By Team IOS, Monday March 19, 2018

In collaboration with the Association of Professional Geologist of Québec (Ordre des géologues du Québec - OGQ)


Sharing its expertise , IOS is offering two short courses to the exploration community in collaboration with OGQ: Geometallurgy and Exploration geochemistry.


Val-d'Or, March 22nd-23rd 2018, Géopolis


For the third year in a row in Abitibi, the short course on Geometallurgy is likely to be fully attended. Presented in collaboration with Mr. Guillaume Matton from Niobec, this session will covers a broad perspective in this approach which trigs curiosity among geologists, but which will be of common practice in near future. The first day is dedicated to automated quantitative mineralogy, offering a review of its fundamentals, instrumentation and usages. Various practical applications in mineral exploration will be presented. The second day is dedicated to the concept of geometallurgy itself, its management approach and applications in a mining operation. Real case will be discussed on how integrating the mineral variability that influences the efficiency and the recovery at the mill, and how such concepts can be integrated in the overall day to day operations.


Be quick to register; only a few places are leftstill available!


Val-d'Or, April 12th-13th 2018, Géopolis
Montréal, April 19th-20th 2018, La Plaza.


For the first time in collaboration with OGQ, this short course aims to update expertise of the geologist with recent advances in exploration geochemistry. Although widely used by the industry;, it is surprising to see how geologists tends to improvise themselves in regard of geochemistry, and consequentlytherefore, how inefficient is the method as commonly used. The session will focus on the understanding of the processes underlying the accumulation of metals to form anomalies, how to design geochemical explorationstry program and how to interpret their results to discriminate true from false anomalies.


The program is divided in two segments, which can be attended independently. The first day is dedicated to detrital dispersion, notably involved in till and stream sediment geochemistry. It includes a review from glacial geology to analytical procedures to interpretation for both, the chemical and mineralogical (heavy minerals) methods. The second day is dedicated to cationic or hydromorphic dispersion, as involved in soil and lake bottom sediment geochemistry. Processes involved in metal liberation, dispersion and accumulation will be reviewed, up to multivariate interpretation methods based on artificial intelligence.


Innovative interpretation methods will be presented along with case historiesstudy. Let us challenge your preconceptions and make it work!


« There are those who follow the rules... and those who define them!


Sédiment de lac

Field installation for the drying and the pH measurements of soil samples drying and pH measurements.



Example of image processing used to evaluate potassic feldspar abundance in a pegmatite within a project for the production of sand for the glass industry.

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