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Roadmap to Mineral Exploration Guide 101

Comprehensive guide for geologists and mineral exploration companies

Roadmap to Mineral Exploration Guide

Mineral exploration has grown significantly in recent years, acting as a pillar for both mining and economic activities. We, at Grid, have meticulously curated a guide on mineral exploration - Roadmap to Mineral Exploration. It is a guide that takes an interdisciplinary approach in explaining the fundamentals of mineral exploration. Download the free e-guide today and get the Mineral Exploration Guide!

QA/QC Analytics for Mineral Exploration

Assay and data management metrics

Control of analytical data quality is usually referred to in the mining industry as Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QAQC), and involves the monitoring of sample quality and quantification of analytical accuracy and precision. QA QC procedures normally involve using sample duplicates and specially prepared standards whose grade is known. Assay data acquired at any stage of exploration or development ultimately determines whether a project will become economically viable to exploit. Therefore, companies like Tata Steel have established Quality Assurance and Quality Control(QA/QC )protocols that standardize procedures for collecting samples and obtaining related information. By implementing these QA/QC procedures the resulting data can be verified and its integrity validated.

Importance of the right sampling protocols and exploration drilling programs

Sample collection, preparation and assay or test work protocols that are optimised to suit the ore type, together with QA QC systems will reduce variability. Fitting quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) processes can increase the effectiveness of sampling programmes by defining appropriate drilling, recording, sampling, and assaying/testwork protocols and procedures. QA/QC samples should be inserted as per the protocols adopted for the sampling programme.

International reporting codes to be compliant with

The International Reporting Template for Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves (IRT) is a guideline that encapsulates the standards for the benefit of the international mining industry and its various stakeholders. It is a living document that will be continuously updated and improved as new national codes and guidelines are developed. The first version was published in 2006 by the Committee for Mineral Reserves International Reporting Standards (CRIRSCO). The IRT provides definitions, guidelines, concepts and criteria for public reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves.


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