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Practical Geostatistics 2000 - 2: Spatial Statistics is the second of a set of two courses. The companion course is Practical Geostatistics 2000 - 1: Classical Statistics.These courses are based on 40 years of teaching to mining engineers, geologists, hydrologists, soil scientists, climatologists, plus the occasional geographer, pattern recognition expert, meteorologist, statistician, and computer scientist. Even, on one occasion, an accountant. Over those years, we have endeavoured to pare away all extraneous mathematics and concentrate on intuitive derivations where possible.Readers interested in rigorous mathematical proofs are urged to stop here and turn to the more theoretically based material (a comprehensive bibliography is included). This course is not intended to turn out fully-fledged geostatisticians. It is intended for people with problems to be solved which can be assisted by a geostatistical approach.To benefit from this course you need to be fairly comfortable with basic algebra. That is, with the notion of using symbols as shorthand for longer statements. We have worked hard to bring you consistent notation throughout the course. Where notation is out of our control, we explain carefully what each symbol stands for and try not to use that symbol for anything else.Calculus—differentiation and integration—is discussed at various points in the text. The reader is not expected to do any calculus (as such) but is expected to know that the differential of × squared is 2×. The only other complication is the frequent use of simultaneous equations. We tend not to use matrix algebra in this course but will give the matrix form after explanations have been given in simple algebra. For example, linear regression is easier to understand if developed with algebra, but very simple to implement in spreadsheets if matrices are used.If we haven't scared you off yet, be reassured by the fact that all the analyses are illustrated with real data sets in full worked examples. Data sets and software can be downloaded from Ecosse Geostatistics. There are also exercises for you to try. Answers are available for you to check your results. Most of these exercises have been collected and used in classes or examinations at Final (Senior) Year and Master's levels.It is our own fundamental regret that this course cannot contain the jokes, anecdotes and sheer fun that we have giving the course in person. We do advise you, however, to keep your sense of humour and common sense at all times while taking this course.The principal topics covered by this course include... Spatial Relationships The Semi-Variogram Estimation and Kriging Areas and Volumes Other Kriging Approaches The course comprises 17 viewing sessions, each of approximately 60 minutes duration, plus supporting figures, tables, worked examples, references and appendices, and interactive reviews that confirm your achievement of the learning objectives. Authors Isobel Clark William Harper   Duration: 10 Hours Access: 90 Days Category: Exploration Level: Professional Version Date: April 15, 2014         ​Need to train a team? Whether you're looking for a customized training program or developing a team, we have enterprise solutions to fit your needs. Learn More Read More

This is a practical course in mineral processing, designed for engineers, technicians, operators, support staff and others working in the mineral processing industry but with no prior training in this area. The course reviews fundamental principles, conventions and terminology, and provides a broad overview of current technical and operating issues and circuit design considerations. Participants are not expected to become expert practitioners in the field, but to learn enough about the concepts and processes to work effectively with specialists or to manage projects that include metallurgical operations. The course begins with an overview of the discipline, and describes the various drivers for decision-making in operating plants or in project design. Topics covered include comminution, physical separation, flotation, classification and dewatering. Some basic analytical tools and a wide range of metallurgical terms and constructs are covered. Key sustainability issues are also examined, including the drive to reduce energy use in crushing and grinding, reduce water usage across all areas of processing, and incorporate recycling technology. This is a premium course which has been peer-reviewed by a committee appointed by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME). Authors Diana Drinkwater   Duration: 20 Hours Access: 90 Days Category: Mineral Processing Level: Cross Train Version Date: November 8, 2010   ​Need to train a team? Whether you're looking for a customized training program or developing a team, we have enterprise solutions to fit your needs. Learn More Read More

Practical Ore Microscopy and Mineralography is concerned particularly with information obtained from reflected light microscopy of opaque minerals. A review of the mineralographic microscope is provided at the outset, however familiarity with both the petrographic (transmitted light) and mineralographic (reflected light) microscope is a basic premise of the course. Segments of the course that follow are each more-or-less stand-alone. The course places considerable emphasis on the identification, description and classification of textures because of the enormous practical implications of ore textures to mineral beneficiation and ore genesis. Specific topics such as paragenesis, exsolution and sulfide metamorphism and sulfide phase equilibria will be of concern to those with specific interests. A variety of practical concepts related to ore microscopy (liberation, modal analysis, textural case histories, reconciling mineral proportions and assays) are discussed that pertain particularly to mineral beneficiation. Finally, a series of exercises are described that relate to information obtained from ore microscopy studies. These exercises involve topics such as: sampling of particulate ore material, changing volume percent to weight percent (and vice versa), point count and grain counting, calculating mineral formula from chemical analysis, regression as a means of determining precious metal hosts in an ore, mass balance procedures involving modal (volume) percentages of minerals and assays of metals. Authors Alastair J. Sinclair   Duration 12 Hours Access 90 Days Category Environment Level Specialize Version Date August 15, 2003   ​Need to train a team? Whether you're looking for a customized training program or developing a team, we have enterprise solutions to fit your needs. Learn More     Read More

