EGRU Professional Development 2020 Professional Development Courses

2020 Professional Development Courses


All fees are $AU and inclusive of GST.


Ore Textures and Breccias: Recognition Techniques

Leader Dr Gavin Clarke
Date20 - 22 January 2020
LocationBuilding 034, James Cook University Townsville
Fee 
EGRU Member$990
Non-EGRU Member$1650
AIG Member$1485

This three-day course* covers the fundamentals of textural observation and interpretation in mineralised hydrothermal systems. The techniques used are simple, highly effective and require no specialised equipment for their implementation. The techniques are also extremely practical in that they generate numerous questions concerning the mineralisation being studied and commonly provide vectors toward mineralisation for drill testing. Critical evaluation factors considered during the course include:

  • Infill: Recognition Criteria
  • Alteration: Recognition & Evaluation
  • Channelways: Recognition Criteria
  • Overprinting and Paragenesis: Recognition & Sequencing Criteria
  • Breccia: Recognition Criteria
  • Breccia: Rudimentary Classification system
  • Tectonic Breccia Systems
  • Intrusive Breccia Systems
  • Paragenetic Core Logging

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*This is a Level 4 course (Honours) suitable for early career geologists. Participants will be working alongside JCU geoscience honours students. The course also includes a 2 part assessment

Core Logging Techniques

LeaderProf. Paul Dirks
Date23 - 24 January 2020
LocationBuilding 034, James Cook University Townsville
Fee 
EGRU Member$660
Non EGRU Member$1100
AIG Member$990

This two-day course* introduces the basic skills and methodology required to review and log geological core. Emphasis is placed on the recognition, description and acquisition of oriented data (bedding planes, faults, fractures, shear zones), and how this data relates to field observations. The course aims to familiarise participants with the key requirements of core logging, and how to interpret and integrate drill logs with geological models.

The course will comprise short morning lectures introducing the principles of core logging on day one and, the integration of core logs into structural sections and geological models on day two, with substantive time each day spent undertaking practical group exercises.

Day 1 - Logging at suitable scales to capture the required degree of information for a successful interpretation, and, importantly, present that data and interpretation to their peers.

Day 2 - Construct cross sections from existing core logs, orientation data and geological maps. This will require careful consideration of how to connect critical markers to best reflect the geology of the area. Results will be discussed within the group at the end of the practical sessions.

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*This is a Level 4 course (Honours) suitable for early career geologists. Participants will be working alongside JCU geoscience honours students. The course also includes exercises for assessment.

Geology Essentials - Advanced Core Skills Training

LeaderDr Jan Huizenga and Prof. Paul Dirks
Date03- 07 February  2020
LocationBuilding 034, James Cook University Townsville
Fee 
EGRU Member$1650
Non EGRU Member$2750
AIG Member$2475
Post-Grad Studentsexpression of interest to judith.botting@jcu.edu.au

This course is designed for geologists who wish to advance their core geological skills and maximise the information they gather from fundamental geological data sets. The course will help participants enhance their understanding, interpretation, and modelling of geological systems.

This 5-day practical course will develop skills in:

  • Identifying, classifying and interpreting rocks and minerals within a geological framework.
  • Collecting field measurements of geological structures.
  • Recognising and characterising geological structures from a geological map.
  • Understanding spatial and timing relationships through the construction and interpretation of cross-sections and stratigraphic columns.
  • Visualising 3D structural relationships using stereonets

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*This is a Level 4 course (Honours) suitable for early career geologists. Participants will be working alongside JCU geoscience honours students. The course also includes exercises for assessment.

Leapfrog Geo - Fundamentals

LeaderMr Pieter Creus
Date 10 - 11 February 2020
LocationJames Cook University, Townsville
Fee  
EGRU Member$660
Non EGRU Member$1100
AIG Member$990
Student$550

This course is suited to industry professionals who want to learn Leapfrog Geo, and final year students and graduates who want an introduction to the software and 3D modelling.

