The first Geostats Rendezvous event is just one month away, with preparations well under way for the two day forum in Perth from February 26-27.

The Rendezvous is designed by French software vendor Geovariances to allow global mining and resource companies the opportunity to share experiences, improve skills, learn new methods and see first-hand its geostatics’ benchmark software program Isatis.

During the two days, attendees will hear presentations from industry users, researchers and Geovariance staff. The company says resource geologists, mining engineers and geostatisticians will be able to draw experience from researchers, software developers and front-end users in the one place.

“This year marks the 20th anniversary of Isatis,” says chief executive officer Yves Touffait. “Our high-level guest speakers will be giving delegates a unique opportunity to keep abreast of the latest advances in the software.”

Cameron Boyle from Rio Tinto Iron Ore will be among the presenters. He will simulate direct blocks in a bedded iron ore deposit, and provide an advanced case study on seismic data integration for structural data modelling. Eramet-SLN’s Jerome Michaud will present a session on his drill pattern optimization in lateritic nickel ore.

Workshops and training sessions will form the afternoon segment of the program, as well as a two hour meeting for Isatis users to discuss future software developments with the Geovariances team. The Geostatics Group from Mines Paris tech will also be presenting the latest research methods.

Geovariances is a French independent software vendor with offices in France and Australia, providing innovative methodologies, experts and software packages to answer mapping, resource evaluation, volumetric estimation and risk analysis challenges.

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