Houston, we have a problem.
Well, we have two problems.
New discoveries are becoming increasingly rare – they are becoming technically more challenging.
And our practical skills as explorers are declining – what made us successful in the past is not what will likely make us successful in the future.
So what can we do about this? And what can Walt Disney teach us about solving these problems?
80 years ago, Walt Disney recognised a skills shortage in his staff at Disney Studios. Born out of this was a school that taught the essential skills to be an animator. The success of Disney since tells us that initiatives such as these cannot just change a student or a single business. They can change a whole industry.
In this episode, we hear from Richard Lilly founder of NExUS – the National Undercover Exploration School in Australia. Richard recognised the same thing as Walt, an impending skills shortage in geoscientists needed for the future. Born out of this recognition was NExUS, where passionate undergraduates learn the practical aspects of mineral exploration.
Until next time, let’s keep exploring…
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The 16th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits (SGA) will take place 15-18 November 2021 in Rotorua, New Zealand.
The meeting will feature presentations on topics related to mineral deposit research, exploration, sustainable development and environmental and social aspects related to mineral deposits. The oral and poster presentation sessions, and pre- and post-conference short courses and field trips will provide a comprehensive programme.
The conference is organised by SGA with support from professionals in universities, research organisations, government, minerals industry, and service providers.
AIG is a supporter of the conference. AIG members may register for the SGA 2021 conference at the SGA member rate, a significant reduction in the conference registration fee.
- 2 November 2020 – Call for Abstracts
- 12 April 2021 – Online registration open
- 3 May 2021 – Deadline for abstract submission
- 1 September 2021 – Deadline for early bird registration
- 15 November 2021 – 16th SGA Biennial Meeting
Visit the conference website for full details of the conference, to sign up for conference updates, explore sponsorship and exhibition opportunities and download a copy of the first circular.
Greg Corbett and Stuart Hayward’s popular short course is being held again in Sydney next February.
Dates and venues: 11-13 February 2020, Chatswood Club, 11 Help St, Chatswood (Sydney) – 5 minutes walk from Chatswood station and the W.B. Clarke Geoscience Centre, Londonderry.
11-12 February: 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 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. A final section considers geological features recognised in exploration marginal to ore bodies. Participants will be provided with exercises to test yourselves and a current draft of the new short course notes. Early drafts of the first few chapters are available at: http://corbettgeology.com/Publications/.
13 February: A practical exercise held at the W B Clarke Geoscience Centre, Londonderry, uses diamond drill core and geological specimens referred to in the lectures (above), to provide hands on training in ore and alteration mineralogy and the use of geological models. Greg is helped by and Stuart Hayward, who has over 30 years experience in epithermal-porphyry ore deposit exploration and mining. Return bus from Chatswood and lunch provided.
Registration fees include handouts, lunch, morning and afternoon teas and transport to and from Londonderry.
Minimum of 20 participants required and limited to a maximum of 40.
Employed geologists from $1500 + GST
Unemployed geologists from $400 + GST
Students $150 + GST but if you need assistance contact firstname.lastname@example.org
In episode 29, Steve McIntosh, Group Executive for Growth and Innovation at Rio Tinto, shares his thoughts on how big companies should run exploration.
Almost everyone in our industry has an opinion on how big companies should run exploration. We criticise them for being too risk averse, not moving quickly enough and “why can’t they do it like it was done in the past”. Some of these criticisms might be justified. But comparing these modern groups to the past is a fallacy. These groups have to do things differently. Maybe it’s time we have an honest conversation on what it takes to run exploration groups in major mining companies.
Steve McIntosh, Group Executive for Growth and Innovation at Rio Tinto, and who has been involved in managing exploration activities within the company for the past few decades.
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This episode can be found here.
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!