This course is developed under a collaborative agreement with the Learning Strategies Group, a division of Simon Fraser University Business. It is one of a series of courses on business administration applications in mining. Understanding and managing the interactions along the interface between business, community, and government is becoming an increasingly critical component of managerial competency and organizational success. The focus of the course will be to highlight the nature and dynamics of these interactions among multiple players with different goals and concerns—corporations, communities, First Nations, interest groups, unions, governments—and the development of perspectives, tools, and strategies that today's leaders and managers can put to use on the ground and in the boardroom. Examples of the topics covered include: Understanding responsibility and relationships; Recognizing power and values; Turning differences into assets; Creating clear expectations as a foundation for effective working relationships; Developing the capacity to anticipate issues and putting in place proactive structures to deal with disputes when they arise; Recognizing and valuing relationships as assets; How and when to use negotiation and consensus building appropriately and effectively both within the organizations and with external interests and stakeholders; Creating sustainable outcomes through sustainable relationships. Authors Glenn Sigurdson QC   Duration: 8 Hours Access: 90 Days Category: Environment Level: Specialize Version Date: May 13, 2007 ​Need to train a team? Whether you're looking for a customized training program or developing a team, we have enterprise solutions to fit your needs. Learn More Read More

Ethics and morals are principles of behavior that are derived from ancient times. Today's complex world inserts ambiguities into a professional's desire to behave ethically. This course provides a firm understanding and basis for engineers, geologists, managers, and operators in exploration and mining to behave ethically. The course begins with definitions of ethics and an explanation of the importance of ethical behavior, including a discussion of written codes of ethical behavior; gives a historical basis; then moves to a discussion of ambiguities in ethics along with systems that enhance compliance; discusses whistle-blowing and its consequences; and, finally, presents some well-known mine failure examples in terms of their ethical lapses. Examples of ethical and regulatory codes and real-world failures are drawn from multiple jurisdictions. Note: This course focuses on codes used by professional organizations and societies in the United States and Canada. The ethics principles covered in the course are universal. This course is targeted to professionals who work in mineral exploration, in particular: licensed professional engineers, geologists, program designers, and operational managers. Upon completing this course, diligent learners will be able to perform their job in an ethical manner. This implies the learner has the knowledge base to perform the job, take responsibility for their performance, and knowingly avoid doing harm to others. Successful completion of the course means the learner will know of the ethical and regulatory codes appropriate to their position. Authors Lee W. Saperstein   Duration: 6 Hours Access: 90 Days Category: Leadership Level: Introduce Version Date: April 1, 2019 ​Need to train a team? Whether you're looking for a customized training program or developing a team, we have enterprise solutions to fit your needs. Learn More   Read More

Probability graphs display a data set as a cumulative distribution. The most significant use of probability graphs applied to mineral exploration data is in the recognition of the number of populations in a data set, and the partial or complete partitioning of individual values into their respective groups or populations. The significance of the resulting groupings or populations of data must be interpreted. Interpreting probability graphs is largely a matter of understanding the implications of the patterns that result when data sets are plotted. These implications are not always fully appreciated, and in some cases, the conclusions drawn from the probability graphs are incorrect. In this course, you will learn how probability graphs can supplement analyses done using histograms, and how this can be beneficial when interpreting mineral exploration data. The course explains data distributions and populations. You will learn that probability graphs are an easy way to estimate the forms of distributions and their parameters. They are a useful tool to present and analyze many types of numeric data that are the product of mineral exploration programs. The course also highlights general advantages, but also limitations of using probability graphs, and provides useful procedure tips to draw up the graphs. Note that this course assumes a working knowledge of simple statistical concepts (e.g. arithmetic mean, variance, standard deviation, normal density distribution, etc.). The course content uses a clear-cut, idealized approach illustrated by real life practical examples used throughout the mining industry. The Appendix includes a variety of interpretations of published probability graphs with alternate interpretations and discussion on the analytical approaches used by the original publications. Authors Alastair J. Sinclair   Duration 16 Hours Access 90 Days Category Exploration Level Specialize Version Date December 3, 2018 ​Need to train a team? Whether you're looking for a customized training program or developing a team, we have enterprise solutions to fit your needs. Learn More Read More

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