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A practical guide to the fundamentals of mineral resource estimation (1.5 days)

Organizer: RPA Inc.
Saturday, March 3, 2018 -
Sunday, March 4, 2018
Location: Room 718B
Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Add to Calendar
Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Add to Calendar
This course introduces the fundamentals of estimating mineral resources and is intended for exploration and mine geologists. These workers are primarily responsible for the discovery, definition, and production of mineral discoveries—yet they are often sidelined when it comes to estimating resources. This course is intended to fill that knowledge gap to produce more informed geologists, which will lead to better resource estimates and drill hole targeting.

The course will start where many geologists stop, at the resource database and will proceed to domaining, block modeling, etc. Although most geologists do an excellent job interpreting the genesis and geometry of a mineral deposit, some aspects of their interpretation lack consideration necessary for a mineral resource model, including practical aspects such as proposed mining method and equipment, or geostatistical aspects such as the selection of appropriate domain criterion. RPA will explain the fundamentals and importance of each step, including common risks and mistakes, followed by demonstrations on how it is done, and then provide a hands-on exercise for the attendees to carry out in the classroom setting. There will also be a Q&A.

Practical exercises will be carried out on hard copy. Exercises may include: geological interpretation, database verification, managing high-grade assays (capping), calculating cut-off grades and NSR values, exploratory data analysis (EDA), blockgrade estimation, search-ellipse strategies, classification, and block-model verification.

Jason Cox, RPA Inc.
Sean Horan, RPA Inc.
Bill Roscoe, RPA Inc.
Dave Ross, RPA Inc.
Valerie Wilson, RPA Inc.


Participants should have an understanding of mineral deposits and basic mineral exploration including drilling.

Includes course material, continental breakfast and refreshments on Saturday and Sunday, and lunch on Saturday

Early Rate:
Member $499.99
Non-Member $599.99

Regular Rate:
Member $699.99
Non-Member $799.99

Student $249.99
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