Mineral Resource Estimation and Applied Geostatistics

DATES: April 14, 2020—April 17, 2020

LOCATION: TownePlace Suites by Marriott® Salt Lake City (Draper), UTAH

13690 South 100 East, Draper, Utah 84020 USA 

+1 801-509-7505 

Who will benefit from this program:

Geologists, mining engineers, project managers and other professionals in the mining industry who want to learn the details of the mineral resource estimation, applied geostatistics, resource classification and reporting as per NI-43-101 or the JORC guidelines. 

Program Details

This program covers the resource estimation process in detail with computer-assisted hands-on exercises. 

Attendees are requested to bring their laptop computers loaded with their preferred software package. Software packages will not be distributed at the short course. A common data set will be shared with registered attendees for demonstration purposes.  

Pre-registered attendees will receive the data approximately a week before the short-course starts. 



Accredited by American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) for Professional development hours (PDH) and Continuing Education Units (CEU): information coming soon



Day 1

  • Project development and studies in mining project development  
  • Mineral deposit evaluation and Resource estimation 

Day 2

  • Review of Day 1 presentations 
  • Mineral Resource Estimation -1: data quality
  • Mineral Resource Estimation -2: data management and exploratory data analyses 
  • Mineral Resource Estimation -3: Variography

Day 3

  •  Review of day 2 presentations
  • Mineral Resource Estimation -4: Grade estimation: Interpolation
  • Mineral Resource Estimation -5: Grade estimation: Kriging
  • Q & A session

Day 4

  •  Review of Day 3 presentations
  • Mineral resource estimation: Density model
  • Mineral resource estimation: Resource classification
  • Model Validation
  • Mineral resource reporting: Role of QP and various codes 
  • Geological risk analyses in resource estimation
  • Q & A 

Certificates will be distributed at the end of Day 4.

Please contact Dr. Abani Samal (arsamal@geoglobal.co) for any further clarification.


PROFESSIONALS (from Industry and academia): 

Fees: $2,000.00

Professionals Early Bird Pricing: If registered by March 15, 2020: $1,600.00

If canceled by 3/15/2020, the cancellation fee is $200.00, No refund after 3/15/2020


Full-time students (excludes Post Doctoral Scholars and part-time Students), Student ID required as proof.

Fees: $1,000.00

Students Early Bird Pricing: 

If registered by March 15, 2020: $800.00

If canceled by 3/15/2020, the cancellation fee is $200.00, No refund after 3/15/2020


A group of attendees from the same company or organization (University, research institute, etc.) can receive a discount as below. 

  • Group of three (3): 15% of total registration fees
  • Group of four (4) or more: 20% of total registration fees

Please email arsamal@geoglobal.co for group registration details.

Faculty Profile


Dr. Abani R. Samal (Lead Faculty)

 Dr. Abani Samal (Lead Faculty): Dr Abani R Samal holds M. Tech degree from IIT(ISM), Dhanbad, MS and DIC from Imperial College, London and PhD from SIU-C, USA. He joined mining industry in January 1996 as a geologist in a surface and underground chromite mining operation in the eastern India. He has nearly 22 years of experience in the mining industry. Dr Samal is an expert in mineral deposit studies and evaluation. 

He is well recognized as an economic geologist, a geostatistician and a leader in the mining industry. Currently he is the owner and Principal of GeoGlobal, LLC in USA. Prior to this role, he worked as a Principal with RioTinto at their Salt Lake City regional headquarters. He also was the lead resource geologist and geostatistician at the Pincock, Allen and Holt (now RPM Global). Dr Samal has experience in gold-silver, copper, lead-zinc, iron ore, diamond and rare-earth element deposits. 

He is a Registered Membership of SME and a Certified Professional Geologist (CPG) with AIPG. He also maintains as a  fellow of GSI (India), a Fellow of SEG, life member of member of IAMG and a member of GSA. Dr Samal is practices as a qualified person (QP) globally. He is an honorary representative of the CRIRSCO in India. 

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