Field Training for Exploration & Mine Geologists


This course is aimed at exploration and mine geologists and covers the basics of geological mapping with some advanced components available for more experienced geologists.

The course will include:

  • recognising and mapping structures, rocks and alteration in the field;
  • integrating field data and geophysical datasets to map areas of prospective mineralisation.

The mapping will be done in the world-class metallogenic province of Mount Isa and consists of mapping the geology, structure, and alteration around an undeveloped Cu-Au deposit.

Although the course is divided into 2 modules they are not standalone sessions. Attendance at both modules is required.

Delivery   Online & Field (Mount Isa region)

Structure  2 x modules: online module followed by field module

Course Leader  Dr Ioan Sanislav, EGRU JCU


Module 1: (Online)  TBD

Module 2: (Field)     TBD

Participants to arrive in Mount Isa by the day preceding start of the field module.

Daily Session Times 

Module 1:  3 to 4 hours each day, times TBD

Module 2 : 5 x full days in the field

Professional Development  50 hours

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

Registration Fees

Fees for both modules
AUD inclusive of GST

EGRU Member              $3300.00
Non Member                 $4600.00
AIG Member                  $3900.00

Maximum number of participants:  12

If this course is over-subscribed you will be automatically waitlisted.

Registration Fees include:

  • Transport: Monday to Friday of the field module.
  • Accommodation and Meals: Sunday to Friday of the field module.
  • Mapping supplies eg. stationary

Registration Fees do not include:

  • Airfares
  • Travel Insurance
  • Transport from Mt Isa Airport to the Leichardt accommodation

Payment & Cancellation Policy

Confirmation Date  TBD

Registration will open in 2024


Module 1

Introduction, Compilation & Interpretation of Datasets

Tuesday 3 to Thursday 5 September 2024

Three sessions of online teaching prior to heading to the field and putting things into practice.
  • Day 1: Introduction to geological mapping – principles and techniques
  • Day 2: Aerial photographs/satellite imagery mapping and interpretation
  • Day 3: Geophysical mapping and interpretation

Prerequisites:  access to QGIS, basic QGIS skills


Module 2

Field Mapping

Monday 9 to Friday 13 September 2024

Participants to arrive in Mount Isa by 8 September 2024

Five days of field mapping in the Mount Isa region. This will involve mapping a complexly deformed, metamorphosed, and altered area that contains developed and undeveloped Cu-Au±REE and U-REE mineralisation.

At the end of this course you should be able to produce a geological map showing lithology, structure, and alteration which you can use to identify exploration targets and plan drilling.

Prerequisite:  completion of Module 1

Participants must supply:

  • Full field gear – including suitable walking shoes (Steel caps not required), long pants, long sleeve shirt, hat and water bottle
  • Laptop computer
  • Further information on requirements will be provided




Course Leader: Ioan Sanislav

Ioan is the Director of EGRU and a Senior Lecturer in Economic & Structural Geology at JCU.  His main research interests are:
– economic geology;
– structure and tectonics with a focus on exploration for mineral
deposits and structural controls on mineralised systems;
– field geology and geological mapping.

Ioan maintains active engagements with the exploration and mining industry through EGRU, with collaborative research projects and students working on a range of industry sponsored projects from Honours to PhD level.

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