GIS in Mining and Exploration Online Summit

Access a world of GIS best practice - on-demand - without leaving your office

Meet your Speakers

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  • Robert Woodcock
  • Malcolm Jones
  • Brian Cellura
  • Dr. Lee Allison
  • Stephen Fraser
  • Prof. Khin Zaw
  • Nenad Petkovic
  • Iain Allen
  • Chris Pedler
  • Associate Professor Tim Rawling

In today’s complex and competitive environment, GIS offers multiple applications in the mining industry with tools to gather, compile, process, display, analyse, and archive extensive volumes of data. A well designed, implemented, and supported GIS management structure is critical to the success of your mining or exploration operation.

At Mining IQ's GIS in Mining & Exploration event you will have the opportunity to hear successful examples of companies that have implemented GIS and utilised GIS to their advantage. You will also get to hear about the future of the industry and the role GIS will play going forwards, both in terms of exploration and mining.

A group of global GIS and spatial data (SDI) experts gathered for this online summit to disseminate and share global best practice and to discuss matters of mutual importance; about where the GIS is headed and what strategies both mine sites and exploration companies can use for heightened results and advantage.

This is an event for the explorer, the geologist, and for practitioners who want to gain further knowledge into the technical aspects, solutions and technologies of the mining geospatial world. Furthermore, this is a gathering of not just managers, but minds, who strive for change and forward-thinking approaches to the application of GIS.

Be sure to secure your spot on the only GIS global online summit.

We look forward to seeing you online.

Jacquie Bran, Content Editor
Mining IQ


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Event Highlights

Here's an taste of the knowledge shared: 


  • Advice on how to Integrate GIS and mining platforms
  • Global lessons learned on how to improve the accuracy and relevance of your geospatial data
  • Dr Lee Allison, AZGS Director and State Geologist, Arizona Geological Survey questions the possibilities for GIS as a user app for digital data networks
  • Frank discussion around how to fine tune data to ensure it produces quality information and supports decision-making
  • Practical guidance on how to use GIS maps to integrate information into a mine map and business plan for competitive advantage and efficiency
  • Real experience applied to the real world around 3D mapping and modeling
  • Tim Rawling, Principal Research Fellow – School of Earth Sciences, The University of Melbourne shares insights into new techniques in 3D geological mapping, simulation and visualisation for intuitive predictive mineral exploration
  • Enhanced mapping for mineral prospectivity using GIS
  • Tips on how to better utilise GIS for exploration targeting
  • Stephen Fraser, Senior Principal Research Geologist, CSIRO Earth Science and Resource Engineering shares opportunities for spatial data in the smart future mine
  • Thoughts on how to exploiting the capabilities of geospatial technology in a global marketplace
  • Dr. Robert Woodcock, Stream leader, CSIRO Exploration and Mining andLead AuScope Grid considers open source solutions to spatial data infrastructure
  • Register today to ensure you recieve access to this plethora of knowledge and expertise!


Towards An Interoperable Information Network for Australia
Robert Woodcock
  • Making informed decisions using geo-information and data from multiple organisations
  • Assisting standardisation across organisations
  • Assessing potential solutions to standardisation in Australia: Open standards based information infrastructure options
  • Spatial information services stack: considering open source solutions to spatial data infrastructure

Robert Woodcock, Stream leader, CSIRO Exploration and Mining, AUS


Packaging GIS for Resource Exploration: The North-West Qld Minerals and Energy Province Study
Malcolm Jones

The presentation describes how we created a comprehensive package designed to assist explorers assess the ongoing prospectivity of a proven mineral region. 

Province-wide datasets provide insights into regional controls on mineralisation in both the 2D and 3D realms that may not be fully realised by explorers concentrating on the tenement scale.  Greenfield terrains can be evaluated by recognising mineral systems that explain the distribution of known mineralisation and then extrapolating to the unknown.  Comprehensive GIS datasets cross the divide between information and knowledge, and enable explorers to pursue the big question ‘Where will the next major discovery be found?’ 

The Queensland study demonstrates that GIS packages can provide the fundamentals to future successful exploration. 

