Advanced Geostatistics and Mineral Resource Optimization

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26th - 28th November 2018 | Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Learn how to use statistics and geology to identify problems with data
  • Understand and utilize Geostatistics correctly and efficiently
  • Discover, understand and apply the latest best practices in Mineral Resource Classification and Mineral Resource Reporting
  • Discover the importance of data preparation for mineral estimation
  • Master Geometallurgy, sampling for geometallurgy and mineralogy to optimize processing
  • Understand why data analysis is essential to make a reliable Mineral Resource Model
  • Determine thow to reprt resource estimation in compliance with NI43-101, SEC Industry Guide 7, and SME guide
  • Determine how to validate, reconcile and communicate resource estimation results
  • Understand the key fundamentals of resource classification and how to apply them in practice
  • Learn how conditional simulations can be used to assess geological uncertainty
  • Attain the knowledge of how to create geological and block models

The classification of mineral resource estimates is one of the most crucial process in the mining industry. Recent studies show that classification decisions have been focused more on block-by-block attributes produced by widely applied geostatistical estimation methods and less by general geological overview. Outputs of such methods are found to be potentially misleading since they ignored the fundamentals such as continuity geology and mineralisation between drill holes and the nature of resource estimation. This can also cause substantial problems for engineers looking after mine design and estimating ore reserves.

Mineral resource and their conversion to ore reserves are of key importance to mining companies. Their reliable estimation is critical to both the feasibility study and day to day operations of the mine. Companies that expect to make critical investments or operational decisions rely on accurate and reliable information.

Salvo Global’s 3-day course on Advanced Geostatistics and Mineral Resource Optimization will provide attendees with a clear understanding of geostatistics, exploratory data analysis and validation tools to effectively facilitate and improve resource estimation. Delegates will also learn resource classification and report based on international standards. The course will be presented utilizing the combination of theory and practical application to maximize applicability of the knowledge gained from the course.

This course is design to help people involved in gathering exploration and drilling data to define a mineral resource economic value, develop it to the point of production and extracting it to be processed and make a salable product (marketable “clean” mineral concentrate).

The goal is to take the participants from the point they have reached in their experience and make them realize the value they can achieve as they move forward.

The goal is not just to move forward but to optimize your activity to move forward fast with a lesser effort. The course acknowledges that geostatistics has been mystifi ed since its inception in the 1980’s. The computer and software industry have matured. It is time to demystify the technology available today and jump forward. Nothing is complicated after we understand it.

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This three-day workshop is designed for VPs, Heads, Directors, Chiefs, Managers, Superintendents, Team Leaders and Engineers who focus on dealing with operation and feasibility of the mining project:

  • Geology
  • Exploration
  • Resource Development
  • Mine Management
  • Mine Engineering
  • Production
  • Production Planning and Scheduling
  • Project Management
  • Project Evaluation
  • Operations
  • Finance
  • Risk Management
  • Plant Operations
  • Metallurgy
  • Mining Support
  • Mine Supervisor
  • Mining Research and Analysis

The Trainer has been using geostatistics since 1982. He is using geostatistics in every project he worked on. He has also been training other people to use not only geostatistics but block modeling and mine planning. After 15 years of practice in mine operations, he became a full-time independent consultant and moved to Mexico for 4 years before coming back to Montreal.

He continues to go around the world to provide consulting services and providing public and private training course, short courses and conferences. Just between 2006 and 2015, he provided over 11,000 hours of training to over 150 clients (mining companies). He is considered a computer wiz. He is familiar with many software packages. He has worked as an independent consultant since 1994 with well known companies around the world such as 3DS GEOVIA (former Gemcom), SGS Geostat (former SGII), WGM, SNC-Lavalin, RPA, etc.

The trainer is a QP to comply with NI 43-101 and a member of CIM since 1974. He graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal in 1976. He has written papers on his accomplishments and numerous Technical Report. He has been active as Exploration and Junior Mining Company Director and/or executive since 1996.

