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QGIS Specialist Group

The AIG Council resolved in 2015 to support the development go technical specialist groups within AIG, to better support members with particular interests.

A proposal has been received to establish a QGIS Specialist Group, to provide a forum and network for members using QGIS software for geoscientifie mapping.  This, more by luck than design, coincides with several QGIS workshops either recently or in the next few weeks, convened by several AIG state branches.

Interested?

Send an email to Mike Erceg, or leave a post on this page, expressing interest, how you use QGIS and what you think a specialist group within AIG could do for you.

Other specialist group proposals are at an early stage of development and proposals from members are welcome.

Drill Core, Structure and Digital Technologies

Dr Julian Vearncombe will present a one-day short course dealing with the collection and use of important structural data from oriented drill core.

drill core

In the mineral exploration industry, diamond core drilling provides the opportunity to collect structural data relating to a target or deposit. This enables improved and early knowledge and understanding of geological and mineralisation controls of a target, with an outlook to creating all-inclusive informative models from combined surface mapping, geophysics and downhole lithology and geochemical assay data. Quality structural data are invaluable to any project, from greenfield exploration to ore body definition in an advanced project with established reserves. Understanding the structural context of a project enables further exploration, ore envelope and shoot definition, and geological control on parameters for grade interpolation.

This short course summarises the technologies available in exploration and mining and describes techniques of core orientation, marking-up, structure measurement and the visual representation of structural data. We provide a critical comparison of tools and methods available at each stage of the process.

The course is based on the published research paper: Bright, S., Conner, G., Turner, A. and Vearncombe, J.R. 2014. Drill Core, Structure and Digital Technologies. Applied Earth Sciences (Transactions Institute Mining, Minerals and Metallurgy B), 123: 47-68.

The course venue is Building 034, Room 127, James Cook University.

Cost:

AusIMM Members………………$220.00
AIG Members…………………….$220.00
AusIMM MAP Members** … $55.00
AIG unemployed/under-employed members $55.00
Student Members…………………$55.00
Student Non-Members………….$55.00
Non-Members ……………………$440.00

Click here for the course brochure.  Click here for registration information.

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

40 CPD HoursCorbett Menzies Cunliffe Pty Ltd are again holding their “an introduction to porphyry Cu-Au exploration” field training course in the Orange area, NSW from 28 Feb to 5 Mar 2016.

This course 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 which includes the role of alteration, structure and breccias, and moves 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. Funding assistance is available for NSW young geoscientists who are AIG members – check out the website.

Places are limited to 25.

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

Duration: 28 February to 5 March 2016 with 5 days of field work (field days might be substituted for lectures in really bad weather). The agenda is as follows:

Sunday 28/2/16 – arrive by midday with an afternoon of lectures (compulsory).
Monday 29/2/16 – Cargo porphyry Cu prospect – 1:500 scale mapping.
Tuesday 01/3/16 – Cargo & Copper Hill projects – mapping & log drill core.
Wednesday 02/03/16 – Cargo & Copper Hill projects–mapping & log drill core.
Thursday 03/03/16– Cadia Ridgeway Porphyry Cu-Au deposit- log drill core.
Friday 04/3/16 – Goonumbla Cu-Au deposit – Log a cross section of drill core.
Saturday 5/3/16 – Depart.

Evening Lectures might include (1-2 hours):

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

Registrationwww.cmcgeos.com

For further information email: doug.menzies@cmcgeos.com.

Please note that CMC reserves the right to cancel this event should minimum attendance numbers not be met.

Registrations will close on 31 January 2016.

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

Corbett Menzies Cunliffe Pty Ltd are again holding their “an introduction to porphyry Cu-Au exploration” field training course in the Orange area, NSW from 28 Feb to 5 Mar 2016.

This course 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 which includes the role of alteration, structure and breccias, and moves 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. Funding assistance is available for NSW young geoscientists who are AIG members – check out the website.

Places are limited to 25.

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

Duration: 28 February to 5 March 2016 with 5 days of field work (field days might be substituted for lectures in really bad weather). The agenda is as follows:

Sunday 28/2/16 – arrive by midday with an afternoon of lectures (compulsory).
Monday 29/2/16 – Cargo porphyry Cu prospect – 1:500 scale mapping.
Tuesday 01/3/16 – Cargo & Copper Hill projects – mapping & log drill core.
Wednesday 02/03/16 – Cargo & Copper Hill projects–mapping & log drill core.
Thursday 03/03/16– Cadia Ridgeway Porphyry Cu-Au deposit- log drill core.
Friday 04/3/16 – Goonumbla Cu-Au deposit – Log a cross section of drill core.
Saturday 5/3/16 – Depart.

Evening Lectures might include (1-2 hours):

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

Registrationwww.cmcgeos.com

For further information email: doug.menzies@cmcgeos.com.

Please note that CMC reserves the right to cancel this event should minimum attendance numbers not be met.

Registrations will close on 31 January 2016.

International Map Year

we love maps

The International Map Year (IMY) is a worldwide celebration of maps and their unique role in our world. Supported by the United Nations, IMY provides opportunities to demonstrate, follow, and get involved in the art, science and technology of making and using maps and geographic information.

International Map Year was officially opened at the ICA conference in Rio de Janeiro in August, 2015 and then continue until December 2016.

The purposes of the International Map Year are …

  • making maps visible to citizens and school children in a global context,
  • demonstrating how maps and atlases can be used in society,
  • showing how information technology can be used in getting geographic information and producing one’s own maps,
  • displaying different types of maps and map production,
  • showing the technical development of mapping and atlas production,
  • showing the necessity of a sustainable development of geographic information infrastructures,
  • increasing the recruitment of students to cartography and cartography-related disciplines.

A new book, The World of Maps, has been produced to help celebrate International Map Year.

To find out more about International Map Year and events planned around the world visit the web site.