The discovery of the African diamond fields (South Africa, Namibia, Congo and Angola), in conjunction
with the rise of the United States into the world economic leadership fueled the rapid development of
the diamond industry. New deposits were found in Australia and Canada in the last quarter of the XX
century (after the communist USSR – now Russia – also became a major diamond source in the
second half of the XX century).
New discoveries and technologies, economic shocks after social and humanitarian crises, competitive pressure from other products and changing attitudes reshaped the industry, not a cartel anymore in the XXI century. De Beers (now wholly owned by Anglo America) and Alrosa (Russia) are the main producers – one third of the market – with many other players of all sizes active in the five continents.
Despite the technological advances and the investment poured into exploration, the discovery of new world scale deposits has lagged and many mines reaching maturity, with long term implications. This short course presents and discusses the techniques used in the exploration, (evaluation) and valuation of diamond deposits with recourse (mostly) to real cases and datasets.
This is one of two courses on diamonds and diamond deposits – the other one is dedicated to the
diamonds’ properties, markets and value. Although they cover separate issues, these courses can be taken independently (none is a pre-requisite for the other).
This is an introductory course with three chapters during three 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 three 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 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 find, evaluate, develop and mine a diamond (alluvial or kimberlite) deposit.
Partcipants will be able to integrate the new knowledge on the diamond industry (and their companies and projects) into their decision-making, policy-desing, planning or reporting processes.
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 professionals, managers, decision-makers and students
involved or interested in the daiomnd and jewelry industries, including:
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).
A maximum of 50 participants will be able to attend this course.