Malcolm Jones, Senior Geologist – Remote Sensing, Geological Survey of Queensland, AUS


Highlighting Cutting Edge Prospects for Meaningful Results
Brian Cellura
  • Choosing appropriate software to process and display that information in a meaningful way is crucial to success
  • Combining different types of data with historical data to arrive at a visual display that can point to new drill targets
  • Incorporating a series of data and reference points into a GIS environment so they have a base geologic, structural and alteration map in real time
  • Automating GIS processes and applying across a series of applications
  • Using the third dimension to generate quality prospects and attract partner interest

Brian Cellura, Senior Geologist and Generative manager, Miranda Gold, USA


How GIS Works as a User App for Digital Data Networks
Dr. Lee Allison
  • Assessing the digital data networks being built in the geosciences, land management, hydrologic, environmental, and related fields
  • An overview of national and now global convergence in creating an open-source, web-service based, interoperable, distributed data network
  • How the world's scientific data is now being brought seamlessly to your desktop: challenges and opportunities
  • What’s next for GIS and spatial data integration?

Dr. Lee Allison, AZGS Director and State Geologist, Arizona Geological Survey, USA


Beyond GIS: Opportunities for Spatial Data in the Smart Future
Stephen Fraser
  • Maintaining the value of exploration data into mining operations
  • Opportunities for GIS beyond exploration
  • Consolidating exploration and mine  planning data into a common digital model for smart, green mining
  • Developing and sustaining a digital representation of your mine as the basis for enhanced  mining, processing and rehabilitation purposes. Such a digital model is seen as an essential requirement for purposes of remote control and  equipment automation

Stephen Fraser, Senior Principal Research Geologist, CSIRO Earth Science and Resource Engineering, AUS


Effectively Using Geospatial Information for Exploration in SE Asia and South China
Prof. Khin Zaw
  • Implementing an effective geological, geo-chronological and mineral deposit database for Asia
  • Presenting data and deposit styles with a concise GIS system
  • Targeting mineral systems with geospatial information
  • Analysing ore genesis and mineral exploration in Australasian region
  • Evaluating mineral potential and endowment in spatial environments

Prof. Khin Zaw, CODES ARC Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits, University of Tasmania, AUS and SEA


Integration of Valuable Incompatible Data Resources into a Single Information Base: Jadarite Exploration in the Jadare Valley
Nenad Petkovic
  • Developing a filed acquisition system as a way for integrating field or core data for mineral or structural exploration
  • Finding out how to define lithological or structural settings, according to the recorded data for exploration beneath covered terrain
  • Implemention of GIS and geophysical data to develop a 3D model

Nenad Petkovic, Senior Project Geoscientist, Rio Sava Exploration, Rio Tinto, SERBIA


Leveraging the Barrick Gold Spatial Data Infrastructure: Helping us to Mine our Data
Iain Allen
  • Assessing the problem, the mandate and the goals
  • Deriving more value from spatial data
  • Establishing a data management workflow based on custom tools to minimise end-user effort
  • Automatically harvesting metadata to create a web-searchable data catalogue
  • Creating a spatial data repository that provides easy search and retrieval of documented data into client applications
  • Leveraging our spatial data infrastructure with the following:
  • Digital mapping, online mapping, extension to 3D, automated digital sensor data collection, & support for corporate initiatives

Iain Allen, Senior Manager - GIS, Barrick Gold Corp, CANADA


Training Those Unfamiliar With GIS to Ensure Proper System Usage
Chris Pedler
  • One of the biggest challenges for GIS professionals is that of ensuring the system can be accessed and used appropriately by non-experts from other divisions.
  • Developing and implementing effective training methods for non-GIS users to allow new staff to be effective members of your team faster, and minimise the chance of data corruption and mismanagement
  • Developing and documenting procedures for non-GIS staff
  • Written vs. audio-visual methods
  • Controlling access to and manipulation of GIS data
  • The importance of on-going coaching
  • Explaining GIS terminology and practices

