The Wall Hinman Symposium

In the last few years, Australian applied geoscience lost two of its most successful practitioners, and attempts to commemorate them have so far been challenged by the COVID pandemic.  In 2023 we will finally get together to celebrate the lives and achievements of these two great geoscientists.

The Vic Wall Story
Vic Wall (1944-2017) was an exceptional scientist who made significant contributions to many disciplines of Geology (petrology, geochemistry, structural and economic geology, mineral systems) as an academic, an explorer and a big thinker. This symposium aims to honour Vic’s life and work and invites contributions that reflect Vic’s diverse interests including granite genesis, fluid thermo-chemistry, diagenesis in petroleum basins, metamorphism and mineralisation, Witwatersrand Au, Thermal Aureole Gold and the art-science of mineral exploration.

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The Mark Hinman Story
Mark Hinman (1957-2020) was a highly regarded consultant and researcher specialising in the unravelling of geological complexity from deposit scale to regional targeting – an accomplished pure scientist with an undergraduate background in maths and physics.

Mark contributed to resource discovery, extension and both pre-feasibility and feasibility technical appraisals in roles as Principal Geologist, Chief Geologist, Principal Research Fellow and consultant with many major and mid-tier mining and exploration companies.   Mark demonstrated a special ability in the resolution of complex structural-tectonic controls on mineralisation, elucidation of their impact on the geotechnical and mining engineering aspects of resource extraction, and resource targeting at all scales from mine to continental in a broad range of base, precious and energy commodities.

Read more about speakers involved in this section of the program below.

Wall Hinman Symposium Speakers

Dr Nicholas Oliver
Presentation title: 
– In memory of Vic Wall, an outstanding geologist

– Proterozoic unconformity-related REE in Browns Range, WA; fluid dynamics around an exhuming Archean dome

Biography

Nick Oliver graduated with PhD under supervision of Vic Wall at Monash University in 1989. He worked as an academic in structural geology, petrology and economic geology until 2010, and led the Economic Geology Research Unit at JCU for 13 years. Since then he has worked as a consultant to the minerals industry, with global scope covering most metalliferous ore systems. He holds Adjunct Professor positions at UQ (Sustainable Minerals Institute) and JCU.

Dr Robert Loucks
Presentation title: 
Lithophile-Element Discriminants of Cu(-Au-Mo) Ore-Forming and Barren Arc Magmas

 

Biography

Adjunct A/ Prof at Centre for Exploration Targeting, UWA and owner/director of Geoscience Research, LLC, specializing in field and laboratory investigations of the petrology of plutonic and volcanic igneous rocks at convergent plate margins; chemical characterisation of the molecular, elemental and isotopic composition of geologic fluids and minerals for interpreting petrogenetic environments and processes; experimental characterization of thermodynamic properties of minerals, melts, fluid inclusions, and aqueous solutes in aqueous fluids at magmatic temperatures; new and refined methods for high-precision geothermobarometry; fluid dynamics in magmas and hydrothermal systems; innovative techniques of investigating origins of, and exploration for, magmatic and hydrothermal ores.

A/Prof Carl Spandler
Presentation title: 
Zircons as metal sources for unconformity-related mineral deposits

 

Biography

AdjunCarl Spandler is an Associate Professor and Director of the Australian Critical Minerals Research Centre at the University of Adelaide. His research over the last decade has focussed on understanding how and where critical metal orebodies form on the Australian continent to better assist exploration efforts to discover new orebodies.

Prof Lesley Wyborn
Presentation title: 
The Radiogenic Nature of Intrusions Related to Proterozoic Thermal Aureole Gold and other ‘oddities’ in Proterozoic tectonics

 

Biography

Lesley Wyborn is an Honorary Professor at the Research School of Earth Sciences and the National Computational Infrastructure at ANU. She previously had 42 years’ experience from 1972 to 2014 in Geoscience Australia in scientific research (geochemistry and mineral systems research) and in geoscientific data management. She was awarded the Australian Government Public Service Medal in 2014, the 2015 Geological Society of America Career Achievement Award in Geoinformatics and the 2019 ASEG Graham Sands Award.

