The exploration, evaluation, valuation and reporting of mineral deposits is a process shaped by local
and global economic, social and political variables, forces and actors rather than only by technology
and the geology, metallogeny, physical and chemical properties of ores and mineral deposits.
This foundation course is an introduction to the forces shaping and the life cycle of the mineral
projects – from the exploration target stage to evaluation, mining and processing, tailings management and mine restart or final mine closure.
The course is divided into nine chapters: 1 – Current Trends and New Frontiers, 2 – Markets, 3 –
Society and Sustainable development, 4 – Exploration, 5 – (E)Valuation, 6 – Mining, 7 – Processing, 8 –
Circular Economy and 9 – Mine Closure or Starting Over.
This online course can be taken in isolation or as an introduction to other courses, online - Natural, Social And Economic Forces Shaping The Mineral Industry - or presential, such as:
This is an introductory course with nine chapters and eight modules during eight weeks:
The course is designed for a weekly time investment of 1,5 hours. Naturally, should the participant wish to further study reading the selected bibliography made available and participating in forum discussions (see above) – which we recommend, as it is an opportunity to learn from their peers, the time investment is higher. This is, however, flexible and entirely optional.
Type of training
This course is designed as distance-learning. It is organized in modules along eight weeks. Each
The course will also have a dedicated LinkedIn group for course follow-up, exchange and discussion of ideas and course topics.
Objectives and outcomes
After the course participants will have a wide range knowledge of the structure and organization of the mineral industry, and the science, technologies and processes used in the sequential steps to develop a mineral deposit (including mine closure).
Participants will also be aware of the forces shaping the mineral industry, be they economic, social, technological or environmental and of the main challenges it faces in the XXI century.
Partcipants will be able to integrate the new knowledge on the raw materials industry into their
decision-making, policy-design or reporting process.
Participants would require their own laptop and a stable high-speed internet connection to take part in this course.
The course’s intended audience includes anyone interested in the raw materials industry but who does not have a formal background in the area or anyone with specialized knowledge in the field but wanting to have a widescope current overview of the industry:
His current professional activity revolves around Economic Geology (primarily) and Data Analysis. He is currently partner and general manager of Sínese, a specialized consulting company created in 1995.
His professional activity in the field of Economic Geology has been diversified, although most major projects are related to diamond deposits in Angola and Brazil, precious and base metals (Au, Cu-Zn-Pb-Ag, Sn, Fe, Nb – Ta, Mn) and industrial minerals and natural stone in Portugal, Republic of Congo, and Brazil and other mineral resources elsewhere (oil, underground water, etc.).
He holds degrees in Mining Engineering (Applied Geology), Engineering Geology (MSc), Business Administration (MBA) and Engineering Sciences (PhD) and a postdoc in Mining Engineering.
He is a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geology and holds the qualifications of European Engineer – EUR ING, European Geologist – EUR GEOL and he is a Senior Engineer (Ordem dos Engenheiros).
This course will take place with a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 50 participants.