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Drill Core, Structure and Digital Technologies

Dr Julian Vearncombe will present a one-day short course dealing with the collection and use of important structural data from oriented drill core.

drill core

In the mineral exploration industry, diamond core drilling provides the opportunity to collect structural data relating to a target or deposit. This enables improved and early knowledge and understanding of geological and mineralisation controls of a target, with an outlook to creating all-inclusive informative models from combined surface mapping, geophysics and downhole lithology and geochemical assay data. Quality structural data are invaluable to any project, from greenfield exploration to ore body definition in an advanced project with established reserves. Understanding the structural context of a project enables further exploration, ore envelope and shoot definition, and geological control on parameters for grade interpolation.

This short course summarises the technologies available in exploration and mining and describes techniques of core orientation, marking-up, structure measurement and the visual representation of structural data. We provide a critical comparison of tools and methods available at each stage of the process.

The course is based on the published research paper: Bright, S., Conner, G., Turner, A. and Vearncombe, J.R. 2014. Drill Core, Structure and Digital Technologies. Applied Earth Sciences (Transactions Institute Mining, Minerals and Metallurgy B), 123: 47-68.

The course venue is Building 034, Room 127, James Cook University.


AusIMM Members………………$220.00
AIG Members…………………….$220.00
AusIMM MAP Members** … $55.00
AIG unemployed/under-employed members $55.00
Student Members…………………$55.00
Student Non-Members………….$55.00
Non-Members ……………………$440.00

Click here for the course brochure.  Click here for registration information.

AIG’s Western Australia Branch are planning an interesting, thought provoking and innovative workshop, to be held in Perth 14th March 2016.

What will mining and resources in Australia look like towards 2025?
What are the sector, company and geoscientist – level strategies to success?
How do businesses and individuals anticipate and plan for change?
What are the education and research priorities to sustain a pipeline of adaptable people, innovative governance, and data and technology developments?

The Day…
Join us for a boutique event to hear and debate how geoscientists can proactively manage likely professional transitions in cyclical downturns, while looking ahead to consider how we work, and how innovation in the sector will shape our changing job descriptions.

A forward looking, one day workshop, motivated by the need for new discoveries and better ways of working will consist of three sessions, with time in-between for breakout group discussions. We will reconvene together at the end of the day for a group discussion, before retiring for sundowner drinks.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Lyn Beazley AO FTSE, West Australian of the year, 2015 & Former Chief Scientist of WA

The conference, whilst open to all, is aimed at Students, Graduates, & Junior to mid level geoscien)sts & Project Geologists. Those out of work or underemployed are also encouraged to attend.

Delegate Fees (including GST):
Student AIG $40: Grad AIG $50: Member AIG $60: Unemployed AIG $40: nonAIG Member $70

Click here for the conference brochure.

AIG’s National Graduate Committee is asking members and friends to share their experiences gained when establishing their careers and working as an early career geoscientist.

A short survey has been developed which aims to collect information on:

  • what advice do you wish you were given during your early career?
  • what was the best piece of advice you received?
  • what issues/traits do you believe are evident in recent students and graduates that should be addressed?
  • what do you look for when seeking to employ a graduate geoscientist?
  • what advice can you offer to those wanting to survive the ‘busts’ and thrive in the ‘booms’?
  • what are some of the most useful things you learnt during your time at university studying geoscience?
  • what have you loved most about your career and what job during that journey has been the highlight and why?

Survey contributions will be used to shape the National Graduate Committee’s work and AIG’s mentoring programme.  The survey is available here.

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In 2015:

  • 1957 educators
  • 442 schools
  • 7304 students

engaged with ESWA (this includes requested repeat visits).

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Australian Geoscience Council recognises Roy Woodall with inaugural National Geoscience Champion award 

In recognition of his contribution to geoscience in Australia, Roy Woodall AO FAusIMM has been unanimously elected as the inaugural National Geoscience Champion by the Australian Geoscience Council (AGC).


Roy Woodall’s scientific approach to exploration contributed to many significant ore discoveries in Australia. Discoveries include the Kambalda nickel field (1966), uranium at Yeelirrie (1971), the Olympic Dam copper-gold-uranium deposit (1975), the St Ives gold field (1980), the East Spar oil-condensate field (1993), plus contributions to many others.

Roy set high scientific standards for the recording of scientific data, using the best equipment and analytical facilities available at the time, leaving a significant legacy of scientific methodologies and successes. Roy’s standard of training and mentorship of other geoscientists has advanced the capabilities of Australia’s mining and exploration industries and the development of our nation.

Recognition of Roy Woodall AO FAusIMM as a National Geoscience Champion is made by the AGC on behalf of its eight member organisations, representing over 8,000 geoscientists in Australia.  This prestigious honour will be accorded to living geoscientists for contributions to the science, craft and art of geoscience by way of their technical, leadership, mentoring and collegial endeavours.