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Practical Exploration Methods [CANCELED]

Practical Exploration Methods [CANCELED]
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This workshop has been designed for early-mid career exploration geologists, advanced under- and postgraduate students, and exploration managers coordinating multidisciplinary exploration teams. Two days of classroom lectures are followed by a field day at a mine. The curriculum is based on core exploration methodologies and techniques that represent essential career progression skills in the mining industry. Practical computer-based case studies with a focus on "best work practices" and real-world datasets will allow participants to become familiar with these techniques. Both instructors have extensive worldwide industry and teaching experience.

Key Content

  • Introduction to mineral exploration techniques and programs
  • Geochemical exploration techniques: Fundamentals of geochemical exploration, survey planning, QA/QC, interpretation and target generation
  • Structural control on ore deposits using airborne magnetics: Examples from greenstone belts
  • Drilling techniques and exploration logistics
  • A mine visit: Emphasis on practical applications of geochemistry to exploration and property evaluation. Core logging and activity diagrams.



Benedikt Steiner
Camborne School of Mines, UK, and XPLORE GLOBAL Ltd.

Benedikt started his career in regional petroleum exploration in the eastern former Soviet Union, before moving on to work on Rio Tinto Exploration's uranium and copper exploration projects in southern Africa. More recently, he carried out projects in France, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Myanmar. Benedikt is a published expert in mineral exploration geochemistry, and his work focuses on integrating geochemical with other geoscientific techniques to aid exploration targeting.


William X. Chávez, Jr.
New Mexico School of Mines

Bill has been a professor of Geological Engineering and Economic Geology at the New Mexico School of Mines since 1985. His research emphasizes the alteration-mineralization characteristics of porphyry and epithermal systems, and the weathering-related mobility of metals in the supergene environment. Bill has instructed various workshops and field courses for the SEG, including SEGF Student Field Courses, mapping courses, and courses in applied geochemistry. He is recipient of the Thayer Lindsley Visiting Lecturer, Ralph W. Marsden, and International Exchange Lecturer awards from SEG.



Early Deadline: March 15, 2020

Fees include:

  • Hotel room (double occupancy) for three nights (arriving April 28 and departing May 1)
  • Breakfast
  • Light evening meal with glass of wine or beer at the hotel
  • Snacks, coffee/tea, and lunch for three days
  Early Regular
SEG Regular Member $995 $1,095
Non-member $1,195 $1,295
SEG Student Member $495 $545
Student Non-member $595 $645
All prices are in United States dollars (USD). SEG reserves the right to cancel this event should minimum attendance numbers not be met by March 15, 2020. Cancellation policy, event photography, dietary restrictions, and more are detailed in the SEG Terms and Conditions.

Student limits for this course have been met.

If you would still to attend you must either 1) pay full member rates, or 2) contact events@segweb.org to be placed on a waitlist.

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4/29/2020 - 5/1/2020
SEG Course Center 7811 Shaffer Parkway Littleton, CO 80127 UNITED STATES