MRIWA – Austmine Co-Labs

MRIWA’s Mark Woffenden and Anil Subramanya are pleased to contribute to the Austmine Co-Lab initiative.

Read more about the Co-Labs here.
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MRIWA’s next Tech Talk on Thursday 16 November will be presented by ANSTO “Evolution of Project Development and Piloting for Technology Metals”

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Register now for this free workshop – Stimulating Innovation and Efficiency in Mining through Spatial – seats are limited

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The CRC for Spatial Information with Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia and METSIgnited, invite you to participate in a workshop exploring how spatial frameworks, applied across data supply chains may help unlock new operational insights and efficiencies. We know the resources sector is data rich, with a range of technology and sensors now providing more insights into mine operations than ever before; yet challenges still exist on how to gain access to the right information to support critical business operations. This workshop will provide attendees with an opportunity to reflect on mining and the role spatial data science may play to ignite innovation in mining and METS businesses.

The workshop will cover:

  • How spatial technologies are being applied to help link disparate data silos and to map the relationship between location, people, assets and activities.
  • A case study within the Australian Livestock Spatial Innovation Program (ALSIP): demonstrating where spatial is now providing new insights across a highly variable value chain sector.
  • New advances in spatial supporting big data, sensors, semantics and data insights.

The workshop is aimed at senior managers within the mining sector seeking greater insights into the role data across a mining value chain can add value through smarter linkages, insights and analytics.


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MRIWA Project M452 – Pathways to high grade gold – 3D gradient mapping of mineral systems

The Final Report (Report No. 452) for MRIWA Project M452 is now available on our website|0|2560|3584

MRIWA project M452: Walshe, J.L.;  Bath, A.B. and Miller, J.M. 2017 “Pathways to high grade gold – 3D gradient mapping of mineral systems”

The aim of MRIWA project 452 was to use 3D mineral system mapping technologies to translate mineral zoning into thermo-chemical gradients that may be related to the transport and deposition of gold. Mineral sensors to map gradients in activity of H2O, pH, redox (e activity) as well as temperature (energy) gradients are documented and the concept of zoned volato-thermal plumes as the productive architecture of Late Archean volato-thermal Au systems is introduced. The mineralogical/isotopic zoning of the Athena-Hamlet system, St Ives Gold Field is used to illustrate the concept. Preliminary integration/interpretation of mineral zoning/paragenetic/architectural constraints from the Kundana Camp suggests we may have identified a thermally-zoned Au system or at least a significant part thereof.

Gradient mapping within lithologically and structurally constrained 3D architectures, provides the basis for application to Au exploration. Targeting with mineral system concepts is a new and novel approach to adding value to brown field’s exploration strategies. The ability to identify and rapidly map complete systems should impact positively on both brown-fields and green-fields exploration.

KEYWORDS: 3D mineral-system mapping, chemical gradients, mineral sensors, volato-thermal systems

Mark Woffenden

MRIWA’s CEO Mark Woffenden will be at IMARC in Melbourne over the next few days – feel free to catch up with him to find out the latest about MRIWA and the initiatives we’re involved with!