Pre- and Post-Conference Workshops

There are four workshops planned prior to Exploration 07 (Saturday and Sunday), and three afterwards (Thursday and Friday). All workshops are being organized by groups or individuals independent of the Exploration 07 Organizing Committee, but are endorsed by Exploration 07. All workshops will be held at the conference venue, the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.

A workshop registration fee includes participation in the workshop, the workshop proceedings in digital and/or hard copy form, buffet luncheon and coffee breaks. When registering for more than one workshop, please ensure that the dates do not conflict. The fees for workshop registration are provided on the conference registration form. Reduced fees for a limited number of students are available.

Additions and changes to the workshop programmes will be posted on this page as they are made available by the convenors.

Exploration Workshops Overview

Workshop 1: Geological Remote Sensing

September 8 and 9 (Saturday and Sunday)

Geological Remote Sensing Group (GRSG)
: Dave Coulter and Xiaodong Zhou
: 200 registrants

The remote sensing workshop will highlight the latest results from leading exploration remote sensing scientists.  Designed as a two day symposium, the talks will focus on case histories, new remote sensing instruments and processing techniques, geologic mapping with remote sensing, and spectroscopic techniques.  Explorationists interested in remote sensing, from novices to experts, will find practical information on the use of remote sensing for exploration.

Workshop 2: Exploration Geochemistry – Basic Principles & Concepts

September 8 (Saturday)

Association of Applied Geochemists (AAG)
: Bill Coker
: 230 registrants

This workshop will provide comprehensive coverage of the basic principles of applied exploration geochemistry. The presenters are a group of international geochemists who are specialists in various aspects of exploration geochemistry. This workshop is aimed at geoscientists who lack training in the principles and practices of exploration geochemistry but are often required to carry out geochemical surveys.

The presentations and discussions at the Exploration 07 Exploration Geochemistry workshop are:

Workshop 3: Indicator Mineral Methods in Mineral Exploration

September 9 (Sunday)

Association of Applied Geochemists (AAG)
Convenors: Harvey Thorleifson and Beth McClenaghan
Capacity: 230 registrants

This workshop will review basic principles and recent developments in indicator mineral methods, including kimberlite indicator minerals, gold grains, as well as base metal indicators.  It will include presentations and discussions on an overview of indicator mineral methods, survey design, sample processing methods, mineral chemistry, quality assurance/quality control, indicator mineral methods in precious metal, diamond, and base metal exploration, a laboratory case study that will address sample representatively and integrity, an exploration case study, and a public sector case study dealing with geological survey agency work in systematic mapping.  The speakers are experienced and influential indicator mineral specialists from the exploration industry, commercial laboratories, and government agencies. The workshop is being designed to benefit exploration geologists who wish to obtain an overview of indicator mineral fundamentals, and those seeking insights into recent developments in this important field of mineral exploration. Speakers at the Exploration 07 Indicator Mineral Methods in Mineral Exploration short course will be:

Workshop 4: Data Integration and Knowledge Extraction from Exploration Data Sets via Self Organizing Maps

September 8 (Saturday)

Convenors: Stephen Fraser and Bruce Dickson
Capacity: 30 registrants

A workshop for all geoscientists who wish to analyze, visualize and extract new information from complex and disparate spatial data sets. Both formal presentations and interactive demonstrations are planned. Large volumes of data are typically collected during all phases of the resource exploration and evaluation process. Often these data contain diverse types of observations and measurements, and traditional statistical approaches are neither appropriate, nor do they provide the information that is typically required. New methods are needed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of explorationists as they seek to discover the often subtle clues and relationships associated with mineralization. Self Organizing Maps (SOM) is a relatively new computational approach that can add value and create new knowledge in this process.

Workshop participants will be introduced to data mining via the Self Organizing Map approach.

Various examples and studies will be presented to demonstrate the breadth of the technique's potential. The workshop will be biased towards practical examples; and there is an opportunity (limited) for attendees to provide data sets that will be analyzed and presented to the whole group (email for details). Participants will also be entitled to a trial version of the software. No prior knowledge of data mining is required to attend the course.

Workshop 5: ArcView 9 for Geoscientists (short course)

September 13 and 14 (Thursday and Friday)

Instructor: Iain Allen
Capacity: 30 registrants

This two-day course will teach you how to use ArcView 9.2, using geologic data to perform geologic tasks. The course will be taught by two experienced trainers and has been field-tested at many of the largest companies in mining, including BHP Billiton, Barrick Gold, Inco and Placer Dome. 60-day evaluation versions of the software will be provided for those who do not have ArcView. You will require your own computer. Attendance is restricted to 30 people to ensure the quality of the training. Each attendee will receive a comprehensive printed workbook and data CD.

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Workshop 6: Geophysical Contributions to New Discoveries

September 13 (Thursday)

Canadian Exploration Geophysical Society (KEGS)
: Paolo Berardelli and Charley Murphy
Capacity: 200 registrants

This workshop will focus on the applications of geophysical systems and processing techniques to mineral discoveries, with an emphasis on case histories. Presentations will be made by exploration and instrumentation geophysicists covering a range of geophysical methods, both airborne and on the ground. There will be examples of exploration targets from oil sands to gold, over many geographic regions. The workshop will include a booklet of abstracts and a CD of the presented papers. The speakers for Geophysical Contributions to New Discoveries are:

Workshop 7: Airborne Surveys: Planning, Logistics and Safety

September 14 (Friday)

International Airborne Geophysics Safety Association (IAGSA)
: Mike Carson and Stan Medved
Capacity: 200 registrants

This workshop will provide a review of the planning and risk analysis needed to execute an effective airborne survey program, with a particular emphasis on safety.  Survey types, specifications and aircraft characteristics will be covered highlighting often overlooked aircraft performance constraints.  A sample risk analysis including a detailed description of current and proposed risk mitigation measures will be developed with a discussion on how these measures may have prevented survey related accidents.