Chris Pedler, GIS Officer, Goldfields – Saint Ives, AUS


New Techniques in 3D Geological Mapping, Simulation and Visualisation for Predictive Mineral Exploration
Associate Professor Tim Rawling
  • Using 3D visualisation to effectively map and simulate resource formation for mineral and energy exploration
  • How best to utilise the 3D visualisation of data for exploration purposes
  • Visualisation for geology: functions and strategic directions
  • Conducting stress field analysis, model calibration and earth system modeling using 3D systems
  • Applying 3D modeling to refine search areas based on potential source rock and fluid pathway distribution

Associate Professor Tim Rawling, Director of Infrastructure Development, Australian Geophysical Observation System, The University of Melbourne, AUS


Speaker Interviews

Mining IQ GIS Expert Profile: Nenad Petkovic, Senior Project Geoscientist, Rio Sava Exploration, Rio Tinto, SERBIA
Read about Lee's experience

GIS in Mining Industry Expert Profile: Christopher Pedler, GIS Officer at Goldfields St Ives in Kambalda WA
Read about Chris's experience

GIS in Mining Industry Expert Interview: GIS Insights from Robert Woodcock, CSIRO
Read about Robert's experience

Geology Overview: GIS and Generative Geology Insights from Brian Cellura, Miranda Gold
Read about Brian's experience

Geospatial Information Systems & the Skills Shortage: Mining IQ unravels challenges
Read about Lee's experience


This event has been created by GIS and spatial data experts in mining and exploration for GIS, spatial data, geologist and geoscience specialists, and has been designed specifically to be as inclusive as possible.

Lessons revealed include the strategies currently being used for the effective capture of spatial data, the management of that data, and the use of GIS as a constantly developing and ongoing project to improve the efficiency and efficacy of mining operations and exploration.


Never been to an online event / webinar before? 

This online event   offers all the benefits of a ‘real’ conference, without the inconvenience of time out of the office, the expense of travel and accommodation, and the interruption to your already busy schedule.    

13 global GIS thought leaders are hand picked from the world’s leading Mining companies to share specially created ‘step by step’ presentations on how others can achieve the success they have realized. 

Each presentation is delivered in live ‘webinar’ format, meaning speakers deliver their presentations by phone from their offices and we link this audio to a PowerPoint presentation they have already submitted.  

Delegates register online, and receive a dedicated log-in code which allows them to view all presentations live from their desktop, and interact with the speakers by asking Q&A in real time. If they can’t make a presentation, they can view everything ‘on demand’ at a later date, just without the chance to interact.  

This completely online event will help you apply the latest global GIS thinking in your own projects with proven, world class, and current commercial and technical strategies delivered direct to your desktop by international experts sharing detailed case studies, how-to's and practical advice on addressing the same challenges you face.



Wherever you have the internet, you can access this event!

Recognizing that GIS best practice is global, and continually on the move, this evolutionary online format has been developed to allow you to access to this best practice where you want it, when you want it, whether at the office, at home, in the airport, or all three. No traveling expenses or timing conflicts, you can access all this content direct from your laptop.This 100% online event is designed to designed to bring the world's leading GIS specialists directly to you.


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All sessions areon-demand so  you'll have access to all 11 sessions to view 'on demand' at your convenience, where you want to, when you want to from up to 4 months after when you register.


Apply the lessons of global GIS best practice and generate ideas which add value to the work you are doing - no matter where you are in your workflow or lifecycle. 11 live case study webinars, supported by 4 months of further on demand access and unique action point summaries, will offer a step-by-step approach to guaranteeing cradle to grave operational excellence.


We have designed this event to fit the busy, dynamic schedule which characterises today’s GIS practitioner. 

An event which believes there has to be a better way
The internet has changed the way we work, so why shouldn’t it change the way we share best practice? This online event brings GIS thought leaders direct to you – in webinar format – so you can interact with the presentation live, or watch the recording in your own time.

An event which accommodates your need for flexibility
Busy in January? Not a problem. If you can’t make any or all of the sessions, don’t worry – all of the content is recorded and available to view any time, any where after the event. Really want to ask a question? You can still contact all of the speakers even though you are watching on demand.

