AIG WA Exploration Geochemistry seminar – 3rd December 2018


Date(s) - Monday, 03/12/2018
All Day

Burswood on Swan


AIG WA Branch presents…

Exploration Geochemistry Seminar – 3rd December 2018

Answers to questions you have always wanted to ask, or should ask



Monday 3rd December 2018



Burswood on Swan
1 Camfield Drive, Burswood WA 6100


The AIG WA Branch is holding a one day seminar to answer some of the questions you may have always wanted to ask such as: why do we sample that size fraction; or why do people still talk about mesh sizes; or which analytical methods to use for what?

The seminar presentations from industry will be inspiring for geoscientists involved in
exploration geochemistry and will cover several aspects of geochemistry including:

  • geochemistry essentials,
  • planning a program,
  • doing the field work,
  • analytical techniques, both field and laboratory,
  • interpreting the results, and much more.


Preliminary Program

  • Fiona Best, South32, Geochemistry essentials
  • Simon Bolster, Regolex, Applied regolith geochemical exploration
  • Ryan Noble, CSIRO, Using ultrafine soil fractions to improve exploration
  • Mark Pirlo, Geochimica, Practical application of hydrogeochemistry in exploration
Geoanalysis: Commercial labs
  • Helen Waldron, Xenocryst, Overview
  • Richard Holdsworth, Intertek, Total versus incomplete digestions and selective leaches
  • John Cartner, Alex Christ, Bureau Veritas, The ultimate fusion digest for geochem: XRF-LA-ICP-MS
  • Helen Waldron, on behalf of ColdBlock, ColdBlock digestions
  • Chenoa Tremblay, MinAnalytical, PhotonAssay and fire assay and the relationship between the two
  • Lou Daniel, DTX Design, Systematising gold ore sample preparation to support
    economical new analytical options


Geoanalysis: Field methods
  • John Woods, SGS, Refinements for pXRF usage
  • Simon Bailey, Olympus, Breakthrough technology for cobalt analysis using pXRF
  • Christabel Brand, Portable XRF Services, Recent advances in pXRF with
    applications in the field
  • Simon Bolster, Portable PPB, Low level gold determination using pXRF; towards a new paradigm in gold exploration
  • Melissa Narbey, AXT, LIBS for exploration; technology as used on the Mars Rover
  • Craig Hamlyn, Ore Research and Exploration, Reference materials
  • Ryan Noble, CSIRO, Towards integrated sampling and analysis in the field; an example from Coompana, South Australia
  • Fiona Best, South32, Data analysis and interpretation
  • Heidi Pass, Gold Fields Australia, Exploration geochemistry for geologists; turning numbers into easily accessible minerals, rocks and models
  • Dennis Arne, Telemark Geosciences, Application of catchment analysis to regional stream sediment data sets
  • Michael Whitbread, Philip Baker, Rio Tinto, Practical examples of interrogating geochemical data sets
  • Fiona Best, South32, Interpretative mapping using soil geochemistry data to maximise confidence in exploration targeting; Dido Ni-Cu-PGE prospect



Thank you to our sponsors





To reserve your place, please book via the form below. If you experience any issues with booking, please email us at

AIG members $275
Non-members $385
Fulltime students and unemployed AIG members $110

All prices include GST.  Lunch and morning/afternoon teas provided.

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SPONSORSHIP opportunities available are:

$2000 + gst
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4 free registrations

$1500 + gst
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3 free registrations

$1000 + gst
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2 free registrations

$500 + gst
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Interested in sponsors

Contact Stephen Turley or JocelynThomson


Further information on presentations

Contact Helen Waldron or Stephen Turley







Ticket Type Price Spaces
AIG Member $275.00
Fulltime Student $110.00
Non Member $385.00
Unemployed AIG members $110.00

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