Pre-conference short courses

SOLD OUT – Drill core-based appraisal of complex Precambrian mineral systems

Dates: Monday 28 at 11:00-19:00 and Tuesday 29 October at 08:30-16:30
Venue: Hotel Hullu Poro, Levi

Goal of the course: Poor outcrop and mixed drilling results in complex geology cause multiple problems for exploration and mining geologists, particularly in the Fennoscandian Shield context. This course is directed at geologists who are using drill core results to combine with other datasets to make decisions on exploration strategy, drill targeting, resource definition and mining. The intent is to encourage geologists, at every level of experience, to use their full skill sets to make the best possible decisions from drilling results. What is the problem? Too much data, much of it not focused. What is needed? Different thinking and strategies to give geologists the confidence to use drill results to make a major impact on the overall program.

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Who should attend: The course is suitable for geologists of any experience level, working in mineral systems with poor outcrop, complex structure, geophysics and geochemistry, including minerals explorers, mine geologists, researchers and students. It is ideally suited for geologists using drill core and related data as a major component of their exploration, research or mining geology programs. Although we will be using a hydrothermal Au-(Co) system as the key practical component, the course is also suitable for geologists dealing with deformed and overprinted Ni- and PGE-bearing orthomagmatic or sedimentary systems, and similarly, metamorphosed/remobilised VHMS systems.

Course content: There will be several exercises using the same drill cores and data to demonstrate the key principles.

  • Drill core do’s and don’ts. Drill core logging fundamentals haven’t changed in over 50 years. 3D model building and computing in geosciences have changed, radically. Where does that leave us now?
  • Understanding core logging. Tips for geologists of all experience levels dealing with drill logging and drill logs
  • Element mobility – the key to just about everything. Scales, principles, thinking about element mobility with rock examples. Practical exercise on drill core.
  • Extracting Lithogeochemistry within deformed rock packages. Logging of protoliths, alteration and veins. Getting your Excel spreadsheet to sing about rocks vs alteration vs veins and metals.
  • Dealing with deformation: the Fennoscandian Shield poly-deformation challenge, where to start, what to do, how to simplify, how to move forward, how to turn jumbled logs and random structural measurements into actual ingredients in a 3D model
  • Dealing with alteration: the similar Fennoscandian Shield poly-alteration challenge, where to start, what to do, how to simplify, how to move forward, how to turn jumbled logs and random alteration observations into ore-finding vectors
  • Paragenesis and remobilization, metal sources, crucial in almost all Fennoscandian Shield ore systems! Ways to structurally and geochemically modify original rock chemistry. The serious problems that arise if paragenesis is not considered at multiple scales. How do metals get into rocks and what happens afterwards? How do you ‘fix’ this within a logging program?
  • Fusing geochemistry with structural geology/geophysics: this difficult area is a major focus of the teaching and consulting work of Nick Oliver and the project development work of Nick Cook, and you will learn new methods to deal with this set of problems
  • Complexity mapping: what does this mean? How to do it. How it relates to traditional methods. Classification and simplification of structural and mineralogical/alteration/geochemical datasets. Complexity mapping by numbers, and how to convert into maps and 3D.
  • Multiple practical exercises, on the same set of drill core and related data, will be used to focus all of the course content.

Course requirements for participants: The number of people that can register for this course will be limited by the physical requirements of the drill-core focused training. Participants will need to provide their own drill-core observational equipment, as well as lap-tops loaded with Excel. Exercises involving ioGAS are likely and an ioGAS server software download will be available on site if needed.

Short course registration fee per person is

  • till 1 September 2019: 360 €
  • from 2 September 2019: 460 €

Registration fee includes course programme and materials, lunches on Monday and Tuesday and refreshments during breaks.

Nick Oliver, PhD, Adjunct Professor of Economic Geology, James Cook University, Director, HCOVGlobal consultants


PhD, Adjunct Professor of Economic Geology, James Cook University, Director, HCOVGlobal consultants

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Nick Oliver has a broad academic and consulting experience that have had very positive cultural and geological associations with Nordic Countries, particularly Finland, since 1995.

