Assessing and Communicating Geological Uncertainty and Risk to Non-Geologists


Date(s) - Tuesday, 30/04/2019
All Day

James Cook University


An EGRU Professional Geologist Short Course

Assessing and Communicating Geological Uncertainty and Risk to Non-Geologists

Course Leader: Mr Mark Berry, Derisk Geomining



Tuesday 30 April 2019



James Cook University, Townsville Campus

This course is aimed at geologists and other mining industry professionals.

No prior knowledge is assumed.

Geologists provide essential technical information during all stages of exploration, feasibility, development and mine operations. Much of this information is used by mining engineers, metallurgists, environmental staff, operations staff and mine management for planning and operations management. But, almost everything geologists deliver to these staff are estimates and interpretations rather than FACTS, so how do geologists identify, document and convey the fundamental uncertainties associated with their estimates and interpretations to non-geologists?

This workshop will review the sources of geological uncertainty that feed into exploration, mineral resource and ore reserve estimates, mine planning, scheduling, optimisation and operations – with implications from pit to port.

Workshop modules include:

  • Risks and opportunities linked to the provision of geological information
  • Conventional risk assessment and management systems
  • Contributions to geological uncertainty
  • Approaches for identifying, documenting and communicating geological uncertainty to non-geologists

Case studies emphasising the importance of assessing geological uncertainty linked to mineral resource and ore reserve estimates (including mining, processing, waste disposal and transport) are used to emphasise the importance of effectively managing geological risk.

Group interaction and exercises are also used to illustrate and reinforce workshop concepts.

Mark Berry is a geologist with over 38 years’ experience, spanning exploration, feasibility and development, mine operations, management, research and development, consulting, and professional development.



Registration Fees for the one-day course (AUD inc GST)

EGRU Member $330
AIG Member $440
Non-Member $550

Registration fees include morning and afternoon tea, lunch, and course notes.

Further information and registration at:


For more information

EGRU Enquiries:
Judy Botting
+61 (0) 7 4781 4726

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