Practical Geostatistics

Areas of Study: Exploration and Geology | Mining

Qualifies for CMS

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  • Audience Level: Professional 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: 3 days
  • CEUs: 2.4 (24 PDHs) Tool Tip

Course Summary


This classroom course takes interested students from little to no knowledge of statistics or geostatistics to understanding the mysteries of ordinary kriging and its variants in 3 days. Participants will learn through lectures, anecdotes and case studies. These are augmented by computer-based exercises covering many different applications to reinforce understanding of the techniques. Participants must bring a laptop computer to participate in the exercises.

Geostatistics is the name given to a particular group of techniques that model spatial processes and allow estimation of values at unsampled locations. Geostatistical estimation is a two-stage process.

  1. Studying the gathered data to establish the predictability of values from place to place in the study area.
  2. Estimating values at those locations which have not been sampled. This process is known as 'kriging.'

In mining, geostatistics is extensively used in the field of resource and reserve valuation—the estimation of grades and other parameters from a relatively small set of borehole or other samples. Originally developed in mining, geostatistics is now widely used in many other fields. Obviously there are geological and geographical applications. However, the techniques are also used in such diverse fields as hydrology, ground water and air pollution, soil science and agriculture, forestry, epidemiology and weather prediction.

While little to no prior knowledge of statistics or geostatistics is assumed, a minimum understanding of mathematics is necessary to explain the techniques. This includes mainly simple algebra, up to understanding the concepts behind solving simple sets of simultaneous equations and differentiating x².

Questions and discussions are actively encouraged and, indeed, form the basis of a successful course.

Who Should Attend?

This course is aimed at geologists, mining engineers, surveyors, biologists, agriculturalists, statisticians, environmentalists and any other professionals dealing with the estimation from or interpolation between samples collected on a spatial basis. This is not a course for specialist geostatisticians but intended rather for those who wish to use geostatistics to enhance their practical applications or research.

Pre-Course e-Learning

Prior to the course, registered participants have access to online e-learning material. This gives participants the opportunity to read up or get up to speed on a topic before learning directly from an expert. For this course, consider working through the online courses titled Practical Geostatistics 2000 - 1: Classical Statistics and Practical Geostatistics 2000 - 2: Spatial Statistics.

Certificate in Mining Studies

This course qualifies for three 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.

Dr. Isobel Clark

Dr. Isobel Clark provides consultancy through Geostokos Limited, almost exclusively in the field of mineral resource and reserve estimation, most often at feasibility or even pre-feasibility stage. She has a B.Sc. (1969) in Pure and Applied Mathematics from Strathclyde University, an M.Sc. (1970) in Biometrics from University of Reading, a Ph.D. (1979) in Engineering from University of London, and a Diploma in Educational Broadcasting (1980) from University of York. She is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, an Associate Member of the Biometrics Society, a Member of the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy, a Member of the International Association of Mathematical Geology, a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, Associate Member of the Society of Mining Engineers of AIME, a Member of the Geostatistical Association of South Africa, and a Fellow of the South African Institution of Mining and Metallurgy.

Dr. Clark has taught at the Royal School of Mines at Imperial College, the Department of Mining Engineering at University of the Witwatersrand, and Camborne School of Mines at University of Exeter. She is the author of Practical Geostatistics (1979), co-author of Practical Geostatistics 2000 with William Harper, and author of numerous technical papers and short courses. Her major area of investigative study has been in the application of the "Theory of Regionalised Variables" in ore reserve estimation and other appropriate fields.

Provisional Schedule

Day 1: 08:15 – 17:00
Time Session

08:15 – 08:45

Registration and breakfast

08:45 – 12:30

  • The basic assumptions of spatial estimation methods
  • Inverse Distance interpolation methods

12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 17:00

Statistical methods

  • Classical statistics: the Normal distribution
  • Confidence levels
  • Standard errors
Day 2: 08:30 – 17:00
Time Session

08:30 – 12:30

  • Construction and interpretation of semi-variograms
  • Identification of trends
  • Multi-component models
  • Confirmation of basic assumptions
  • Outliers

12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 17:00

Geostatistical methods

  • The experimental semi-variogram
  • Modelling semi-variograms
  • Trends
  • Anisotropy
  • Geological features
Day 3: 08:30 – 17:00
Time Session

08:30 – 12:30

  • Variations on kriging
  • Lognormal methods
  • Indicator methods

12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 17:00

  • Regression problems (conditional bias)
  • Simulation
  • General discussions and case studies

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.


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 5 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%.


The course will be held at UBC Robson Square, Room C235 – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 3B6. Detailed arrival instructions will be sent to all participants 10-14 days prior to the commencement of the course.

Hotel Accommodation

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

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Terms and Conditions

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


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 4 or more weeks prior to the first day of the course. Thereafter, the following cancellation refund schedule will apply.

  • Cancellation made more than 3 weeks prior to the first day of the short course: 70% of the registration fee is reimbursed.
  • Cancellation made more than 2 weeks prior to the first day of the short course: 50% of the registration fee is reimbursed.
  • Cancellation made less than 2 weeks prior to the first day of the short course: no reimbursement of registration fees.

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.