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Catch Up on What You Missed: Portable X-ray Fluorescence (pXRF) Best Practices for Mining and Exploration Projects

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In March, Olympus hosted a course highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of pXRF , appropriate QA/QC practices, field sampling methodologies, and operating procedures for the minerals industry. The course featured industry experts and reviewed the most important considerations associated with implementing a successful pXRF program.

Course topics included:

  • Large-scale regional soil geochemistry programs and regional mapping 
  • pXRF on drill cuttings/drill-core and logging
  • Lithological discrimination and litho-geochemical applications
  • Using pXRF on a wide array of commodity types
  • Accuracy and precision of pXRF
  • Understanding limits of detection (LOD’s)
  • Software, modes, and custom calibrations/calibration refinement
  • The “matrix” effect and spectral issues
  • Standard operating procedures (SOPs) and fit-for-purpose concepts
  • pXRF data management and validation
  • Best practice reporting protocols for NI 43-101 and JORC
  • Return on investment (ROI)

Catch up on what you missed! View the presentations.

Director, International Mining Group

Todd graduated from the University of Newcastle, Australia in 1993 with a degree in soils and hydrology. For the past 18 years, Todd has been a leader in the portable XRF revolution in the mineral exploration and mining industries, publishing numerous papers on the subject and presenting at international conferences. For the past 10 years, Todd has led Olympus’ International Mining Group helping explorers, miners, and their shareholders achieve cost efficiencies by using the best portable XRF and XRD technology solutions.

April 27, 2016
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