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posted on September 11, 2018

MDRU SC102: Mag Tools for Geos Workshop (Oct 3, 2018) *


This workshop is now full – thanks again for your interest.  Some of the workshop materials will be recorded and posted on the website at a later date (MDRU members-only).   Please email us if you have any questions.

Magnetic data can provide great insights into the geology at and below the Earth’s surface. Magnetic data is of particular use where geology is concealed by weathering or overburden. The distribution of lithological units and geologic structures can be better interpreted with magnetic data to help geoscientists piece together complex geometries of the Earth’s subsurface.

Magnetic data is commonly publicly available, and geologists can quickly advance their understanding of a region’s geology by accessing and reviewing magnetic data at early stages of their exploration or research projects. However, magnetic (and other geophysical) data tends to be underutilized by many geologists for several reasons. Although there is a multitude of available geophysical data analysis tools (proprietary and free), exploration geologists are often intimidated or refrain from using them because they lack knowledge of appropriate workflows, or the time required to understand the capabilities and reliability and become proficient with the various software packages. Additionally, early-career geologists may have had little exposure, experience and mentorship to analyse, integrate or interpret geophysical data.

MDRU and the UBC-Geophysical Inversion Facility are collaborating to develop a suite of open-source tools that allow geoscientists to overcome these barriers.  The tools provide examples and guides to allow geologists to easily modify, manipulate and explore 2D magnetic data sets to inform their geological interpretation and decision-making.

At this workshop, several magnetic data interpretation case studies will illustrate how magnetic data have successfully been used and motivate the need for additional tools that are easy enough for a geologist to use to work with data. This justification has led to the development of the new Geophysical Toolkit for Geologists.

Be the first to see, learn and use this unique toolkit!  You will be amazed at how easy it is.


Who should attend:

This workshop is for anyone who would like to extract more value from magnetic data, in particular geologists, geophysicists, geoscience students and prospectors. It will also be of interest to geoscientists who are interested in the development of open source resources for use in education, training,  processing of field data and for developing communication tools that are necessary to solve in multi-disciplinary projects.


Workshop highlights:

  • Introducing the new, open-source, Geophysical Toolkit for Geologists – custom designed free and easy to access tools for guiding non-specialists through magnetic data interpretation and visualisation.
  • Case studies of geological and structural interpretations from magnetic and other geophysical data and the need to have access to more resources
  • Open-source resources: what they are and why we need to adopt this methodology
  • Demonstration of the Geophysical Toolkit for visualizing, enhancing, and filtering magnetic data
  • Feedback opportunity for suggestions to improve or add to the Geophysical Toolkit for Geoscientists

Attendees are welcome to bring their laptops and follow along during the afternoon demonstration. Software installation instructions will be sent to registrants in advance of the course.  Full catering is included.

Tentative Agenda

9:30am – 10:00am    Registration/Coffee

10:00am – 10:15am   Intro to workshop

10:15am – 11:45am    Magnetic data interpretation: case studies

       Making Better Maps and Exploration Decisions with Magnetic Data (Craig Hart)

       Integrating Public Geophysical Data for Regional Structural Frameworks and Generative Mineral Exploration (Matias Sanchez)

       Using Potential Fields to Investigate IOCG Occurrences and Tectonics of the Great Bear Magmatic Zone (Nathan Hayward)

11:45am – 1:00pm     Lunch

         1:00pm – 1:20pm     Open source resources for geoscience

 1:20pm – 2:00pm     Magnetics refresher

 2:00pm – 2:15pm     Coffee break

 2:15pm – 4:00pm     Geophysical Toolkit for Geologists – demo

 4:00pm – 4:30pm    Feedback and closing remarks

  • Space is limited – register now!



October 3, 2018
10:00 am - 4:30 pm


MDRU Corporate Members:
Free + GST
$99 + GST
Free + GST


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