Lineament analysis in geological exploration
The existence of efficient and cost-effective methods that help to identify prospective targets that are related to or are influenced by tectonic structures is not common knowledge among professionals in the field of geological exploration.
The right sampling and Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) procedures are essential in all aspects of the mineral deposit evaluation process to achieve the best possible confidence in resultant mineral resource and reserve estimates.
Getting Quality Assurance and Quality Control procedures and protocols right is crucial
Accurate and proper QA and QC procedures and protocols are essential to ensure that data collected and created by the mining organization is of a high level of quality and is in compliance with CIM Standards and Guidelines. Geological quality control procedures are meant to monitor precision and accuracy of the assay data, as well as possible sample contamination during sample preparation and assaying. The quality of the data used determines the quality of an estimate.
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The Director of this seminar, Ricardo Valls, will introduce to the participants a methodology that will help them to concentrate their exploration efforts even over new areas with limited or nonexistent geological information, while keeping their budget in check.
The centrality of QA&QC procedures
Ricardo will explain how lineament and satellite interpretation are a way to define where to concentrate exploration efforts, as well as how to implement QA&QC procedures to guarantee the quality of the collected data. This is necessary, considering that compliance with the industry-established QA/QC is no longer an option, but a necessity for all the companies to implement, especially those that trade in the markets. Quality assurance is essentially the management system that operates to ensure credible results. The prime objective of the field QA program is to maximize accuracy by reducing introduced variability.
The learning will be gleaned from a quality assurance program that the Director has implemented for the field sampling procedures. This includes collection, labeling, and shipping components. The quality control component of this system is a set of activities intended to control the quality of the data from collection through to analysis. It consists of day-to-day activities such as:
- The adherence to written protocols; up-to-date and suitable training of personnel
- The use of reliable laboratories with excellent QA&QC systems in place
- The regular use of quality control (QC) samples (blanks, standard samples, and field duplicates)
- Diligent record keeping.
Ricardo will cover the following areas at this seminar:
- History of the problem, why we need to change the current approach
- Lineament analysis
- Lineament analysis and satellite interpretation of data
- Physical modeling (3D strain analysis and 3D stress analysis)
- Statistical procedures (Compositional data analysis, correlation analysis, principal component and other methods)
- Defining a QA/QC program, Blanks, duplicates, standards, external controls
- Procedures and audits
- Rock naming in the field
- Conclusions and recommendations.