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posted on September 29, 2021

MDRU SC114 – 1.0 Introduction Session | QGIS Desktop for Geoscientists


MDRU partners with Goldspot Discoveries Corp., our new corporate member on this two-part series on QGIS.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a fundamental tool of modern geoscientists working with spatial datasets. Traditional proprietary GIS software typically used in mineral exploration is powerful but access and capabilities are often restricted dues to cost, training, or licensing/maintenance barriers. The QGIS project (initially called Quantum GIS) was initiated by a geologist in Alaska in 2002 and is now the world’s most popular free and open-source software (FOSS) for geospatial professionals. This virtual introduction webinar, part one of a two-part series will provide background and basic features of the QGIS Desktop software; it will illustrate the potential applications to geoscience and mineral exploration workflows.  We recommend you to register for the MDRU SC 114 2.0 Practical Session to gain hands-on techniques.


  • QGIS is free to use for anyone with a PC, Mac or Linux computer, with free updates
  • QGIS has capabilities that are broadly comparable to other proprietary GIS software
  • QGIS has tools to complete advanced spatial analysis of many file formats typically used in the industry
  • QGIS has a robust map layout functionality to generate production-ready maps for figures and reports
  • Additional capabilities can be custom developed as plug-ins to solve specific use cases

Date:   October 25, 2021
Time:   9am – 1pm PDT

Complimentary to MDRU Members.
Non-Members $125.00.  Students $50.


October 25, 2021
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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125 + GST
Free Event:
MDRU Corporate Members
50 + GST


Jeanne Liu, MDRU Events

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A portion of the revenue generated from this two-part series will be donated to the QGIS Project to fund further development and maintenance.


Matthew Bodnar
Senior Geologist
Goldspot Discoveries Corp.

Matthew Bodnar has over 15 years of experience in the mineral exploration and mining industry from grass-roots exploration through to mature mining environments. He has an M.Sc. in applied exploration geochemistry as part of the Exploration Geochemistry Initiative (EGI) at the Mineral Deposit Research Unit (MDRU) at UBC and a 1st Class Honours B.Sc. from the University of Manitoba. He has previously worked with Anglo American, CSA Global Consultants and Impala Canada Ltd (subsidiary of Implats) contributing to projects across the world. Matthew has been a QGIS enthusiast since 2017 and applying GIS solutions such as ArcMap, Mapinfo-Discover and Global Mapper to exploration workflows in greenfield and advanced projects since 2003. He has strong interests in data integration, geochemistry, terrain analysis, geospatial technologies (GNSS and Drone photogrammetry) and machine learning tools to enhance mineral exploration workflows.