Nick Oliver ran several collaborative research, training, and graduate student programs with the GTK in the 1998-2005 period, when he was Director of the Economic Geology Research Unit at James Cook University, Queensland, Australia. Since then, Nick Oliver has been consulting and training around the world in structure + geochemistry + geophysics projects, including Nordic consultancies (2013-2018) and delivery of two very successful short courses in Helsinki and Luleå in 2017.

Nick Cook, PhD, President, Mawson Resources


PhD, President, Mawson Resources

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Nick Cook is a geologist with 30 years experience since enrolling in geology at the University of Otago. During his geological career he has been involved in lecturing geology and mineral exploration. He has worked in Finland for Mawson Resources since 2013, where the excitement of bonanza grade gold results from a previously little-explored part of Lapland created the impetus for the present project. Nick manages a Finnish team of geoscientists and technical staff at Mawson who have developed the Rajapalot-Rompas project into a major exploration program. A maiden gold-cobalt resource published in 2018 has excellent exploration target upside trending towards a substantial scale for Fennoscandia.

James Cleverley, PhD, Global Product Manager – Geosciences, IMDEX Limited


PhD, Global Product Manager – Geosciences, IMDEX Limited

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James Cleverley is the UK-based Global Product Manager at ASX-listed Imdex Limited, a leading METS company providing technology for real-time sub-surface intelligence in the minerals industry under its REFLEX and AMC brands.  James completed his PhD in hydrothermal geochemistry at the University of Leeds in 2002 before moving to Australia as a postdoc at JCU in the Predictive Mineral Discovery CRC.  Following this he joined CSIRO in Computational Geoscience and X-Ray Characterisation, later involved in the Deep Exploration Technologies CRC.  James joined Imdex in 2014 where he has learnt much about the process of commercialisation of technology and the challenges of introducing new disruptive technology products to market.  Experience in academia, applied research and business, and being exposed to the challenges of the mineral industry in a range of commodities has been an amazing experience but may have led to a few grey hairs.

SOLD OUT – Capital markets for geologists

Dates: Monday 28 at 15:00-18:00 and Tuesday 29 October at 09:00-16:00
Venue: Hotel Hullu Poro, Levi

Course description: This two day course is presented by geologists/engineers who have accumulated decades of experience in mining and mineral exploration and have successfully applied those experiences to the capital markets. It provides a unique perspective of the finance industry and will offer an introduction to the “business side of mining” to anyone interested in the connection between corporate finance, investment banking, mineral exploration and mining. Attendees will be given the opportunity to evaluate a hypothetical project using discounted cash flow modelling and present their findings.

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Who should attend: This course is ideally suited for geologists, engineers or geophysicists that would like to know more about the capital markets and how it pertains to the mining industry. Geoscientists with a goal of working in the capital markets, investment banking, corporate development and those with an entrepreneurial spirit who may eventually want to run a company would find this course very interesting.

Course requirements for participants: Participants are required to bring their own laptop. There is no minimum level of experience required, however attendees should have a working knowledge of Microsoft Excel for the valuation workshop on day 2.

Short course registration fee per person is

  • till 1 September 2019: 400 €
  • from 2 September 2019: 500 €

Registration fee includes course programme and materials, lunch on Tuesday and refreshments during breaks.

Nicole Adshead-Bell, PhD, Director, Cupel Advisory Corp.


PhD, Director, Cupel Advisory Corp.

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Dr Nicole Adshead-Bell is a geologist with over two decades of capital markets and minerals sector experience.  From 2003 Nicole focused on evaluating and advising mining sector companies, including establishing Cupel Advisory Corp. to concentrate on value creation and realization in the mineral industry via direct investing and investment fund/corporate advisory roles.  She was previously Director of Mining Research at Sun Valley Gold LLC (an SEC registered precious metals fund), Managing Director Investment Banking at Haywood Securities, a sell-side analyst at Dundee Securities and a buy-side analyst at Sun Valley Gold.  Earlier in her career she worked as a geologist for exploration, development and mining companies in Australia, Papua New Guinea and Canada.

