Sunday, November 5, 2017 
8am-5pm, lunch included,

Marriott Hotel Downtown

Geochemical Lab Analysis: Under the Hood

Course Instructor:
Sarah Rice, ALS Global

Course description: 

Is your geochemical data fit for purpose? It’s an all-important question in our current exploration and mining environment, with the pressure on for successful and cost-effective sampling programs. But many geoscientists, particularly fresh graduates, end up ordering assays without really understanding what’s going on “under the hood” of the geochemistry lab.  This one day short course will walk through the life of a sample in an assay lab and all the decision points that impact the final results – sample preparation, choice of digestion/decomposition, analytical instrument choices, QA/QC considerations - and cap off with a talk on recent advances in exploration geochemistry. This course is designed for geologists and prospectors who want to effectively leverage the huge selection of analytical methods available, whether you’re working in greenfields exploration, resource estimation or grade control.  Bring your thinking caps – there will be pop quizzes!


Monday, November 6, 2017 
8am-5pm, lunch included, $200

Anchorage Marriott Downtown

Application of Airborne Geophysics to Minerals Exploration in Alaska

Course Instructors:
Ken Witherly, Condor Consulting, Inc., Lakewood, CO
Abraham Emond, DGGS, Fairbanks, AK

Course description: 

The State of Alaska has supported airborne geophysical surveys in the state for over 40 years. Approximately 50 concurrent electromagnetic (EM) and magnetic surveys have been funded over the period 1993 to 2015 by the State of Alaska  Airborne Geophysical/Geological Mineral Inventory program. While primary flown to help the minerals industry map geology and assist in locating new mineral deposits, these surveys have also assisted in environmental and geotechnical assessments, including the mapping of permafrost zones in developed and semi-developed areas. This survey program is the most extensive of its kind in the country. While the main focus of this workshop will be on the state-backed airborne EM and magnetics surveys, the USGS-supported aeromagnetics and gravity programs will also be discussed as they are in many ways complementary to the state’s program.

The workshop will be made up of the following segments:
-review the theory behind the geophysical techniques used
-discuss the state program and how data can be accessed
-present examples of using these surveys for exploration in Alaska for minerals, environmental and geotechnical purposes
-provide a series of case studies from Alaska and the Yukon where airborne geophysics has been used to help locate/define mineral deposits

 Level of knowledge-the geophysical component will be suitable for a geological audience


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Monday, November 6, 2017 
8am-2pm, working lunch included, $200

Anchorage Marriott Downtown

ANILCA: What you need to know

Course Instructors: 
Dick Mylius, Retired Director, Division of Mining, Land and Water, Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Tina Cunning, Retired, State-Federal Issues Program Manager, Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Sally Gibert, Retired State of Alaska ANILCA Program Coordinator

Course description: 

In working with federal agencies in Alaska, miners need to understand the federal land   laws that are unique to Alaska as these affect existing and proposed mines on a daily basis. This course will provide a condensed overview of Alaska land history and context leading up to passage of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA), a roadmap to the full statute, and highlights of interest to miners in Alaska.  More detail will be provided for ANILCA access provisions and the relationship of non-ANILCA access (e.g., ANCSA 17(b) easements, RS2477s).  Select ANILCA provisions and current implementation issues that may affect miners will also be addressed, such as wilderness, wild and scenic rivers, "no more" clauses.  Course instructors have over 100 years of cumulative ANILCA-related experience.  They currently anchor the formal two-day ANILCA Trainings sponsored by the US Department of the Interior and offered through the Institute of the North.

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Course Coordinators & Instructors

Abraham Emond  Sarah Rice Ken Witherly 




Abraham Emond is responsible for the distribution, promotion, publication, and archiving of the DGGS geophysical data collection. These data are critical to Alaska's resource exploration, transportation, and environmental stakeholders. He also manages the acquisition of new geophysical data for the benefit of the State of Alaska. DGGS data collection primarily contains high quality airborne magnetic, electromagnetic, and radiometric data.

Prior to joining DGGS, Abraham worked as a geophysicist for Rio Tinto and various junior exploration companies. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Geophysics from Colorado School of Mines and Master’s Degree in Geophysics from the University of Utah.

Abraham enjoys exploring Alaska’s riverside geology with his wife (a geologist) and two young children.

Sarah Rice started her career as a research laboratory assistant at Queen’s Facility for Isotope Research, working on applications of isotopic analysis in exploration geochemistry. She moved on to ALS Geochemistry as a technical contact in client services in 2011, and currently works as Senior Geochemist in Vancouver, Canada, partnering with clients to design custom-fit analytical solutions for complex projects and providing training and development both internally and externally. She has a B.Sc. in geology (2007) and a M.Sc. in geochemistry (2012) from Queen’s University, Canada.

Ken Witherly graduated from UBC (Vancouver Canada) with a BSc in geophysics and physics in 1971.

He then spent 27 years with the Utah/BHP Minerals company during which time as Chief Geophysicist, he championed BHP’s programs in airborne geophysics which resulted in the development of the MegaTEM and Falcon technologies. In 1999, Ken helped form a technology-focused service company that specializes in the application of innovative processing and data analysis to help drive the discovery of new mineral deposits.