The three-week course provides world-class training in mineral exploration.

Week-long modules are held in Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills region, and Yorke Peninsula. The course is a mixture of classroom, laboratory and drill-core facility activities in the first week, followed by two field-site placements in the Adelaide Hills and Yorke Peninsula.

There is no formal assessment or credit for completing the course. Find out why you should do the course.

Learning objectives

  • The primary outcome of the program is that you will understand the challenges and opportunities of mineral exploration in Australia into the future, and have knowledge of the tools required to address these problems.
  • The program is centred on addressing the four key themes identified by UNCOVER as being the major knowledge areas to improve the success rate of tier 1 and 2 mineral system discoveries, particularly under areas of cover. These themes are:
    1. Characterising Australia’s cover – new knowledge to confidently explore beneath the cover.
    2. Investigating Australia’s lithospheric architecture – a whole-of-lithosphere architectural framework for mineral systems exploration.
    3. Resolving the 4D geodynamic and metallogenic evolution of Australia – understanding ore deposit origins for better prediction
    4. Characterising and detecting the distal footprints of ore deposits – towards a toolkit for minerals exploration.
  • Under each theme, the advanced discipline skills identified by the Minerals Tertiary Education Council (MTEC) are examined to highlight how they relate to the UNCOVER priority themes.

WEEK 1. South Australia Drill Core Reference Library, Tonsley

Monday 25th to Saturday 30th November, 2019

NExUS begins at the at the state-of-the-art Geological Survey of South Australia (GSSA) Drill Core Reference Library at Tonsley, Adelaide.

Activities will include:

  • Various presentations about UNCOVER, the Australian initiative focusing geoscience effort on exploration under post-mineralisation cover
  • Hands-on exercises at the new Drill Core Library
  • Sessions in the Visualisation Suite
  • A chance to attend the South Australian Exploration and Mining conference

There will be social and networking events designed to expand your professional network and learn from industry experts. We will even find time to attend a day at a test match at the Adelaide Oval. 

WEEK 2. Field trip, Adelaide Hills

Sunday 1st to Saturday 7th December, 2019

This week starts with a workshop on 3D software and structure. The rest of the week is spent in the field and will start on a field trip. 

The focus will be on the field use of geophysical equipment, mapping and geochemical exploration at an exploration prospect and historic mining area.

There will be talks and social events in the evenings by industry people covering professional matters such as heritage clearances, cultural and gender diversity in the minerals industry, safety and economics.

We will return to Adelaide for a free day on Saturday 7th December. 

WEEK 3. Yorke Peninsula field trip

Sunday 8th to Friday 13th December, 2019

Week 3 will involve travelling to Yorke Peninsula. We will visit the field centre at Wallaroo and spend time with Rex Minerals at their Hillside site and adjacent prospects. 

We will complete an ore textures workshop, and will aim to spend as much time in the field as possible while visiting classic South Australian field sites and numerous historical mine sites.

We will return on Friday 13th December for a farewell event before attendees fly home on the 14th December.