2019 Professional Development Courses

EGRU Professional Development 2019 Professional Development Courses

2019 Professional Development Courses

Professional Geologist Short Course Series

  • Registration for all courses is now open
  • Please register before 09 January 2019 for the February courses and by 31 May 2019 for Advanced Field Training.
  • All fees are $AU and inclusive of GST.

Ore Textures and Breccias: Recognition Techniques

Leader Dr Gavin Clarke
Date 28 - 30 January 2019
Location Building 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

Ore Textures Flyer

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

Core Logging Techniques

Leader Prof. Paul Dirks
Date 31 January - 01 February 2019
Location Building 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.

Core Logging Flyer

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

QAQC for Mineral Exploration and Beyond

Leader Dr Dennis Arne
Date 02 February 2019
Location James Cook University, Townsville
Fee 
EGRU Member$550
Non EGRU Member$770
AIG Member$715

This one-day short course is designed to present a clear and practical approach to designing, implementing and assessing QAQC protocols for exploration and drilling programs. It will involve a series of practical exercises that will allow the participants to develop confidence in plotting and assessing quality control data using real-world data. Emphasis will be placed on using quality control data to reduce ambiguities associated with the interpretation of exploration results and to help minimize errors in resource estimates. Topics covered will include:

  • Meeting the requirements of reporting codes and regulators
  • Implications for exploration and resource estimation
  • Representative sampling and data precision from field to instrument
  • Selection of certified reference materials (CRM)
  • Check Assays and Blanks – when, where and how
  • In-house laboratory quality control data
  • Quality control for additional data sets: e.g. bulk density, collar and down-hole surveys
  • Reference material control plots
  • Estimates of data precision
  • Acceptable carry-over vs cross contamination
  • Quality control failure
  • Tracking issues, actions and outcomes
  • Database structure
  • Data verification
  • Integration of quality control data

Dennis Arne has over 35 years’ experience as a geologist and geochemist, working in a wide range of commodities and environments. In recent years he has consulted to exploration programs for precious and base metals exploration in Australia, North America, South America and the Middle East. This has included the design and implementation of geochemical surveys, the interpretation of geochemical data, the design of QA/QC programs, reviews of geochemical data quality and training of personnel. He has published extensively in the areas of applied geochemistry and economic geology.

Integrating Geochemistry and Mineralogy for Exploration

Delegate numbers are limited

Leader Dr Dennis Arne
Date 03 February 2019
Location James Cook University, Townsville
Fee 
EGRU Member$550
Non EGRU Member$770
AIG Member$715

Geochemical and mineralogical data are now routinely collected on the same sample material, but the interpretation of these data sets is often done separately. Geochemical data may include assays or multi-element data collected from crushed rock or from surficial material. Mineralogical data may include hyperspectral analyses, semi-quantitative XRD or heavy mineral separates. Integration of complementary data sets such as these on a single interpretive platform allows for a better understanding of geochemical and mineralogical processes associated with hydrothermal mineralisation and secondary dispersion.

The short course will be a full day of lectures, discussions, and practical interpretive exercises. Participants will need to bring a laptop computer and download a demonstration copy of ioGAS software. Lectures on geochemical and mineralogical responses from some common hydrothermal deposit types will be integrated with exercises involving data interpretation. Topics covered will include:

  • Introduction to the integration of geochemical and mineralogical data
  • Introduction to exploration data analysis (exercise)
  • Review of hydrothermal alteration systems
  • Defining hydrothermal alteration using geochemical data (exercise)
  • Introduction to mineralogical data in mineral exploration
  • Case studies illustrating data integration
  • Data integration exercises

Dennis Arne has over 35 years’ experience as a geologist and geochemist, working in a wide range of commodities and environments. In recent years he has consulted to exploration programs for precious and base metals exploration in Australia, North America, South America and the Middle East. This has included the design and implementation of geochemical surveys, the interpretation of geochemical data, the design of QA/QC programs, reviews of geochemical data quality and training of personnel. He has published extensively in the areas of applied geochemistry and economic geology.

Management in Mineral Exploration

Five one day modules are offered as individual courses or as a 5 day course.

