April 23, 2010
Geoscience BC Highlights Upcoming Presentations and Workshops in Vancouver

 Geoscience BC is pleased to highlight the following upcoming presentations and workshops:

  • Applied Economic Geochemistry - from Greenfields to Production - Friday, April 30th at 3:30 pm

  • Economic Geology for Geophysicists - Thursday, May 6th

  • Final Reminder: Cordilleran Metallogeny - Porphyry Settings Workshop and Field Trip - Tuesday April 27th
Please note that advance registration is required for all of these workshops / presentations. Registration information and contacts are provided below.
Applied Economic Geochemistry - from Greenfields to Production

Geoscience BC and the Mineral Deposit Research Unit (MDRU) are pleased to co-sponsor a talk by Dave Lawie of IoGlobal.

Dave Lawie, IoGlobal
"Applied Economic Geochemistry – from Greenfields to Production"

Friday, April 30th
3:30-4:30 pm

Room 483
BCIT, Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street, Vancouver

Refreshments will be provided

Space will be limited so please RSVP to by April 27th to reserve your seat.

Geochemistry is traditionally thought of in terms of targeting during exploration programs, however, geochemistry has a much broader role to play in mining and exploration, from area selection within mineralised belts through to quality assurance of assay results used for grade control and reconciliation. The economic impacts of decisions made related to geochemical and assaying issues are large and complex and can range from lost opportunity costs (I didn't 'see' the anomaly in that catchment), through to over or under payment for shipped concentrates. During the presentation, the 'economics' of applied geochemistry will be presented within a context of the cost of discovery, the cost impact of exploring through increasing depths of cover, the importance of detecting haloes, the dollar value of poor sampling precision and assay bias, and value adding by using existing geochemical data to estimate metallurgical performance parameters for mine optimisation.

Economic Geology for Geophysicists

The British Columbia Geophysical Society will be hosting a one day Economic Geology for Geophysicists course on May 6th. The course, provided with generous support from Geoscience BC and UBC Mineral Deposit Research Unit, is aimed at providing economic geology background for geophysicists and all exploration geoscientists. The information presented will provide a framework to help the integration and communication of exploration techniques.

Economic Geology for Geophysicists
Thursday, May 6th
UBC Robson Square

Pre-registration Required – See details below Cost: $25
(Includes course notes, lunch and refreshemnts)

Course presenters include Thomas Bissig (MDRU), Craig Hart (MDRU), Dianne Mitchinson (MDRU), Steve Rowins (BCGS), Claire Chamberlain (Teck), Lucas Marshall (Teck), and Sean McKinley (Cambria Geosciences Inc).

Topics that will be covered include: tectonic settings, host rocks, structure, emplacement, alteration, mineralization and the relation and comparison between various deposit models. Deposit types to be discussed include porphyry deposits, Archean gold, intrusion-related gold, epithermal gold, VMS, SEDEX/MVT/sediment-hosted copper, and IOCG deposits. Physical properties will be considered!

Space is limited so please reserve a place early. Pre-registration is required and will close on April 29th. This course can also be considered towards professional development hours for registered professional geoscientists.

Please contact to reserve a place and arrange payment. Payment is by cash or cheque (payable to the British Columbia Geophysical Society), and must be made prior to the course.

Final Reminder: Cordilleran Metallogeny - Porphyry Settings Workshop and Field Trip

On behalf of the Cordilleran Section of GAC, the following is a reminder of the second annual Cordilleran Metallogeny Workshop and associated fieldtrip:

Cordilleran Metallogeny: Porphyry Settings

Tuesday, April 27, 2010
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Vancouver Convention Centre
Downtown Vancouver
Download the workshop brochure

Mark April 27th in your calendar. The GAC-Cordilleran Section invites you to its second annual Cordilleran Metallogeny Workshop. This year's theme is Porphyry Settings. With a focus on British Columbia and Yukon, we will look beyond the pit limits and examine the tectonic settings and broader geological controls of Cordilleran porphyry deposits.

For more details, an itinerary and how to register:

Please note that the post-workshop fieldtrip is now full. Please contact the workshop organizers if you would like to be added to the waitlist.


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