The second joint AusIMM/AIG ‘Core Skills for Geoscientists’ course was run in Brisbane from 6-10 August.
The event had 20 attendees and the interest was such that the course was oversubscribed. People came from Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales as well as the local Queenslanders in attendance. The Exploration Data Centre (EDC) team were a fantastic help loading the core for display and assisting with all logistics (even picking up lunch!).
Experience levels in attendees ranged from undergraduates, recent graduates, mid-career professionals and experienced but currently unemployed and part-time geologists.
The program commenced with three days of core observation and data collection with sessions on geotechnical logging, sampling theory and practice. We then progressed into interpretation and interpolation/geostatistics with a laboratory visit for the morning of the fourth day. Lunchtime speakers included John Carswell, Bill Perkins and Tim O’Sullivan.
Feedback from attendees emphasised the value of the course in deepening their understanding of the logging and interpretation process. In addition, many expressed a desire to have more detailed and intense training in core logging specifics included in the content. It is anticipated the course will be offered again in early 2019.
Thanks again to the EDC staff and helpers John Carswell, James Pocoe, Jack Carswell, Farzin Hamidi, Lucy Wittholz and David Boakye.