AIG Western Australia Branch Mentoring Program

AIG Western Australia Branch Mentoring Program Launch!

AIG Western Australia Branch is proud to announce that applications are now open for the inaugural 2015 student and graduate mentoring program.  We are currently looking for 15 mentors and mentees who are keen to enrol.

The AIG Mentoring Program is an initiative of the newly formed National Graduate Committee to provide undergraduate students, MSc/PhD Candidates and early-career geoscientists with practical advice and feedback from senior industry professionals.

The inaugural WA scheme will run through the 2015 August to December university semester, allowing time for the development of strong relationships between mentees and mentors.  Mentor-mentee contact will be through formal meetings and social events.

You must be an AIG member to participate in the program.

If you are interested, and would like to give back to the industry as a mentor, or want the opportunity to learn as a mentee, please complete an application form and return it to, with the subject ‘WA MENTORING – MENTOR’ or ‘WA MENTORING – MENTEE’.

Further information regarding the program is available here.  Further details and expression of interest  forms for both mentees and mentors are available here.

Top GeoShot 2015


Geoscience Australia’s 2015 Top GeoShot photographic competition is now open.

The theme for this year’s competition is “Rock Stars” with a closing date of 1 September 2015.

To participate, simply take a photograph that represents rock features in the Australian landscape.

There are three categories for this year’s competition:
Open 18 years +
Intermediate 13-17 years old
Junior 12 years and under.

Visit the Geoscience Australia web site for more information.

Data Metallogenica

AMIRA International is building Data Metallogenica ( as a web-based not-for-profit global encyclopaedia of ore deposits for the mining industry and associated institutions.  While it is still growing at a rapid rate, Data Metallogenic already contains quality technical information on over 5,000 mineral deposits of all kinds from around the world. It has been supported by over 150 mining & exploration companies, many geological surveys and many professional societies/associations.

DM deposits

Some years ago, the Australian Institute of Geoscientists became a Foundation Sponsor of Data Metallogenica to assist its continued growth.

AIG members, as a result of the Institute’s support for the Data Metallogenica initiative, entitles members to subscribe as individuals to Data Metallogenica for $100 per year for unlimited access and downloads (this is a 50% discount compared to the normal individual subscription rate).  Subscriptions may be purchased on-line via the Data Metallogenica website.  We hope you find Data Metallogenica of interest and can support us in our future growth. This can be done on-line on the website.

Some points of interest:

  • You can do an Advanced Free Search from the Home Page which allows you see what is already in the database (without any commitment)
  • Much of the information is unique or difficult (if not impossible) to find, making the website a major time saver for locating important technical information – all presentations are public (non-confidential) and vetted for quality before loading

The website contains several different databases:

  • Mineral Deposits – technical data on over 5,000 specific deposits around the world
  • Commodity Overviews – global overviews on specific commodities and deposit types by world experts, plus recommended individual deposits to further investigate
  • Regional Overviews – context overviews of major mineralised regions (not yet activated and in its early stages)
  • Technology Overviews – expert reviews of geoscience, exploration and other mining disciplines (not yet activated and in its early stages)
  • Geoscience Thesis Lists – lists of all Australian geoscience theses up to 2007 (soon to be updated, and with addition of all South African geoscience theses to 1999)

The deposit database can be quickly searched by many different criteria eg name, country, commodity class, availability of high-quality sample photographs (70,000 representative samples of ore, alteration, host rocks) or spectral mineralogy, and many special categories such as geology, regolith, core photos, historical data etc

Over 80 full geoscience theses for specific deposits are currently available on the website

All deposits appear on a Google map which can be instantly zoomed to the maximum allowed

Almost all information can be immediately translated to any of about 80 languages making DM extremely valuable for international reference, training and education (eg all European & Scandinavian languages, Arabic, Russian, most Asian languages including Mandarin, Japanese and Hindi, Swahili, Afrikaans etc etc)

Previous sponsors of DM have given free access to many universities and geological surveys in developing countries, helping train the next generation of economic geologists.

It is hoped to add a wiki component soon so others can add their unique information and photos for specific deposits so that we preserve much fragile knowledge before it is too late.

Further information about the Data Metallogenica project and recent developments is provided by presentations on the web site.

If you like what we are doing or what you see, please tell others about Data Metallogenica. Remember the website is continually growing and improvements being added.

Alan Goode
Director – Data Metallogenica
AMIRA International
Level 2, 271 William St
Melbourne 3000

CoalLog V2.0 files available

The latest version of ACARP Project C22017 – the “Borehole Data Standard for the Australian Coal Industry” (CoalLog) is now available to download and use.  The files available include the plotting symbols in various formats, standard seam and stratigraphy codes, as well as the “Geology and Geotechnical Training Manual”.

Updated dictionaries and logging sheets are provided with a full list of all modifications made since the first version released in 2012.  The updated Manual will be available soon with some additional description of the new features and a data entry template.

Files are available for free from the AusIMM website.

A video of the launch of version 2 can be viewed on the AIG YouTube channel.

Help for employers of individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome

Asperger Services Australia, a Brisbane based not for profit agency assisting people with Asperger’s syndrome has launched a new service designed to assist human resources professionals maximise the performance of individuals in their workplaces with this condition.  

Asperger’s Syndrome is an autistic spectrum condition that may affect more than one in every hundred people and  may manifest itself in many different ways, but many individuals with the condition work every day, making highly valued, creative and innovative contributions in their chosen fields.

The new service provides managers and co-workers with training and information intended to enhance their interactions with co-workers affected by the condition, providing understanding that helps to enhance the performance of individuals in the workplace.

More information is available here.