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posted on July 25, 2019

MDRU SC109: Mapping for Discovery: Integrating Structural Geology and GIS for Exploration of Porphyry Systems


This event has been postponed due to the COVID-19 virus; we’ll post further updates very soon on a new date to implement this short course virtually. 



Incorporation of structural aspects into mapping and interpretation of geological, geochemical and geophysical data at different scales is fundamental for successful area selection and exploration targeting. This course will start with the basic concepts of structural geology and GIS techniques and build to provide a framework for more comprehensive characterization, interpretation and understanding of structural controls on mineralization. The course will look at the development of normal, reverse and strike-slip faulting systems and their relationships with hydrothermal systems and the emplacement of intrusions in the context of maps. Practical sessions will include GIS techniques for interpreting remote sensing data, including magnetometry, seismic reflection, satellite imagery and digital elevation models. Special emphasis will be placed on the ability to recognize, outline and understand the styles and types of fault and fracture associated with the emplacement and architecture of porphyry and epithermal systems across a range of scales.


This 2-day short course is for explorers who want to improve their understanding of modern structural geology as it applied to exploration decision-making and integrates tectonic, structural, geophysical, geochemical and metallogenic concepts to vector towards mineral deposits. The course includes daily practical sessions on GIS, digital mapping and stereographic techniques for structural interpretation and analysis.


The following list of software (free or open-source) is to be utilized; it is recommended that you have them installed/bookmarked in preparation for the short course.

Smartphone Apps

  • FieldMove Clino (available in iOS or Android, pls check your app stores)
  • Avenza Maps



  • Laptop computer & battery pack (we’ll have power bars available)
  • Notebook & pen (we’ll provide paper exercises and provide you with pencils and markers)


March 19, 2020 @ 8:30 am
March 20, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
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MDRU Corporate Members:
Early-Bird $1095 | Regular $1195 + GST
Early-Bird $1295 | Regular $1425 + GST
$295 + GST
MDRU Internal (RA/PDF/UBC Faculty):
$295 + 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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Course includes lunch, coffee/tea & refreshments.



Dr. Matías Sánchez, Instructor
Consulting Geologist
Fault Rocks Inc.

Dr. Matías Sánchez is a structural geologist, Director of Fault Rocks Inc. where he is a consultant with long-standing clients, including Teck, CODELCO and Anglo American. He has over 15 years of experience in mining exploration and research projects of porphyry and epithermal systems in Chile, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, Turkey, Greece and Western Canada. Matías graduated from Concepción University Chile, completed an M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the Royal Holloway University of London and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Mineral Deposit Research Unit (MDRU), UBC. His specialty is integrated interpretations of geological data, geophysics, satellite imagery and elevation models for structural mapping and frameworks generation for exploration. Matías continuously develops practical GIS techniques for structural analysis, has published various papers on structural geology and magnetic data interpretation and teaches professional development courses for the mining industry.

To learn more, please visit www.faultrocks.com