Economic Geology Research Centre Professional Development Training

Professional Development Training

2021 Courses

In 2021 EGRU will be offering courses and workshops online covering a range of topics.  

As course details are confirmed, information on this page will updated but if you would like to be added to our mailing list, please email  so you can be kept informed on our course offerings.

  • February: Strategic Planning for Mineral Exploration in a Changing World

All fees are $AU and inclusive of GST.


Dr Dennis Arne, Telemark Geosciences



Module Dates

TO BE CONFIRMED - each module will be taught over 2 days
Module 1  
Module 2  
Module 3  

Module Times each day

(short break included)

Fee per Module - ($AU, incl. GST)
Non EGRU Member TBA
Student TBA - Places are limited and available once the minimum numbers are met.
Register your interest by emailing
Professional Development Hours

7 hrs per module

Participation in this event may contribute to meeting Continued Professional Development (CPD) requirements of professional institutes.


This comprehensive 3-module short course (presented as 6 x 3.5 hr teaching days) is designed for geology graduate students and mineral exploration professionals looking for continuing professional development in exploration and applied geochemistry. Module 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 Canada, Australia and Sudan, with detailed data sets from the
central Victorian goldfields used for data integration exercises. The aim of the 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

Module 1 - 15 & 16 September - Data Acquisition, Quality Assessment and Management

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

Module 2 - 22 & 23 September - Exploratory Data Analysis using ioGAS

  • 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.

The first part of this module, on 22 September, will be immediately preceded by an optional one-hour session - Introduction to ioGAS - for those unfamiliar with the software.

Module 3 - 29 & 30 September - Integration of Geochemical, Mineralogical and Geological Data

  • Builds upon the use of ioGAS to integrate geochemical, mineralogical and geological data. Participants should either have completed Module 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 30 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. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, a Fellow and President of the Association of Applied Geochemists, is a Registered Professional Geoscientist (Geochemistry) in Australia and a registered Professional Geoscientist in British Columbia.

Scenario & Strategic Planning in Uncertain Times, Option Development, and Structured Decision Making

An online workshop for Leaders and Managers, and their Teams who will implement the plan

This course is relevant to all those involved with mineral exploration in the current uncertain times, including senior executives (and directors), exploration managers, and any other individuals who are keen to develop an agile, strategic mindset.

LecturersTim Craske -Thinker Events & Geowisdom
Nick Franey - NJF Consulting



Course Dates

23 & 24 February 2021

2 x half day workshops

Time - both days

10am - 3pm (AEST)

Short break included

Course Fee - ($AU, incl. GST)
EGRU Member $390
Non EGRU Member $520
AIG Member $440
Student $110 - Places are limited please register early.
REGISTER HERERegistration and payment is required before 05 February 2021 as a minimum
number of registrations has to be received by 05 February for the workshop to go ahead.
Professional Development Hours

8 hrs

Participation in this event may contribute to meeting Continued Professional Development (CPD) requirements of professional institutes.


Course Outline & Information - Print

Learning Outcomes

Crises create uncertainty - which may lead to confusion and loss of competitiveness – but they can also lead to new opportunities.

This workshop will teach you how to address uncertainty, embrace change, identify opportunities and grow stronger – all in a structured framework which facilitates regular review.

Traditional strategic planning and analyses often fail us because we cannot predict the future well. Scenario planning overcomes that problem.  But to generate plausible future scenarios, we have to be creative and use imagination. From any number of scenarios, we can develop multiple options for action, and the final step in the process is to prioritise the options and decide on a way forward (the strategic plan).

As well as learning how to develop your own strategic plan, this workshop will allow you to experience the actual process.  Participants will engage with each other in two facilitated exploration-relevant exercises: for commodity selection and new country expansion. You will learn how:

  • To turn fragilities into assets
  • The “rules of the game” reduce uncertainties and limit options
  • To understand the weakness of traditional strategic planning tools
  • To use scenario planning to generate options for action
  • To prioritise your options
  • To decide quickly and effectively
  • To avoid bias and bad decisions

An online version of this course is under development and planned for early 2021.

The course is designed to be flexible and give time-poor explorers options to enhance their management skills.

The complete course consists of five one-day stand-alone modules.

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

Lecturer Nick Franey, NJF Consulting
Date TBA
Location Via ZOOM
Fee per Module TBA
EGRU Member  
Non EGRU Member  
AIG Member  

DAY 1 -   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 -   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 -  Data Management for Mineral Exploration and Feasibility Studies

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

    DAY 4 -   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
    • Administration: 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 they matter, Standards & Guidelines, Sticky Issues, Security, Socio-Economic Development

    DAY 5 -  Financial Aspects of Mineral 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 the Business and Financial Management Masters subject, originally developed by Dr Andrew White and presented by both Andrew and Nick at James Cook University.

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

    Leaders Prof. Paul Dirks and Dr Ioan Sanislav
    (face to face teaching)
    Travel Dates  
    Location Mount Isa / Cloncurry Region NW Queensland (eastern Mt Isa Inlier)
    EGRU Member  
    Non EGRU Member  

    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 (Subject to change):

    • 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
    Leader Dr Arianne Ford, Kenex
    Date  postponed to 2021
    Location James Cook University, Townsville
    EGRU Member 
    Non EGRU Member  
    AIG Member  

    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

    Places on a course are not guaranteed if payment has not been processed  before any course commences.
    Online Course Cancellations

    EGRU reserves the right to cancel a course if minimum numbers are not registered by the designated date:

    Final Date for registration and payment of course fees per course:
    • Friday 05 February 2021 - Strategic Planning for Mineral Exploration in a Changing World


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

    If a registrant cancels their place on the course before the final date for the payment of the course fees, there will be a full refund of the registration fees. Cancellations received on or after for the final date for the payment of course fees, will not be refunded BUT a registration place can be transferred to another person.

    Cancellations will only be accepted by email to