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The Role of the Mining Geologist - A Codelco Vision

The main asset of a mining company is the mineral resource; without resources there is no mining business and the infrastructure is useless. In this context the role of the mining geologist is to always keep the resource inventory to an optimum level for the mining business and to maximise the transformation of the resources into reserves in a multi- disciplinary work environment. In short, a good mining geologist has to always provide the best ore to the mill'._x000D_
To do his/her work properly, several technical skills are needed: to know how to observe and describe nature in order to optimise the data acquisition process, particularly when mapping; to have a good understanding of natural variability in order to develop proper sampling strategies and sample preparation protocols to minimise all the errors generated by the sampling process; to have a good understanding of assaying practices: their limitations as well as their assaying errors; to carefully and properly store the geological data and information and to preserve the geological patrimony; to fully understand ore forming processes to generate the best possible geoscientific models, which are fundamental for the mining business; to fully understand the consequences of the geoscientific models along the value chain from rock to cathodes; and to continuously validate and improve geological practices and models by continuous data collection and observation of geo- mining-metallurgy processes._x000D_
Some very important behavioural competencies are also needed: long-term vision, passion for excellence and value generation, strategic influence, systemic and innovative thinking, and knowledge and experience transfer._x000D_
Last but not least, it is important to point out that a deep knowledge of the mining business is essential to add value by using geology best practices._x000D_
FORMAL CITATION:Carrasco, P, 2006. The role of the mining geologist - A Codelco vision, in Proceedings Sixth International Mining Geology Conference, pp 3-6 (The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy: Melbourne).
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