Economic Geology Research Centre Professional Development Training

Professional Development Training

PD Courses for Geoscientists

2023
Ore Textures: Recognition Techniques
QGIS for Mineral Exploration
Exploration Geochemistry
Strategic Planning for Mineral Exploration in a Changing World
Management in Mineral Exploration
Exploration Geophysics for Geologists
Field Training for Exploration and Mine Geologists

Registration for January to June courses will open in January 2023.

  • Confirmation Date  -  is the date the course will be confirmed as proceeding. The minimum registrations have to be achieved by this date.
  • Course Fees -  payment of the course fees is by credit card and is required on registering for any course.
    • A place on a course is not secured unless the course fee is paid on registering for any course.
    • Multiple Company Registrations and other payment issues - contact judith.botting@jcu.edu.au  to discuss payment options.

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

Online Courses

There are a  limited number of places still available on this course  -  if the course is over subscribed, you will be placed on a waiting list.

Introduction to QGIS, map creation, styling, drill holes, geochemistry, geophysics and satellite imagery.

Lecturer
Grant Boxer (FAIG, MGSA)
Presentation:
Online
Module Dates: 
Module 1
14 February 2023
Module 2
15 February 2023
Module 3
21 February 2023
Module 4
22 February 2023
Session times for all Modules:

Each module is a 4 hour session (plus a 30 min. break).
10:00am to 2:30pm AEST (Townsville)
8:00am – 12:30 pm  AWST  (Perth)
11:00am – 3:30pm AEDT (Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart)
10:30am – 3:00 pm ACDT (Adelaide)
9:30am – 2:00pm ACST (Darwin)
Fee per Module - $AU, incl. GST
EGRU Member $265
Non EGRU Member $365
AIG Member $310
Student $125
Register for the CourseThis course is confirmed
 

Professional Development Hours - 4hrs per module

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

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Module 1: Introduction to QGIS
Prerequisites: basic knowledge of  QGIS only
  • “The QGIS project” and history
  • Migrating from MapInfo/ESRI to QGIS
  • QGIS interface and menus
  • Menu bars, tool bars and panels
  • Selecting features and the attribute panel
  • Basic map making, use of templates and map legends, adding WMS
  • Creating a map and designing a print layout
  • Add map features, grid, scale bar, legend, north arrow
  • Duplicate layout and add geological map
  • Importing and display of field data (points, lines and polygons)
  • Adding field data from csv
  • CSV markers, layer properties
  • Creating forms and displaying photos
Module 2:
Prerequisites: Completion of Module 1 or previous knowledge of QGIS
    • On-Line Sources for GIS data
    • Data.gov.au, Landgate, DMIRS, Geoscience Australia
    • QuickMapServices plug-in
    • Basic editing skills, selecting data
    • Create points, lines and polygons
    • Adding SVG and style files, using the QGIS style manager
    • SVG geological pattern fills
    • Labelling
    • Spatial and non-spatial joins
    • Georeferencing images
Module 3:
Prerequisites: Completion of Module 1 or previous knowledge of QGIS
  • Drill hole display using the Geoscience plugin
  • Geochemical data import, gridding, contouring and display
  • Geophysical data import, basic gridding and display
  • 3D Visualisation using the QGIS2Threejs plugin
Module 4:
Prerequisites: Completion of Module 1 or previous knowledge of QGIS
  • Satellite data, data sources
  • Satellite data, Landsat, ASTER, Sentinel constellation
  • NASA, ESA, Italian SA, German SA
  • Satellite data formats
  • New hyperspectral satellites (EnMap, PRISMA)
  • Download, display and basic processing of ASTER and Sentinel 2 data

Grant Boxer is a geologist with over 40 years’ experience in exploration and mining geology. He works as a consultant geologist based in Perth, Western Australia. From 1978 until 1997 Grant was employed by CRA Exploration, Argyle Diamonds and Rio Tinto Exploration undertaking exploration and evaluation activities for diamonds and other commodities. Since 1998, Grant has been undertaking project generation, primarily for diamonds in Australia and overseas, carrying out GIS data compilations, project reviews, field visits, project management, and drilling and sampling program supervision.

Grant has a keen interest in GIS and remote sensing and has been a user of GIS since the mid-1990’s. He has been running QGIS courses tailored for geoscientists around Australia for many years, usually in association with the Australian Institute of Geoscientists. Grant also has a keen interest in meteorite impact structures.

Grant is a RPGeo and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, member of Geological Society of Australia, the Geological Remote Sensing Group, and the Meteoritical Association.

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.

Lecturers
Tim Craske -Thinker Events & Geowisdom
Nick Franey - NJF Consulting
Presentation
ONLINE
Course Dates
29-30 March 2023

Time - daily sessions

2 x half day workshops  - 4.25hrs each day

TBA
Course Fees - AUD incl. GST
EGRU Member
$530
Non EGRU Member
$730
AIG / GSSA Member
$620
Student
$250
Register for the CourseConfirmation Date: 10 March 2023
EGRU logo. Professional Development Hours - 8.5hrs 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

This course comprises 3 stand-alone modules that cover the main geophysical techniques used in mineral exploration.

