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posted on April 8, 2019

MDRU SC106: Information Management Solutions for the Modern Exploration World – 1.0 Dealing with Data

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The mineral exploration industry is poised to extract more value from its datasets, from historical data to large modern digital datasets, but can be limited by its capacity to properly design and implement a data management strategy.  As the industry transitions from traditional hardcopy to digital, there is an excellent opportunity for companies to implement proper data management practices and gain a significant competitive advantage.  A preliminary outline of the short course can be found below.

This full-day course will identify and provide solutions for the challenges that are unique to the exploration industry, through a review of:

  • Data management theory and best practices;
  • Principles behind designing a modern exploration data model;
  • Methods to collect diverse datasets in the field, from grassroots exploration to early-stage resource calculations, that integrate into a comprehensive modern data model;
  • Practical applications for an integrated data management system, including data compilations, surficial programs, drill programs and field portable analyzers


This is the first of a two-part series on information management in exploration. A second course will include hands-on practical exercises to build on the framework and lessons from this first course.


Who Should Attend:

There is no standard way of managing exploration data, but learned strategies can improve efficiency and add value at all stages of exploration and development. This course is designed for field students (undergraduate and graduate), geologists, data managers (GIS) and others from industry and academia at all experience levels that are interested in making the most of their exploration data.  No laptop computers are required.  We recommend that you have an understanding and good working knowledge of Excel for this course.

Note:  This course qualifies for a credit of 7 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH) under The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of BC (Engineers and Geoscientists BC).



May 7, 2019
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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MDRU Corporate Members:
320 + GST
390 + GST
150 + GST
MDRU Internal (RA/PDF/UBC Faculty):
150 + GST


Jeanne Liu, MDRU Events


UBC Robson Square, Room 1.150 Gallery & Sunroom
800 Robson Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 3B7 Canada
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Additional Information

More Info:

Course includes lunch, coffee/tea & refreshments.

Rogue Geoscience is a group of professional geologists, field specialists and data scientists that have a passion for turning data into opportunity. Their mission is to ensure that clients have the highest-quality data available for their projects. With over 45 years of industry experience working with junior, mid-tier and major mining companies their knowledge covers an extensive range of commodities in a wide number of districts including base and precious metals, industrial minerals, uranium, REEs.

Course Program

Day - 8:30am - 9:00am
  • Coffee & Registration
Day - 9:00am - 9:15am
  • Introduction
Day - 9:15am - 9:30am
  • Background and Experience
Day - 9:30am - 11:00am
  • Data Management Theory + Exercise
Day - 11:00am - 11:10am
  • AM Break
Day - 11:10am - 12:10pm
  • Best Practices
Day - 12:10pm - 1:00pm
  • Lunch
Day - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • GIS Data
Day - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Collecting Data in the Field
Day - 3:00pm - 3:10pm
  • PM Break
Day - 3:10pm - 4:40pm
  • Practical Applications + Exercise
Day - 4:40pm - 5:15pm
  • Conclusion and Final Q&As


Chris Gallagher
President & CEO, Rogue Geoscience

Chris Gallagher is a structural geologist and President / CEO of Rogue Geoscience. He has been involved in mineral exploration since 2003 after completing his Masters in structural geology and tectonics at Carleton University. Since then he has been instrumental in developing a number of exploration methodologies and geologic data management systems utilized in the industry.

The past 15 years has exposed Chris to variety of deposit types in many different geologic terrains. This experience has provided him with the knowledge and expertise to develop a flexible data management system that aids in grassroots to advanced exploration programs. This system has continually evolved to accommodate most deposit types ranging from epithermal gold to SEDEX to porphyry systems.

Chris also has a strong interest in integrating technology with exploration and his recent focus has been on whole rock geochemistry, alteration mapping and the development of QAQC systems for oriented core work.

Jessica Borysenko
GIS Geologist and Chief Business Development Officer

Jessica is a GIS Geologist and Chief Business Development Officer of Rogue Geoscience. Jessica is registered as a professional Geoscientist in both Ontario and British Columbia.

Jessica earned her BSc in Geology in 2008 from Lakehead University and is currently working towards a Masters in GIS from Vancouver Island University. With over 15 years’ experience in the exploration and mining industry, Jessica began her career in 2004 with Marathon PGM as a junior geologist working in the Coldwell Complex of Northern Ontario where she quickly advanced to project geologist responsible for multiple drills and a large field crews. Since 2009 Jessica’s focus has been on data management and GIS systems. Her extensive experience in the field has given her the experience and background to look at data from a geologist’s perspective.

Grayson Clague
Data Scientist & CTO, Rogue Rogue Geoscience

Grayson started working in mineral exploration during the summer of 2006 collecting geochemical samples, and working in a core shack. After seeing the state of paper based data collection in the industry he immediately became interested in finding a solution. After enrolling at the University of British Columbia with a focus on mathematics and computer science, he continued working during the summers in mineral exploration, building data collection systems and databases. During this time he was exposed to a wide variety of geologic field work, from grass roots exploration to brown field drill programs.

Since then he has completed his Bachelors degree and applied his programming skills to problems in mineral exploration, building Android apps for field data collection, spatial databases using PostGIS, specialized analysis apps for analysis of oriented core, statistical analytics apps, and workflow automation.

He has a passion for extracting the maximum value from data, and continues to find novel strategies to accomplish this. Including streamlining data collection, and using modern data science techniques to find trends where traditional analytic techniques fall short.