Successful course in fusing geochemistry and structural geology

Published: 28 May 2018

One of the major challenges in modern exploration is integrating large datasets of structural and lithogeochemical data. Far too often, such datasets are treated separately, leading to that their full potential for finding new mineral deposits is left untapped.

This topic was addressed by Prof. Nick Oliver in the short course “Fusing geochemistry and structural geology for exploration, mining and research”, which was given at Luleå University of Technology 24-25 May. The course included a practical exercise on a drill core provided by Boliden Mineral AB, and a practical using the ioGAS software by Reflex.

Figur 3 - Drill core logging exercise.  Photo: Christina Wanhainen
Figur 3 - Drill core logging exercise. Photo: Christina Wanhainen

Fifty Industry professionals, researchers, PhD students and students from Sweden, Finland, Germany, Poland and Australia, attended the course. The industry participants came from Boliden Mineral AB, Agnico Eagle, S2 Sverige AB, Mandalay Resources, Zinkgruvan Mining AB, LKAB, Mawson Resources and SKKGM Silesian Krakow Metal Mining Company Pty Ltd. The academic participants came from Luleå University of Technology, University of Oulu, TU Bergakademie Freiberg and Stockholm University.

Figur 5 - Students from TU Bergakademie Freiberg and University of Oulu could attend the course via
Figur 5 - Students from TU Bergakademie Freiberg and University of Oulu could attend the course via a travel grant issued by the EIT Raw Materials program EXplORE. The photo is taken using the UAV Munin.

The course was organized by Dr. Nils Jansson and Dr. Tobias Kampmann of Luleå University of Technology, with support from The Society of Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits (SGA), IMDEX and Boliden. Further support was provided by the EIT Raw Materials-funded education program EXplORE, which is a collaborative program between the MSc programs of Luleå University of Technology, TU Bergakademie Freiberg (Germany) and AGH (Poland). A scholarship issued via EXplORE made it possible for 7 MSc students from Oulu and Freiberg to travel to Sweden and attend the course.

Figur 4 - VR Lab demonstration Photo: Nils Jansson
Figur 4 - VR Lab demonstration Photo: Nils Jansson

The participants were also given a presentation of the VR lab and UAVs at LTU by Dr. Tobias Bauer and a presentation of the microanalytical facilities at LTU by Dr. Glenn Bark.

Nils Jansson

Jansson, Nils - Senior Lecturer

Organisation: Ore Geology, Geosciences and Environmental Engineering, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
Phone: +46 (0)920 491487
Room: F846 - Luleå»
Tobias Kampmann

Kampmann, Tobias - Associate Senior Lecturer

Organisation: Ore Geology, Geosciences and Environmental Engineering, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
Phone: +46 (0)920 492891
Room: F860 - Luleå»