The Graduate Certificate of Geostatistics is a full-fee paying course taken mainly by students working in the mining industry. It has been supported by BHP Billiton through the provision of funding for software from 2008 to 2010, and the sponsorship is now provided by Rio Tinto Iron Ore. In addition, the French company Geovariances has made the teaching version of its geostatistics software available without cost, enabling the upgrade to commercial software. Current students work at Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, Anglogold Ashant, Newmont, Cube Consulting, Micromine and Snowdens' Mining Industry Consultants. In the case of Rio Tinto, there have been up to four new enrolments per year.
Regular liaison with industry ensures that the course content is appropriate, useful, and that it caters for the interests and needs of the students.
In the past three years, a further link has been established through uptake of an advisory role for more practically oriented geostatstcians at Rio Tinto as well as supervision of industry-sponsored projects.
Associate Professor Ute Mueller.
BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto Iron Ore, Geovariances.