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posted on October 8, 2021

MDRU SC114 – 2.0 Practical Session (In-Person) | 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.

In a follow-up to the 1.0 session*, this 2.5 days workshop will introduce you to the background, design, and features of the QGIS Desktop software and will demonstrate standard GIS tools as well as tailored applications to geoscience and mineral exploration workflows. Real-world examples will be demonstrated with data provided for hands-on exercises. Additional capabilities through 3rd party plug-ins will be discussed that extend QGIS features into fields such as exploration geochemistry, remote sensing, advanced geographic analysis, drill hole plotting, LiDAR processing, field data capture, and more.


  • QGIS is free to use for anyone with a PC, Mac, or Linux computer, with free updates575
  • Advanced spatial analysis at no extra cost
  • Manage most common Raster and Vector file formats typically used in the industry
  • Generate meaningful maps for figures, reports, or large-scale products
  • Georeference scanned historical maps and digitize content
  • Plot drill hole locations, perform the de-survey, and plot down-hole data such as assay or lithology
  • Hands-on practical exercises from basic through advanced operations

* MDRU SC 114 – 1.0 is not an expected prerequisite 

Date:   *Revised* November 24 – 25, 2021 (all day); 26th (half day)
Time:  (all day) 9am – 4:30pm PST | (half day) 9am – 12:00pm

Corporate Members (Early Bird) $1175 | (Regular) $1375
Non-Members (Early Bird) $1475 | (Regular) $1775
Students $575


November 24, 2021
November 26, 2021
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MDRU Corporate Members:
(Early Bird) $1175 | (Regular) $1375 + GST
Non-Members (Early Bird) $1475 | (Regular) $1775 + GST
575 + GST


Jeanne Liu, MDRU Events


UBC Robson Square, Room C575
800 Robson Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 3B7 Canada
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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.

MDRU is constantly reviewing the PHO Order on Gatherings and Events and the current province-wide restrictions for further details.  You are required to use your BC Vaccine Card to provide proof that you received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine for some social and recreational events, services and businesses. This applies to individuals aged 12 years and older (born 2009 or earlier).  Wearing a mask is required during this short course.


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.