AIG Journal Update

Work is progressing well towards the relaunch AIG’s technical publication, AIG Journal, later this year.

About AIG Journal

AIG Journal will provide a vehicle for the rapid publication of both technical and professional geoscientific research, concepts, experience and other information spanning all fields of interest to AIG members.  The journal will be divided into two sections:

  • original papers dealing with any aspect of applied geosciences; and,
  • AIG Notebook: short articles and letters covering the practical application of geoscientific techniques and concepts, and professional issues affecting the geoscience professions with a focus on Australia.

Papers and other contributions will be accepted from both members and non-members of the Institute.  Further information regarding the journal’s editorial policy and submission of papers will be available soon, from the AIG Journal web site.

Being an on-line publication, the Journal will not adhere to a publication schedule.  Papers will be published when they have passed the editorial and review process and been approved for publication by the Journal’s editorial panel.  There are plans to produce a print-form compilation of all papers, letters and other articles published in the Journal on an annual basis.

Meet the Editorial Panel

A four member editorial panel has been assembled to manage the production of the journal.

Tracie Burrows

Tracie Burrows

Tracie has been a member of the AIG since 2001, she is an RPGeo (Mining) and is Geology Manager / Principal Geologist with AMC Consultants Pty Ltd.

Tracie commenced work in the early 1990’s in exploration. By the mid 1990’s she transitioned to mining, working as a mine geologist and specialising in technical computing, which morphed quickly into geological modelling and mineral resource estimation. Tracie has 15 years on site, in base metals, hard rock tin and gold, and has worked from underground mine geologist through to Geology Manager. She has a further eight years in consulting across underground operational reviews, project development, resource estimation and public reporting.

Tracie is an avid reader who will read anything if it stays still long enough. Science fiction and fantasy novels top the list however the odd romance (of the historical time traveling kind) has been seen to be quickly hidden from view. And there is no better place to read than outdoors at ‘Potterage’, her garden, which is dedicated to growing anything with stunning flowers.

Phil Carello

Phil Carello

Phil is geologist with 30 years experience in mineral exploration, mining geology and petroleum exploration.  He has also worked in the financial sector and information technology industry.

Phil’s exploration and mining geology experience spans a range of commodities including nickel, gold, iron ore, copper, and base metals in Western Australia, New South Wales and Queensland, working for junior, mid-tier and major resource industry companies.

Phil graduated from the University of Western Australia and is a member of AIG, GSA, the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, the Australian Drilling Industry Association and AGIA, the Australian Geoscience Information Association.

He currently lives in Brisbane where he works as a self-employed mineral exploration consultant.  Phil brings broad technical and operations experience to his role on AIG’s editorial panel.

Nick Rollings

Nick Rollings

Nick is currently a Senior Fellow/Associate Professor in the School of Geography, Earth Science and Environment at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji.

He is a geoscientist with over 25 years’ experience in mineral exploration, natural resource management, geospatial information systems, teaching and research.

Nick specialises in the application of GIS, remote sensing and associated geospatial technologies to mineral exploration, natural resource management and cultural data management.

Nick’s experience includes working in private industry, local government, consulting and higher education. In the minerals sector, Nick has worked on exploration for gold, base metals, PGE, high purity quartz, micaceous hematite  and uranium.  This  includes the use of remote sensing and GIS for target generation, lithological mapping, geological data management and 3D interpretation. In the environmental sector, Nick has experience in applying geospatial technologies to forestry, grasslands, soils, water quality, benthic environments, coastal zone, cultural information management, landscape futures, rehabilitation, hazard modelling and site selection. Nick has also written several geospatial software applications and is a Python devotee.  Current interests include:

  • The integration of geoscientific datasets using GIS to model intrusion-related gold deposit prospectivity in far north Queensland, Australia.
  • High Purity Quartz prospecting using Aster in the Mt Surprise area of far north Queensland.
  • Alluvial Gold on Viti Levu, Fiji.
  • Spatially Enabled Community Information Systems in a Remote Aboriginal Community.
  • Spatio-temporal analysis of changes in the track characteristics and impact of South Pacific tropical cyclones over four decades using GIS.


AIG Journal Andrew Waltho 250Andrew Waltho

Andrew is a geologist with more than 30 years experience in exploration and mining geology spanning a range of commodities in both Australia and overseas.  He is currently Chief Geoscientist Energy and Minerals with Rio Tinto Exploration’s Project Generation Group, based in Brisbane, where he leads a small, globally focussed team working on new coal, uranium, unconventional gas, heavy mineral sands, potash, lithium, borate and other industrial mineral opportunities.

Andrew is a Fellow of both AIG and AusIMM, a Registered Professional Geoscientist in Exploration and Mining, a past-President of AIG and a current member of the Institute’s Council, and Chairperson of the Institute’s Publication and Complaints committees.  Andrew is also a Fellow of the Geological Society, and a member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME).

His current interests include management of resource and geotechnical risks in exploration and resource evaluation by the incorporation of structural geological observations in geological models of mineral deposits and quantitative analysis of down-hole geophysical logging data.  He is also keenly interested in geoscience education, including continued professional development by professional geoscientists and communication of geoscientific information, principles and ideas.

Expressions of interest to join the journal’s editorial panel from AIG members are welcome.

Watch the AIG web site, AIG News and email newsletters for further updates on progress towards re-establishing AIG Journal this year.

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