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SME Live Webinar Series - Resource Geology

Rules of Thumb for Geologic Modeling
Thursday, December 6 | 10 - 11a.m.
Location: Online via GoTo Meeting
Rules of Thumb for Geologic Modeling is presented by Erik Ronald, Principal Consultant Resource Geology, SRK Consulting. Geological and Resource models constitute the underlying foundation of the mining and mineral exploration business. These models form the basis of Mineral Resource Reporting, mine planning, economic evaluations, business plans, and company strategic planning. A robust and useful model can be the difference between an uneconomic exploration prospect and a profitable mine. Therefore, their construction and overall quality to represent the ore body are critical to success. The creation of geological and resource models is a combination of art, science, engineering, statistics, and well-informed hypotheses. A series of considerations are presented to ensure models are both useful and provide a robust representation of the deposit. These considerations include: 1) clear objectives of model use; 2) understanding local and regional geology; 3) the incorporation of all trusted data sources; 4) fundamental statistical understanding of data; 5) a regional perspective; 6) a sound geologic structural framework; 7) determine significant attributes dependent upon scale of model; 8) modelling of waste units; and 9) all wireframes modeled in three-dimensions.
Cost: $90 USD

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Erik Ronald
Erik Ronald
Principal Consultant

Erik is a geologist with over 20 years experience specializing in resource geology, exploration and evaluation, resource estimation and geostatistics, mine geology, auditing/due diligence, and reporting of Mineral Resources. His experience spans multiple commodities and deposit types including iron ore, porphyry, IOCG, industrial minerals, epithermal, SEDEX, mineral sands, and construction aggregates. Erik has worked across North America, South America, and Australia from greenfields projects through open pit and underground operations.
Erik has held technical, commercial, and leadership roles in both corporate and operational environments. His experience includes project management of technical studies such as exploration and evaluation programs, mineral resource and ore reserve studies, and multiple large project studies (conceptual, OoM/PEA, PFS, and FS levels). Erik holds a Master’s of Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in Geological Engineering, Bachelor’s of Science in Geology of the University of California, and a graduate certificate in Geostatistics from Edith Cowan University. Mr. Ronald is a “Qualified Person” for the purposes of NI 43-101 in several deposit types for exploration, geology, and Mineral Resources.


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