Holistic Exploration Workflow for Critical Mineral Exploration

GeoLogica Limited
Course summary
14 hours
700 GBP excl. VAT
Online courses
Next available date: 27/09/2021 - Online courses
Professional Training

Course description

Holistic Exploration Workflow for Critical Mineral Exploration

This course presents a recommended workflow for critical minerals explorers: from province to prospect scales. During the exercises, you will apply concepts and skills that are fundamental for all exploration geoscience activities in industry and research including: the mineral system framework, exploration as a predictive activity, chance of geological success, uncertainty, risk, value of information and respectful teamwork. The examples will be for rare earth elements (REE) and nickel. The mineral system approach for critical minerals is still at a nascent stage. This course presents some of the progress to date. However, your ideas and contributions could shape a global exploration process.

Suitability - Who should attend?

The workshop is designed for participants with: (a) a bachelor’s degree level of understanding in igneous, sedimentary and erosion processes, tectonics, structure, geophysics and geochemistry; (b) a passion to go out and discover critical minerals ore deposits. Experienced mineral and petroleum explorers are welcome to share, and expand, their range of insights and techniques.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

  • Understand some of the techniques and tasks of an industry exploration geoscientist.
  • Put a mineral exploration project into province, mineral system and play context.
  • Regard mineral exploration as a high-risk game of chance, that requires a probability of success estimate and approach.
  • Adapt best-practice exploration techniques from other commodities to the critical minerals sector.
  • Create and efficiently communicate maps and cross sections to estimate the migration pathways and deposition locations of commodities.
  • Design a mineral system framework and translate it into the data types that would improve confidence in an exploration project.
  • Recognise the value of collaboration, multiple working hypotheses and a team’s range of experiences in geoscience activities.
  • Identify and mitigate the (often detrimental) biases that geoscientists could bring to projects.

Training Course Content

Session 1

Introduction to the course, the workshop and the teams.

Exercise 1. Review information about an REE exploration project and a nickel exploration project.

Exercise 2. Predict the outcome of testing a subsurface exploration concept.

Exercise 3. Assess the value, cost, risk and uncertainty of acquiring new information.

Exercise 4. When multiple components must coincide to create a successful outcome.

Introduction to regional context and screening provinces.

Exercise 5. Compare and rank the REE and the nickel project.

Exercise 6. Regional-scale screening of a metallogenic province in Greenland.

Session 2

Introduction to the best-practice methods of play-based exploration and petroleum system evaluation.

Exercise 7. Sketch a petroleum system in 4-D its essential ingredients, name it, state its known size, state its possible undiscovered extension.

Introduction to petroleum play analysis and geological chance factors.

Exercise 8. Sketch a petroleum play in 4-D its essential ingredients, name it, state its known size, state its possible undiscovered extension. Introduction to petroleum prospect generation and geological chance factors.

Exercise 9: Determine a prospect’s local chance factors and its probability of geological success.

Session 3

Consider exercises 79 for a critical minerals framework.

Introduction to the mineral system framework how to map it and how to use it for an exploration data acquisition program.

Exercise 10: Determine the geological chance factors of an REE mineral system.

Session 4

Continue exercise 10. Translate the geological chance factors into data types.

Exercise 11: Repeat exercise 1 with skills and techniques gained in the workshop.

Workshop wrap-up

Course delivery details

  • 2pm-5.30pm BST
  • There will be four 3.5-hour interactive, online sessions presented over 4 days (mornings in North America and afternoons in Europe). A digital manual and exercise materials will be distributed to participants before the workshop. Extra reading and exercise time can be conducted outside workshop hours. Participants are encouraged to bring a standard deck of playing cards, 2 dice and 2 small cups to the workshop.

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Providing world-class training for the energy industry, GeoLogica is an experienced team with an extensive network of tutors and instructors on their books. Their expertise spans both subsurface training for the oil and gas industry, as well as training aimed...

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