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Structural Vectoring in mineral exploration: What it is and how, when, and why we should use it

Chair: Rogerio Noal, Monteiro and Associates, Vektore Exploration Consulting Corporation
Location: Room 716B
Friday, March 4, 2016
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Add to Calendar
The goal of structural vectoring is to define the linkage between structural features and mineralization processes and use it to predict location, shape, orientation and continuity of mineral bodies. This linkage is particularly useful when drilling a mineral target. In this Short Course, we will present and discuss the concept of structural vectoring in mineral exploration and recommend a suitable workflow. In addition, we will show plausible ways to harmonize structural vectoring with geochemistry and geophysics to significantly improve exploration of mineral targets.

Since this course is centered on target evaluation and development, we will focus on structural vectoring concepts, tools and methods at the drilling stage. The instructors will present examples of real case mineralization-related structural features and discuss how to collect such data and use these features as predictive tools for direct drilling towards mineral bodies. Strategies on what, why and how many structures should be collected to provide a robust dataset will be proposed to the group and debated. The guidelines for structural logging of core will be carried out by using core samples.

A new method of collecting structural features from oriented and non-oriented core, the V-SET© Method, will be introduced to attendees who will have the opportunity to compare its characteristics and strengths with current industry standard methods.

This practical exercise will help prepare attendees to solve their real case geometrical problems, leading to a better understanding of mineralization processes and their interactions with host architecture. The geometry of drilling and its interaction with a mineral body will be also discussed and viewed from the structural vectoring perspective.

The instructors will illustrate the usefulness of structural vectoring through a series of case studies.

Level of comprehension: Intermediate

Course fee:
(includes course material, continental breakfast, 3 course lunch and refreshments)

Regular Rate:
Member: $599
Non-member: $699
Student: $199
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