The 2018 Fall Convention of the Alaska Miners Associations is scheduled for November 4-9, at the Dena'ina Center in Anchorage Alaska.  There are short courses (descriptions below) scheduled for Sunday and Monday, November 4 and 5.  The courses are open to the public and will provide valuable information to anyone involved with or interested in the minerals industry.  The MSHA refresher courses for surface and underground mining and are scheduled for Friday and Saturday November 9 and 10, respectively, at the Downtown Marriott Hotel.  All courses are open to the public. 


Sunday November 4, 2018 
8am-5pm, lunch included, $200

Downtown Marriott Hotel, Anchorage

Indicators, discriminators and vectors for the exploration of skarn, porphyry, epithermal and IOCG deposits 

Presentor: Dr. Zhaoshan Chang, Colorado School of Mines

Course Description:  This one-day short course will include half a day on skarns, and the rest of the day on the application of mineral chemistry and SWIR (short wavelength Infra-Red) spectral technique in porphyry, epithermal and IOCG exploration. Skarn deposits are some of the largest ore deposits in the world but can be complicated in the field. They are the largest source for W and Sn, and important hosts for Au, Cu, Mo, Zn, Pb, Fe and other commodities. This course is designed to help explorers understand skarn deposits with common sense exploration concepts and easy to apply mineralogical guides. In the first part of the course, the instructor will clarify the basic concepts and terminology, explain the current understanding of skarn-forming processes, and examine metal associations and the possible controls. The focus will be on the zonation patterns in skarns that are useful in exploration with a discussion of how the zonation pattern varies in different environments. There will be representative samples for inspection.

 The second part of the course will introduce recent developments in mineral chemistry (alunite, chlorite, epidote, magnetite), plus SWIR techniques, and how they can be used to help exploration.

No refunds after 11/01/18.


Monday November 5, 2018 
8am-5pm, lunch included,
 $200

Downtown Marriott Hotel, Anchorage

Innovation in Mine Closure 

Course Chairmen: Nick Enos, BGC Engineering & Bill Jeffress, SRK Consulting

Course Description:  It’s been 10 years since AMA presented a “Modern Mine Closure” short course. This latest short course explores what’s new in mine closure, including financial assurance, 3D visualization for closure planning, geochemical modeling, reclamation in permafrost, and water treatment technologies. In addition, several reclamation and closure case studies from Alaska mines and projects will be presented.

Presenters: Nick Enos, BGC Engineering, Bill Jeffress, SRK Consulting, Eric Fjelstad, Perkins Coie, Cam Leonard, Perkins Coie, Pete Condon, Hecla Greens Creek, Mark Huffington, Kinross Fort Knox/True North, Chris Stevens – SRK Consulting, Carolyn Curley – ADNR Large Mine Team, James Whitlock – BLM Placer/Hardrock Reclamation, Brent Mooder, BGC Engineering, Jack DiMarchi, Core Geoscience, Sam Billin, Linkan Engineering. 

No refunds after 11/01/18.
Registration Available Soon!

Monday November 5, 2018

2 Sessions (sign up for one or both):
Session 1: 8am-12pm (morning) $100
Session 2: 1pm-5pm (afternoon) $100

Downtown Marriott Hotel, Anchorage

A Workshop Utilizing the Alaska Resource Data File and the Geologic Map of Alaska in GIS Applications 

Presenters: George Case, Ric Wilson, Keith Labay, U.S. Geological Survey

Course Description: The purpose of this course is to provide hands-on training for the use and application of the Alaska Resource Data File (ARDF) and Geologic Map of Alaska in various GIS software environments. The ARDF is a database of mining and geologic information for over 7,000 metallic mines, deposits, prospects and occurrences in Alaska. The recently-published Geologic Map of Alaska is a statewide map compilation available in GIS and as a Filemaker Database.  This course will give participants the skills needed to further explore and apply these datasets towards answering their own geologic questions.    

The course will be split into a morning beginner-level session (8am – 12pm) and an afternoon advanced-level session (1 – 5 pm). Both sessions will run in an open-ended workshop format, such that participants will do the exercises on their own laptops along with the instructors.  The morning session is open to all, including first-time users. It will encompass the basics of ARDF and how to search and use the database in the free FileMaker Runtime and Google Earth environments. Filemaker Runtime and Google Earth formats of the Geologic Map will also be demonstrated. Participants must bring their own laptops (Windows or Mac*) with course software loaded prior to the beginning of class.  

The afternoon course is designed for GIS users with some ArcMap familiarity. Attending the morning session is not a prerequisite for the afternoon session, but is encouraged if you have not used these datasets previously. The session will cover the basics of importing, exporting, and symbolizing the databases in ArcMap. This will be followed by an exercise demonstrating how the ARDF and geologic maps can be queried in ArcMap to assess mineral potential. If time allows, brief demos will also be made in ArcGIS Pro and the open-source program, QGIS. Like the morning session, participants must bring their own laptops (PC-only) with course software loaded prior to the beginning of class.

Links for necessary software and files are can be accessed here. Participants are strongly encouraged to download them beforehand to conserve time.