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Practical Geostatistics, Modeling and Spatial Analysis


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Practical Geostatistics provides an introductory course and application reference for students and practising geoscientists concerned with 3D characterization of subsurface conditions. The course emphasizes practical application of geostatistics to mining, environmental and geotechnical problems in an integrated 3D modeling context.

Course Summary


Practical Geostatistics provides an introductory course and application reference for students and practising geoscientists concerned with 3D characterization of subsurface conditions. It provides sufficient knowledge and background to allow useful application of geostatistics in the furtherance of geoscientific objectives, whether these include evaluation of a mineral deposit or oil reservoir, assessment of subsurface contamination, or characterization of geotechnical conditions. Practical Geostatistics emphasizes the practical application of geostatistics and limits the presentation of geostatistical theory to the level required for a basic understanding of the techniques involved. For those interested in furthering their knowledge of geostatistical theory beyond the introductory level, there are many detailed theoretical references already in existence.

Application of geostatistics in the geosciences continues to expand from its origins in the mining sector and now includes significant applications in the environmental, petroleum and geotechnical sectors. In practice, application of geostatistical theory requires an integrated toolbox of statistical, geostatistical, geological, spatial analysis and visualization techniques. This practical, integrated approach to the application of geostatistics for subsurface characterization is the focus of Practical Geostatistics, from a description of the data structures required, through discussion of the concepts, theory and application, to qualification of the end results.

CD and Hard Cover Version

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Course Content

The course comprises 34 viewing sessions at both summary and text level, plus multiple-choice reviews, extensive worked examples, and numerous full-color images of computer visualization. Course duration is equivalent to 40 hours of viewing content.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the principles and theory of geostatistical analysis and estimation.
  • Describe the data structures and integrated technologies required for application of 3D geostatistics.
  • Evaluate the uncertainty associated with geostatistical estimation.
  • Apply 3D geostatistics to sampling control, probability and risk analysis.
  • Apply geostatistical analysis and estimation to mineral deposit evaluation and environmental and geotechnical problems.

Course Requirements

  • A degree in geology, engineering geology, mining engineering, environmental engineering or related discipline.
  • A basic understanding of 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).