Practical Geostatistics, Modeling and Spatial Analysis

Areas of Study: Mining | Exploration and Geology

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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.

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  • Audience Level:
  • Professional
  • Enrollment:
  • Required
  • Duration:
  • 40 hours

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

The full course is also available in CD and hard-cover format, with ready access to all images and source data for the worked examples, from .

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.

Recommended Background

  • 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 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.

MJ | 2015
It is a course that I have wanted to do for a while. The course has helped me look at some of the raw data on exploration projects that I have worked on. I will do other geostatistics courses that are offered here.
AB | 2013
Course is well done for the level at which it is presented