Course Outline

Principles of 3D modelling

  • Implicit vs. explicit modelling
  • Raw data vs. internal data storage
  • Data types and preparation

Principles of Leapfrog Geo

  • Rules-based implicit modelling
  • Layout and basic functions
  • Workflows
Importing and exporting data
  • Importing drillhole databases, GIS, point and structural data
  • Validating and correcting errors/ warnings
  • Drillhole database validation and correcting errors
  • Reviewing warnings

Constructing a geological model

  • Fault model construction
  • Choosing the correct surface type
  • Constructing a model from drill data
  • Constructing a model form GIS data
  • Editing a model using mapping data

Presenting your data

  • Saved scenes and movies
  • Cross-sections

Pieter has worked as a consultant using Leapfrog Geo, and specialising in structural geology and 3D modelling. During this time, he built models in varied geological settings from undeformed rocks to poly deformed high grade metamorphic rocks in Archaean Greenstone Belts.

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Leapfrog Geo - Advanced

LeaderMr Pieter Creus
Date 12 -13  February 2020 
LocationJames Cook University, Townsville
Fee  
EGRU Member$660
Non EGRU Member$1100
AIG Member$990
Student$550

This course is suited to experienced users of Leapfrog Geo who want to get more out of their data and model, and to experienced 3D modellers who are considering using Leapfrog Geo.

Course Outline*:

Extracting the most out of your drillhole data

  • Modelling from numeric data

Stereonets

  • Using stereonets to determine trends in structural data
  • Applying stereonet data to modelling surfaces

Advanced modelling

  • Vein modelling
  • Modelling using contact points
  • Using structural trends effectively
  • Form interpolants
  • Advanced surface editing
  • Combined models

Numerical modelling

Useful tricks and tips

*Course outline subject to change and dependent on the level of experience of delegates.

Pieter has worked as a consultant using Leapfrog Geo, and specialising in structural geology and 3D modelling. During this time, he built models in varied geological settings from undeformed rocks to poly deformed high grade metamorphic rocks in Archaean Greenstone Belts.

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QGIS for Geoscientists

Participant numbers are limited

LeaderMr Grant Boxer
Date13 February 2020
LocationJames Cook University, Townsville
Fee 
EGRU Member$475
Non EGRU Member$675
AIG Member$575

QGIS is a free open-source GIS program that runs on the PC, Mac and Linux. Although QGIS is not specifically built for geological applications, the program can do the majority of data import, data display and map production required by today’s geoscientists. A wide variety of geological symbols and patterns are available for decorating geological maps.

The workshop is designed for intermediate and experienced users of Geographic Information Systems who want to to find out what QGIS can do for them.

The workshop will comprise:

  • An introduction to the various features of QGIS
  • Extensive hands-on sessions using QGIS to create maps and to demonstrate the import and display of various types of data (vector, raster, geological, geochemical, geophysical, and satellite imagery).
  • Examples of using free on-line data via web servers, and using plug-ins to select, download and process satellite imagery.

Grant Boxer, a consultant geologist with over 40 years' experience in exploration and mining, has presented numerous QGIS workshops in westerrn and eastern Australia.

More QGIS for Geoscientists

Participant numbers are limited.

LeaderMr Grant Boxer
Date14 February 2020
LocationJames Cook University, Townsville
Fee 
EGRU Member$475
Non EGRU Member$675
AIG Member$575

The More QGIS for Geoscientists workshop is designed to expand on the QGIS for Geologists workshop. It willprovide more detail on using QGIS for earth science applications.

This workshop is aimed at users of QGIS who would like to expand their skills and participants are encouraged to bring along their questions.

The workshop will begin with a brief review of QGIS 3 and will be followed by a series of hands-on exercises covering;

  • Useful plugins
  • Registering raster images
  • Reviewing the process of assigning pattern fills to geological polygons
  • Joining spatial and non-spatial data
  • Using the new Geopackage file format and why
  • Searching for and use of open source WMS data
  • Plotting drill hole traces and visualising drill holes in 3D using QGIS2Threejs
  • Geological legends
  • Review of remote sensing applications in QGIS

Time will be allocated at the end of the day for discussion topics from participants and answering specific user problems.

