Regional Metallogenic to Local Controls on Circum-Pacific Gold and Copper Deposits

Regional Metallogenic to Local Controls on Circum-Pacific Gold and Copper Deposits is a short course to be presented prior to PACRIM 2015 (Workshop W2).  This one-day workshop will be held at the Conrad Hotel in Hong Kong, China on the 17th of March, 2015.  The course will be of particular interest to geoscientists seeking to broaden their understanding of ore-forming processes and who wish to explore for gold and copper deposits in the circum-Pacific region.

The workshop will consist of two parts. The first, presented by Steve Garwin, is titled Tectonic and Structural Controls to Gold and Copper Mineralization in the Circum-Pacific Region. This presentation will consist of three main topics:

  1. Tectonic and regional structural controls for gold and copper mineralization in the Southeast Asia – Western Pacific and Peruvian Andes
  2. Examples of district- and deposit-scale controls to porphyry and epithermal deposits in Indonesia, Japan and Peru
  3. Controls to Carlin-type deposits in northern Nevada, USA and Guizhou Province, China.

The second part of the course, presented by Craig Hart, is titled Intrusion-related Gold Metallogeny. This presentation will consist of three main topics:

  1. Intrusion-related gold systems and classifications, with an emphasis on Alaska and the Yukon
  2. Redox controls on intrusion-related metallogeny
  3. Controlling features of mineralizing intrusions.

Presented by:

Steve Garwin

Steve Garwin

Steve Garwin
Independent Consultant; Adjunct Research Fellow, CET, University of Western Australia, Australia

Steve has 25 years of experience as an exploration geologist in SE Asia, China, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Australia, the western USA, British Columbia, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador and Chile. He worked with Newmont Mining for ten years, including two years as Chief Geologist in Nevada. Steve is one of the leading authorities on epithermal, porphyry and Carlin-style mineralization in the circum-Pacific region, particularly SE Asia. He has been an adjunct research fellow at the Centre for Exploration Targeting at the University of Western Australia since 2001.

Craig Hart

Craig Hart

Craig Hart
Director, MDRU-Mineral Deposit Research Unit, University of British Columbia, Canada

Craig is the Director of MDRU, the Mineral Deposit, Research Unit at the University of British Columbia. His experience includes regional geological mapping, mineral deposit and regional, metallogenic studies, plutonic systems, geochronology, and exploration, targeting orogenic belts around the word. He is a major contributor, to the development of intrusion-related gold models, is dedicated to, graduate student research and training, and a recipient of the SEG Distinguished Lecturer (2011).

The early bird registration for the PACRIM 2015 Congress closes on the 31st of January.  The three day program will present over 85 technical abstracts plus an additional 7 keynote presentations from renowned international speakers.

Click here for the workshop brochure.

Register for workshop W2 here.

AIG is a supporter of PACRIM 2015. AIG members are eligible for supporter’s rates.

Magmatic Ni-Cu-PGE Workshop


16 CPD HoursMagmatic Ni-Cu-PGE Deposits: a two day workshop to be presented by Dr Michael Lesher, Dr Steve Barnes and Dr James Mungall in Perth W.A., arranged by Geoscientists Symposia, CSIRO and AIG.

Perth WA, 26-27 March 2015

CSIRO Auditorium, Australian Resources Research Centre (ARRC),
26 Dick Perry Avenue
Kensington WA

8:30 am to 5:30 pm daily.

The course will present:

  • an overview of the tectonic, geological, volcanological and petrochemical settings associated with these deposits;
  • review of critical theoretical constraints including mantle melting, metal partitioning and mass balance;
  • physical processes and fluid dynamics;
  • tenor and mineralogy of disseminated ores;
  • case studies of well-characterised systems.

The workshop will be of interest to graduate students and exploration geologists who want an update on this deposit class and exposure to some of the detailed work that has been done on these deposits globally.

The workshop circular provides further information, including profiles of the presenters and registration information.  Bookmark this page for further information regarding this event as it becomes available.

An Introduction to Porphyry Cu-Au Exploration

An introduction to porphyry Cu-Au exploration – Orange District NSW

This course, offered by Corbett and Menzies Consulting Pty Ltd, will provide field-based training to allow the participant to begin exploration for porphyry Cu-Au deposits. It will be run in the Orange area NSW, mapping field exposures and drill core from the Cargo and Copper Hill exploration projects, and drill core from the Cadia-Rideway and North Parkes porphyry Cu-Au deposits. Mapping will emphasise the identification of porphyry veins styles, alteration styles, mineralisation, structure and lithologic variations. Introductory lectures will include: the staged evolution of porphyry systems including the role of alteration, structure and breccias, moving on to the exploration environment including the erosion level above an ore zone and also mapping techniques.

Cost: $3500 (+GST) pp and 10 places for unemployed geologists at $1750 (+GST) pp.

Fees include accommodation, bus travel, meals and (take home) field equipment.

AIG has agreed to sponsor several of the places for unemployed members – contact your local state branch for details.

Places: Limited to 25

Instructors: Dr Greg Corbett,  Doug  Menzies and Stuart Hayward.

Duration: 27 February to 5 March 2015 with 5 days of field work (field days might be substituted for lectures in really bad weather). The agenda is as follows:

Day 1 – arrive by midday with an afternoon of lectures (compulsory).

Day 2 – Cargo porphyry Cu prospect – 1:500 scale mapping.

Day 3 – Cargo and Copper Hill projects – log drill core.

Day 4 – Copper Hill project – mapping pit at 1:500 and log drill core.

