Short Courses

Please note all short courses are now fully booked!

1) Advances in exploration targeting for magmatic Ni-Cu-PGE mineral systems

David A. Holwell and Marco Fiorentini

Participants of this course will gain a better insight on the latest advances in nickel sulphide targeting, from terrain to deposit scale. This two-day course will provide a comprehensive overview of the nickel-sulfide mineral system, showcasing the latest advances in the fundamental science that underpins genetic models for a wide range of magmatic systems, with sample material from key world class deposits. The presenters are A/Prof Marco Fiorentini (University of Western Australia) and A/Prof David Holwell (University of Leicester, UK) and Stephen Barnes (CSIRO), who will present case studies on the discovery of large nickel-sulfide systems in Australia and globally, and focus on how the Minerals Systems Approach can be used to as an exploration targeting strategy.

 

Costs:

£200 members                

£220 non members        

 £0 (free) students          

*** Student places on this short course are sponsored by IAGOD and CODMUR. All student attendees will gain membership of IAGOD. ***

Date: 25-26 August (1.5 Days)

2) Resources in Carbonatite and peralkaline rocks: Everything you wanted to know but were too shy to ask

Adrian Finch, Frances Wall

Many critical resources, including Nb, Rare Earths, Hf, are hosted in carbonatite and other alkaline and peralkaline rocks. This one-day course provides a background in the geology and evolution of these unusual rocks, explaining their petrogenesis and how the resources within them are formed. We review the hydrothermal replacement of the original mineralogy and briefly the routes for metallurgy. The course is focussed on the needs of exploration professionals and investors interested in these unusual resources.

Costs:

£300 members            

£350 non members      

£125 students

Date: 25-26 August (1.5 Days)

3) Fertility to Vectors: Porphyry Exploration

Jamie Wilkinson, Dave Cooke, Robin Armstrong, and Matt Loader 

To give attendees an overview of developments in petrological and geochemical methods applicable to the understanding of, and exploration for, porphyry-style deposits at the regional and camp scale. This course will firstly review on the current state of the art in our understanding of porphyry formation from an academic perspective. The discussion will then examine the use of magmatic geochemistry at the magmatic belt scale, using both whole rock geochemistry and mineral chemistry, for assessment of magmatic fertility. Finally, the course will introduce and explain the use of mineral assemblages, textures and mineral chemistry vectors in the hydrothermal systems associated with porphyry-style mineralization.

Costs:

£300 members            

£350 non members      

£125 students

Date: 25-26 August (1.5 Days)

4) Mineralising Processes in Basins

Jonathan Cloutier, Murray Hitzman, Simon Jones, Tony Prave, John Walsh, Koen Torremans and Daniel Gregory  

Sedimentary basins house a wide range of resources. This 2 day workshop will consist of a series of interactive lecture and practicals that will provide an overview that includes basin architectures, structural evolution of basins, sequence stratigraphy, diagenesis, fluid flow, ore deposition and exploration strategies using geochemical and hyperspectral data. The course is aimed at industry, academics and students interested in sedimentary basins and associated mineralising processes.

Costs:

£300 members            

£350 non members      

£125 students

Date: 24-25 August (2 Days)

5) Application and Technological Developments for Ore Characterization within Geometallurgy

Shaun Graham, Sandra Birtel, Jens Gutzmer and Eric Picard

At the core of any well executed geometallurgical study is the ability to acquire quantitative measurements of mineralogy, fabric and grade across the ore deposit. These measurements are combined with metallurgical test work to define a geometallurgical model that can then be used to manage risk and enhance profitability for the deposit.
 

This one day workshop will focus on two main aspects:
1) Quantitative Mineralogy tools – The advent of automated mineralogy systems was a significant breakthrough in scaling characterization efforts through the quantification of mineralogical and structural assemblages. Increase in (?) ore deposit complexity now demands new advances and capabilities.
This part of the workshop will focus on the technological and application development of quantitative mineralogy. An introduction traditional SEM-EDS-(AQM) Automated Quantitative Mineralogy (AQM) technologies and applications will be given along with some of the latest technological developments. This will act as an introduction for some of the latest applications that have been developed.

