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

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 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

This module 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

Date08 -18 January 2017
LocationJames Cook University, Townsville
Course LeadersA/Prof Zhaoshan Chang
Dr Arianne Ford
Dr Carsten Laukamp
Course FeesModule 1Module 2Both Modules
EGRU Member$1600.00$2400.00$4000.00
AIG Member$1800.00$2700.00$4500.00
Non EGRU Member$2000.00$3000.00$5000.00

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.

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 characterization
  • Mapping mine-scale to regional mineral footprints

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

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 LeaderDr Nick Franey
Course Fees
EGRU Member$4000.00
AIG Member$4500.00
Non EGRU Member$5000.00

Fees are $AU and GSt incl.

Course Description

  • 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.

IOCG 3 Day Workshop

Date13 - 16 March 2018
LocationCloncurry,  Queensland, Australia
Course LeadersA/Prof Zhaoshan Chang
Dr Richard Lilly

The 2018 workshop, which follows on form the previous workshops in 2015 and 2016, will be again be presented held in the Cloncurry region, which is host to world-class copper-gold and base metal deposits.

It will have a similar format to the previous workshops and will include:

  • Presentations on deposit to regional scale geology
  • Case histories, including exploration methods
  • Field visits and drill core inspections.
Workshop FeesPer Day
EGRU Member$475.00
Non EGRU Member$575.00

Other Short Courses

The following short courses are presented as part of the Geoscience Honours Program and Industry are invited to attend.

The fees for these short courses will be available shortly.

Analytical Mineralogy

13 – 16 February

A/Prof Carl Spandler

Optical Mineralogy

19 – 21 February

Dr Jan Huizenga

IOCG Workshop - Cloncurry

13 - 16 March

Presentations and field trip

Exploration Geophysics

18 – 26 March

Dr James Daniell

Geology of Australia

09 – 13 April

Prof. Bob Henderson

Contacts - Enquiries - Registration

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

Registration for 2018 courses will open in Late October.