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

Leader Dr Nick Franey
Date 04 - 08 February 2019
Location James Cook University, Townsville
Fee per Module 
EGRU Member$440
Non EGRU Member$660
AIG Member$605
Modules
04 February The Principles and Key Success Criteria of Exploration Management
05 February Day-to-Day Management for Mineral Exploration
06 February Data Management for Mineral Exploration
07 February The Non-Technical Aspects of Minerals Exploration Management (e.g. HR, Administration Logistics, HSEC)
08 February Financial Aspects of Minerals Exploration and Project Management Evaluation

Nick Franey has taught the Business and Financial Management module of the JCU Masters of Minerals Geoscience since 2016, working with Andy White until Andy retired. In response to feedback from industry, Nick has now developed a series of one-day courses based on the MGM course, to provide a more flexible option for time-poor explorers who are looking to upgrade their management skills.

QGIS for Geologists

Delegate numbers are limited

A second course on 10 February will be presented only if maximum numbers for the 09 February are exceeded.

Leader Mr Grant Boxer
Date 09 February 2019 
(10 February 2019 subject to demand)
Location James Cook University, Townsville
Fee 
EGRU Member$330
Non EGRU Member$495
AIG Member$440

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 is very capable and can do the majority of data import, data display and map production required by today’s geologists. A wide variety of geological symbols and patterns are available for decorating geological maps.

Registrants should have some basic knowledge of Geographic Information Systems.

The workshop includes an introduction to the various features of QGIS and extensive hands-on sessions using QGIS to create maps, and to explain and demonstrate how to import and display various types of data (vector, raster, geological, geochemical, geophysical, and satellite imagery).

Registrants will use their own laptops during the course and, will be requested to download and install the latest version of QGIS, together with a number of free plug-ins, before the workshop. GIS data will be provided for the hands-on workshop together with documentation on using QGIS in mineral exploration.

Grant Boxer, a consultant geologist with over 40 years’ experience in exploration and mining, has presented more than 10 QGIS workshops in Perth.

The JORC Code: An Introduction and a Refresher

Thee JORC Code sets out the requirements for public reporting of exploration and mining information, however its scope is much broader than this. It sets out standards, recommendations and guidelines to assist geologists, mining engineers and other technical staff to establish sound processes for data  collection; quality control and assurance; analysis; interpretation and estimation of Exploration Targets, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves; and reporting of all of these activities. The Checklist of Assessment and Reporting Criteria (Table 1)  is a valuable tool for all technical staff contributing to exploration and mining, from new graduates to experienced veterans.

Leader Mr Mark Berry, Derisk Geomining
Date 11 February 2019
Location James Cook University, Townsville
Fee per Session 
EGRU Member$200
Non EGRU Member$300
AIG Member$250
  
Morning Session Introduction to the JORC Code

This half-day course is designed for anyone new to the JORC Code, including early career geoscientists, and geoscience and engineering students considering a career in the resources industry. Other technical and non-technical professionals who wish to develop an understanding of the Code are also welcome to attend. The course will provide an overview of the Code and illustrate how Table 1 can be used to guide day-to-day work flows and procedures in exploration and mining. It will also introduce the concept of the Competent Person.

Afternoon SessionThe JORC Code Refresher for Existing and Aspiring Competent Persons

Technical staff signing off on public reports presenting Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves are accepting significant personal responsibility for these reports. This course is designed as a refresher for technical staff who are currently taking Competent Person responsibility for public reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves; or those that may be in a position to do so now or in the near future. The course will provide an overview of the key elements of the Code and how it is monitored, focusing on the issues most relevant to Competent Person responsibility. Case studies will be used to illustrate good reporting practices.

Mark Berry is a geologist with over 38 years’ experience, spanning exploration, feasibility and development, mine operations, management, research and development, consulting and professional development.

Assessing and Communicating Geological Uncertainty to Non-Geologists

This workshop is aimed at geologists and other mining industry professionals. No prior knowledge is assumed.

