Professional Development Courses and Field Courses

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Online Radar Monitoring Course

The Geotechnical Center of Excellence at the University of Arizona is offering the Geotechnical Radar Monitoring Course Online and Live is currently underway. A new course will be open for enrollment in fall 2022!

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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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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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Water in Mine Operations and Slope Stability 

Coming in July 2022! 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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Economic Geology Short Courses and Field Trips

Ore Deposits Mapping Short Course (GEOS 504B)

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Date: Thursday, September 1- Saturday, September 10, 2022

Location: Nevada and California

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Short Course on Porphyr, 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 17-26, 2022

Location: Tucson

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