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Geostatistics 101 - A Practical Introduction


  • Format: Online Course Tool Tip
  • Application: Exploration - Geology - Reserves Tool Tip
  • Audience Level: New to Mining Tool Tip
  • Certification: EduMine Tool Tip
  • Fee for Certification: $194 Tool Tip
  • Enrollment: Required Tool Tip
  • Version: May 20, 2010 Tool Tip
  • Duration: 11 hours Tool Tip
  • Completion: 22 days Tool Tip
  • CEUs: 1.1 (11 PDHs) (SAIMM: 1 CPDs) Tool Tip
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Geostatistics 101 provides an introduction to the topic for anyone who needs to understand the basic principles and practical application of semi-variograms and geostatistical estimation.

Course Summary


Geostatistics 101 provides an introduction to the topic for anyone who needs to understand the basic principles, advantages and practical application of semi-variograms and geostatistical estimation. The course is illustrated by numerous examples from mineral exploration and environmental characterization.

  • Part 1: Introduction - Why Geostatistics? ... Discusses the requirement, concept, origins, applications and advantages of geostatistics.
  • Part 2: Basic Concepts and Principles of Geostatistics ... Discusses regionalized variables, spatial variability, semi-variograms and geostatistical estimation.
  • Part 3: Practical Application of Geostatistics ... Discusses the complications that occur in practice, including geological influences, non-normal sample distributions, data trends, anisotropy and the uncertainty associated with geostatistical estimation.
For those interested in furthering their knowledge of geostatistical theory beyond the introductory level see the Related Courses tab.

Course Content

The course includes 9 viewing sessions, each comprising approximately 60 minutes of learning content, plus multiple-choice reviews and numerous full-color images. Course duration is equivalent to approximately 11 hours of learning content.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the principles and theory of geostatistical analysis and estimation.
  • Discuss the advantages, limitations and practical application of geostatistics.
  • Discuss the uncertainty associated with geostatistical estimation.

Course Requirements

  • An understanding of basic statistical methods.

Simon W. Houlding MSc. P.Eng

Simon Houlding is responsible for EduMine, the professional development division of InfoMine Inc. EduMine has provided online professional development to the mining industry since 2000.

He is a Vancouver-based professional engineer with an MSc. (Eng.) from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and an international practice providing services for information management, computer modeling and education to the environmental, resource and geotechnical sectors. He has specialized in 3D computer modeling applications in the geosciences since 1979, including development of modeling, geostatistics and spatial analysis techniques that have become accepted practice in the geosciences, and was the founder and technical director of Lynx Geosystems Inc.

His experience includes numerous research, development, application and educational projects, emphasizing practical application and dissemination of technology through consulting and research projects, educational seminars and technical publications. He is an authority on XML and its application to online education and training projects.

He is the developer of an XML-based courseware template and authoring environment, and author of numerous technical publications including "3D Geoscience Modeling - Computer Techniques for Geological Characterization" (hard cover) Springer Verlag (1994) and "Practical Geostatistics, Modeling and Spatial Analysis" (hard cover and CD) Springer Verlag (1999).