Nicole has ten years cumulative experience as an independent director for TSX-, NYSE-, AIM- and ASX-listed companies.  Recent directorships include Dalradian Resources, which was acquired by Orion Mine Finance in Q3-2018, and Pretium Resources.  She was an independent director of Beadell Resources, transitioning to CEO and Managing Director in July 2018.  It was announced in September 2018 that Beadell was subject to a friendly acquisition by Great Panther Silver. Nicole’s diverse background in capital markets, the minerals industry and as an executive and independent director of public companies has provided broad insight into the common traits of successful and unsuccessful companies of all sizes.

Neil Adshead, Portfolio Manager, Sprott Inc


PhD, Portfolio Manager, Sprott Inc

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Neil rejoined Sprott in early 2019 as a Portfolio Manager following an 21-month sabbatical working on various consultancy roles for investment funds and junior mining companies. During his first term with Sprott, Neil was employed as an ‘Investment Strategist’, assisting several business units, for five years from 2012. Prior to joining Sprott he was a Vancouver-based senior mining analyst at Passport Capital, a global investment firm with headquarters in San Francisco, for over seven years from 2004. Neil’s spent ten years in exploration, mine geology and corporate roles for Placer Dome subsidiaries in Canada, Australia and Papua New Guinea before moving across to the buy-side.

In 1995 he received a PhD in Economic Geology from James Cook University of North Queensland, Australia. Before relocating to Australia, Neil worked as a mud logger and data engineer on North Sea oil rigs for a Schlumberger subsidiary after receiving a First Class Honours degree in Earth Sciences from Birmingham University. Over the past 25 years, Neil has built an extensive global network in both the mining and investment sectors.

Dale Mah, VP Corporate Development, Endeavour Silver Corp.


VP Corporate Development, Endeavour Silver Corp.

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Dale Mah is a professional geologist with 20 years of experience in the mining industry. He has held senior positions in mineral exploration, investment research and project evaluation throughout his career, with particular emphasis in capital markets, investment banking, equity research, precious and base metals project management and valuation, financial modeling, mine economics, and reserve and resource estimation.

Dale’s early career between 1996 and 2009 focused on the exploration for and discovery of mineral deposits in Canada for Cominco, BHP Billiton and other companies. He moved into more senior technical and management roles from 2006 to 2010 with Tahera Diamond Corp and Olivut Resources, then worked as a mining analyst with Mackie Research Capital and Dundee Capital Markets, before joining a private equity group, Quintana Resources Capital, as VP Geology in 2014. In his current role as VP Corporate Development with Endeavour Silver, Dale’s primary focus is deal origination, technical due diligence, project valuation and negotiating M&A opportunities.

Joe Mazumdar, Economic Geologist / Analyst, Exploration Insights


Economic Geologist / Analyst, Exploration Insights

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Joe Mazumdar is an Economic Geologist/Analyst at Exploration Insights. Prior to that he was a senior mining analyst at Haywood Securities, then Canaccord Genuity. His work experience includes Director of Strategic planning, Corporate Development at Newmont and senior market analyst/trader at Phelps Dodge. Mazumdar also worked in technical roles for IAMGOLD in Ecuador, North Minerals in Argentina/Chile and Peru, RTZ Mining and Exploration in Argentina, Chile, Peru and Ecuador and MIM Exploration and Mining in Queensland, Australia, among others.

Mazumdar has a Bachelor of Science in geology from the University of Alberta, a Master of Science in Geology and Mining from James Cook University and a Master of Science in Mineral Economics from the Colorado School of Mines.

