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

Saturday, March 3, 2018 -
Sunday, March 4, 2018
Room 718B
Organizer: Roscoe Postle Associates Inc.
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

A practical guide to the fundamentals of mineral resource estimation

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

A practical guide to the fundamentals of mineral resource estimation (Day two)

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, Roscoe Postle Associates Inc.
Sean Horan, Roscoe Postle Associates Inc.
Luke Evans, Roscoe Postle Associates Inc.
Dave Ross, Roscoe Postle Associates Inc.
Valerie Wilson, Roscoe Postle Associates Inc.
Lars Weiershäuser, Roscoe Postle Associates Inc.

Rachel Jongsma,  Roscoe Postle Associates 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

Regular Rate:
Member $699.99
Non-Member $799.99

Student $249.99
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