An event which gives you real, actionable intelligence you can actually use
A hand-picked group of speakers selected from around the world will deliver a different type of presentation – one which focuses on delivering you actionable intelligence. And exclusive ‘action point summaries’ of each session ensure you won’t miss a single takeaway from any session.

An event which wants to make networking easier
It’s easy to leave an event with a stack of business cards and see them buried under a pile of priorities as soon as you return to the office. GIS Online’s dedicated LinkedIn networking group will provide a focused forum for the open exchange of challenges and solutions amongst your peers.

An event which understands you can’t be everywhere...
Whether you are in the office, on the move, working remotely, based onsite, this event gives you the information you need, in the format you need it, when you need it.

How it Works

Read on to discover why you should join the online GIS in Mining and Exploration Summit today ...

1. This is an event which fits around your schedule
You can view the webinars from your office, on demand in the airport, or download the content and play on your iPad whilst on the plane.

Studies have shown that those who continuously participate in knowledge sharing, learning and networking opportunities are more likely to leverage their performance, develop better business relationships and become more engaged in their work.

2. This online event showcases real-time presentations.
Our entire speaker faculty will be presenting their knowledge and expertise via your computer. From the comfort of your home or office, you can listen and watch the presentations in real-time, and interact with the speakers and other GIS professionals that share similar challenges.

And if your schedule isn't flexible to the LIVE presentations, don't worry; you'll get ALL sessions, on-demand so that you can participate at your convenience.

Don't forget to join our LinkedIn group where you can network and continue to interact with GIS professionals like yourself pre and post the event. As soon as you register you will have access to this closed group where you can interact with other attendees but also the speakers.

And if you can't make it, you'll have access to anything you missed! The recordings will be available for you to view at any time.

Its easy to register - simply click here and you are halfway there!


Q: This event would be perfect for my colleagues, can I sign up and share my log in with them?
The event has been designed to be relevant for a wide audience across the entire project lifecycle, so we encourage you to participate with your team. However, when you sign up, you are given a unique code, which is also tracked directly to your IP address. You will therefore not be able to share the access to your colleagues. However, we have priced the event so it is much more accessible for a large number of attendees, so encourage them to sign up themselves or register your team!

Q: I can't make some of these sessions. Will I be able to get a copy?
Yes. This event is designed so that if you can't attend some presentations, ALL sessions will be made available on-demand so that you can view them at your convenience. Even if you do attend the LIVE sessions, you will still get access to all the recordings to keep for your own use.

Q: When are the sessions being offered?
The session timings are outlined next to the individual sessions above. They are all listed in EDT / GMT + 11, but remember to convert them to the time zone you are located in. Remember...if you can't make any or all of the sessions because of the time difference, don't worry; you will still get access to the recording so you won't miss a thing!
We know that some of these times might be early or late for you, depending on where you are in the world. Unfortunately, this is the price you have to pay for gaining access to such high quality speakers from around the world. The good news, is that you won’t miss a minute, as all presentations are able to be viewed on demand at a time convenient to you.

Q: Will the PowerPoints be available?
All registrants will receive a PDF copy of the PowerPoints prior to each session.

Q: Where is the event?
The event is delivered 100% online, meaning you can access it from wherever you are. All you need is access to the internet through a laptop or an iPad, and you will not need to take any time out of the office, or incur any travel and accomodation costs to take part.

Q: How long is each session?
Each session is 45 minutes in length, which equates to 35 minutes of presentation followed by a ten minute time allocation for Q&A.

Q: How do you ask questions during the sessions?
For LIVE sessions, the speakers and attendees are set up with LIVE chat, that way the speaker can directly address any questions you may have pertaining to their presentation. For on-demand sessions, you may visit our interactive LinkedIn Group (available once registered) for this event and catch up on anything you might have missed and ask questions of the speakers and your fellow peers.

Q: Can I just buy certain sessions without purchasing the whole event?
Individual session sales are not available. The all-access pass gives you admittance to all 13 sessions plus all additional bonus materials. Not to mention the incredible networking opportunity that you will be able to continue post event.

