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Applications of data science and machine learning in the resource industry tomorrow

November 15-16, 2022

MSA Short Course Diamond: Genesis, Mineralogy and Geochemistry

October 26-27, 2022

In conjunction with the release of a comprehensive review on the stae of diamond research and knowledge the MSA ran a short course with presentation by the lead authors of each chapter. The presentation were followed by an interactive Q&A session.

Data Analytics and Machine Learnings for Geologists - GACMAC 2021 Workshop

November 1-2, 2021

DERTS students attended this virtual workshop that provided an introduction to data analytics and machine lerning as applied to exploration and mining. The workshop included practical case study exercises using the free, open-source Biolabs Orange software and CSIRO-developed Data Mosaic tool for multivariate drill hole data. Presenters included: Dr. Shawn Hood (Goldspot Discoveries), McLean Trott (Goldspot Discoveries), Dr. June Hill (CSIRO), Dr. Morgan Williams (CSIRO) and Dr. Jess Stromberg (CSIRO).

Diamonds and their inclusions workshop

Dr. Jeff Harris, University of Glasgow

April 22 - 27, 2021

Dr. Jeff Harris led the DERTS students through a virtual version of his workshop coering all aspects of diamonds and their inclusions. The 3-day workshop covered topics ranging the history of diamonds and diamond exploration to the intricacies of diamond inclusions and their recovery.

Introduction to Micromine Workshop

 March 23, 2021 

The DERTS students participated in a 1 day introduction to 3-D modelling using micromine software.

Community Engagement Workshop

Dr. Jonathan Fowler, JA Fowler and Associates

February 10-12, 2021

During the 3-day virtual workshop Dr. Fowler introduced the students to effective strategies and protoccols for engaging with Indigenous communities in the context of exploration and mining. The students each received a copy of Dr. Fowlers book: Community Engagement with Canadian Indigenous Peoples to use as a reference in their future careers.

Risk Analysis, Prospect Evaluation and Exploration Economics Workshop

Bryce Kalynchuk - Rose and Associates

May 4, 2020

This one day workshop introduced students to the concept of risk analysis and prospect evaluation by examining several real world case studies.

Kimberlite Indictor Mineral Practical

Cristiana Mircea, SRC

March 12, 2020


Kimberlite Petrology and Core logging Workshop

Dr. Bruce Kjarsgaard, GSC

November 12-15, 2019

2019 core logging workshop

Bruce Kjarsgaard from the Geological Survey of Canada returned to teach an updated Kimberlite Petrology and Core Logging Workshop for the DERTS program. The workshop included lectures by Drs. Kjarsgaard and Pearson covering topics ranging from mantle mineralogy to kimberlite volcanology and core logging techniques. In the laboratory the students had a chance to examine numerous samples of mantle xenoliths and kimberlite both in hand samples and in thin sections. The practical portion of the workshop also included exercises on coarse and detailed line scans, heavy mineral scans and core logging.

Indicator Mineral Workshop

Cristiana Mircea, Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC)

March 14, 2019

The students got hands on experience working with real exploration samples to identify and sort indicator minerals from various size fractions of heavy mineral concentrate.

Kimberlite Core Logging Workshop

Dr. Bruce Kjarsgaard, GSC

May 9 to 15, 2018

Core logging workshop

The workshop included lectures covering topics ranging from kimberlite volcanology to core logging techniques and integrating core logging datasets. The workshop included lectures covering topics ranging from kimberlite volcanology to core logging techniques and integrating core logging datasets. 


Resource Extraction and Northern Societies Workshop

June 1 and 2, 2017, University of Alberta


In collaboration with UAlberta North and TERRE CREATE, the DERTS Students attended the Resource Extraction and Northern Societies workshop in Edmonton in June 2017. Presented by experts in the field, this workshop exposed students to the socio-economic and cultural effects of resource extraction, including presentations by Dr. Angele Alook, a member of the Bigstone Cree Nation.