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Geostatistical Mineral Resource Estimation & Meeting the New Regulatory Environment: Step by Step from Sampling to Grade Control

September 21-25, 2020

Objectives and Content

This course is designed according to the latest regulations on public reporting of Mineral Resources. It aims at showing how state-of-the-art statistical and geostatistical techniques help answering the requirements of those regulations in an objective and reproducible manner. A particular emphasis is put on understanding sampling and estimation errors and how to assign levels of estimation confidence through the application of resource classification fundamentals. In addition to a solid introduction to mining geostatistics this course provides a comprehensive overview of industry’s best practices in the broader field of Mineral Resource estimation.

Attendees will learn:

  • How to use statistical inference to identify problems with the data
  • How to produce models that address the needs of mining companies
  • Compliance with the standards of NI43-101, SEC Industry Guide 7 and JORC
  • Effective workflows from data preparation to resource classification
  • How to validate, reconcile and communicate resource estimation results
  • The fundamentals of resource classification and how to apply them in practice
  • How to produce auditable and reproducible resource estimates
  • Estimation of grade control models and best practices in ore selection
  • Spatial estimation of geometallurgical data
  • How to use conditional simulations to quantify uncertainty in resource estimates
  • How to integrate orebody simulations into mine planning

Please note: It is strongly recommended that participants bring a laptop. No previous exposure to statistics and geostatistics is required.

Instructors: Georges Verly (Wood, Canada) and Roussos Dimitrakopoulos (McGill University, Canada)

Venue: 

McGill University
Department of Mining and Materials Engineering
3450 University Street
Frank Dawson Adams Building, Room 105
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 0E8

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