The Mining CFSG: Learn best practices in mining geostatistics| Training course

Get comprehensive insight into mining geostatistics, learn the theory behind each technique, put your new knowledge into practice through a real-life project, and become operational after only 5 weeks course.

This training program is a Specialized Training Cycle in Geostatistics, known as CFSG or Cycle de Formation Spécialisée en Géostatistique, and is provided by the Center for Geosciences from MINES ParisTech in partnership with Geovariances.

The Mining CFSG

Course content – Main techniques covered

  • WEEK 1 – FUNDAMENTALS I
    Purpose: Block model for a monometallic deposit
    – Univariate analyses
    – Variogram calculation and modelling
    – Stationary and non-stationary kriging
  • WEEK 2 – FUNDAMENTALS II
    Purpose: Block model for a multi-element deposit, accounting for the geology
    – Multivariate analyses
    – Cokriging
    – Indicator geostatistics
    – Transition analysis
    – Geology and grade estimation
  • WEEK 3 – GLOBAL AND LOCAL RESOURCES I
    Purpose: Block model using stochastic outcomes of geology and grades
    – Gaussian anamorphosis
    – Multigaussian simulation by spectral and turning bands methods
    – simulation
  • WEEK 4 – GLOBAL AND LOCAL RESOURCES II
    Purpose: Recoverable resource calculation for selective mining
    – Selectivity
    – Change of support
    – Information effect
    – Conditioning Expectation
    – Uniform Conditioning
  • WEEK 5 – ADVANCED METHODS
    Purpose: dealing with extreme values, open-pit optimization, geological unit layout, directionality and geotechnics
    – Top cut modeling
    – Disjunctive kriging
    – Multi-pit methods
    – methods
    – 5D geostatistics for geotechnical variables

This 5-week program can be extended by 1 or 2 additional weeks if attendees’ Personal Project requires it.

Program

Most training days are split into two parts:
Morning – attendees are introduced to methods and supported theory.
Afternoon – attendees put their new knowledge into practice with real case studies coming from the industry. They will use Isatis.neo Mining Edition, the software solution in geostatistics from our partner Geovariances. A senior geostatistician supervises them.

Tuesday evenings and Fridays are dedicated to Personal Projects where participants work on their own dataset.

Who should attend

– Exploration or production geologists
– Geochemists and geophysicians
– Mining engineers
– Engineers in environment, civil engineering, metallurgy, materials
– Governmental agencies
– Young graduates (MSc or MEng)
– Teachers, trainers

Prerequisites

To make this training beneficial, it is highly recommended to have knowledge in geology or mining engineering.

Contact / Information


Why a new CFSG format?

Since 1979, the Cycle de Formation Spécialisée en Géostatistique (CFSG) has been a reference training program for the mining industry professionals to learn how to apply this set of concepts, tools, methods, and practices incepted by Georges Matheron and his team in the 60’s – the prestigious Ecole de Géostatistique de Fontainebleau – a discipline which has spread all over the world.

After 40 years and 400 attendees from around the world, the CFSG format changes to better meet today’s needs of the mining industry. It is now reduced to 5 continuous weeks and attendees will develop a Personal Project all along this period. This project could typically be grade estimation for long or short-term mine planning block model.