Professional Development Courses and Field Courses

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Slope Performance Monitoring

Course in Progress! The Geotechnical Center of Excellence is currently offering our brand new Slope Performance Monitoring course! This course is based on the “Large Open Pit Guidelines” book, and adds additional and updated material for slope performance monitoring, system design, and data analysis. This course also include case studies of slope monitoring challenges and solutions in open pit mines.

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Geotechnical Radar Monitoring

The Geotechnical Center of Excellence will be re-offering our Geotechnical Radar Monitoring course beginning April 3rd, 2023.

Course topics include:

  • InSAR Monitoring
  • Ground-based SAR
  • Ground-based RAR
  • The Physics of Radar
  • Radar Capabilities/Limitations
  • Data Interpretation
  • Case Studies

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Water in Mine Operations and Slope Stability 

Available on demand! Offered by the Geotechnical Center of Excellence (GCE) at the University of Arizona, developed and taught by some of the leading industry experts in Mining Hydrogeology. This course is based on the "Large Open Pit Guidelines" book, and adds additional and updated material for controlling water in mining operations and improving geotechnical slope stability. The course will also include case studies of water management challenges and solutions in open pit and underground mines.

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Integrated Planning Series

Finding, developing, and extracting mineral resources goes smoothest when everyone on the team works together, communicates effectively, and understands the whole value chain – not just one piece of it. But all too often, mining engineers, geologists, and metallurgists work in separate silos.

The Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources collaborated with Newmont Mining and Freeport-McMoRan Inc. to develop a series of three short courses designed to remove communication barriers and improve collaboration among geologists, mining engineers, and metallurgists. Each course introduces the fundamentals and role of one profession to the other two, from the perspective of top geologists, engineers, and metallurgists in the mining industry.



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Economic Geology Short Courses and Field Trips

Ore Deposits Mapping Short Course (GEOS 504B)

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Date: TBD
Registration deadline: August 15

Location: Nevada and California

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Short Course on Porphyry, IOCG, and Alcalic Cu and Au Deposits (GEOS 504C)

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Date: December 6-15, 2022

Location: Tucson, southern and central Arizona

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Structural Geology for Exploration and Mine Geologists

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Date: March 19-28, 2023

Location: Tucson

Info on the the March 2022 course for reference