RSC provides training and professional development to the mining and exploration industry. The following courses are available. These are all customisable to client’s requirement and audience.
The course we offer include:
- Sampling – We cover the basics on sampling theory, but with a very clear focus on practical implementations. What effect does it really have on the quality of your data? We use client’s own data and focus on those sampling situations that are important to our client. For instance, we won’t talk about drill samples when we’re presenting this to processing plant staff. Yes, unfortunately there will be a short and dry aspect of these courses as the sampling theory is important to understand, but we make this digestible for people at any level. We think these courses should not only be attended by geologists! It is important for managers to fully appreciate the importance of proper sampling and the impact that bad sampling can have on their budget. Field technicians are the people who commonly collect the samples: include them into this process, they are critical to the proper collection of data.
- QA/QC – Quality Assurance and Quality Control form the foundation and safeguard of the overall quality of any output, whether it is a resource model, exploration programme, metallurgical sampling, grade control, plant sampling, etc. In the mining and mineral exploration industry these terms often get confused and are simply interpreted as to “insert some standard and some blanks”. The problems are created when the project advances along the value chain and financial decisions are more and more important on an adequate assessment of risk. Don’t fall in the trap of collecting data for the sake of it and allow time and money for proper QA and QC. It will save you money down the line. The RSC QA/QC course is designed with practical implementation in mind. We don’t just simply throw some theory at our attendees and send them home with a booklet. We work with your data and drill down on cultural issues that commonly prevent theory from being implemented in practice. You can insert standards and blanks but if you don’t analyse the data then you’re just wasting money. It is useful for team leaders or mid-level managers partake in this course as it will open their eyes to the potential cost saving and optimisation opportunities. These will need to be planned and budgeted for properly and therefore it is not just about sending your geos to do a course, this is a holistic process!
- Geology in decision-making and estimations – At RSC we believe strongly in a thorough understanding of geology driving the confidence in estimations and ultimately the decision making. It has been shown too often that leaving the geology off the map and just drilling holes for grade data leads to very poor models, poor estimations and poor decisions based on these models. This course is designed to give attendees a clear framework to bring the geology back into the risk-assessment process. We focus on proper data collection (pit-mapping, core logging, face-mapping skills) and then how to efficiently translate these into interpretations that can be used as a basis for modelling. Of course, the success of this course depends on management’s understanding and dedication bring back geology as an important component to their project risk assessment!