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Economic Geology Research Centre Professional Development Training

Professional Development Training

2022 Courses

Registration for the January to April courses is now open.

Ore Textures: Recognition TechniquesJanuary
Geology EssentialsFebruary
Strategic Planning for Mineral Exploration in a Changing WorldFebruary
Management in Mineral ExplorationMarch
Geophysics  - Course FullApril
Field Training for Exploration and Mine GeologistsSeptember
Exploration Geochemistry - course full - email judith.botting@jcu.edu.auto be placed on the waiting listMay/June

If you would like further information about the short course program, if you're interested in running a short course in-house, or would like to be added to our mailing list to stay informed about upcoming EGRU short courses, please email judith.botting@jcu.edu.au

All fees are $AU and inclusive of GST.

The following courses are presented online or in the field.

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
Presentation
Via ZOOM
Course Dates

22 - 23 February 2022

2 x half day workshops  - 4.25hrs each day

Time - both days

Perth, Australia  - Tue, 22 Feb 2022 at 12:00 noon AWST

Brisbane, Australia - Tue, 22 Feb 2022 at 2:00 pm AEST

Sydney, Australia - Tue, 22 Feb 2022 at 3:00 pm AEDT

Ankara, Turkey - Tue, 22 Feb 2022 at 7:00 am TRT

Vientiane, Laos - Tue, 22 Feb 2022 at 11:00 am ICT

Almaty, Kazakhstan - Tue, 22 Feb 2022 at 10:00 am ALMT

Johannesburg, South Africa  - Tue, 22 Feb 2022 at 6:00 am SAST

London, United Kingdom  - Tue, 22 Feb 2022 at 4:00 am GMT

Course Fee - AUD incl.GST  
EGRU Member $485
Non EGRU Member $665
AIG / GSSA Member $565
Student$245
REGISTER for the COURSE This course is confirmed
Professional Development Hours - 8.5 hrs for the full course
Participation in this event may contribute to meeting Continued Professional Development (CPD) requirements of professional institutes.
Course Description
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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

A series of stand-alone course modules covering some the main geophysical methods used in mineral exploration and the application of these methods in an exploration program.

LecturerJames Daniell, Kim Cook, Kate Hine
Location Via ZOOM        
Course Dates/Times 
Module 105 - 07 April 2022
Times - daily10.30am - 3.00pm  (AEST)
08.30am - 1.00pm  (AWST)
Module 220 - 22 April 2022
Times - daily9.30am - 12.45pm  (AEST)
7.30am - 10.45pm (AWST)
Module 327 - 29 April 2022
Times - daily

11.00am - 2.45pm (AEST)

09.00am - 12.45pm (AWST)

Fees Per Module - AUD incl. GST
Module 1Module 2Module 3
EGRU Member$725$485$485
Non EGRU Member$995$665$665
AIG Member$845$565$565
Student$365$245$245
Register for the CourseConfirmation Date: 14 March 2022
Participation in this event may contribute to meeting Continued Professional Development (CPD) requirements of professional institutes
 

Professional Development Hours - 12 Hrs. for Module 1

 

Professional Development Hours - 8 Hrs. for each  Module 2 & 3

Course Description
Module 1: 05 - 07 April

Introduction to Exploration Geophysics

A 1.5 day course presented over 3 days

James Daniell, Fender Geophysics

Course content

  • Introduction and comparison of geophysical techniques
  • What to expect from geophysical surveys
  • Companies /  Consultants /  Contractors
  • Sources of existing data
  • Survey planning and logistics
  • Landowners and surveys
  • Health and safety  for geophysical surveys
  • Practical exercises

Module 2: 20 - 22 April

Aeromagnetics in Mineral Exploration

A 1 day course presented over 3 days

Kim Cook, Geomagik

Course content

  • Introduction to magnetics
  • Aeromagnetic interpretation procedures
  • Typical magnetic signatures:  lithologies, alteration, deposit examples
  • Magnetic modelling: 2D profile modelling, 3D magnetic inversions
  • Incorporating other data sets (gravity, radiometrics, EM, resistivity, satellite imagery)\
  • Survey planning
  • Interpretation exercises
Module 3: 27, 28 & 29 April

Electromagnetics in Mineral Exploration

A 1 day course presented over 3 days

Kate Hine, Mitre Geophysics

Course Content

  • Introduction to EM – what is it? How does it work?
  • Examples of EM in exploration projects
  • Understanding EM basics: Data acquisition, Processing, Display, Types of EM surveys
  • Advanced concepts useful for ranking EM responses - Time constant, Tau, Coupling
  • Maxwell EM modelling – a simple practical to help get a fell for what 'plate' means
  • A brief overview of Induced Polarisation (IP)
  • IP and exploration interactive case study
  • Interactive case study to cement the above concepts

This course is primarily aimed at geologists who have recently been appointed as an Exploration Manager, or anyone who aspires to become an Exploration Manager within the next few years.  It will also serve as a useful introduction to the business of mineral exploration for any non-technical professionals who track the activities of mineral explorers in the market, or others who work in the industry.