Q: What if I have technical questions or any other type of questions, who do I contact?
The online event has been designed to be extremely simple and easy to participate in, wherever you are in the world. In the unlikely event that you have any technical difficulties or any questions about the event, you may send an email to customer support at or call us at +61 2 9229 1065 and we will respond immediately to your inquiry.

Let's Look at the Facts

Not sure of the online event format? Let's look at the facts:

  • 96% of delegates say they would recommend the online event format to a colleague, and attend again
  • 59% of delegates list the fact that you can make the event fit around your schedule as their number one reason for attending
  • 35% of delegates list the fact that you don't have to be available on the dates to access the content as their number one reason for attending
  • 64% of delegates view each presentation live as it is broadcast
  • 98% of delegates view every single presentation either live on demand within three months of the event

How to Register

Now, without the hassle of travel, hotel and the many other costs you accrue when attending a conference, you can sit back, relax in the comforts of your home or office, log on and attend a world-class event without digging into your pockets.

This 100% online event is stacked with stellar contracts experts that will share step-by-step approaches and in depth discussions on how you can ensure that you are able to achieve operational excellence in GIS for your mining and exploration projects.

The standard registration fee for this event is $659 USD for all 13 sessions.

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Don't Delay - register today and take advantage of group savings.

Still have questions? Call us at +61 (0) 2 9229 1065 or email us at and we will respond immediately to your inquiry.

This unique opportunity gives you the chance to learn from the mining and exploration industry's most knowledgeable experts from all around the globe.

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So what are you waiting for..?

Whether you operate a mine site and wish to better leverage your GIS or partner to a mine site and need to better understand how 3D Modeling, spatial data infrastructure and GIS applies to your business - you know you need to stay updated on the latest developments in this fast-paced business.

Only the GIS in Mining and Explioration Online Summit allows you to do this without leaving your desk by offering:

• 13 individual webinars offered over the course of 2 weeks in January / February 2012

• The opportunity to view the content and interact with speakers live or on demand

• The chance to log on and view the content again and again for up to 4 months after the event

• Exclusive action point summaries allowing you to ensure you don’t miss a thing

Register today to take advantage of the remarkable early bird and group discounts and gain access to a world of global excellence for as little as $59.

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Mining IQ, a division of IQPC, is a mining learning and information portal and an international online community focused on providing mining professionals with industry knowledge, multimedia content and an online networking and communication platform.

We are dedicated to creating a learning environment for sharing ideas, best practices and solutions within and across the mining industry. It is a dedicated mining portal offering a unique combination of deep multi-media content and peer-to-peer content in a dynamic format. In addition, it also supports and encourages a specialised community of practice through functionality on the site.

Through Mining IQ, clients and members are able to access ‘deep content’ on the issues affecting the mining industry today, such as mine safety, mining and the environment, mining operations and production, and mining geology through interviews, articles, commentary, podcasts, videos, whitepapers, reports and interactive Q&As.

Members and users also gain access to a growing database of resources from leading mining professionals, as well as weekly newsletters focussed on the latest mining content.

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Robert Woodcock

CSIRO Exploration and Mining, AUS

Dr Robert Woodcock is Stream Leader – National Geoscience Information Infrastructure and Integration, for the CSIRO Minerals Down Under Flagship. He is responsible for a portfolio of projects involving computational simulation, the NCRIS funded AuScope Grid and coordinates the flagships activities in the Solid Earth and Environment Grid – an e-Research community advancing national and international earth science information exchange. His current focus is on the development of a national spatial data infrastructure to support earth science information access, analysis; modelling and simulation using open standards based web service technologies across National, State and Territory Government agencies.

Speaking on: Towards An Interoperable Information Network for Australia


Malcolm Jones

Geological Survey of Queensland, AUS

I have worked at the Geological Survey of Queensland for over 40 years, gaining a wealth of experience across a range of topics. These include coastal Quaternary geology and resource assessment, continental shelf geology, Cenozoic landscape evolution, mineral prospectivity, use of satellite imagery (Landsat and ASTER) for geological applications, and interpretation of airborne hyperspectral imagery. Other investigations included five years with the Cooperative Research Centre for Landscape Evolution and Mineral Exploration. My view is that the future of geology is in 3D visualisation, and in value-adding to datasets to produce a body of knowledge that will underpin future discoveries. Current studies include an evaluation of HyLogger infra-red spectral data from drill cores to assist an understanding of mineral systems in a significant Iron Oxide Copper Gold province.

