Short Courses

The Geological Survey of NSW, Department of Planning and Environment will be presenting a pre-conference event - Orange Exploration Data Workshop, on Tuesday 5 September 2017. See further details below.


Greg Corbett is presenting a two day pre-conference short course ‘Epithermal Au-Ag and Porphyry Cu-Au Exploration’ at the conference venue on 4-5 September and along with Doug Menzies and Stuart Haywood, a post-conference ‘Porphyry Cu-Au field training course’ from 9-14 September. See below for further details.


GSNSW: Orange Exploration Data Workshop 5th September - Registrations have now closed

Pre-conference Short Course 4-5 September: Epithermal Au-Ag and Porphyry Cu-Au Exploration - Registrations have now closed

Post-conference Short Course 9-14 September: Porphyry Cu-Au field training course - Registrations have now closed

Pre-conference Short Course: 4-5 September

Date/s: 4-5 September 2017
Location: Orange Ex-Services Club
Presenter: Greg Corbett


Two days of powerpoint lectures focus upon mineral exploration for epithermal and porphyry ore deposits derived from Dr Corbett’s 35 years field experience, and draws on earlier short courses provided with the late Terry Leach from the early 1990’s. Exploration and mining examples from over 40 countries are used to delineate the characteristics of different epithermal and porphyry ore types, and controls to mineralisation, using tools such as alteration, structure and breccias. The exploration implications are considered throughout and a final section considers geological features recognised in exploration marginal to ore bodies. The new colour 350 page course manual in preparation with over 1000 rock photos represents a significant update since Corbett and Leach, 1998, Economic Geology Special publication 6, 237 p. An exploration exercise is provided at the beginning and a possible solution at the end.


Short Course Schedule

Day 1- 4th September
Registration from 8.30am
Lectures from 9.00am

Day 2 - 5th September
lectures from 8.30am



$750 Regular

$650 Early discount

$350 Students and unemployed geologists

The printed exercise and electronic copy of the short course manual are provided along with lunch, morning and afternoon teas.

Minimum of 20 participants required and group discounts available.


Registration have now closed

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PORPHYRY CU-AU FIELD TRAINING COURSE - Post-conference Short Course: 9-14 September

An introduction to porphyry Cu-Au exploration, Orange District

Date/s: 9-14 September 2017
Instructors : Dr Greg Corbett, Stuart Hayward and Doug Menzies


This course will provide field-based training to allow the participant to begin exploration for porphyry Cu-Au deposits. It will be run in the Orange area NSW, mapping field exposures and drill core from the Cargo and Copper Hill exploration projects, and drill core from the Cadia-Rideway and North Parkes porphyry Cu-Au deposits. Mapping will emphasise the identification of porphyry veins styles, alteration styles, mineralisation, structure and lithologic variations. Introductory lectures will include: the staged evolution of porphyry systems which includes the role of alteration, structure and breccias, and moves on to the exploration environment including the erosion level above an ore zone and also mapping techniques.


September 2017 with an agenda is as follows:

  • Sat 9/9: arrive by midday with an afternoon of lectures (compulsory)
  • Sun 10/9: Cargo porphyry Cu prospect - 1:500 scale mapping
  • Mon 11/9: Copper Hill porphyry prospect – mapping & log drill core
  • Tues 12/9: Cargo porphyry Cu prospect –log drill core
  • Wed 13/9: Cadia Ridgeway Porphyry Cu-Au deposit- log drill core
  • Thurs 14/9: Goonumbla porphyry Cu-Au deposit - log core


Evening Lectures might include (1-2 hours):

  • Porphyry Cu-Au genetic models
  • GIS footprints for porphyry Cu-Au exploration
  • Porphyry deposit case studies



$3500 (+GST) pp Standard registration

$1500 (+GST) pp Unemployed Geologists (limit of 10 places)

Fees include accommodation, bus travel, meals and (take home) field equipment.
Also the AIG has agreed to sponsor several of the places for unemployed members - contact your local state branch for details.

Places: Limited to 25

For further information email: or download the flyer here

Please note that CMC reserves the right to cancel this event should minimum attendance numbers not be met. Registrations will close on the 1/8/2017 to ensure accommodation bookings and equipment is order in adequate time.

Geological Survey of NSW, Department of Planning and Environment


Date/s: 5 September 2017


This workshop is designed for anyone who is currently working in the exploration and mining industry and whose role involves exploration reporting and/or who works with geoscientific data in NSW. The aim is to provide an overview of the different reporting requirements, introduce new online systems designed to assist geoscientists in managing the exploration reporting processes and showcase the vast array of available geological and geoscientific data held by the Geological Survey of NSW, Department of Planning and Environment.


The workshop is designed to be interactive, giving attendees the opportunity to explore the data and online systems under the guidance of the subject matter experts from Geological Survey NSW. It is necessary to bring your own laptop and mouse with scroll wheel.


The workshop will run from 9.30am and will include sessions on:

  • - Exploration Environmental Mapping Portal
  • - Mining and Exploration Assessment (IMER, ML reporting, data submission)
  • - Unlocking data in the DIGS system
  • - Using the new MinView application to explore and download geoscience data
  • - Explore the Seamless Geology dataset
  • - Find Geophysics for your NSW projects
  • - Visualising and downloading 3D data
  • - Accessing National Virtual Core Library (NVCL) hyperspectral data


9.30am - 4.00pm



FREE Reservations are required


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