Gemcom Software this week announced an education initiative with the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG), aimed at extending the skills of unemployed and underemployed geoscientists.
According to the company, the initiative will provide an opportunity for AIG members to learn about Gemcom’s software products, which, surveys suggest, are used by more than two-thirds of Australian software-using mines.
Members that meet eligibility criteria will be able to undertake the training for a nominal fee, the company said in a statement.
The training sessions will teach foundation skills using Gemcom Surpac, said to be the world’s most widely used geology and mine planning software.
As part of the two-day course, attendees will learn how to perform key job functions using the software including volume calculations, data manipulation, reporting and plotting.
“Software plays a critical role in work performed by geoscientists in mining and exploration businesses,” AIG Western Australian chairman Gerry Fahey said.
“In today’s job market, it is vital that our members be as knowledgeable about it as possible.”