Geostatistics 101 - A Practical Introduction

Areas of Study: Exploration and Geology

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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.*** 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).

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  • New to Mining
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  • Duration:
  • 11 hours

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Course Summary

Introduction

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.

Recommended Background

  • An understanding of basic statistical methods.

Simon W. Houlding MSc. P.Eng

Simon Houlding spent his youth in Zimbabwe, graduated with an MSc (Eng) from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, worked in the South African mining industry for ten years, and has made Canada his home since 1976. He is a practicing Professional Engineer and member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, and a member of the CIM. In the 1980’s he was a founder of Lynx Geosystems Inc. where he pioneered the development of spatial modeling techniques for resource estimation and authored several books and numerous technical references on the subject.

In 1999 he joined InfoMine Inc. and founded EduMine to provide online professional development and training to the global mining community. Since then he has focused on promoting online learning as an effective platform for global dissemination of mining expertise, in collaboration with industry and academia. EduMine is now the largest provider of online professional development and training for mining in the world.

In 2015, CIM awarded Simon Houlding the Vale Medal for Meritorius Contributions to Mining.