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posted on November 19, 2019

MDRU SC108: Vectoring to and within Porphyry Copper Systems (AME Roundup 2020 *)


Registration is now closed as the course is full.  Email mdruevents@eoas.ubc.ca if you wish to be put on the waitlist.  Thanks again for considering our short course.

Porphyry copper systems can be huge, but form from a predictable series predictable set of features that are related to ore formation, the cooling of hydrothermal fluids, and their reactions with the host rocks.  Smart Exploration Geologists can exploit this predictability if they can recognize these features.  This course will explain the patterns, trends and geometry of porphyry system geology, mineralization and vein types, alteration assemblages, mineralogy, geochemistry, physical properties and geophysical signatures, and the tools and methods to use them.  This critical information, once integrated, forms the foundation to improved exploration decision-making to vector towards the central and more highly-mineralized part of the porphyry system.  Full course schedule is available here.

Top Takeaways:

  • Porphyry systems are large and zoned – don’t get lost, be able to recognize the patterns
  • Veins, styles of mineralization and alteration generally form predictable patterns
  • Mineralogical, spectral, geochemical, petrophysical and geophysical patterns each tell a story
  • Integration and interpretation of observations and data will illuminate the path
  • Hands-on exercises with classic rock samples in the context of deposits to provide direct learnings

In Preparation for your Course:

  • Digitized course materials will be made available to all participants one day prior to the short course (a link will be shared).
  • There will be free Wi-Fi access onsite.
  • Please bring hand lens, swing pivot magnet and materials to take notes.  Handout exercise(s) will be prepared and given upon your arrival.

* Short course will be hosted at BCIT Downtown Campus Room 280-284 (a short walk away from the Vancouver Convention Centre East).


January 18, 2020 @ 8:30 am
January 19, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
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MDRU Corporate Members:
Early-Bird$590 | Regular $690 + GST
Early-Bird $690 | Regular $790 + GST
$190 + GST
MDRU Internal (RA/PDF/UBC Faculty):
$390 + GST


Jeanne Liu, MDRU Events

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Coffee, lunch and refreshments will be provided for this course.


Farhad Bouzari
Research Associate

Farhad’s classic PhD research on hypogene and supergene evolution of the Cerro Colorado Cu-Mo porphyry deposit in Chile is a well-recognized research milestone. Following an Assistant Professorship at the University of Tehran, he joined MDRU in 2006 as a Research Associate to establish an exploration footprint for the Red Lake orogenic gold camp. He has more than 20 years of research experience on porphyry and allied deposits and mineralogical and geochemical techniques in exploration targeting. He has expertise in establishing the anatomy and evolution of the porphyry copper deposits, particularly their distal and deep features, and their application in vectoring towards mineralization. He leads MDRU investigations to develop new exploration techniques such as Porphyry Indicator Minerals, and currently leads projects on the evaluation of Porphyry Fertile Plutons. Farhad facilitates MDRU’s SWIR and cathololuminescence investigations. Farhad received his Ph.D. from Queen’s University, Canada, in 2003.

Greg Dipple

Greg Dipple is a professor in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences and member of the Mineral Deposit Research Unit at the University of British Columbia, where he has taught for 25 years. As Director of the Bradshaw Research Initiative for Minerals and Mining at UBC he is promoting cross-disciplinary research across the full mining life cycle. He has examined the processes of and driving forces for mineral-fluid reactions in environments from the Earth’s deep interior to its surface. He leads an international team that is developing carbon capture, utilization and storage within mine tailings to mitigate industrial greenhouse gas emissions.

Craig Hart

Craig Hart is the Director of MDRU – Mineral Deposit Research Unit at the University of British Columbia (UBC) where he initiates and facilitates a wide range of mineral exploration industry-sponsored research projects that focus on gold and porphyry systems, regional metallogeny and exploration methods. Craig has degrees from McMaster University (BSc 1986), University of British Columbia (MSc 1995) and University of Western Australia (2005) spacing academic intervals over three decades separated by employment in industry and government. Craig previously worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Exploration Targeting at the University of Western Australia (UWA) in Perth where he pursued research gold metallogeny of China and Mongolia. Most of Craig’s early career was with the Yukon Geological Survey where he undertook regional mapping and metallogenic surveys in the northern Cordillera. He played a significant role in developing intrusion-related gold models, and understanding redox controls on regional metallogeny.

Craig has considerable field and mapping experience which he integrates with geochronology, geochemistry and geophysics to develop new exploration concepts and targets. He has raised >$20M in research funding to contribute to the training of more than 40 graduate students and 20 senior researchers. He provides advanced ore deposit and mineral exploration training to
students and industry, has given presentations and short courses throughout the world, and
consults to a range of major and junior explorers. Dr. Hart was awarded the Geological Association of Canada Boldy Award for the best mineral deposit-related presentation in 2005, and was the SEG Distinguished Lecturer of the Society of Economic Geologists in 2010. In 2016 Craig led his team to 5th place in the Integra Gold Rush Challenge, and also took home the “Audience Choice Award” for his engaging presentation.

Rob Lee
Research Associate

Robert is a porphyry copper geologist with extensive industry experience and has responsibility for MDRU’s geochronologic and isotopic projects. He currently contributes to MDRU’s Western Tethyan Metallogeny Project (WT2), and provides zircon-trace-element (TEZ) research to our PIMS – Porphyry Indicator Mineral project. Before joining MDRU, he spent eight years working on Greenfield and Brownfield projects with Freeport McMoran Copper & Gold Inc. Robert was previously a lead Research Associate in the NSERC-CMIC-Footprints Project where he oversaw the logistics and all research at the Highland Valley Copper Deposit. As well as his own research on sulfur isotopes and zircon chemistry at the site, he also oversaw three PhD, four MSc, and two BSc students, as well as five post-graduate research studies on mapping, lithochemistry, petrophysics and geophysics. Robert’s PhD at the El Salvador porphyry copper deposit in Northern Chile with John Dilles, focused on the genesis of the deposit by obtaining new ages of formation and mineralization and detailed chemical composition of the porphyry rocks and their mineral components. He has worked throughout North America, Europe, and Asia in varied roles including: core logging/splitting, running drill programs, field mapping, geochem sampling, quality control, and geology/ore deposit modelling of various porphyry-Cu(Mo) and IOCG projects.

Dianne Mitchinson
Research Associate

Dianne is a geologist who has worked alongside geophysicists to improve geophysical exploration models for 16 years. Dianne has an interest in geological and geophysical data integration and interpretation, and in connecting geoscientists across disciplines to collaborate on mineral exploration research. Dianne previously completed a PhD and a post-doc with MDRU, where she focused primarily on linking rocks in Archean gold and porphyry settings to geophysics through physical property analyses and geologically constrained geophysical inversion modeling. This was followed by 6 years as a consultant for Mira Geoscience where Dianne lead multidisciplinary teams on mineral prospectivity projects, and provided training and workshops on 3D data integration and mineral potential modelling to the public. Recently, as a research associate with MDRU, she co-lead a collaborative initiative between MDRU and UBC’s Geophysical Inversion Facility (GIF) that aimed to develop a set of easily accessible geophysical tools and associated workflows for use by geologists to improve understanding of deep and undercover geology. She currently leads a subproject of Geoscience BC’s Central Interior Copper-Gold Research (CICGR) project, integrating geology and geophysics to investigate till thickness and undercover porphyry potential within BC’s Quesnel Terrane.