Geosoft supports first International Mining for Development course into Africa

Geosoft supported the first International Mining for Development (IM4DC) course into Africa, providing software for the training sessions held in Burkino Faso in May, June and July of 2012.

The IM4DC is a partnership between the Australian government, the University of Western Australia, and the University of Queensland. The course is part of a longer term capacity building process funded by the Australian Government Overseas Aid Program (AusAID) to encourage economic development in African countries.

As African countries seek to attract further mining exploration investment, there is a growing need for efficient cadastral systems and high-quality survey data. The IM4DC course focused on the integration of cadastral, geoscience and satellite data for exploration and mining activities in West Africa.

The students – including 25 government staff from eight African countries – were given training in the use of Esri ArcGIS, Geosoft Oasis montaj, Geosoft Target, and Noddy. A significant portion of course time was devoted to hands-on exercises using West African datasets.

"The Esri and Geosoft software packages are international standards, addressing the many needs of mineral exploration professionals be they in government or industry” says Peter Williams, who helped initiate and co-ordinate the course. “They are also reasonably easy to use and learn, and well suited to managing large amounts of disparate data and information.”

The skills learned from the course can be immediately applied in the field. Going forward, the IM4DC intends to expand the initiative through an online learning portal currently under development.

Read the full story published on Earth Explorer.

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