Each module is presented over consecutive days.

LecturerJames Daniell, Fender Geophysics
Kim Cook, Geomagik
Kate Hines, Mitre  Geophysics
LocationONLINE
Dates 
Module 123-25 May 2023
Module 206-08 June 2023
Module 313-16 June 2023
TimesTBA
Fees per Module
AUD incl GST
Module 1Module 2Module 3
EGRU Member$795$530$795
Non-EGRU Member$1095$730$1095
AIG Member/GSSA  Member$930$620$930
Student$375$250$375
Register for the CourseConfirmation Date 05 May 2023
CPD hours per Module
Participation in this  course may contribute to meeting Continued Professional  Development (CPD) requirements of professional institutes..
Modules 1 & 3Module  2
Course Details
Module 1:  Introduction to Exploration Geophysics
James Daniell, Fender Geophysics

A 1.5 day course presented over 3 days

  • 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: Aeromagnetics in Mineral Exploration
Kim Cook, Geomagik

A 1 day course presented over 3 days

  • 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: Electromagnetics and Induced Polarisation in Mineral Exploration
Kate Hine, Mitre Geophysics

A 1.5 course presented over 4 days. Daily sessions includes presentations and time for questions, discussion and review.

  • 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
ONLINE
Course Dates
Module 1
05-06  April 2023
Module 2
12-13 April 2023
Module 3
19-20 April 2023

Times - daily

2 x 4 hr daily sessions per module (includes a break)
TBA
Fees per Module - $AU  incl. GST
EGRU Member$530
Non EGRU Member$730
AIG Member$620
Register for the CourseConfirmation Date: 17  March 2023
EGRU logo.  

Professional Development Hours - 7hrs per module

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

Module 1: 

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: 

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: 

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

This comprehensive 3-module course 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
PresentationONLINE
Module Dates 
Module 101-02 March 2023
Module 207-08 March  2023
Module 321-22 March 2023
Session times for all Modules

Each module consists of 2 daily sessions of 4 hours each (including breaks).
9am to 1pm AEST
10am to 2pm AEDT
7am to 11am AWST
Fee per Module - $AU, incl. GST
EGRU Member
$530
Non EGRU Member
$730
AIG Member $620
Student $250
Register for the CourseConfirmation Date: 17 February 2023
EGRU logo.

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 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. 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.

Field Training Courses

The course 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 mineralisation.

This course is not available as individual modules - participants will be required to attend  the online and field components to obtain a certificate of attendance.

*This course is currently not open for registration*  Expressions of interest can be sent to judith.botting@jcu.edu.au

LecturerDr Ioan Sanislav,  James Cook University
Dates 
Online  Module05-07 September 2023
TimesTBA  -  3-4hrs each day
Field Work11-15 September 2023
TimesFull day x 5 days
Travel  Date  - to arrive in Mount Isa by10 September 2023
Fee - AUD incl. GST 
EGRU Member
Non EGRU Member 
Register for the CourseMAX Number of Registrations: 12 - If this course is over subscribed you will automatically be waitlisted.
Fees Include:
  • Transport Monday
  • Accommodation  Sunday night
  • Meals Sunday night
Fees do not Include
  • Airfares
  • Transport from Mt Isa Airport to the accommodation
Participants Must Supply
  • Full field gear - including suitable walking shoes (Steel caps not required), long pants, long sleeve shirt, hat and water bottle
  • Laptop
  • Further information on requirements will be supplied

Course Details

This course is aimed at exploration geologists but it is equally useful for mining geologists. The course covers the basics of geological mapping with some advanced features available for more experienced geologists. The mapping is done in the world-class metallogenic province of Mount Isa and consists of mapping the geology, structure, and alteration around an undeveloped Cu-Au deposit.

The course is divided into 2 modules.

Module 1: 

Three days of online teaching prior to heading to the field and putting things into practice
  • Day 1: Introduction to geological mapping – principles and techniques (4 hours)
  • Day 2: Aerial photographs/satellite imagery mapping and interpretation
  • Day 3: Geophysical mapping and interpretation

Requirements: access to QGIS, basic skills using QGIS

Module  2:

Prerequisite -  completion of module 1

Five days of field mapping in the Mount Isa region. This will involve mapping a complexly deformed, metamorphosed, and altered area that contains developed and undeveloped Cu-Au±REE and U-REE mineralisation.  At the end of this course, you should be able to produce a geological map showing lithology, structure, and alteration which you can use to identify exploration targets and plan drilling.

Face-to-Face Courses

Courses are presented at 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
Date30 January - 01 February 2023
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 2023 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
DateDates for 2023 TBA
LocationRoom TBC -  James Cook University Townsville, Bebegu Yumba campus
DeliveryFace to Face (Not available online)
Course Fee
EGRU Member  
Non EGRU Member  
AIG Member  
Students  
REGISTER HERE 
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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.
  • Cancel or reschedule a course due to unforeseen circumstances
Course fees will be fully refunded if
  • Minimum numbers are not achieved and the course does not proceed
  • EGRU cancels a course
  • If a registrant  chooses not to attend on the rescheduled dates

If a registrant cancels their place on the course before the confirmation date, 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