2) Data Analytics – These tools generate a huge amount of valuable data and one of the greatest challenges we face is how best to handle  them in order to unlock the value adding insights they carry. 
This part of the workshop will focus on work carried out at the The Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology in developing new capabilities for extracting and interpreting data from these instruments into a quantitative comprehensive geometallurgical model.

 

Who should attend?
Geologists / Exploration Geologists / Ore genesis (Academic and Industry) - As with any ore deposit, we mine minerals and not assay or grade. This workshop is a fantastic opportunity for exploration and ore genesis focused geologists to add additional skills and understandings as to what happens to ore deposits as they progress through the mineral value chain.
Geometallurgists - A number of experienced industrial and academics will be delivering this workshop and this therefore represents a fantastic opportunity to meet them and learn and discuss about the cutting edge applications and technologies that are being deployed.
Mineralogists / Analytical Support staff – On show will be a wide range of new technologies and workflows available for geometallurgical based analysis and problem solving, in addition to the latest developments in data analysis for geometallurgical data.
Metallurgists / Mineral Processing Specialists – One of the greatest promises in geometallurgy is a common language and an aligned set of goals for the various teams involved in a mine-to-plant site development. This is a great opportunity for metallurgists to learn about these techniques and how they can be used in geometallurgy and process mineralogy.

Costs:

£70 members                

£75 non member            

£25 students

Date: 26 August (1 Day)

6) Geology, Geochemistry, and Genesis of Lode Gold Deposits

Richard J. Goldfarb, China University of Geosciences Beijing; Stuart F. Simmons, EGI-University of Utah

This two-day-long workshop will focus on the present day understanding on the most widespread mineral deposit types that host much of the global gold resource. Leading experts will provide descriptions of some of the most important examples of each deposit type, with detailed material on tectonic and structural controls, geological characteristics, geochemical and geophysical signatures, geochronological relationships, and exploration strategies. Presented material will include characterization of orogenic gold deposits, low and high sulfidation epithermal gold deposits, gold-rich porphyry deposits, Carlin-type, and intrusion-related gold systems. The most up-to-date evidence for ore-formation processes and development of genetic models for these various deposit types will be described. The course is aimed for geoscientists from both industry and academia, as well as students of economic geology, who desire a comprehensive understanding of modern concepts on the geology of gold deposits. 

Costs:

£300 members              

£350 non members       

£125 students

Date: 31 August - 1 September (1.5 Days)

7) Applied Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy for Exploration and Mining

Dr. Brigette A. Martini, Dr. Ronell Carey and Britt Bluemel

Consistent, accurate mineralogy is the backbone of the geological models we build to explore for, develop, process and remediate ore deposits. Advances in infrared spectroscopy over the past ~10 years (including field-based point systems and core imagers) bring foundational mineralogical knowledge to these models, not previously possible. While these advances in both hardware and the software used to analyse, integrate and visualise these inherently large datasets present challenges to the geological and mining community, they also serve to further signal the birth of the digital mine. This workshop focuses on high resolution spectroscopic methods for obtaining objective mineralogy, geochemistry and texture. We’ll discuss current methodologies (including popular, portable, point-measurement systems) as well as the newest generation of automated, core imaging systems (combining reflectance spectroscopy, visual imagery and 3D laser profiling) as applied to contemporary exploration programs and mining workflows. Numerous deposit types and specific ore systems on several continents will be showcased. Visualisation and modelling of spectrally-derived, semi-quantitative mineral data will be demonstrated in familiar statistical and modelling software, as will the synthesis of these data with other important micro-analytical techniques (e.g XRD, SEM, XRF), and ultimately the scaling of these integrated data from borehole to full three-dimensional models. Participants will gain a renewed appreciation for mineralogy as the fundamental building block of geological context and ore deposit models, and come away with concrete ways to deploy infrared spectroscopy throughout the exploration and mine life-cycle.

Costs:

£40 members                

£50 non members          

£20 students

Date: 31 August  (1 Day)