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.

Retaining Young Professionals in Mining

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the current young professionals work group (up to age 35), commonly referred to as “millennials” or “Gen Y’ers”, spends an average of 1.8 years in a job before moving on. At any one time, 60% of this group are looking for new career opportunities while still employed.

Career and lifestyle aspirations are even more important to them than pay or their relationship with their managers. In addition, millennials do not need to be highly dissatisfied with their current job to make a change. If something more attractive comes across their radar screen, in the way of career advancement or lifestyle aspirations, they will leap, regardless of how long they have been with their current employer.

Many companies are confused about how to successfully attract, engage, and retain millennial employees for long enough to train them to take over from aging “boomers”. However, some “early adopter” companies seem to be getting it right by creating a work environment that promotes flexible work-life arrangements and offers career support to address just these issues. Career support in this context includes leadership development, career planning and mentoring.

A cost-effective way for mining companies to provide this type of career support is through the availability of appropriate elearning. Some mining companies already provide elearning as on-demand online courses that can be taken at the employee’s initiative; others provide it as structured programs of online courses with more clearly defined training objectives. Either way, the results can satisfy both employee and corporate requirements.

From the employee point of view, provided the selection of courses is sufficiently large and the quality is acceptable, the benefits include career development, satisfaction of CPD (continuing professional development) obligations and, if the courses are accredited, accumulation of credit towards university programs.

From the corporate point of view, the benefits include improved employee retention, employee knowledge and skills development, and achievement of corporate training objectives.

For more on the topic of employee retention through provision of career support see Stop the Gen Y Revolving Door (B.L. Ware (2014)).

AIG members have access to a dedicated Edumine campus that provides access to the full-range of e-learning resources that Edumine offers.  For more information visit the Edumine Campus page of the AIG web site.  Edumine Campus enrollment is managed through the AIG membership portal.

Simon HouldingSimon Houlding
Vice President Professional Development, InfoMine Inc., Vancouver CA.

Simon is responsible for EduMine, the professional development division which provides learning and training programs to the global mining industry. He is a practicing professional engineer and author.

This article was originally published on the Infomine web site and appears here with permission.