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DMEC workshop series: Application of artificial intelligence/machine learning to mineral exploration (1/2 day)

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Room 714
Organizer Decennial Mineral Exploration Conferences (DMEC)
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

DMEC workshop series: Application of artificial intelligence/machine learning to mineral exploration (0.5 day)

The fields of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are making major strides in a number of industries. In the field of minerals exploration, the use of these new technologies is still early days but historically exploration has been a strong innovator and embraced new technology as a potential means to help overcome the high odds against finding new economic deposits. Also confronting the industry is a major loss of intellectual capacity as the baby boomers are closing off their careers, but without a clear succession plan within the industry as to how to replace these people, AI could be an important means to bridge this experience gap. There is also a literal data explosion that threatens to inundate exploration groups with far more information than they had utilizing traditional means to process and analize. Geophysical surveys have historically been a major information stream, but now hyperspectral core scanners and real-time geochemical analysis at drill rigs are pushing the data handling crisis into other parts of the business. The assistance of AI/machine learning may be essential if the exploration business is to make effective use of vast amounts of data now becoming available to the explorer. A major challenge for the effective implementation of AI solutions is the severally reduced academic support for the exploration industry and a persistence of “old school” approaches that many of the remaining geoscience academics are comfortable with.

Ken Witherly, Condor Consulting Inc.
Mathieu Landry, Glencore
Mark Fawcett, IBM
James Cleverley, Reflex Instruments NA
John McGaughey, MIRA Geoscience Ltd.
Eric Grunsky, CSA Global
Sebastian Goodfellow, KORE Geosystems
Andreas Knobloch, Beck Consultants
Max Howarth, IBM Canada


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