Day 5 – Ridgeway Porphyry Cu-Au deposit – Log a cross section of drill core.

Day 6 – Goonumbla Cu-Au deposit – Log a cross section of drill core.

Day 7 – Depart.

Evening lectures might include (1-2 hours):

  • Porphyry Cu-Au genetic models.
  • GIS footprints for porphyry Cu-Au exploration.
  • Porphyry deposit case studies.


For further information email Doug Menzies.  Download a copy of the course flyer here.

Please note that CMC reserves the right to cancel this event should minimum attendance numbers not be met. Registrations will close on 31 January 2015.

CMC Short Course

Videos from Perth Mineral Systems Seminar Available on AIG’s YouTube Channel

Mineral Systems: Advances from traditional ore deposit models

This seminar was presented by AIG W.A. Branch in Perth, 11 August, 2014.  Videos of each presentation are available on the AIG YouTube channel.  Links are provided to each video below.

Keynote Presentation: Cam McCuaig, Centre for Exploration Targeting, University of Western Australia

The Mineral System Concept: the key to productive exploration targeting  43:00 m

Trevor Beardsmore, Geological Survey of Western Australia

Minerals systems research in WA – new knowledge leading to new discoveries  34;33 m

Robbie Rowe, AMIRA

Roadmap to UNCOVER  21:15 m

John Walshe, CSIRO

A Mineral System Perspective on Archean Gold Deposits: architecture, fluids and reservoirs, transport and depositional processes  40:55 m

John Miller, Centre for Exploration Targeting, University of Western Australia

Recent developments in understanding the formation of gold mineral systems in the Yilgarn  32:06 m

Jon Hronsky, Western Mining Services

Controls on high-grade gold ore shoots: towards a new paradigm  31:00 m

Ross Large, CODES

Advances and successes in using pyrite trace element chemistry to solve ore genesis, basin fertility and vectoring to ore  37:34 m

Lee Hassan, Geological Survey of Western Australia

A comparison of some VMS mineral systems in the Murchison region  58:26 m

Tony Donaghy, CSA Global

Contrasting strategies for nickel sulphide exploration – no use shaking the apple tree looking for oranges  21:30 m

Chris Wijns, First Quantum Minerals

From mineral systems to the drill hole: predicting and expanding the footprint of sediment-hosted copper deposits  31:43 m

Franco Pirajno, Geological Survey of Western Australia

Rare earths and carbonatites  18:17 m

Paul Duuring, Centre for Exploration Targeting, University of Western Australia

BIF-hosted iron pre from a mineral systems perspective  33:14 m

Panel Discussion

Jon Hronsky, Robbie Rowe, Trevor Beardsmore and Cam McCuaig leqd a discussion of the day’s presentations and the mineral systems concept.  31:48 m

Mineral Systems: advances from traditional ore deposit models was generously sponsored by

  • AMIRA International
  • The Centre for Exploration Targeting, UWA
  • Digirock
  • Western Mining Services (Australia) Pty Ltd
  • CSA Global
  • SRK Consulting
  • First Quantum Minerals

Sincere thanks to our sponsors for their support.

What Makes a Major Mineral Discovery?

What Makes a Major Mineral Discovery is a one day conference presented by the South Australia Branch of AIG, Friday 6th June 2014 in Adelaide.

Have you ever wondered how world class deposits are discovered? Is it sheer geological brilliance, exceptional targeting of ground, great structural interpretation, geophysical interpretation par excellence or just plain good luck?  Well, come along and listen to some wonderful talks on some of Australia and the world’s greatest ore deposits.

Speakers will include:

  • Chris Anderson, Renascor Resources; The Carrapateena IOCG Deposit
  • Douglas Haynes, Douglas Haynes DIscovery Pty Ltd; The Olympic Dam IOCG Mine
  • Tony Belperio, Minotaur Exploration Ltd; The Prominent Hill IOCG Mine
  • Pat Say, Rex Minerals Ltd; The Hillside IOCG Skarn Deposit
  • John Anderson, Investigator Resources Ltd; The Paris Epithermal Silver Deposit
  • Kevin Wills and David Edgecombe, Consultants, The Challenger Gold Mine
  • Colin Brooks, Consultant; The Escondida Porphyry Copper Mine
  • Chris Giles, Havilah Resources NL; The Kalkaroo Copper-Gold Deposit
  • Tom Mayer, Consultant; The Granites Gold Mine
  • Rick Webb, Rick Webb Geological Services P/L; The Callie and Dead Bullock Soak Gold Mines
  • Graham Teale, Teale & Associates Pty Ltd; The Mt Leyshon Gold Mine
  • Colin Brooks, Consultant; The Escondida Porphyry Copper Mine
  • Alastair Morrison, Australian Investors Pty Ltd; The Discovery of the Gokona Deposit, The North Mara Gold Project, Tanzania
  • Tom Mayer, Consultant; The Poochera Kaolin Deposits
  • Doug Boyd, Iluka Resources Limited; The Jaycinth and Ambrosia Mineral Sands Deposits
  • Adrian Brewer, Brewer Geological Services; The Weda Bay Lateritic Nickel-Cobalt Deposit
  • Kevin Wills, Diamond Resources Ltd; The Argyle Diamond Mine

Cost: $185 for AIG Members, $250 Non-members.  A limited number of places for students ($77) and unemployed geoscientists ($110) are available.  All registration fees include GST and include lunch and morning and afternoon teas.

Visit the AIG Events Calendar for more details

Follow this link for the conference flyer AIG SA Branch Major Discovery Conference, Adelaide 6 June 2014.  Click here to register on-line.  For further information contact Graham Teale