Exploration and sampling techniques for conglomerate gold in the Pilbara region

Author(s): 
Mike Cunningham, Bert De Waele, Kevin Cassidy
Date: 
Thursday, March 22, 2018
First presented: 
The Pilbara Conglomerate Gold Conference 2018
Type: 
Presentation
Category: 
Geology

In this presentation, Mike Cunningham discusses exploration for conglomerate Gold in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, how it compares with Witswatersrand style deposits and techniques for sampling and quantifying the mineralisation.

Feature Author

Mike Cunningham

Michael has over 15 years’ experience as a geologist. He completed a PhD in post-Variscan tectonics (Ireland) and later completed two years of postdoctoral research into evaluating and modelling active oceanic slope processes. Mike has also worked in both Irish and British civil services where he was involved in shallow seabed mapping, GIS and software development. Mike’s experience with SRK includes projects in Australia and overseas (Indonesia, Lao, Sri Lanka, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tanzania, Congo, Liberia and Malaysia), and on a variety of commodities including graphite, gold, uranium, iron and potash. He has conducted 3D modelling of vein, epithermal and banded iron formation styles of mineralisation,m and Mineral Resource and exploration target estimates in accordance with JORC Code (2012) reporting guidelines.

Principal Consultant (Geology)
PhD (Geology), MAIG, MAusIMM
SRK Perth
Bert De Waele

Bert De Waele has over 23 years of structural mapping experience, mostly in African Precambrian terranes. In addition, he has consulted on base metal and gold prospects, setting up and running exploration programmes or interpreting regional geochemical data. With SRK, Bert has also conducted Independent Technical Assessments on various mineral assets including gold, porphyry copper, iron ore, manganese, diamond, mineral sands, phosphate, evaporite and uranium. His research interests focus on regional geology and tectonics, by integrating field and laboratory work, including U-Pb microprobe geochronology, isotope (147Sm-144Nd and 87Rb-86Sr) and whole-rock geochemistry and Geographic Information Systems. Bert has a strong commitment to transfer of knowledge, holding an Adjunct Research posting at The University of Western Australia. Bert has taught structural geology, computing in geoscience (GIS - Remote Sensing and DPA (Geosoft)) and supervised field classes, mapping projects and theses (BSc, MSc and PhD) both in French-speaking and English-speaking environments.

Principal Consultant (Geology)
PhD (Geology), RP Geo (Regional Geology, Mineral Exploration)
SRK Perth
SRK Africa