Responding to Exploration Challenges and Opportunities

Exploration in the last 12 months has come back into the spotlight across the industry, especially for early-stage project investors, governments and miners.

Why is this relevant to the industry right now?

Exploration in the last 12 months has come back into the spotlight across the industry, especially for early-stage project investors, governments and miners. Major mining companies have recognised the need for an exploration pipeline; this has become a priority and budgets have been allocated accordingly to future-proof the industry across a number of commodities. Exploration opportunities, specifically in gold and battery metals have also increased in recent years due to international and domestic demand and strong commodity prices for these.

All Australian state governments, with the support of pre-competitive data from Geoscience Australia, as well as international mining jurisdictions, have increased or recently made announcements for land releases that can support this pipeline.

However, while there may be a greater number of opportunities available, exploration has become more difficult due to the depth and remoteness of project locations. Geological constraints in depth and proximity have made it more difficult for exploration; the result of this challenge is the rise in innovative exploration methods, such as the adoption of machine learning, targeting AI, and the use of drones.

What will this conference theme cover?

Responding to exploration challenges and opportunities will cover exploration project opportunities, including how and why mining companies are prioritising exploration within their organisation. These discussions will also showcase what innovation in this space looks like, highlighting research and development and technological solutions currently in the market.

What will they leave having learnt/achieved?

You will gain a solid understanding of what mining companies and explorers are focussing on, where the exploration focuses are, what land release opportunities currently exist or will arise in the future, as well as solutions and capabilities for exploration and geoscience.

Who is this relevant for?

  • Geologists, geoscientists, geophysicists and anyone involved in exploration at mining and exploration companies
  • Governments and geological surveys
  • METS companies that are involved in exploration solutions and technologies, including drilling and sampling companies
  • Academics and research organisations
  • Investors, financiers and analysts with interest in early-stage projects