Speaking on: Packaging GIS for Resource Exploration: The North-West Qld Minerals and Energy Province Study


Brian Cellura

Miranda Gold, USA

Brian Cellura is a graduate from the Mackey School of Mines in Reno Nevada. He has worked or consulted as an exploration geologist for companies such as, Newmont, Barrick, Placer Dome, Anglo Gold, and various other juniors to help resolve biostratigraphic and stratigraphic problems to aid in exploration. Brian has over 15 years’ experience as a field geologist during which he has learned the value of organized, accessible data and worked to define methodologies for collecting field data that can be fluently incorporated into a company’s data structure to create real time interpretations and results. He is currently utilizing that knowledge to create and manager Miranda Gold’s (TSX:MAD) Nevada and Colombia generative programs.

Speaking on: Highlighting Cutting Edge Prospects for Meaningful Results


Dr. Lee Allison

Arizona Geological Survey, USA

Lee Allison was appointed State Geologist and Director of the Arizona Geological Survey in December, 2005. Previously, he served as State Geologist in Utah (1989-1999) and Kansas (1999-2004). During 2004-2005, he was Policy Advisor for Science and Energy to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas, and chaired the Kansas Energy Council from its inception in 2002 to 2005. He holds BA (University of California, Riverside), MS (San Diego State University), and PhD (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) degrees in geology. He is active in science policy and public policy, especially related to natural resources, geologic hazards, and public engagement. He has extensive experience in petroleum and geothermal exploration throughout the U.S. He is co-founder of the Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS –, is active in defending science in the fight over teaching evolution, and is helping build the cyberinfrastructure for the geosciences ( He received the Public Service Award of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists in 2002, the Tanya Atwater “Encourage” Award from the Association for Women Geoscientists for promoting the role of women in the profession, and the American Institute of Professional Geologists John T. Galey Jr. Award for Public Service in 2008. The murder mystery “Fault Line” by Sarah Andrews is loosely based on his experiences in Salt Lake City leading up to the 2002 Olympics. The Hutchinson (KS) News hailed Lee as a “Shining Light” for his role in helping restore the city to safety after deadly natural gas explosions, which is featured in an episode of the History Channel’s “Modern Marvels” documentary series on “Engineering Disasters’.

Speaking on: How GIS Works as a User App for Digital Data Networks


Stephen Fraser

CSIRO Earth Science and Resource Engineering, AUS

Stephen is a Senior Principal Research Geologist with CSIRO Earth Science and Resource Engineering. He has been involved with the mining and exploration industry for over 30 years and has developed specialist skills related to the display, interpretation and storage of spatially-located geoscientific data. He is currently developing data mining and visualization techniques for the integrated analysis of complex, spatially-located data sets for both exploration and mining purposes.

Speaking on: Beyond GIS: Opportunities for Spatial Data in the Smart Future


Prof. Khin Zaw

University of Tasmania, AUS and SEA

Professor Khin Zaw received BSc from Yangon University in 1968, FGA Diploma (Fellowships of Gemmological Association of Great Britain) in 1969, MSc (Economic Geology) from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, CANADA in 1976 and PhD from University of Tasmania in 1990. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a Fellow of Society of Economic Geologists. He has well over 30 years experience working on GIS and genetic aspects of mineral deposits in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China and SE Asia, and has published more than 80 referred ISI papers. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of Ore Geology Reviews journal and published three Special Issues. He is also an internationally recognized geoscientist for his work on the application of fluid inclusion and isotopic research on ore genesis and currently working as Leader of “Ore Deposits of SE Asia” Project and metallogenic relations focusing on exploration implications.

