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Short Course

Real Geostatistics


Qualifies for CMS

Certification in this course is eligible for credit towards a Certificate in Mining Studies from leading mining universities.

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  • Format: Short Course Tool Tip
  • Application: Exploration - Geology - Reserves Tool Tip
  • Audience Level: Professional Tool Tip
  • Registration Fee: $1850.00 Tool Tip
  • Early Bird: $1665.00 Tool Tip
  • Enrollment: Included Tool Tip
  • Dates: Tool Tip
  • Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada Tool Tip
  • Duration: 2 days
  • CEUs: 1.6 (16 PDHs) Tool Tip

Course Summary


Described as an "intermediate" course on geostatistics, this two-day seminar uses case studies to illustrate the use of geostatistical methods in a variety of applications.

Using little or no mathematics, Isobel Clark discusses case studies involving interpretation of everyday questions, such as:

  • Is my data homogeneous enough for geostatistical mapping?
  • Do I have trends in my data and (if so) what kind?
  • How do I interpret semi-variograms which deviate from the ideal shapes?
  • What Kriging method should I use (if any)?
  • Should I be using Kriging results at all?


Geostatistics is the name given to a particular group of techniques which 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; and
  2. estimating values at those locations which have not been sampled. This process is known as 'kriging'.

In mining and geology, geostatistics is extensively used in the field of resource/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 precision agriculture, forestry, epidemiology and weather prediction.

Recent courses have attracted participants with applications varying from sea-bird protection zones, river pollution, pests in orange groves to more traditional applications such as groundwater hydrology and geological resource estimation.

Students are expected to be conversant with geostatistical procedures—e.g. studying the online course(s) or equivalent.

Pre-Course e-Learning

Prior to the course, registered delegates have access to online e-learning material consisting of two introductory courses titled Practical Geostatistics 2000-1: Classical Statistics and Practical Geostatistics 2000-2: Spatial Statistics.

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 and University of Arizona. more details »

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

This course meets the requirements for formal CPD activity for most Canadian provincial associations and US state boards and may contribute the equivalent in hours towards your CPD requirement. more details »

Who Should Attend?

The 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.

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

Instruction will take place from 8:30am to 5:00pm each day, with a lunch break from 12:30 to 1:30pm and 15 minute snack breaks mid-morning and mid-afternoon.

Day 1: 31 January 2013, from 8:00am to 5:00pm Pacific Standard Time
Time Session
08:00am – 08:30am Registration and Breakfast
08:30am – 12:30am

Case studies from Geostokos Ltd.

  • construction and interpretation of semi-variograms
  • identification of trends
  • confirmation of basic assumptions
  • outliers
12:30 – 13:30pm Lunch provided
13:30pm – 17:00pm

Case studies from Geostokos Ltd.

  • choice of appropriate kriging techniques
  • practical applications of kriging
Day 2: 1 February 2013, from 8:30am to 5:00pm Pacific Standard Time
Time Session
08:00am – 08:30am Breakfast
08:30am – 10:30am

Case studies from Geostokos Ltd. and from course participants

  • discussion of case studies from course participants
  • general discussion of case studies
12:30pm – 13:30pm Lunch provided
13:30pm – 17:00pm

Case studies from Geostokos Ltd. and from course participants

  • general discussion of case studies
  • simulation techniques

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 edumine-support@infomine.com and we will get back to you during regular business hours, Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm Pacific Time.


The full fee for the two day program is CAD 1,850 + tax. The fee covers the lecture, a comprehensive set of course notes, access to EduMine e-learning, a certificate of attendance, and continental 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%.


The course will be held at the UBC Robson Square facility which is located in the heart of downtown Vancouver and only a 5 to 10 minute walk from the recommended hotels shown below.

For more details see: http://robsonsquare.ubc.ca/find-us/.

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".

  • Executive Hotel Le Soleil, named by Resorts & Great Hotels Magazine as "One of the Top 100 Hotels in the World," has been recipient of the American Automobile Association's (AAA) 4-Diamond rating since its opening. Executive Hotel Le Soleil differentiates itself with a unique mixture of stylish sophistication and old world elegance. Featuring 119 luxury boutique lodging accommodations, it is conveniently located across the street from the InfoMine/EduMine offices. Experience Copper Chimney restaurant's award winning chefs and enter into an exotic world of Indian fusion food.
    The Hotel Le Soleil website link is: http://www.hotellesoleil.com
  • Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver: make yourself at home in one of the Metropolitan Hotel's 197 elegantly appointed guestrooms and suites. Enjoy the Metropolitan's 24-hour Business Center; fully-equipped Health Club with indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, and squash court; and the Diva at the Met restaurant, a AAA 4-Diamond rated restaurant featuring Vancouver's finest cuisine, celebrated Chef's table, and distinguished wine cellar. The Metropolitan has received a "4 Green Keys" rating through the Green Key Eco-Rating Program.
    To book your room online with our personal InfoMine corporate rate link go to: http://private.metropolitan.com/VDZKNSEDL2.
    The Metropolitan Hotel's website link is: http://www.metropolitan.com/vanc/
  • Vancouver’s most art-full hotel, the Listel Hotel is a cultural tourist’s dream and a showcase for eco-friendly practices. Packed with original art, this 129 room boutique hotel boasts comfortable, contemporary furnishings and a perfect location in the West End, the city’s most eclectic shopping and dining neighbourhood. The hotel is also home to Forage, a pioneer in sustainable restaurant operations and home to Chef Chris Whittaker’s award-winning farm-to-table fare. Forage is known for its small plate dining and BC wine and craft beer on tap.
    The Listel Hotel's website link is: http://www.thelistelhotel.com.
    To book the InfoMine corporate rate (inclusive of breakfast), please email reservations@thelistelhotel.com
  • Days Inn Downtown Vancouver Hotel: experience the modern comforts of the historic full-service business hotel located in the core of downtown Vancouver. Their West Coast hospitality will ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible. Discover true value at the Days Inn Downtown Vancouver Hotel as they provide FREE Wireless Internet, Bottled Water / Tea & Small Business Center. InfoMine’s corporate rate includes $10.00 breakfast voucher, best available room at check-in, Day Pass to Health and Fitness Centre around the corner.

    The Days Inn Downtown website is: http://www.daysinnvancouver.com/.
    To book the InfoMine corporate rate, please mention code C030 and call directly to +1-604-681-4335.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Short courses earn PDH/CEU credits for engineers in provinces and states that have CPD requirements. EduMine is an approved provider of continuing education by the Authorized Provider Commission of The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

For more details, check provincial or state requirements.

Certificate of Attendance

Provincial/state regulations for CPD require that you attend the entire short course and that you complete an evaluation at the end of the course. Your Certificate of Attendance, with earned PDH, is issued on completion.

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 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.