Exploration Geochemistry


This comprehensive online course consists of 3 stand-alone modules with powerpoint lectures to introduce concepts interspersed with short practical exercises. It is designed for mineral exploration professionals and geology postgraduate students looking develop their knowledge and skills in exploration and applied geochemistry.

The aim of the complete 3-day short course is to equip participants to confidently design, implement and interpret diverse data sets from geochemical exploration programs while ensuring “fit for purpose” data quality and data management.

Examples will be drawn from publicly available data sources from Canada, Australia and Sudan, with detailed data sets from the central Victorian goldfields used for data integration exercises.

Module 1 of the course is also relevant for database professionals wishing to know more about the collection of geochemical data and the assessment of its quality, as well as for more seasoned geologists wishing to review recent advances in the collection, analysis, QA/QC and management of data.

Delivery   Online

Structure  3 x stand alone modules of 8 hours each (inclusive of breaks)
Each module is presented over 2 consecutive days

Course Leader  Dr Dennis Arne, Telemark Geosciences


Module 1   Wednesday 15 & Thursday 16 May 2024

Module 2   Wednesday 22 May & Thursday 23 May 2024

Module 3   Wednesday 29 May & Thursday 30 May 2024

Daily Session Times 

10:00  –  14:00 AEST (Townsville, Sydney, Melbourne)

08:00  –   12:00 AWST (Perth)

Professional Development  7 hours per module

Participation in this course may contribute to the Continued Professional Development (CPD) requirements of professional institutes.

Registration Fees

Fees per module
AUD inclusive of GST

EGRU Member              $530.00
Non Member                 $730.00
AIG Member                  $620.00
Student (full-time)        $250.00

Payment & Cancellation Policy

Confirmation Date  29 April 2024

Registration is now open.

Module 1

Data Acquisition, Quality Assessment & Management

Wednesday 15 & Thursday 16 May 2024

  • Geochemical sampling strategies, sample preparation and analytical methods, quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC), and basic data management
  • An A to Z of designing, implementing and reporting geochemical data in compliance with current public reporting codes.


Module 2

Exploratory Data Analysis using ioGAS

Wednesday 22 May & Thursday 23 May 2024

  • A structured approach to both univariant and multivariant exploratory data analysis of geochemical data in the best interpretive software available – ioGAS.
  • A key focus of the approach will be the attribution of geochemical data with a variety of metadata for process discovery.

The first part of this module will be immediately preceded by an optional one-hour session – An introduction to ioGAS – for those unfamiliar with the software.


Module 3

Integration of Geochemical, Mineralogical & Geological Data

Wednesday 29 May & Thursday 30 May 2024

  • Builds upon the use of ioGAS to integrate geochemical, mineralogical and geological data. Participants should either have completed Module 2 of the series or have some experience in use of the software.
  • Mineralogical data included in the practical sessions includes XRD, hyperspectral and normative mineralogy. Geological data to be integrated includes information on alteration and lithology from field mapping or core logging.

Course Leader: Dennis Arne

Dennis has over 40 years’ experience in geology and applied geochemistry globally. He has overseen regional geochemical exploration programs in the Yukon, Nunavut and northern Quebec in Canada, the USA, eastern Australia, Suriname, Sudan and Laos.

Dennis was Managing Director and Principal Consultant – Geochemistry of CSA Global Canada until late 2017, General Manager and Principal Consultant – Geochemistry for Revelation Geoscience (purchased by CSA Global in 2012), Principal Consulting Geochemist with ioGlobal (now Reflex Geochemistry) and formerly Senior Geochemist with Geoscience Victoria (now Geological Survey of Victoria, Australia).

Dennis is currently director and principal consulting geochemist at Telemark Geosciences. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, a Fellow and Past-President of the Association of Applied Geochemists, is a Registered Professional Geoscientist (Geochemistry) in Australia and a registered Professional Geoscientist in British Columbia.

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