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AEGC2019 Data to Discovery

Perth will host the 2nd Australasian Exploration Geoscience Conference (AEGC) from Monday 2 to Thursday 5 September 2019 at Crown Perth.

The AEGC is the largest petroleum and mineral geoscience conference in Australasia, and incorporates the West Australian Basin Symposium (WABS) and the ASEG-PESA International Geophysical Conference and Exhibition.

The event will be jointly hosted by the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG)Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (ASEG), and Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia (PESA).

The theme for the 2019 conference is “Data to Discovery”. The AEGC technical program committee has a focus on Geology, Geophysics, and Geochemistry and how these are applied in exploration for both Petroleum and Mineral systems in Australasia and the wider Asia-Pacific region. The conference has major sub-themes encompassing but not limited to:

  • New technologies
  • New information from old data
  • Local understanding from regional context
  • Workflows and methods that reduce cost/turnaround on projects
  • Cross disciplinary co-ordination
  • Case studies
  • Interacting and communicating science to the wider community.

A vital component of the 2019 conference will be the inclusion of dedicated streams for Australian basins, discovery techniques, mineral mapping, and remote sensing applications.

On behalf of the AEGC 2019 Organising Committee, we look forward to welcoming you to Perth.  Visit the conference web site for the latest information regarding the conference, accommodation, sponsorship and exhibition opportunities.

John Gorter and Tim Dean

Key Dates:

Call for Abstracts Expression of Interest Closes: 31 January 2019 – submit your expression of interest now via the AEGC2019 website.
Early Bird Registration Opens: 1 March 2019
Call for Extended Abstracts Closes: 22 March 2019 
Author Notification: 3 May 2019 or before
Registration Deadline: 31 May 2019

Geostats in Practice

8 CPD HoursMonday 18th June 2018

Burswood on Swan, Camfield Drive, Burswood  WA

AIG Western Australia  branch will be holding a one day seminar of the practical application of geostatistics in Earth Sciences. Topics will range through the Mineral Resource value chain, showcasing the means by which the use of geostatistics helps solve common and critical problems within the development and exploitation of Mineral Resources with speakers including:

OSCAR RONDON, CSIRO Geostatistical assessment of recoverable resources – how to do more with less drilling data
UTE MUELLER, Edith Cowan University  Prediction of the major crustal blocks in Australia using the National Geochemical Survey of Australia Data
HASSAN TALEBI, Edith Cowan University A hybrid model for joint simulation of high-dimensional continuous and categorical variables
ERIN RETZ, Fortesque Metals Group
DANIEL GUIBAL SRK Consulting Drillhole spacing analysis in an iron ore deposit
BOSTA PRATAMA, CUBE Consulting Estimation search neighbourhoods – latest trends
MATTHEW COBB, CSA Global Application of categorical simulation at the feasibility study stage
MIKE LOWRY, BHP Improving the geoscience to mining cycle through uncertainty quantification
ANDREW WEEKS, Golder Associates Geostats saves the day – a selection of case studies from feasibiity to production
BILL SHAW, Ore Control Application of geostatistics to mining geology

Members: $275: Non-members $385, Students/Unemployed AIG members $110.  All include GST, lunch and morning/afternoon teas.

Register on-line via the AIG web site.  The seminar flyer is available here.

This seminar is generously sponsored by:

Epithermal Au-Ag and Porphyry Cu-Au Exploration

Lectures and practical, 4-6 December 2018, by Greg Corbett and Stuart Hayward

December 4 & 5, York Club, 99 York St Sydney, lunch, morning and afternoon teas provided. Two days of PowerPoint lectures focus upon mineral exploration for epithermal and porphyry ore deposits derived from Dr Corbett’s 40 years field experience, including earlier short courses provided with the late Terry Leach from the early 1990’s. Exploration and mining examples from over 40 countries are used to delineate the characteristics of different epithermal and porphyry ore types, and controls to mineralisation, using tools such as alteration, structure and breccias. The exploration implications are considered throughout and a final section considers geological features recognised in exploration marginal to ore bodies. Participants will be provided with a current draft to the notes to be published by Springer in 2020.

December 6 – A practical exercise held W B Clarke Geoscience Centre, Londonderry, uses selected diamond drill core referred to in the lectures (above) and a set of teaching specimens to provide hands on training in ore and alteration mineralogy and the use of geological models. It is run by Corbett and Stuart Hayward, who has over 30 years experience in epithermal-porphyry ore deposit exploration and mining. A return bus from the city and lunch provided.

Prices include lunch, morning and afternoon teas and transport to and from Londonderry.

  • Students $150, but if you need assistance contact
  • Unemployed geologists $400
  • Employed geologists $1500

Minimum of 20 participants required and limited to a maximum of 40.

The Short course registration form is available via the Corbett Geology web site.

Funding for the WA Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS) to be terminated 

There has been considerable commentary over the past year that the WA Government would cease the funding for the Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS).

The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) is concerned that termination of the EIS will have a catastrophic effect on the capacity of the GSWA to promote and develop the mineral potential of WA for the benefit of all West Australians. Fifty percent of the EIS funds are currently directed to the Co-funded Exploration Drilling program and 50% is used to generate pre-competitive information such as gravity data, aeromagnetic surveys, EM surveys, seismic surveys and specialized geological reports, maps and 3D geological plans.

Click here for further details of the proposal and what AIG members can do to support AMEC’s efforts to preserve the EIS.

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