Speaking on: Effectively Using Geospatial Information for Exploration in SE Asia and South China


Nenad Petkovic

Rio Sava Exploration, Rio Tinto, SERBIA

Nenad Petkovic, graduated from the department of Regional Geology, engaged in the Jadarite development Project as a Senior Geologist. He has more than 18 years’ experience in geological research, of which 9 years’ experience are specific to underground mining and mineral resources exploration. In addition to the basic specialties in the field of structural geology, he has gained considerable experience in the field of Geological Information System and databases management. During his career he has undertaken projects in Serbia, Montenegro, Republic of Ireland and Libya. He has been at Rio Sava Exploration (Rio Tinto) since March 2011.

Speaking on: Integration of Valuable Incompatible Data Resources into a Single Information Base: Jadarite Exploration in the Jadare Valley


Iain Allen

Barrick Gold Corp, CANADA

Iain has a Honours Bachelor's Degree in Geology from the University of Toronto and a Postgraduate Certificate in Theoretical and Applied GIS from Simon Fraser University. He has worked for a number of mining companies, both juniors and majors. His early years after graduation were spent in field exploration, from field mapping to definition drilling, primarily in northwestern Ontario and Quebec, in the search for greenstone-hosted gold deposits. Throughout his exploration career he has been involved in using computers for data collection, management and analysis. In the early 1990s he discovered GIS and eventually became the North American GIS Coordinator for BHP Minerals, based in Denver, Colorado. After leaving BHP in 1999, Iain started a successful GIS consulting firm, Geoscience Information Services, providing consulting, training and application development services to the minerals industry. His clients included Anglogold, Barrick Gold, BHP Billiton, Inco, Placer Dome, the Ontario Geological Survey and the USGS. For the past 5 years he has been with Barrick Gold and is now Senior Manager – GIS. This is a global role, providing strategic direction and coordination of a variety of projects. Chief among them is the implementation of a global Spatial Data Infrastructure to promote better data management, and facilitate other initiatives, like 3D model management, digital mapping, online mapping and more sophisticated use of GIS throughout Barrick.

Speaking on: Leveraging the Barrick Gold Spatial Data Infrastructure: Helping us to Mine our Data


Chris Pedler

Goldfields – Saint Ives, AUS

Chris Pedler holds a Diploma in Spatial Studies from Sydney Institute. His major work involved an analysis of satellite tracking data of the dugong population of Shark Bay, with a view to identifying areas of significance to the species as they moved around the bay over a year, and developing theories as to why these areas were important. Chris has been working in the GIS industry for 5 years, firstly at Sydney Water Plans Management Section, where he was responsible for identifying and cataloguing the plan archive, quality control of the digitised images and development of the data storage system. Chris now works as the GIS Officer at Goldfields St Ives in Kambalda WA, where he is responsible for maintenance of their GIS data. This includes supporting the Exploration, Environmental, Engineering and active mines departments, development of drill planning tools, co-ordinating the exchange of data between different departments and interests, and promoting the use of GIS across the mine site. He also trains new staff in the use of GIS and develops training tools and procedures for GIS usage at St Ives.

Speaking on: Training Those Unfamiliar With GIS to Ensure Proper System Usage


Associate Professor Tim Rawling

The University of Melbourne, AUS

My current role at the University is as the Director of Infrastructure Development with the Australian Geophysical Observing System (AGOS). This is a program which through monitoring, geophysics and lab-based petrophysics will focus on better understanding the nature and state of the shallow crust in Australia My recent research has involved the development of new exploration methodologies involving 3D modeling and finite element simulation. My background is in structural geology and IT. I have previously worked as a consultant exploration geologist (at 3DGeo), as the manager of the 3D modelling and simulation programs at GeoScience Victoria, as the MCA funded lecturer at the University of Melbourne, a commercial programmer and as a researcher at Monash University and the University of Arizona. My previous research work involved investigation of the tectonic evolution of New Caledonia and the SW Pacific as well as structural controls on mid crustal fluid flow in the Eastern Successions at Mt Isa.

Speaking on: New Techniques in 3D Geological Mapping, Simulation and Visualisation for Predictive Mineral Exploration


An overview of GIS for mining and exploration - with Andrew Bloodworth

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