Structural Vectoring in mineral exploration: what it is and how, when and why we should use it.


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Friday, March 4                                9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Organizer: Rogerio Noal Monteiro, Ph.D. (Vektore Exploration Consulting Corporation) – this course will have the special participation of Mr. Ben Polzer, M.Sc. from Nova Mining Exploration Solutions.

The goal of Structural Vectoring is to define the linkage between structural features and mineralization processes and use it to predict location, shape, orientation and continuity of mineral bodies. This linkage is particularly useful when drilling a mineral target. In this course we will present and discuss the concept of Structural Vectoring in mineral exploration and recommend a suitable workflow. In addition, we will show plausible ways to harmonize Structural Vectoring with geochemistry and geophysics to significantly improve exploration of mineral targets. Since this course is centered on target evaluation and development, we will focus on Structural Vectoring concepts, tools and methods at the drilling stage.

The instructors will present samples of real cases mineralization-related structural features and discuss how to collect such data, and use these features as predictive tools for direct drilling towards mineral bodies. Strategies on what, why and how many structures should be collected to provide a robust dataset will be proposed to the group and debated. The guidelines for structural logging of core will be carried out by using core samples.

A new method of collecting structural features from oriented and non-oriented core, the V-SET© Method, will be introduced to the attendants, who will have the opportunity to compare its characteristics and strengths with current industry standard methods. The Structural Inversion© Method will also be discussed during the course. This practical exercise will help prepare attendants to solve their real case geometrical problems, leading to a better understanding of mineralization processes and their interactions with host architecture. The geometry of drilling and its interaction with a mineral body will be also discussed and viewed from the Structural Vectoring perspective.

Furthermore, the instructors will illustrate the usefulness of Structural Vectoring through a series of case studies that have significantly changed the outcome of exploration projects.

Level of Comprehension: Intermediate

Course Agenda

09:00 – 09:30   1. Introduction to Exploration Vectoring

Rogerio Noal Monteiro, Vektore

09:30 – 10:15   2. Use of Electromagnetic Sensing Methods in the Discovery and Evaluation of Sulphide Deposits

Ben Polzer, Nova Mining Exploration Solutions

10:15 – 10:30   Coffee Break

10:30 – 12:00   3. Structural Vectoring in Mineral Exploration – Part 1

Rogerio Noal Monteiro, Vektore

12:00 – 13:00   Lunch Break

13:00 – 14:00   4. Structural Vectoring in Mineral Exploration – Part 2

Rogerio Noal Monteiro, Vektore

14:00 – 15:00   5. Vectoring: Structural Logging of Core – Practical Exercises – Part 1

Rogerio Noal Monteiro, Vektore

15:00 – 15:15   Coffee Break

15:15 – 17:00   5. Vectoring: Structural Logging of Core – Practical Exercises – Part 2

Rogerio Noal Monteiro, Vektore