Leader Mr Mark Berry, Derisk Geomining
Date 12 February 2019
Location James Cook University, Townsville
Fee 
EGRU Member$330
Non EGRU Member$550
AIG Member$440

Geologists provide essential technical information during all stages of exploration, feasibility, development and mine operations. Much of this information is used by mining engineers, metallurgists, environmental staff, operations staff and mine management for planning and operations management. But, almost everything geologists deliver to these staff are estimates and interpretations rather than FACTS, so how do geologists identify, document and convey the fundamental uncertainties associated with their estimates and interpretations to non-geologists?

This workshop will review the sources of geological uncertainty that feed into exploration, mineral resource and ore reserve estimates, mine planning, scheduling, optimisation and operations – with implications from pit to port. Workshop modules include:

  • Risks and opportunities linked to the provision of geological information
  • Conventional risk assessment and management systems
  • Contributions to geological uncertainty
  • Approaches for identifying, documenting and communicating geological uncertainty to non-geologists

Case studies emphasising the importance of assessing geological uncertainty linked to mineral resource and ore reserve estimates (including mining, processing, waste disposal and transport) are used to emphasise the importance of effectively managing geological risk. Group interaction and exercises are also used to illustrate and reinforce workshop concepts.

Mark Berry is a geologist with over 38 years’ experience, spanning exploration, feasibility and development, mine operations, management, research and development, consulting and professional development.

Advanced Field Training

Leaders Prof. Paul Dirks and Dr Ioan Sanislav
Date 
(face to face teaching)
29 June - 06 July 
Travel Dates28 June and 07 July
LocationCloncurry Region NW Queensland
Fee 
EGRU Member$3800
Non EGRU Member$5400

This intensive 8-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 a few 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 the minerals industry and university students seeking to improve their field geology and mapping capabilities.

The course will include:

  • Field visits to major structural and terrain boundaries. This includes discussions and assessment of the nature, significance and potential of these major structures for mineralization.
  • Visits to selected ore deposits. Discuss 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

Course Details

Part 1

General introduction to the geology and deposit types from the Eastern Fold Belt of the Mt Isa Inlier. Outcrop descriptions of representative rock types and structures. Visits to the Au-only Tick Hill deposit, Cu-Au Trekelano deposit, Cu-Au Mt Colin deposit, U-REE Mary Kathleen deposit, Cu-Au-REE Elaine Dorothy prospect. The geology, alteration and structures of these deposits forms the basis for developing exploration strategies for two prospective mapping areas.

Part 2

Mary Kathleen Domain – We will map and explore for mineralization around the Elaine Dorothy prospect; an area of awesome exposure and outstanding geology. This is an ideal area for those wishing to appreciate alteration recognition in the field, basic structural geology, skarns and intense metasomatic activity, and correlation of geophysical data sets with geology in order to identify drill targets.

Part 3

Soldiers Cap Domain- IOCG deposits, breccias and crustal fluid flow. The Eastern Succession of the Mount Isa inlier is world renowned for its variety of IOCG deposit types. This part will examine field aspects of exploration for IOCG deposits, emphasising characteristion and mapping of breccias and fluid systems in the field. We will map along a major terrain boundary, the Cloncurry Fault, which contains typical IOCG alteration assemblages and will investigate enigmatic breccia-pipes known to contain anomalous Cu and Au.

Other Courses

The following are possible mid-year courses or workshops that are yet to be confirmed:

  • Spatial Data Analysis
  • Leapfrog

Cancellation Policy

February Courses

EGRU reserves the right to cancel any or all of the courses if minimum numbers are not registered by Wednesday 9th January 2019 or if unforeseen circumstances require the cancellation of any course. Registration fees will be fully refunded should EGRU cancel a course.

If you cancel your place on a course there will be a full refund of the registration fees for cancellations on or before 9th January 2019. Fees will not be refunded after 9th January 2019 but registration can be transferred to an alternative delegate.

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

Advanced Field Training

EGRU reserves the right to cancel the Advanced Field Training course if minimum numbers are not registered by Friday 31 May 2019 or if unforeseen circumstances require the cancellation of the course. Registration fees will be fully refunded should EGRU cancel the course.

If you cancel your place on the course there will be a full refund of the registration fees for cancellations on or before 31 May 2019. Fees will not be refunded after 31 May 2019 but registration can be transferred to an alternative delegate.

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