Drill Core, Structure and Digital Technologies

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.

Adapting for Better Performance

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 Needs Your Help

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.

Making a Difference in Geoscience Education

ESWA LogoEarth Science Western Australia is making a difference to the teaching of Earth and Environmental Science in Western Australia.

In 2015:

  • 1957 educators
  • 442 schools
  • 7304 students

engaged with ESWA (this includes requested repeat visits).

Click here to view ESWA’s latest newsletter featuring articles on:

  • Enthusiasm for Earth and Environmental Science!
  • Primary Australian Literacy Mathematics & Science Program
  • Woodside Australian Science Project
  • Reports from the Field – Bunbury Catholic College in Kalgoorlie and Rossmoyne SHS Heads to Fremantle

Roy Woodall named AGC’s Inaugural National Geoscience Champion

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.

AGI’s Glossary of Geology now Available for Android Devices


GlossaryCover5thRevisedFew geoscientists would not have referred to the American Geosciences Institute’s benchmark reference, Glossary of Geology, during their studies and subsequent careers.

The Glossary of Geology is now in its Fifth Edition.  This indispensable reference tool contains nearly 40,000 entries, including 3,600 new terms and nearly 13,000 entries with revised definitions from the previous edition. The revisions represent both advances in scientific thought and changes in usage and they make this 800+ page hardbound a must for any earth science professional or student. In addition to definitions, many entries include background information and aids to syllabication. The Glossary draws its authority from the expertise of the more than 100 geoscientists in many specialties who reviewed definitions and added new terms.

The Glossary has been available as an Amazon Kindle and Apple iOS application for some time and has recently been released for Android phones and tablets.

Special enhancements for both the iOS and Android apps include:

  • Full-text search
  • Hyperlinked See-Also
  • Flag and store terms
  • Share terms and definitions
  • Special access to AGI’s GeoWord of the Day with a simple touch

Find out more from the AGI website or visit the Apple or Google Play app stores.

Western Australia Field Guides

Earth Science Western Australia (ESWA) has commissioned John Bunting to write Geological Field Guides to Western Australia.

Two guides have been published:

  • A Field Guide to Perth and Surrounds
  • A Geological Field Guide to the Capes Region of Southwest WA

A third guide on the Western Australia Goldfields is currently in production.

ESWA PERTH_cover_c1A Field Guide to Perth and Surrounds is an A5, 110 page, spiral bound volume that covers six geologically significant locations in detail and in full colour. Featuring an overview of the geology of Perth, detailed descriptions at each locality and a comprehensive glossary, this guide is designed to make your geological excursions easy and enjoyable.

Free student booklets can be downloaded for each location from the field guides section of this website.  Assistance with school excursions to any of these localities can also be arranged through contacting ESWA.

A Geological Field Guide to the Capes Region of Southwest WA is designed to assist readers in exploring  the geology of the stunning Capes Region of Southwest Western Australia.  With an overview of the remarkable geology of the region, as well as detailed walking tours for seven localities, it is a must for any enthusiast visiting the southwest.

ESWA SW_Field_Guide_Front_CoverIt is a follow-up to the highly popular ‘A Field Guide to Perth and Surrounds’, which is reputed to be ‘the ideal template for future field guides to follow and to be benchmarked agains’ (Greg McNamara, The Australian Geologist, 2012). This guide is set to be a popular reference for teachers, field naturalists and tourists to the region

Copies of ‘A Field Guide to Perth and Surrounds’  and ‘A Geological Field Guide to the Capes Region of Southwest WA’ can be purchased via ESWA’s online shop, powered by PayPal (you can pay via credit/debit card without having a PayPal account).

Don’t forget that ESWA’s textbook, Exploring Earth and Environmental Science, ia available to purchase on line from the ESWA website.  ESWA also produces a range of resources for secondary teachers of Earth and environmental sciences.

For further information about ESWA publications contact Jo Watkins

Value from Exploration Geology

1 CPD HourThe AusIMM Geoscience Society and AIG invite you to attend the Distinguished Lecture Series featuring guest speaker Dr Julian Vearncombe who will be presenting Value from Exploration Geology.

Two things impact value:

  1. the fundamentals of supply and demand, and
  2. sentiment.

Whilst messages given and received are not exactly the same as sentiment they feed off each other. This thought provoking one-hour talk will examine some of the messages geologists send, and those that the exploration industry gives and receives. Discussion topics will include:

  • Brownfields gold cannot be distinguished from greenfields gold.
  • Unrealistically large exploration targets are doomed to fail!
  • As an industry we need to cease the habit of assessing (gold) exploration as value-less.
  • We must increase the intellectual effort in exploration

Julian VearncombeDr Julian Vearncombe is the Principal Consultant at SJS Resource Management. Julian has a record of highly successful exploration for base and precious metals, with an emphasis on quality management decisions, target generation, field structural geology, resource to reserve conversion, mine geology and training. Julian brings expertise in executive and strategic management, public listing experience, capital raising, the identification of key projects, technically-focused mineral exploration and resource evaluation. Julian has world-leading expertise in the process and application of structural geology to mineral exploration. His experience encompasses all continents except Antarctica, most commodity types and geological settings.

Click here for the lecture brochure.  The AIG website events calendar also lists the individual lectures in this series around Australia during March.

UBC-SEG Student Chapter Mongolia Field Trip

UBC SEG Field Trip

The SEG Student Chapter at University of British Columbia have requested AIG publicise their upcoming field trip to Mongolia.

The trip will visit six major mineral deposits in Mongolia and include a presentation on the regional geology of Mongolia in collaboration with the National University of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, as well as a number of cultural activities.

The brochure for the trip is available here.  Contact the UBC SEG Student Chapter for more information – contact details are included in the brochure.

Courses for Competent Persons

There is increasing demand in the mining industry for raising the standard of JORC and NI43-101 reporting for mining projects.  Edumine offers a range of on-line and instructor led courses that help to build and refresh skills in a number of areas.

Upcoming courses are relevant for anyone who has to prepare, understand, or evaluate a JORC or 43-101 report.

Quality Control of Assays by Dr. Alastair Sinclair
Practical Geostatistics by Dr. Isobel Clark
Mineral Resource Estimation by Dr. Alastair Sinclair
Cash Flow Evaluations for Mineral Projects and Operations by Lawrence Devon Smith

To develop your 43-101 skills, and to find out more about these unique events click the titles above or contact Sandra Wunsch at Edumine in Vancouver directly.  AIG members who have elected to enrol in the AIG Edumine campus have free access to on-line and discounted enrolment for instructor-led courses.