Organizations that have attended workshops/presentations conducted by the trainer include:

  • Anglogold
  • AMEC
  • Agnico Eagle
  • Barrick
  • BHP Bhilliton
  • Capstone
  • Canada Fluorspar
  • Claude Resources
  • DeBeers Timmins
  • First Metal
  • Gemcom
  • Genivar
  • Goldcorp
  • Graymont
  • Linear Gold
  • Kinross
  • Mega Precious Metals
  • Midas Gold
  • Metaline
  • Rio Grande Silver
  • Roche
  • SGS Geostat
  • Shore Gold
  • Detour Lake Gold
  • Iamgold Niobec
  • Iamgold Westwood
  • Labrador Iron
  • Lupaka Gold
  • Primero Mining
  • St. Andrew Goldfields
  • Black Rock
  • Hatch
  • Hudson Bay SLZ
  • SNIM
  • Colibri Resources
  • Brixton
  • Fancamp
  • Orezone
  • Ruashi
  • Minera William Mexico
  • Glencore
  • Troy Mine
  • SNC-Lavlin
  • Bear Lake Gold
  • Entech Yamana
  • Whittle Consulting
  • Colibri Resources
  • Luismin
  • Gowest Gold
  • Genivar
  • Prophecy Coal
  • Rubicon
  • Golden Hopes Mine
  • Milpo
  • Orbite
  • Secova
  • Tawsho Mining
  • Usiminas
  • Vanadium One Energy
  • Zacatecas
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All information regarding the event will be listed on our event brochures. It contains all the necessary information such as the Investment Fee, Full Course Agenda, Top Learning Objectives, Trainer’s Profile, and more. You may request for an event brochure by:

a. Signing up on the Request for Brochure form located at the Event Page

b. Leaving a message to Sally via Salvo’s Support Message Box.

c. Sending an e-mail to

You will be required to provide details such as your Name, Organisation, Corporate E-mail Address, Contact Number, and Country of Origin.

The exact hotel location will be made known to all delegates privately approximately 1 month prior to the commencement date. We do have preferential corporate rates at the event hotels. Interested parties may inquire at or request for the event brochure. Delegates who have confirmed their participation with us will be contacted by our team as soon as a venue is finalised. Usually, we hold all our events in 5 star hotels based in the city centre.

Salvo typically provides a 10% discount from the original investment fee per delegate should a company send 3 or more delegates to attend the course. Specific discounts may differ for respective programs so please email for further confirmation on the exact discount.

Aside from the group discount mentioned above, Salvo offers a special Early Bird Discount once a new event is released. However, delegates must register as soon as possible since the special rate will only be available for a limited time.

The Investment Fee will cover all the course documents and materials that will be used during the training, as well as luncheons and coffee breaks during the training program. The Investment Fee does not cover the travel and accommodation expenses of the delegates, however, we can assist you by providing details on the estimated cost for both. The Investment Fee is also exclusive of tax. Taxes are to be borne by the delegate’s organisation.

Once you receive a copy of the event brochure, complete the registration form which is located on the last page and send it back to us. Upon receipt of the completed registration form with authorization, we will proceed to block the seat(s) on our system for your organization. Thereafter, the invoice will be sent out by our Finance team for processing of payment. 

Your payment can be made via Telegraphic Transfer or via Credit Cards through American ExpressMasterCardVisa or DinersBank charges and local withholding tax are to be borne by the registrant.

Full payment should be made within TEN (10) WORKING DAYS upon receipt of invoice.

Aside from the knowledge that our expert trainers are imparting, a Certificate of Completion will be issued to all delegates completing a minimum of 90% of the total hours of the course. Some of our events offer takeaways and free consultation after the course. It varies from programs to programs.

You will receive a pre-course questionnaire upon successful registration. Kindly state your specific concerns and issues on this questionnaire and send it back to us, as this will be consolidated and forwarded to the trainer during the formulation of the course agenda. Alternatively, you can also email us at regarding your concern so we can be in touch to ensure that your concerns is addressed asap.

The registration form carries at least a 50% cancellation liability 6 weeks prior to the commencement date of the event after a signed sales resignation contract has been received by Salvo. If we are notified less than 2 weeks prior to the commencement date of the event, full cancellation fees is applicable.

With that said, we do understand that last minute changes do occur in organizations due to last minute change in schedule, job requirements etc. As such, please contact us soonest at so we can assist in the best way forward for any changes.

Our events can be customised into in-house training programs for your organisation. Email us at to find out more information about in-house trainings.