One of the most important tools for an exploration geologist today is multi-element geochemistry. Ironically, this too is one that many experienced and skilled professionals struggle to grasp in their daily practice. This course seeks to help professionals better understand this tool so they can use it effectively in their work. As an exploration geologist, skills such as creating geochemical sample programs, interpreting data accurately, and managing multi-element databases are essential skills that must be mastered.

This is what we seek to do with this course which doesn’t just integrate a wide range of data, but focus on one dataset that directly quantifies and identify mineralisation. Clients face critical issues while managing geochemical data, especially as it relates to the interpretation, and this is what this course seeks to teach. It is not designed to be a comprehensive training course for the ioGAS software, but it will give participants an opportunity to learn the basics of this software especially the basic functions and features so that at the end of the course, the can use the software for their basic work duties.

Learning Goals

  • The goals of the course are the things that a participant is supposed to have achieved upon completion. By the end of this course, a participant will be able to:
  • Use the X-Y plots to validate results and explore data of more technical investigations while linking it to defined anomalies.
  • Validate data
  • Recognise the limitations of data that is validated
  • Use Principal Component Analysis to pinpoint the associations of the elements in the data.
  • Use Centred Log Ratios to break the false correlations within your data.
  • Create a log additive index that shows the anomalous metal association
  • Know that element associations depend on the scale
  • Understand the mineralogy of a hydrothermal alteration system using alteration geochemistry
  • Use immobile element ratios to differentiate between various types of rocks.
  • Define sediment packages or magma series by applying immobile-incompatible element ratios
  • Understand the benefits of using probability plots instead of histograms


The facilitators for the course are experienced professionals who do not just have academic expertise but practical experience as well. They are well-trained experts who have performed various geochemical investigations in Australia and beyond. The facilitators are consultants who have worked on projects involving commodities such as nickel, gold, chromium, and copper. With this considerable practical experience also come academic experience teaching courses such as geostatistics and geology in different universities.

Who Can Take the Course?

This training course is designed for and open to all professionals working in the mining industry, especially those geologists who want to improve their skills and knowledge of geochemistry. A knowledge of ioGAS may be useful for this course, but it is not required to take it. If you are working as a geologist in the mining industry, then this course is for you. You will learn the fundamentals of ioGAS, also gain practical insights, and the facilitator works with you through every exercise to ensure you are getting the most of the training.

Click here to register for the course.