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Spanning boundaries in mining and exploration

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Conferences, Media, Mining, PhD, Publications


After a period of travel across Western and Eastern China, and the US states of Texas, Arizona, Colorado and Utah visiting rare earths, minor metal and economic geology conferences, and rare earth and silicon production facilities and numerous copper mines, it is time to catch up on the work done during that period including a number of online articles, conference presentations and papers. The first thing to catch up on is an online article for The University of Western Australia’s Energy and Minerals Institute eNews, by myself on the keynote presentation given on the subject of Mines versus Mineralisation – Deposit Quality, Mineral Exploration Strategy and the Role of ‘Boundary Spanners’ at the AusIMM and AIG 9th International Mining Geology Conference, by Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET) Director Cam McCuaig, CET Adjunct & Head of Geoscience for Anglo American John Vann. The article is freely available online and summarises in particular the role of ‘boundary spanning’ in bridging the gap between the processes of exploration and mining.

The introduction of the article is below, with the rest available on the Energy and Minerals Institute website:

“One of the unique applied research enterprises operating at UWA, The Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET), sees itself as a ‘boundary spanning’ organisation, a business model producing impressive results. In this spirit, CET Director, Professor Campbell McCuaig, CET Adjunct Professor John Vann and Curtin University PhD student John Sykes, delivered a keynote presentation at the recent AusIMM & AIG Ninth International Mining Geology Conference, exploring the interface between exploration and mining, which they say is, by definition, ‘boundary spanning’.”