SOLD OUT – Enhancement and structural interpretation of gravity, aeromagnetic and seismic tomographic data at the prospect to lithospheric scale: applications to mineral exploration

Dates: Monday 28 at 15:00-18:00 and Tuesday 29 October at 09:00-16:00
Venue: Hotel Hullu Poro, Levi

Goal of the course: The workshop is primarily intended for mineral exploration and survey geologists, postgraduate students and researchers to learn how geophysical data can be enhanced and integrated into regional structural mapping and exploration projects. No detailed knowledge of geophysics theory is required − the course is descriptive and practical. If you were confused by all the maths in a university geophysical course but simply want to know what types of geophysical treatments are available and how to use them in regional mapping, then this is a course for you. The structural interpretation aspects and geological applications would, however, also benefit geophysicists who wish to learn what geophysical treatments geologists require in different settings. Note that instruction in the use of geophysical processing software is beyond the scope of this course.

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Who should attend: The course is designed especially for geologists and geophysicists in exploration and mining.

 Course description: The workshop will present an overview of aeromagnetic and gravity data treatment and enhancement techniques for mapping and interpreting geological structures at different crustal depths.  As lithospheric structures are important in controlling hydrothermal fluid flow and mafic-ultramafic pluton emplacement, techniques for treating seismic tomographic data to map upper mantle discontinuities will also be addressed, and examples of recent MT data presented. Examples will be shown from Archaean granite-greenstone, Proterozoic high-grade gneiss, and Palaeozoic volcano-sedimentary terrains and present-day and arc systems. Group exercises will provide participants with practical experience in structural interpretation of aeromagnetic and gravity data.

Course content

  • A review of geophysical methods used in regional structural studies and their respective source depths, limitations, and data availability.
  • What is pseudogravity and what are its applications and advantages?
  • Gradient and local phase (tilt and theta angle) filters and their combinations (ternary images, image enhancement applications, etc.).
  • Edge detection techniques and “worming” of gravity and pseudogravity data.
  • Spectral analysis and “depth slicing” to map structures at different depths from aeromagnetic and gravity data. Image combinations used to portray the relationship between near surface and deep structures.
  • Examples of enhanced aeromagnetic data at different depths in Archaean greenstone belts and Proterozoic gneiss terrains.
  • Satellite gravity.
  • Visualization of seismic tomographic data to map upper mantle discontinuities, with examples of lithospheric controls on mafic-ultramafic intrusions hosting Ni-Cr-Cu-PGE deposits and diamondiferous kimberlites.
  • Examples of recent MT data from the Australian AusLAMP project.
  • Deep crustal to SCLM structural controls on mineralization.
  • Interpretation techniques, including lineament analysis and its potential pitfalls.
  • Participants will undertake an interpretation exercise using a variety of geophysical data.

Course requirements for participants: Participants are required to bring their own laptop running either Windows or Mac OS with GIS or equivalent software installed for hands-on exercises, i.e. software that can both display multiple georeferenced image layers and enable on-screen annotation and line drawing (bring a mouse or stylus to make this easier). If you do not already have GIS software such as ArcMap or MapInfo or Oasis Montaj or Intrepid geophysical software installed, or if you use an old version of QGIS, install the most recent version of the free QGIS software BEFORE the workshop. For Mac users, QGIS installation is straightforward but make sure you install software and dependency frameworks in the order given. Links to download workshop notes and data will be provided before the workshop.

Short course registration fee per person is

  • till 1 September 2019: 360 €
  • from 2 September 2019: 460 €

Registration fee includes course programme and materials, lunch on Tuesday and refreshments during breaks.

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Lyal Harris is an Australian-Canadian geoscientist who specializes in the enhancement and interpretation of gravity, aeromagnetic and seismic tomographic data integrated with field studies for regional structural and tectonic syntheses applied to mineral exploration targeting.

He is especially interested in the link between deep crustal and upper mantle structures and mineral deposits. Projects with exploration companies and geological surveys and university research include fieldwork and structural interpretation of geophysical data in Australia, Canada, France, Indonesia, India, and the USA, plus geophysics-only studies in N Québec, the Canadian arctic, New Guinea, western USA, North Africa-Middle East, W Europe, Japan, South America and the Himalayas-Tibetan Plateau. Research on non-plate tectonic models for the Archaean Earth included comparative studies of Venus. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists and the Ordre des géologues du Québec and a fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists, adjunct professor at Laval University and sessional lecturer at UQAC.

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