Speaker Spotlight: Scott Halley

14 February 2019

Scott has consulted for more than 100 mining and exploration companies in more than 25 countries in the last six years. Having worked as an exploration geologist for 20 years prior to specialising as a geochemist, Scott understands how geochemistry can be practically and effectively applied to exploration and mining problems. Advances in technology mean that there are significant changes in the quality of commercially available geochemical and mineralogical analysis methods every few years. One of Scott’s aims is to ensure that his clients are using the most appropriate methods and deriving the full benefit from their data.

You can read Scott’s full bio here.

Scott will present his paper Making the most of multi-element geochemistry on Wednesday 3 April, 2019.

We recently asked Scott some questions about PACRIM. See his answers below:

1. Can you provide an insight into what your presentation will cover at PACRIM 2019?

I want to demonstrate the value in obtaining good quality chemical analyses as a routine part of mineral exploration and resource definition. It is not just about tonnes and grade. Good analyses take out most of the guess work from logging alteration and lithology. Good data will enable you to make quantified mineralogy models, correlate geological units based on compositions, identify magma types and magmatic processes and see through alteration.

2. What do you hope delegates will learn/take away from your presentation?

Curiosity and confidence to look into their drill hole data and extract more knowledge from the data.

3. What are you looking forward to most about PACRIM?

Learning about aspects of geology that are beyond my area of expertise.

4. What is the biggest challenge you have faced in your career?

Riding out corporate turmoil.

5. What advice would you give to a young professional beginning their career in the resources sector?

A university geology degree does not teach you how to be an industry geologist, so treat the first few years of your career as an apprenticeship. Learn the basics of the trade; mapping, drilling, logging. You learn the basics of geology by looking at rocks, not by looking at a screen.

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