This course discusses the exploration, evaluation, valuation and reporting of mineral deposits process as 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 course provides a 360º wide-angle perspective on the exploration, evaluation, valuation and reporting on raw material deposits. It is built upon a multidisciplinary approach with the cross-fertilisation of economical, geological and engineering concepts in the exploration until mining process. The approach discussed in this course integrates the circular economy paradigm in the early stages of mineral projects: the exploration, (e)valuation and reporting process is designed a priori to maximize the use of all the resources contained in mineral deposits, in a no-waste, maximum renewable energy use approach.
Participants are especially encouraged to bring, share and analyse their own experiences and material during the course. Rather than presenting and discussing an ideal textbook mineral exploration and evaluation program, the course integrates the latest technical and paradigm developments with real-life datasets and cases in a hands-on discussion and analysis of specific topics:
The organization of the themes discussed in the work sessions is as follows:
Day 1Morning: Trends - society, economy, climate, critical raw materials, responsible sourcing, blockchain. Market forces. Mineral deposits models.Afternoon: Presentation of the cut diamonds case – group assignment. The Penedono gold case - group assignment.
Day 2Morning: A curious mind and other tools (geology and tectonics, geochemistry, geophysics, remote sensing, sampling). Exploration – methodologies and techniques. Evaluation models – geostatistics and data science.Afternoon: The Luachimo alluvial diamond deposits – group assignment. The ESCOM case – group assignment.
Day 3Morning: International resporting standards and guidelines: resources, reserves and valuation. Valuation models – exploration assets. Valuation models – (in or close to) production assets. Afternoon: The Borba marble quarries case – group assignment. Final discussion.
Type of training
The course is combining classroom lectures, computer-based work, group work and self study.
Objectives and outcome
Participants in the course will learn to:
The course’s intended audience includes:
After a 30 years career in Mining and Civil Engineering (including work in underground mines, mineral processing and consulting in civil and construction projects), I am currently a full time PhD student.
I started as a mining engineer at SOMINCOR, Neves Corvo mine (copper and tin) in 1987. Left in 1993 and went to NSBE for an MBA. In 1996, started working in BERALT TIN & WOLFRAM, Panasqueira Mine (wolfram, tin and copper mine), becoming Ore Treatment Plant Manager. In 1998 I started working in the civil construction area.
In 2011 I started an independent career and for one year developed some knowledge on Angola diamond exploration in a Portuguese mining consultancy company, SINESE. From 2012 to 2015 I collaborated with EnviEstudos as a mining consultant for coordination of PARP SOMINCOR 2014 (Neves Corvo Mine Closure Plan revision), supervision of Safety Operating Procedures documents review of Neves Corvo mine site, participation in the Neves Corvo Mine Closure Plan revision 2016 and in the ALMINA (Aljustrel copper and zync mine) Mine Closure Plan 2016. Since May 2016 I have integrated the research team of SOCIUS/CSG (Research Centre in Economic and Organizational Sociology/ Research in Social Sciences and Management) at ISEG.
Since September 2014 I have been appointed by Ordem dos Engenheiros de Portugal as representative for the Portuguese Government Manufacturing and Extractive Industries Working Group (GTTITE) within Coligação Crescimento Verde (Portugal Green Growth Commitment).
I am presently working on my PhD project regarding mine closure, focusing on stakeholder relationships management within corporate social responsibility. I also develop research on socioeconomic impacts related to the exploitation of mineral resources.
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).