Grant Boxer, a consultant geologist with over 40 years' experience in exploration and mining, has presented numerous QGIS workshops in westerrn and eastern Australia.

Advanced Field Training

LeadersProf. Paul Dirks and Dr Ioan Sanislav
Date 
(face to face teaching)
08 - 14 June 2020
Travel Dates07 June and 15 June 2020
LocationMount Isa / Cloncurry Region NW Queensland (eastern Mt Isa Inlier)
Fee 
EGRU Member$3850
Non EGRU Member$5400

This intensive 7-day course is designed to provide geoscientists with an introduction to the geology of Mt Isa Inlier, a world-class metallogenic province, and develop essential exploration-related field skills applicable in complexly deformed and altered terrains. Detailed ‘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 be based in the Eastern Mt Isa Block, which contains world class IOCG and Pb-Zn-Ag deposits as well as important U and REE mineralisation.

The course is offered as professional development training to professional geoscientists and university students seeking to improve their field geology and mapping capabilities.

The course will include:

  • Field visits to major structural and terrain boundaries, including discussions and assessment of the nature, significance and potential of these major structures for mineralization.
  • Visits to selected ore deposits, with discussions about deposit geology and potential exploration models for similar deposits.
  • Veins, breccias, shear zones: paragenesis, overprinting, mechanisms, geometry.
  • Advanced structural geology and structural controls
  • Developing exploration strategies from field observations

Advanced Field Training - further information

Geochemical Data:....

Geochemical Data: Acquisition, Analysis Quality, Management, Interpretation and Integration

LeaderDr Dennis Arne, Telemark Geosciences
Date06 - 08 July 2020 
LocationJames Cook University, Townsville
Fee per Day 
EGRU Member$605
Non EGRU Member$825
AIG Member$770

This comprehensive 3-day modular short course is designed for geology graduate students and mineral exploration professionals wanting continuing professional development in exploration and applied geochemistry.

Day 1 of the course would also be suitable for database professionals wishing to know more about the collection of geochemical data and the assessment of its quality, as well as for more seasoned geologists wishing to review recent advances in the collection, analysis, QA/ QC and management of data.

The short courses involve PowerPoint lectures to introduce concepts but will be interspersed with short practical exercises to reinforce some of the strategies and methods.Examples will be drawn from publicly available data sources from Australia and Canada, with detailed data sets from the central Victorian goldfields used for data integration exercises.

The aim of this complete 3-day short course series is to equip the participants to confidently design, implement and interpret diverse data sets from geochemical exploration programs while ensuring “fit for purpose” data quality and data management.

DAY 1 - 06 July - Geochemical Data: Acquisition, Analysis, Quality and Management 

  • Geochemical sampling strategies
  • Sample preparation and analytical methods
  • Quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC)
  • Basic data management
  • An A to Z of designing, implementing and reporting geochemical data in compliance with current public reporting codes.

DAY 2 - 07 July - Exploratory Data Analysis using ioGAS

  • This module will introduce a structured approach to both univariant and multivariant exploratory data analysis of geochemical data in the best interpretive software available - ioGAS.A key focus of the approach will be the attribution of geochemical data with a variety of metadata for process discovery. No prior use of the software is assumed as this course will provide a solid introduction.

DAY 3 - 08 July - Integration of Geochemical, Mineralogical and Geological Data

  • This module builds upon the use of ioGAS to integrate geochemical, mineralogical and geological data. Participants should either have completed Day 2 of the series or have some experience in use of the software. Mineralogical data included in the practical sessions includes XRD, hyperspectral and normative mineralogy. Geological data to be integrated includes information on alteration and lithology from field mapping or core logging.

