Two day hands-on HyLogging™ workshop at AMTC and CSIRO Chile

CSIRO Chile, together with partners Advanced Mining Technology Centre (AMTC) of the University of Chile and FLSmidth, hosted a two day HyLogging™ Workshop for both industry and academic participants interested in better understanding how to apply this CSIRO technology. Dr Jon Huntington, an internationally recognised geologist and expert in the field of spectral analysis of geological materials, facilitated the workshop, which was also supported by Dr Victor Montenegro, Senior Researcher from the CSIRO Chile HyLogging research team in Santiago.

The first part of the workshop was a lecture style executive overview that included a practical HyLogger instrument demonstration and was held at research partner AMTC’s building on September 9.  This allowed participants to understand the philosophy behind automated spectroscopic drill core logging (HyLogging Systems) in general and how the technology works using case studies from different applications.

Jon Huntington interacting with workshop participants

The second day, held at CSIRO Chile on September 10, was a hands-on and interactive course with an introduction to The Spectral Assistant (TSA), an automated mineral interpretation algorithm, and an overview of The Spectral Geologist (TSG) core software functionality.  Participants brought their own computers and were provided with a TSG core software training license for the duration of the course. TSG is an industry-standard, commercially-available package developed by CSIRO and used all around the world for spectroscopic analysis as well as for HyLogging data.

Workshop participants were very engaged and came away with a good sense of how HyLogging™ can greatly increase the objectivity of drill core logging and the knowledge and the efficiency of geologists who identify and interpret minerals and ore system mineralogy from drilled materials.

“Many of those present were not aware that a basic version of The Spectral Geologist software, which has really revolutionized the way that geological spectral data are processed and analysed, is available at no cost on-line”, said Jon referring to the TSG-Viewer .

CSIRO Chile plans to hold further workshops, as either open public sessions or one-to-one company workshops where there is demand. Anyone interested in learning more about CSIRO HyLogging research in Chile should contact Victor Montenegro. For commercial enquires please contact Michelle Cardy at FLSmidth are both the agents for the provision of commercial HyLogging systems and services in Chile and the CSIRO’s commercialisation partner for HyLogging technology globally.

Dr Huntington has led the development of the TSG software package since its inception in the mid 1990’s in CSIRO, Australia’s leading science research agency. His is also the co-instigator of the HyLogging™ concept. Dr Huntington has led numerous industry-funded research projects in the field of hyperspectral geological applications. In the mid 1995 he was awarded, with colleagues, Australia’s prestigious Australia Prize for Science, for his contribution to geological relevant remote sensing techniques during the 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s.

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