Young Professionals

Young Professionals Program

The session facilitators and panel line-up will be confirmed shortly.


The Mining Geology conference will be hosting a dedicated Young Professionals (YP) Program that will run on the 27 November 2019. During the program, YP’s will have a chance to discuss key industry and career topics with experienced professionals.

  • Session 1: JORC and Valmin

    The JORC Code sets out the requirements for public reporting of exploration and mining information. It is used by minerals professionals acting as Competent Persons to outline the material inputs and assumptions employed in data collection, analysis and interpretation of Exploration Results, the definition of Exploration Targets, and the estimation of Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves. The VALMIN Code is based on the same set of fundamental principles (competence, materiality and transparency) as the JORC Code, and outlines the mandatory requirements and supporting recommendations to assist in the preparation of relevant public reports on any technical assessment or valuation of mineral assets. It is a companion to the JORC Code and provides guidance on matters that may be subject to Australian corporations law, and listing rules of relevant stock exchanges. This session will provide an overview of the JORC and VALMIN Codes; participants will learn how the principles that underpin the Codes can be used to guide best practice in the day-to-day work flows and procedures in exploration and mining.

  • Session 2: Validating Geological Interpretation & Two Career Stories

    Between them Jun Cowan and Ronald Reid have modelled more than 800 mineral deposits. In this session, they present guidelines for effectively producing domain boundaries with Leapfrog implicit modelling software. They discuss poor examples of models that have been sourced from public reports, and then suggest specific steps and tests that can be implemented by the practitioner to minimise inaccurate resource estimation results.

  • Session 3: Sampling Theory and Sampling Error; the things you need to know

    Geologists spend their whole career sampling! Yet the key aspects of the Theory that underlies the sampling processes we apply is, in general, poorly understood with the industry addicted to sampling ‘recipes’ based largely on precedent. (Try asking your manager why your site is sampling visible gold lodes with ½ NQ core for resource definition – see what they say).. In this session John Carswell explains the simple foundations of how sampling should work through the application of ToS and gives fresh insight into ways we can identify and assess sources of sampling error. There is a practical hands on exercise that no person in that room will ever forget! John is a Mining Geologist with a long, site-based career in surface and underground base metal and gold mining. He consults now specialising in pragmatic and practical approaches to solving operational sampling issues specifically for the international minerals industry.

  • Panel: Innovation in mining