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Kalgoorlie Branch – Digital Tech Talk: Big Data Meets Lithogeochemistry: A New Tool for Exploration & Metallurgy

Tuesday 27 October 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Date: Tuesday 27th October 2020

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm AWST

Digital Tech Talk: Online

Presenter: Clinton Smyth, Minerva Co-Founder and CTO


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Non Member – $20.00

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Please note: Registrants who cannot join the webinar at the scheduled time will receive a link to the recording to watch at a later time convenient to them.


Digital Tech Talk Overview

Identifying significant exploration drilling results is very difficult for geologists because of the large number of elements to consider, as well as the large number of possible anisotropies in their 3D distribution. Consequently, this work is seldom done effectively, and valuable insights into multi-million-dollar drilling programs are never recognised.

The solution to this challenge is to harness modern computer power together with knowledge engineering technology to let the computer find the important lithogeochemical zones and report them to geologists for further evaluation and action. This presentation will demonstrate the simple workflows and powerful software now available to efficiently realise the full value of multi-million-dollar multi-element drilling programs. In this light, Clinton will introduce DRIVER, Minerva’s software system that automatically identifies single- and multi-element zones in well-defined drilling data sets, and relates them to other mineral deposits with matching lithogeochemical zonation.


Clinton Smyth has an MSc Geochemistry and an MSc in Computer Science (AI). He is a geologist and software developer with 40 years of experience and worked for 25 years with Anglo American, including as VP Exploration. He was sent by Anglo to Imperial College, London to study AI applications in geology. He and his team discovered the Buzwagi Gold deposit in Tanzania in 1996; the Boyongan Cu-Au porphyry deposit in the Philippines in 1999, and GT Gold Corp’s Saddle Gold Project in British Columbia’s Golden Triangle in 2014.


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