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Exploration Geochemistry – EGRC Professional Development Course

September 15 @ 8:00 am - September 16 @ 5:00 pm

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 management.

EFG members benefit from reduced registration fees. 

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.

Details

Start:
September 15 @ 8:00 am
End:
September 16 @ 5:00 pm
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Website:
https://www.jcu.edu.au/economic-geology-research-centre/2020-professional-development-courses