Dennis Arne has nearly 40 years experience in geology and applied geochemistry globally. He has overseen regional geochemical exploration programs in the Yukon, Nunavut and northern Quebec in Canada, the USA, eastern Australia, Suriname, Sudan and Laos.

He was Managing Director and Principal Consultant - Geochemistry of CSA Global Canada until late 2017, General Manager and Principal Consultant – Geochemistry for Revelation Geoscience (purchased by CSA Global in 2012), Principal Consulting Geochemist with ioGlobal (now Reflex Geochemistry) and formerly Senior Geochemist with Geoscience Victoria (now Geological Survey of Victoria, Australia).

Dennis is currently director and principal consulting geochemist at Telemark Geosciences and an independent contractor with CSA Global. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, a Fellow and Vice President of the Association of Applied Geochemists, is a Registered Professional Geoscientist (Geochemistry) in Australia and a registered Professional Geoscientist in British Columbia.

Spatial Data Analysis

LeaderDr Arianne Ford, Kenex
Date 09 - 11 July 2020
LocationJames Cook University, Townsville
Fee 
EGRU Member$1815
Non EGRU Member$2475
AIG Member$2310

This 3-day workshop on spatial data analysis is designed to provide geoscientists with a brief introduction to geochemical data analysis, interpretation of geophysical data, and mineral potential (prospectivity) mapping with a focus on their use in mineral exploration. The course will cover the relevant theoretical background, however frequent practical exercises will be undertaken throughout. Emphasis will be placed on using mineral system understanding to underpin the data analysis in order to maintain the relevant geological context at all stages.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Geochemical anomaly definition: introduction to traditional statistics and non-parametric statistics (univariate and multivariate)
  • Interpretation of geophysical data: introduction to interpreting structural and geological features from magnetic, gravity, and radiometric data
  • Mineral potential mapping: mineral systems analysis, knowledge driven methods, data driven methods

Workshop participants should have at least a basic working knowledge of GIS to get the most out of this course. Practical exercises will primarily be undertaken using ArcGIS, however a separate standalone application will need to be installed for some data analysis  on Day 1.

The course will be run in a JCU GIS computer lab with the required software, however participants are welcome to bring their own laptops (those wishing to do so should contact the course leader to discuss the required software/licenses in advance).

Arianne Ford is a Senior GIS Analyst with Kenex in New Zealand and previously spent 10 years in academia in Australia working on research projects focused on spatial data modelling for mineral exploration. She has presented a number of training courses to students, industry, and government on mineral potential mapping and spatial data analysis

Spatial Data Analysis - Expanded Course Details

Management in Mineral Exploration

The course is designed to be flexible, to give time-poor explorers options to enhance their management skills.  There are five one day modules, offered as individual courses or all five modules can be taken as a complete course.

Most of the modules are suited to both technical and non-technical professionals involved in exploration management.

LeaderNick Franey, NJF Consulting
Date28 September - 02 October 2020
LocationJames Cook University, Townsville
Fee per Module 
EGRU Member$550
Non EGRU Member$750
AIG Member$700
Modules
DAY 1 - 28 September - The Principles and Key Success Criteria of Exploration Management
  • The Mineral Exploration Business
  • Principles of general management (the management cycle) & a management toolkit
  • Mission, Vision, Exploration Strategy
  • Communication (& Press Releases)
  • Exploration Management Success Criteria (including the McKinsey Study)

DAY 2 - 29 September -  Day-to-Day Management for Mineral Exploration

  • The Exploration Process
  • Exploration Portfolio & Pipeline
  • Key exploration management decisions
  • Exploration methods: Geology, Geochemistry & Geophysics – from a management perspective
  • Engaging consultants
  • Drilling: Planning, the Drill Contract, Rig Supervision, monitoring performance

DAY 3 - 30 September - Data Management for Mineral Exploration and Feasibility Studies

  • The Geochem/Drilling data – the importance of a relational database
  • Geochem QAQC
  • Managing geophysical data
  • Spatial Data: GIS & maps
  • Technical reports – why they are so important, and how to ensure they get done