The course is an abridged version of the one-week Management in Mineral Exploration course previously offered by EGRU.  It is offered as three stand-alone modules of two half days each per week, over a three week period, to allow participants to attend with minimal interruption to their work day.

Lecturer Nick Franey, NJF Consulting
Location
Via ZOOM
Course Dates
2 x 4 hr daily sessions per module (includes a break)
Module 1
08 - 09 March 2022
Module 2
15 - 16 March 2022
Module 3
22 - 23 March 2022
Times - daily

Perth, Australia - Tue, 8 Mar 2022 at 12:00 noon AWST

Brisbane, Australia - Tue, 8 Mar 2022 at 2:00 pm AEST

Sydney, Australia  - Tue, 8 Mar 2022 at 3:00 pm AEDT

Ankara, Turkey - Tue, 8 Mar 2022 at 7:00 am TRT

Vientiane, Laos - Tue, 8 Mar 2022 at 11:00 am ICT

Almaty, Kazakhstan - Tue, 8 Mar 2022 at 10:00 am ALMT

Johannesburg, South Africa - Tue, 8 Mar 2022 at 6:00 am SAST

London, United Kingdom - Tue, 8 Mar 2022 at 4:00 am GMT

Fees per Module - $AU  incl. GST
 
EGRU Member$485
Non EGRU Member$665
AIG/GSSA Member$565
Register for the Course This course is confirmed
 

Professional Development Hours - 7 hrs per module

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

Module 1: 08-09 March

Managing for Exploration Success

  • Introduction
  • The business of exploration
  • Principals of management
  • Successful exploration and explorers

Day-to-Day Exploration Management

  • The exploration process
  • Project portfolios and key decisions
  • Exploration methods (geology, geochemistry, geophysics etc.)
  • Drilling
  • Exploration strategy

Module 2: 15-16 March

Data Management and Advanced Projects

  • The geochemical database and QAQC
  • Spatial data and GIS
  • Technical reports
  • Project due diligence
  • Mineral resource estimation
  • Feasibility studies

Managing the Non-Technical Aspects of the Business

  • HR
  • Administration
  • Corporate governance & PR
  • Health and safety
  • Environment
  • Community engagement

Module 3: 22-23 March

Mineral Economics and the Economic Evaluation of Projects

  • Introduction to finance
  • funding mineral exploration
  • economic evaluation with DCF
  • Project valuations

The Financial Analysis of Companies

  • Basic accounting & income statement, balance sheet and cashflow)
  • Financial ratios
  • Example of company analyses
Nick Franey 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
Course Full - email judith.botting@jcu.edu.au if you would like to be to be placed on the waiting list.

This comprehensive 3-module 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.

LecturerDr Dennis Arne, Telemark Geoscience
PresentationVia ZOOM
Module Dates
Module 119 - 20 May 2022
Module 226 - 27 May 2022
Module 302 - 03 June 2022
Module Times

9am  -  1pm  AEST  -  for all modules

2 x 4hr daily sessions  per module (includes a 30min break)

Fee per Module - $AU, incl. GST
EGRU Member $485
Non EGRU Member $665
AIG/GSSA Member $565
Student $245
Register Here Registration is open -  Confirmation date  03 May 2022

Professional Development Hours - 7hrs per module

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

The course involves 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 management.

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.

This course is planned for September 2022  and is being redesigned to combine online learning components with field study.

It will include learning how to map and recognise structures, rocks and alteration in the field  and how  to integrate field data and geophysical datasets into map areas of prospective for mineralisation.

This course is not modularised - participants will be required to attend  the online and field components to obtain accreditation.

Full course details  and registration will be available early to mid 2022.

Expression of Interest

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

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:

LeaderDr Gavin Clarke, James Cook University
Date19 - 21 January 2022
LocationRoom TBC - James Cook University Townsville, Bebegu Yumba campus
DeliveryFace-to-face (not available online)
Times9am - 5.30pm daily
Course Fee 
EGRU Member $990
Non-EGRU Member $1650
AIG Member $1400
Student $330
Register Here 
Course Description
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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

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

Leader TBA
DateDates for 2022 TBA
LocationJames Cook University Townsville, Bebegu Yumba campus
DeliveryFace-to-face (not available online)
Fee 
EGRU Member  
Non EGRU Member  
AIG Member  
Student  
  

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.

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.

LeaderDr Helen McCoy-West
Date31 January -  04 February 2022
LocationRoom TBC -  James Cook University Townsville, Bebegu Yumba campus
DeliveryFace to Face (Not available online)
Course Fee
EGRU Member $1650
Non EGRU Member $2750
AIG Member $2335
Students $550
REGISTER HERE 
Course Description
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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.
Throughout the course, you will be required to complete a series of exercises.

Cancellation Policy

EGRU reserves the right to cancel a course if minimum numbers are not registered by the confirmation date for a course to go ahead or 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 confirmation date for a course to go ahead, the registration fees will be fully refunded.

Fees for cancellations received  on or after the confirmation date,  will not be refunded BUT a registration place can be transferred to another person.

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