Vancouver Campus

SC127: VNIR-SWIR Spectral Short Course – HYBRID


December 7, 2023 - December 8, 2023    
8:30 am - 5:30 pm


UBC Robson Square
800 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC

Please note that at this time we are still able to accommodate participants who wish to attend online. In-person registrations are closed.


Join MDRU for a 2-day course to learn all about VNIR-SWIR spectroscopy. This course has something for everyone with topics ranging from the basics of mineral interpretation to data collection systems and practical considerations. The course is presented by six leading global experts on the use of spectral technology for geoscience applications.

The presentations include fundamentals and basics, focused largely on what mineralogical information can be derived from spectral data and how to use it to answer geologic questions including:

  • Light and reflectance spectroscopy basics
  • The infrared region for mineral interpretation
  • Mineralogy and mineral compositions from spectra
  • Instruments and measurement systems
  • SWIR-active porphyry alteration mineralogy
  • Practical uses of spectral data in exploration (and beyond)
  • Considerations: when it works, when it doesn’t
  • Applications in exploration and geometallurgy
  • QA/QC methods and best practice

The program also includes presentations and scheduled discussions with industry-leading experts on a range of different spectral systems, including case studies and practical applications.

Participants will be guided through exercises using real spectral data to demonstrate how to interrogate spectral data and apply it to real-world questions. We will complete the exercises in ioGAS software. Participants who wish to follow along on their own computer need to install this program ahead of time. We will be projecting the exercises on-screen, so participants without access to a laptop or ioGAS can still follow along.


You will be able to attend this course via zoom. Please specify during registration.



Q: I can only attend one day, can I still register?

A: Yes, you are welcome to join us for either or both days, however the registration fee will not be reduced.

Q: Will I be able to access a recording of the course online at a later date?

A: This course will be offered in-person and online, recordings may not be available after the course.

Sign Up Today!


UBC Robson Square
800 Robson St • Vancouver, BC
ROOM C400/C420
Or via zoom


  • MDRU Members: $549 + GST
  • Non-Members: $695 + GST
  • Students: $150 + GST


  • Lunch and refreshments will be served.
  • A participant package with course details will be emailed one week prior to the commencement of the course.






To ensure registration for any short course, it is mandatory to make the full payment in advance. Please note that if our decision to conduct a course relies on reaching a minimum class size, refunds cannot be granted. Refunds will only be considered up to 3 weeks before the course commences, subject to a 15% administrative fee. Full refunds will be provided only if the minimum enrollment requirement is not met.