Geochemical Applications of Portable XRF

Geochemical Applications of Portable XRF

Areas of Study: Exploration and Geology

Qualifies for CMS

Short Course Short Course
  • Audience Level: Technical Tool Tip
  • Dates: Unscheduled Tool Tip
  • Early Bird: Tool Tip
  • Enrollment: Included Tool Tip
  • Registration Fee: Tool Tip
  • Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada Tool Tip
  • Duration: 2 days
  • CEUs: 1.6 (16 PDHs) Tool Tip

Course Summary

Summary

The course encompasses a review of the theory and principles of field portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometry, considerations of data quality and data management, as well as examples of practical applications such as geochemical mapping of surface materials and lithogeochemical classification of rock types and alteration. Participants will develop an understanding of the uses and limitations of the portable XRF analyser for the purpose of real-time geochemical data acquisition in an adequate and appropriate fashion.

Topics covered will be:

XRF Fundamentals

  • Fundamental Properties of Matter
  • Types of Radiation
  • Principles of X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry
  • XRF Analysers
  • XRF Analyser Operation
    • Safety Considerations
    • Best-Practice Instrument Operation

Data Quality

  • Sources of Measurement Error
  • Sample Preparation
  • QA/QC and Data Validation

Data Management

  • From Acquisition to Validation, Storage and Retrieval

Data Analysis

  • XRF Data Processing
  • Exploratory Data Analysis
    • Data Populations
    • Trends, Clusters and Outliers
    • Multivariate Methods

Geochemical Applications

  • CAMIRO pXRF Review
  • Complementary Instrumentation
  • Rock Classification
  • Lithogeochemistry from Exploration to Production
  • Examples and Case Studies

For more details, please see the Schedule tab.

On January 23, join Reflex and EduMine at this 1-day conference: Technology Driving Change in Exploration and Mining.

Pre-Course e-Learning

Prior to the course, registered delegates have access to online e-learning material consisting of three introductory courses titled Common Rocks, Minerals and Ores, Quality Control of Geochemical and Assay Samples and Exploration and Mining Geology 3 - Surface Geologic Data.

Certificate in Mining Studies

This course qualifies for two days of short course credit for the Certificate in Mining Studies (CMS), a continuing education program of accredited short courses, webcasts and online courses for lifelong learning in mining, supported by University of British Columbia, University of Arizona and University of Concepción. more details »

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Registered participants who attend the entire short course and complete an evaluation at the end of the course will receive a Certificate of Attendance, confirming the Professional Development Hours (PDH)/Continuing Education Units (CEU) earned. Please confirm with your employer and/or professional association that this course qualifies for CPD.

Who Should Attend?

This course is primarily designed for geologists, geological and mining engineers, metallurgists, and other professionals involved in mineral exploration, development, and operation. The course is also suitable for executives, managers, environmental engineers, assayers, academics, students, and policy makers who need to understand geochemical data acquisition and its practical applications.

Cindy Collins

Cindy is a NRCan XRF Certified Instructor and a civil engineering technologist who has worked in the mineral exploration and forestry industries, with a focus on non-destructive and chemical testing, data collection and management of mineral exploration surface and subsurface data. Cindy joined the Reflex team in 2014. Previously she has worked with Maxwell Geoservices, Innov-X Canada and for a number of mineral and diamond exploration companies in roles such as Information Systems Coordinator and GIS Analyst.

Pim van Geffen

Pim has worked as a Senior Geochemist with the REFLEX team (formerly ioGlobal) since 2011. He graduated with an MSc degree in geochemistry from Utrecht University in The Netherlands and completed his PhD research at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. He previously worked as a geochemist with Anglo American Exploration (Canada). As a consultant, Pim has worked with a wide variety of projects in applied geochemistry and data analysis, ranging from stream sediment surveys to lithogeochemistry and geomet assessments. Pim holds a position on the Technical Advisory Committee (Minerals) of Geoscience BC.

Provisional Schedule

Day 1: Portable-XRF Geochemistry
Time Session

08:00 – 08:30

Registration and Breakfast

08:30 – 10:00

XRF Fundamentals

10:00 – 10:15

Coffee/Tea Break

10:15 – 11:45

Data Quality

11:45 – 12:30

Data Management, Part I

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch

13:30 – 14:15

Data Management, Part II

14:15 – 15:15

Geochemical Applications

15:15 – 15:30

Coffee/Tea Break

15:30 – 16:30

Hands-on Instrument Operation and Testing

16:30 – 17:00

Discussion and Q&A

Day 2: Geochemical Data Analysis
Time Session

08:00 – 08:30

Breakfast

08:30 – 09:30

Geochemistry Essentials

09:30 – 10:30

Introduction to Exploratory Data Analysis

10:30 – 10:45

Coffee/Tea Break

10:45 – 11:45

Applications for Lithogeochemistry

11:45 – 12:30

Advanced Exploratory Data Analysis, Part I

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch

13:30 – 14:15

Advanced Exploratory Data Analysis, Part II

14:15 – 15:15

Geomet: Using Exploration Data for Metallurgical Domaining

15:15 – 15:30

Coffee/Tea Break

15:30 – 16:30

Case Studies

16:30 – 17:00

Discussion and Q&A

How to Register

To register yourself, click the 'Register Now' button and complete the online registration form.
To register on behalf of someone else, or to register groups of 2 or more, please contact us; discounts may apply.

Questions? Please contact EduMine: +1 604 683 2037 or [email protected] and we will get back to you during regular business hours, Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm Pacific Time.

Fees

The fee covers the lecture, access to Pre-Course e-Learning, a certificate of attendance, and catered breakfasts and lunches including light refreshments. The fee does not cover accommodation.

Early Bird: there is a 10% discount if you register at least 30 days prior to the course start date. A 10% discount is offered for groups of 3 or more OR if you provide your Annual EduMine subscription User ID at time of registration. The maximum discount that can be applied is 20%.

Venue

The course will be held at InfoMine Inc, Vancouver, Canada, Suite 640 - 580 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC. Detailed arrival instructions will be sent to all participants 10-14 days prior to the commencement of the course.

Hotel Accommodation

If you need to make hotel reservations, we recommend the following hotels. Each hotel is within a 5-15 minute walking distance of the course venue and provides convenient access to transportation and 'Canada Line' rapid transit to/from Vancouver International Airport.

When making reservations make sure to ask for the "InfoMine corporate rate".

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For further information about hotels in Downtown Vancouver, see the following website: http://www.hotels-vancouver.ca/hotels/Downtown.

Terms and Conditions

By submitting a short course registration form, you agree to pay the associated fees in full before the course start date.

Cancellations

Notice of cancellation must be given in writing by letter, fax or email and action will be taken to recover, from the delegates or their employers, that portion of the fee owing at the time of cancellation.

A 10% administration fee will be levied for cancellations made 10 or more business days prior to the first day of the course. Cancellations thereafter will be liable for the loss of the full fee.

EduMine reserves the right to cancel an advertised course on short notice. It will endeavour to provide participants with as much notice as possible, but will not accept liability for costs incurred by participants or their organisations as a result of the course being cancelled or postponed. If a course is cancelled, fees will be refunded in full. EduMine also reserves the right to postpone or make such alterations to the content of a course as may be necessary.

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