Far field and near mine footprints
Project No. :P1202 Status :Management
Commenced : 02 Jul 2018 AMIRA : Ms Adele Seymon
Value : AUD $2,430,000.00 Duration : 3 years

This project aims to develop new tools that facilitate cost-effective exploration programs and resource assessments for porphyry, epithermal, skarn and other ore deposit types at the regional, district, and near-mine scales. The research team will provide new and refined geochemical and geological tools for fertility assessments to establish whether a tenement contains a significant mineral resource (i.e. how large is the resource in this district?) and to ensure that deposits are discovered quicker and at less cost by reducing the amount of drilling required for discovery (vectoring how far, how deep and in what direction?). These tools will be designed to ensure cost-effective exploration through implementation early in an exploration program, allowing the presence, location and potential size of porphyry, epithermal, skarn and other resources to be determined rapidly. Research outcomes will be pertinent to exploration at a variety of scales, from belt through camp and district to near-mine.


  • Anglo American Exploration Australia Pty Ltd
  • BHP Billiton
  • Boliden Mineral AB
  • Codelco
  • Fortescue Metals Group
  • Freeport-McMoRan Exploration Corporation
  • Mount Isa Mines
  • Newcrest Mining Limited
  • PT Merdeka Copper Gold Tbk
  • Rio Tinto Exploration Pty Limited

Research Providers

  • ARC Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits
  • Professor David R Cooke

  • Hefei University of Technology
  • Lakehead University
  • Mineral Mapping Pty Ltd
  • Monash University
  • Natural History Museum