Professional Development

EGRU Professional Development

Professional Development

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
  • 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 Exploration Industry

Content

This course was originally presented as a Masters coursework subject.  It is now offered as 1- and 5-day modules for minerals industry professional development.

The basic 5-day module (>5 years experience) covers:

  • Management: principles, strategy, success criteria
  • Exploration Management: the exploration process, methods, drilling, contracts
  • Data Management: geochemical/drilling/spatial/geophysical databases, QAQC, management policy, logistics, tenements
  • HSEC: health & safety, environment, community relations
  • Personal Skills: productivity, decision making, communication

The advanced 5-day module (>10 years experience) includes:

  • Management: key areas of business, HR basics, performance management, communication
  • Business Development: exploration strategy, new opportunities, due diligence, negotiation, corporate deals
  • Economic Evaluation: mineral economics, funding exploration, economic evaluation, financial models, project valuations
  • Financial Analysis: accounting basics, balance sheets, cash flow, financial ratios, budgeting
  • Personal Skills: productivity, decision making

Several 1-day modules are available:

  • Key Skills for Exploration Management
  • Day-to-day Mineral Exploration management
  • Data Management for Mineral Exploration
  • HR Management for Mineral Exploration
  • HSEC in Mineral Exploration
  • Introduction to Economic Evaluation of Mineral Exploration Projects
  • Basic Accounting and the Financial Analysis of Mining and Exploration Companies

A five-day module “Mineral Exploration Management for Engineers” is also available.

Course Leader

Dr Nick Franey

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

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

Content

This 3-4 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

Prof. Paul Dirks
Dr Ioan Sanislav

Workshop Schedule

This workshop was held in 2015, 2016 and 2018, and attracted a capacity number of delegates.
The next workshop is planned for 2020.

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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 - course duration is under to review and may reduce to 7 days including travel time.

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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 2019

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Core Logging Techniques

Content

This 2 day course 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 Leader

Prof. Paul Dirks

Course Schedule

The next course is scheduled for January 2019

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