Dr John Walshe
Presentation title: 
Volato-thermal processes in Archean Au systems: Implications for Earth Metallogeny

Biography

Dr John Walshe is an Honorary Research Fellow, CSIRO Mineral Resources.
His work with the CSIRO contributed to developing mineral systems concepts and applications to mineral exploration. He is particularly interested in the chemistry of Archean Au systems of WA. Prior to working with the CSIRO, Dr Walshe lectured in Economic Geology at the Australian National University. He is a graduate of the University of Tasmania.

Prof Christoph A. Heinrich
Presentation title: 
Porphyry copper systems: From sulfide-saturated mantle source to an effective ore fluid

Biography

Chris Heinrich studied petrology in Switzerland and learnt about economic geology and hydrothermal geochemistry in Australia, where he worked from 1983 to 1995 at CSIRO and Geoscience Australia, collaborating with the minerals industry on sediment-hosted base metals and orogenic ore systems. In 1994 he was appointed Professor of Mineral Resources at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zürich. He educated numerous undergraduate and postgraduate students, leading research on the geology, fluid chemistry, physical hydrology and geochronology of magmatic-hydrothermal ore systems. He obtained several international awards including the Penrose Gold Medal. Since 2019 he is emeritus professor at ETH Zurich.

Dr Mark Pownceby
Presentation title: 
Experimental petrology applications to mineral processing

Biography
Dr Mark Pownceby is a Senior Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO’s Mineral Resources Business Unit where he leads the Iron Ore Geometallurgy team. He has >25years experience in experimental phase equilibria, mineral sands processing, uranium hydrometallurgy, iron ore characterisation and processing and astrometallurgy. His major activities involve ore characterisation, beneficiation and understanding the complex mineral assemblages formed during iron ore sintering where he has brought a strong scientific understanding to the sintering behaviour of iron ores through high-temperature x-ray diffraction and the determination of phase equilibria for sinter systems.

Mrs Yvonne Wallace
Presentation title: 
Maximising value from aeromagnetics surveying in the pressing search for cleaner-energy and rare earth materials.

Biography

Yvonne has over 20 years’ experience in mineral exploration projects in Australia, PNG and further afield. She specializes in the integration and interpretation of magnetic and radiometric data supplemented with gravity, sub-audio magnetic, electromagnetic and seismic data. She has worked on projects at prospect through to regional scale and uses modelling techniques to provide quantitative metrics for targeting. Yvonne has presented on AEM, magnetics and radiometric topics at past ASEG events, and routinely delivers aeromagnetic interpretation workshops.

Prof Richard Valenta
Presentation title: 
Intrusive controversies and regional 3D targeting for TAG and IOCG mineralisation

 

 

Biography

To be provided

Dr Andy Wilde
Presentation title: 
Unconformity-Type Uranium Deposits: Mineral Systems Models Then and Now

 

 

Biography

Andy completed a PhD on unconformity uranium at Monash under the supervision of Vic Wall and Mark Bloom. Leaving Monash in 1988 he joined BHP. After 10 years and no gold watch he moved to Sultan Qaboos University in Oman and then the PMD*CRC. In 2010 he returned to his radioactive roots, joining Paladin Energy as Chief Geologist and consulted to the UN International Atomic Energy Agency. Recently he provided the technical basis for the successful listing of 92 Energy (92E) and was instrumental in the discovery of its GMZ deposit. He is currently CEO of uranium explorer Oz Yellow.

Mr Geoff Phillips
Presentation title: 
Mark Hinman’s Pencil Case

 

 

Biography

A geologist with 40 years involvement at commissioning and working with mine geology teams. Touchpoints in my career included the CSA and Peak Mines as well as Scuddles and McArthur River commissioning. After some other base metal stints at Thalanga, Highway Reward and Mt Lyell the 2 week contract at Pajingo lasted through 4 owners and 8 years! A sojourn at Osborne opened up the opportunities to have a close look at Mt Dore and Merlin (Mo).The last couple of years have been exciting working with the Newcrest site teams on firming up the sampling and assay programs.

Mr Tom McNamara
Presentation title: 
Characterisation of metavolcanic megaclast structures within the Moyston Fault hangingwall mélange (Moornambool Metamorphic Complex), western Victoria: Insights from potential field modelling and machine learning.

Biography

Tom is a Masters of Earth Science student at the University of Melbourne specialising in Geology / Geophysics, and working as a geophysicist at QIntegral doing research and development for the Quiacito integrated modelling software.