NExUS 2016

The inaugural NExUS 2016 attracted many applicants from around Australia, with 30 securing a place in the course. Participants were selected from every state and territory, from 13 differentuniversities.

We couldn’t have asked for a more passionate and enthusiastic group.

A visit to the South Australian Drill Core Reference Library

First stop in 2016 was the state-of-the-art Drill Core Library in Tonsley. Students participated in workshops on:

  • regolith charaterisation
  • mapping interpretations
  • HyLogger hyperspectral data
  • core logging
  • 3D visualisation.

NExUS participants were also treated to talks by senior industry representatives from the Minerals Council of Australia, UNCOVER, the Geological Survey of South Australia and many others.

Networking with top industry people

In the evenings, experienced industry people from the likes of BHP Billiton, Newmont and Heathgate Resources, who had flown in especially, mingled with NExUS participants.

What a great way for everyone to find out what it’s really like to work in Australia’s minerals exploration and production industry.

Field trips

Nothing beats hands-on experience when it comes to geology. That’s why much of the 2016 NExUS course was spent in the field.

Adelaide Hills with Hillgrove Resources

On our first field trip, NExUS went exploring in the Adelaide Hills with the help of Hillgrove Resources, who provided ground access and data resources to one of their exploration tenures.

We carried out detailed mapping and practised acquiring ground based geophysical data (including magnetics, gravity and magnetotellurics) and geochemical data (soil chemistry and regolith sampling).

At night, we processed the data with industry geophysicists.

Prototype coiled tube drill rig at the DET CRC site

We were privileged to gain exclusive access and a tour of the Deep Exploration Technologies Collaborative Research Centre’s (DET CRC) prototype coiled tube drill rig and Lab-at-Rig at their Brukunga facility by David Giles (UniSA).

 

Yorke Peninsula copper coast with REX Minerals

In this iconic part of South Australia, our focus was to identify ore and gangue minerals, hydrothermal alteration and breccia textures and mineral paragenesis.

We experienced practical learning by logging and interpreting the mineral paragenesis of exploration drill core at REX Minerals Hillside’s copper deposit, which was discovered under alluvial cover. Steve Hill (Director of GSSA) provided a one day field-based workshop on biogeochemistry and regolith, 

See our full report for an in-depth description of NExUS 2016.