Economic Geology Research Centre Professional Development Training

Professional Development Training

2021 Courses

Course Now Open for Registration are:

JanuaryOre Textures & Breccias: Recognition Techniques
Core Logging Techniques
FebruaryGeology Essentials
Magmatic -  Hydrothermal Mineral Systems
Strategic Planning for Mineral Exploration in a Changing World

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All fees are $AU and inclusive of GST.

This course is presented online over two consecutive days and will provide a big picture overview of the settings and characteristics of a wide range of magmatic – hydrothermal mineral systems.

LecturerProf. Franco Pirajno
PresentationVia ZOOM
Dates16 & 17 February 2021
Start Times per Region

Townsville, Australia       11:00 am AEST

Perth, Australia                09:00 am AWST

Sydney, Australia            12:00 noon AEDT

Auckland, New Zealand  02:00 pm NZDT

Jakarta, Indonesia           08:00 am WIB

Beijing, China                   09:00 am CST

Fee - full course
AUD incl GST
EGRU Member$275
Non-EGRU Member$360
AIG / GSSA Member$300
REGISTER for the COURSE HEREA minimum number of registrants has to be confirmed by 29 January 2021 for this course to go ahead. Please register and make your course fee payment at the time of registration to confirm your attendance and secure your place.
Professional Development Hours - 5hrs for the full course
Participation in this event may contribute to meeting Continued Professional Development (CPD) requirements of professional institutes.

Full Course Details - Print

This course offers:

  • an introduction to a wide variety of magmatic-hydrothermal mineral systems for early career geoscientists
  • a refresher for experienced economic geologists
  • a unique opportunity to learn about and discuss some unusual deposit styles and models from around the world.

Day 1

  • An introduction to hydrothermal processes, wall rock alteration, applications of hyperspectral mapping and remote sensing
  • Intrusion related and greisen mineralisation
  • Convergent margins Cu-Au porphyry systems
  • Epithermal precious metal ore systems

Day 2

  • Intraplate Mo porphyry systems and collision-related porphyry and porphyry-skarn systems
  • Carlin-type and Carlin-style systems
  • Skarn deposits and Gejiu-type systems in southwest China
  • An overview of the extended family of iron oxide-copper-gold (IOCG) deposits, including some unusual IOCG-style deposits and Kiruna (iron oxide –apatite IOA) ore systems.

Professor Franco Pirajno has extensive experience in the fields of tectonics, ore deposit geology and mineral exploration in Europe, southern Africa, South East Asia, New Zealand, the southwest Pacific, China, Greenland, southern and eastern Siberia, and Australia.  He is an internationally recognised expert on mineral systems, with more than 50 years of experience in industry, academia and government. He has extensive knowledge in tectonics and ore deposit geology in Europe, southern Africa, South East Asia, New Zealand, southwest Pacific, China, southern Siberia, Greenland and Australia. He is the author of five books, has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers and 20 peer-reviewed geological maps.

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 days10am - 3pm (AEST)
Course Fee
AUD incl.GST
EGRU Member $390
Non EGRU Member $520
AIG / GSSA Member $440

A minimum number of registrants has to be confirmed by 05 February 2021 for this course to go ahead. Please register and make your course fee payment at the time of registration to confirm your attendance and secure your place.

Professional Development Hours - 8hrs for the full course
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

    LecturerDr Dennis Arne, Telmark Geoscience
    PresentationVia ZOOM
    Module DatesTo Be confirmed - each module will be taught over 2 consecutive days
    Module TimesTo be confirmed
    Fee per Module - ($AU, incl. GST)
    EGRU Member TBA
    Non EGRU Member TBA
    AIG/EFG 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 -  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 - 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, will be immediately preceded by an optional one-hour session - Introduction to ioGAS - for those unfamiliar with the software.

    Module 3 - 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.

    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

    The following Courses are 'face to face' teaching on campus - James Cook University Townsville, Qld.

    LeaderDr Gavin Clarke
    Date18 - 20 January 2021
    LocationBuilding 034, James Cook University Townsville
    FeeRegister by 11 January 2021
    EGRU Member$990
    Non-EGRU Member$1650
    AIG Member$1400

    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 & Breccias Information

    *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

    LeaderProf. Paul Dirks
    Date21 - 22 January 2021
    LocationBuilding 034, James Cook University Townsville
    FeeRegister by 11 January 2021
    EGRU Member$660
    Non EGRU Member$1100
    AIG Member$935

    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 Information

    *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.

    LeaderDr Jan Huizenga and Prof. Paul Dirks
    Date03 - 07 February  2020
    LocationBuilding 034, James Cook University Townsville
    FeeRegister by 25 January 2021
    EGRU Member$1650
    Non EGRU Member$2750
    AIG Member$2335

    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

    *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.

    Face to Face & Online Course Cancellations

    EGRU reserves the right to cancel a course if minimum numbers are not registered by the   Final Date for registration and payment of course fees for a course to be confirmed as going ahead:

    • Friday 29 January 2021 -  Magmatic-Hydrothermal Systems
      • 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

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