DAY 4 - 01 October - The Non-Technical Aspects of Minerals Exploration Management (e.g. HR, Administration Logistics, HSEC)

  • HR: organisational structure, job descriptions, succession planning, teamwork, employment contracts, performance management, staff development & training
  • Admin: asset management, field logistics, tenement administration, budgets & expenditure controls
  • Health & Safety: risk management, promoting awareness, MERP, incident investigations
  • Environment: Approvals, Baseline Studies, Minimising impacts, Rehabilitation
  • Community Relations: engagement, why it matters?, standards & guidelines, sticky issues, security, socio-economic development

DAY 5 - 02 October - Financial Aspects of Minerals Exploration and Project Management Evaluation

  • Introduction to Finance, the market, funding exploration
  • Economic Evaluation of Projects: DCF analysis, building an economic model
  • Project Valuations: Income, Cost- & Market-based methods
  • Accounting Basics: the balance sheet, income statement & cash flow
  • The use of financial ratios

Nick is an exploration geologist with a broad range of experience, from grassroots to advanced project (feasibility study) and near-mine operations. He has explored for most types of gold and base metal deposits in a variety of geological terranes, in more than 20 countries, on three continents. This course is based on Business and Financial Management Masters subject, originally developed by Dr Andrew White.

Nick also offers EGRU Exploration Management courses for Engineers and for Non-Technical Professionals (see following example). These course are aimed at professionals involved in the management of exploration companies and exploration programs

Mineral Exploration Management for Engineers

This five day course is suitable for engineers with > 5 years experience.

Contact EGRU for more information

LeaderNick Franey, NJF Consulting

Day 1: Overview (includes the mineral exploration business, management, success criteria)

Day 2: Business Development (includes exploration strategy, negotiation, corporate deals)

Day 3: Exploration Management (includes exploration process, resource estimation, feasibility studies, data management)

Day 4: Non-Technical areas (includes: HR issues; admin and finance; HSEC; MERP)

Day 5: Personal Skills (productivity, decision making, communication, organisation)

Cancellation Policy - all courses

Classroom based courses presented at JCU

EGRU reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any or all of the courses if minimum numbers are not registered by:

  • Wednesday 11 December 2019 - Ore Textures / Core Logging / Geology Essentials / QGIS & More QGIS
  • Wednesday 27 May 2020 - Geochemical Data / Exploratory Data Analysis / Integration of Geochemical Data / Spatial Data Analysis)
  • Wednesday 19 August 2020 -  Management in Mineral Exploration

or if unforeseen circumstances require the cancellation/ rescheduling of any courses. Registration fees will be fully refunded should EGRU cancel or reschedule a course.

If a delegate cancels a place on a course there will be a full refund of the registration fees for cancellations on or before the cancellation dates as follows:

  • Wednesday 11 December 2020 - Ore Textures / Core Logging / Geology Essentials / Leapfrog Geo (Fundamentals and Advanced) / QGIS & More QGIS
  • Wednesday 27 May 2020 - Geochemical Data / Exploratory Data Analysis / Integration of Geochemical Data / Spatial Data Analysis)
  • Wednesday 19 August 2020 -  Management in Mineral Exploration

Fees will not be refunded after the above cancellation dates have passed, but registration can be transferred to an alternative delegate

Advanced Field Training

EGRU reserves the right to cancel or reschedule Advanced Field Training if minimum numbers are not registered by :

  • Wednesday 01 April 2020

If a delegate cancels a place on the field course there will be a full refund of the registration fees for cancellations on or before Wednesday 01 April 2020.

Fees will not be refunded after Wednesday 01 April 2020, but registration can be transferred to an alternative delegate

Applicable to All Cancellation Situations

EGRU is not responsible for cancellation or re-booking fees incurred by registrants that are imposed by airlines, accommodation venues or other entities as a result of the any courses being cancelled or rescheduled.

Cancellations will only be accepted by email to judith.botting@jcu.edu.au