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Voodoo Geophysics

SEG webinar presented by Greg Hodges, Sander Geophysics

SEG’s European Region Advisory Committee (ERAC) presented a webinar on “Voodoo Geophysics” examining questionable practices instrumentation systems promoted by individuals and companies in January 2019.

The exploration industry has been plagued since the dawn of technology with near?magical oil, gold and waterfinders. They do untold damage to the reputation and business of honest geophysical applications and research. A geophysicist with sound scientific knowledge can usually recognize when geophysics is “from the dark side”, but it can be difficult to convince non?scientists.

Some common characteristics of voodoo geophysical methods are: dubious theoretical bases, fantastic levels of instrument sensitivity, phenomenally accurate interpretations, extraordinary levels of secrecy, and combative or evasive response to challenges.

Fraudulent methods evade scrutiny. Vendors shy away from technical testing and publication. Refusal of the purveyor of a new system to comply with evaluation and publication of results must be viewed with suspicion.

Greg Hodges has established a “voodoo geophysics” database with more than 80 entries so far. He has previously published on this topic.

The SEG webinar is available via You Tube. The video comprises a presentation, followed by the webinar Q&A session.

Mining Geology 2019

Perth, 25-26 November, 2019

Mining Geology 2019 conference program finalised!

With the increasing pace of change and emerging technologies in the mining industry, AusIMM’s Mining Geology conference will focus on the future of our industry and the impacts on mining geology and the entire mining value chain.

Get a taste of what will be covered at the 2019 Mining Geology conference by viewing the program abstracts now available online.

SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT
John Ashton
Consultant, Boliden Tara Mines

We recently asked John about the biggest technological advances being implemented and how this is influencing key metrics. John said “In mineral exploration I believe an important growth area is the use of seismic surveying to define regional, local and near mine structural targets….continue reading>

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AIG is pleased to partner with AusIMM in presenting this conference.

JORC Training

AIG is working with leading Australian geological and mining consulting practice, DeRisk Geomining Consultants, to develop an affordable, comprehensive, five module training course for resource and reserves professionals and those who make use of resource and reserve statements.

The course is designed so that all file modules may be completed, or individual models taken to meet specific gaps in personal expertise and professional experience.

The five modules will cover:

  1. Introduction to the JORC Code – how the JORC code sets out minimum standards for public reporting of exploration results, mineral resources and ore reserves and sets out sound practices for data collection, quality control and assurance, analysis and transparent, material reporting of results.
  2. A JORC Code Refresher – designed to help geoscientists responsible for public reports understand their personal responsibilities, refresh their understanding of the key requirements of the Code, how compliance is monitored and other issues central to Competent Person responsibility.
  3. Reporting Exploration Targets and Exploration Results for mineral commodities covered by the JORC Code, including the development of sound practices for collecting and assuring the quality of required information.
  4. Reporting Mineral Resources, including how the use of the Checklist of Assessment and Reporting Criteria (Table 1) included in the Code can be used as a guide to best practice data collection, analysis and material reporting of estimates.
  5. Integrating the JORC Code with ASX Rules – Compliance with the listing rules established for ASX listed companies adds requirements for public reporting that may extend what is required by the JORC Code in specific areas.

Case studies will feature extensively in the presentation of each module.

Development of the course has commenced. The first two modules are being presented in Townsville next week (29 April). The first delivery of the complete course will be in Perth, expected in the third quarter of 2019. This will be followed by regular courses in other locations throughout Australia. Delivery of the course using interactive, real-time, desktop video delivery, providing interaction between the presenter and students during each model is also being planned cater for the needs of students in rural Australia and overseas.

Feedback received from students will be used to continuously improve the quality and relevance of course content.

AIG is one of three parent bodies of the Joint Ore Reserves Committee (JORC).

The course will form a key continued professional development resource, delivered in a flexible manner, consistent with AIG’s not for profit model to ensure it is within reach of all Institute members.

Further details will be published as course development proceeds.

Geoscientist careers in insurance

Have you thought about how geoscience can contribute to assessment of exposure to catastrophic loss from natural disasters? Ever considered this as a career option?

Aon, an international insurance company has opportunities for geoscientists interested in applying their skills to natural hazard risk assessment and other risk analysis fields where geoscience can have a significant impact.

Aon are looking for geoscientists to work as Analytics Client Managers where you would:

  • Use your technical skills to build a career in the world of reinsurance & risk-based analytics 
  • Join the world’s and Asia’s largest reinsurance brokerage in Sydney or Melbourne 
  • Be trained and mentored by people with similar academic backgrounds 

The opportunity

Join Aon’s successful and expanding operation in either Sydney or Melbourne as an Analytics Client Manager. The position is responsible for delivering analysis of clients’ exposure to catastrophic loss from natural disasters, for analysing pricing for risk transfer mechanisms developed to mitigate those exposures, and for communicating the results of our analysis to clients and reinsurers. You will be required to: 

  • Oversee analysis of client data through use of catastrophe models 
  • Work with team members in developing client specific realistic disaster scenarios including potential impact of climate change 
  • Be able to advise clients on all aspects related to exposure management to improve their catastrophe risk analysis capabilities. 
  • Effectively manage client and other stakeholder engagements and communicate results to these stakeholders using written reports and/or presentations 
  • Conduct training sessions for junior/graduate staff, ensuring the effective and efficient communication of concepts, practical implementation and delivery of results 
  • Provide mentoring for younger members of the team 

About you

You’re comfortable working in a fast paced and dynamic environment and you’re ready to a step into a role that combines technical work and client interaction. If you have exposure to insurance or reinsurance, it would be welcomed but it is not required. To be successful you will have: 

  • Demonstrable experience in using relevant tools to measure exposure to catastrophic loss, including a working knowledge of the science behind the natural events (cyclones, bushfires, storms, floods, earthquakes, etc.) causing loss. 
  • Understand the theory and practicalities of stochastic modelling with advanced Excel and SQL skills and strong working knowledge of MS Word and presentation software such as PowerPoint 
  • Excellent personal skills in engaging with clients, building rapport and managing professional relationships 
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills with the ability to work well within a team and under pressure 
  • The self-discipline to manage own workflow and deadlines with excellent communication skills (both oral and written) 

Aon are looking to nurture talent from the geosciences sector to bring a diversity of skills to our analytics team, strengthening our client offering. With Aon’s global resources and our commitment to supporting people’s flexible working needs, we are able to mentor and train people from different backgrounds to ensure success. 

Aon Culture and Benefits

At Aon, we provide colleagues with the support to make a positive impact together with ongoing opportunities for development, including the support of a team which will continually inspire you to achieve the best. 

With close to 1600 employees, Aon is the largest organisation of our kind in Australia. Globally, we have an employee base of 50,000 people working across 120 countries. This allows us to gather the best thinking from around the world and deliver solutions locally. We provide colleagues with the support to make an impact, a team that will inspire you to achieve, and on-going opportunities for development. 

Aon is an equal opportunity employer and we invite you to be part of an organisation that has a diverse workplace, values continuous learning and supports many charities and environmental initiatives. 

To find out more details, please contact Alex Kelly bu email or apply here. Some additional information about working for Aon, the company’s health and well being policy and additional information for job seekers, follow the links provided.

Exploration Geochemistry: Getting it right to extract maximum value for minimal cost

The next instalment in the popular Queensland Branch Friday seminar series will be held 12 April at UQ Business School, Lvl 6, 293 Queen St, Brisbane.

Click on the image to download the seminar brochure. Register now!


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