applications of statistical analyses to mapping of geochemical anomalies. The second part of this module will cover various methods for analysis and integration of various layers of spatial geo-exploration datasets for predictive mapping of mineral prospectivity.

Geochemistry in Mineral Exploration

  • Conceptual models of geochemical anomalies in the rock and weathering environment: geochemical dispersion
  • Recognition of primary and secondary geochemical dispersion patterns
  • Geochemical sampling and field methods for mineral exploration
  • Element mobility, pathfinder elements, lithologic indicator elements
  • Understanding analytical methods

Univariate analysis of exploration geochemical data

  • Notions of background, threshold and anomaly
  • Traditional methods of threshold selection to define/map anomalies
  • Analysis of uni-element data distributions
  • Analysis of uni-element threshold values and anomalies

Basics of Mineral Prospectivity Modelling

  • Concept of spatial data analysis
  • Mineral systems analysis
  • Concept of mineral prospectivity modelling
  • Tools for mineral prospectivity mapping, including GIS tools

Weights-of-evidence Modelling of Mineral Prospectivity

  • Quantifying spatial association between mineral deposits and geological features
  • Combining layers of spatial evidence in weights of evidence modelling to map prospective areas

Alternative Methods of Modelling Mineral Prospectivity

  • GIS-based conceptual fuzzy logic
  • GIS-based data-driven neural networks
  • GIS-based evidential belief functions

Business and Financial Management for the Minerals Industry

Date05 -16 February 2018
LocationJames Cook University, Townsville
Course LeaderNick Franey (MSc, NJF Consulting)
Course Fees
EGRU Member$4000.00
AIG Member$4500.00
Non EGRU Member$5000.00

Fees are $AU and GST incl.

Course Description -  Detailed Information

  • Goals, strategies and tactics: the global and local commercial and political contexts for developing appropriate strategies and tactics in all facets of the minerals business.
  • Management of people: team management, self management, structuring and managing a creative enterprise for success in exploration.
  • Economic and financial management: discounted cash flow analysis as a tool for valuation, project risk ranking, financial risk management. Options for mining finance and linking these options with strategy.
  • Operations management and planning: organisational management in the resources sector, incorporating budgeting and financial control, technical data management and auditing of technical performance, management of environmental, legal, business ethics and community issues.

Mineral Systems of the Mount Isa Inlier -FIELD TRIP FULL

The Field Trip now full - please email to be wait listed for the field trip.

Date12 - 16 March 2018
LocationCloncurry,  Queensland, Australia
Workshop ConvenorsA/Prof Carl Spandler, Prof. Paul Dirks,
Dr Ioan Sanislav

The 2018 workshop will be held in the Cloncurry region, which is host to world-class copper-gold and base metal deposits. The workshop will showcase the diverse mineral deposits of the region, as well as new approaches to exploration and new advances in ore system science.

The workshop will include:

  • half day workshop on exploration geochemistry presented by Dr Richard Lilly, Mount Isa Mines / Adelaide University
  • 2 days of invited oral presentations
  • 2 day field trip through the southern Selwyn Mineral Field (Merlin/Mount Dore, Mount Elliott) and Osborne mine visit

Detailed Information -updated 19 Feb

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Preliminary Speaker Schedule 
Geological Survey of QLD, DNRMPaul Donchak -  Keynote
Monash UniversitySteve Micklewaite - Keynote
University of QLD, SMI BRCRick Valenta
Geological Survey of QLD, DNRMVladimir Lisitsin
James Cook UniversityIoan Sanislav
CSIROJohn Walshe
Australian National UniversityGordon Lister
Mount Isa Mines / Adelaide UniversityRichard Lilly
Mount Isa Mines, a Glencore CompanyPeter Rea
Altona MiningGeorge Ross
Malaco MiningBruce Godsmark
Hammer MetalsMark Whittle
VIRGA Pty LtdJennifer Gunter
Chinova ResourcesDamian Jungmann
James Cook UniversityAva Stephens
Capricorn CopperDavid A-Izzeddin
Workshop Fees*Fee
Exploration Geochemistry 12 March
afternoon only**
Speaker Sessions 13 -14 March 
EGRU Member$475.00 (per day)
Non EGRU Member$575.00 (per day)
Student$225.00 (per day)

Field Trip 15-16 March

requires session registration

Participant$700.00 (2 days)
Student$450.00 (2 days)

*Fees are $AU and GST incl.

** Participants arriving from Brisbane/Townsville into Mount Isa on 12th March, will be transported to Cloncurry in time to attend the workshop.Transport from Cloncurry to Mount Isa is not available after Wednesday evening as all vehicles are required for the field trip, departing Thursday morning..

Fluid Inclusion Course

Date10-12 July 2018 
LocationJames Cook University,  Townsville, Queensland, Australia
Course LecturerDr Jan Marten Huizenga

This short course will comprise two modules and is suitable for post-graduate students and interested minerals industry people, who require an introduction to fluid inclusion analysis.

Module 1 - 10 & 11 July

This module will focus on the fundamentals of fluid inclusion studies in economic geology. The course will concentrate on sample selection and sample preparation, fluid inclusion petrography, phase diagrams of single and multi-component fluid systems (H2O, CO2, H2O-NaCl, H2O-NaCl-CaCl2, H2O-CO2, H2O-CO2-NaCl, micothermometery, data collection, data presentation and data evaluation.

Module 2 - 12 July

This module is extension work to the first 2 days and will concentrate on the practical aspects of fluid inclusions studies including the use and calibration of heating-freezing stage (Linkam) and laser-Raman miscrospectrometry.

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Course Fees -  one fee for either  2 or 3 days attendance

Contacts - Enquiries - Registration

Register here for all workshops and short courses

For information regarding any of our courses or to register an expression of interest to attend a course, please contact:

Judy Botting
EGRU Administration
Tel:  +61 (0)7 4781 4726