Ex­plo­rathon sets ge­ol­o­gists on gold trail

Kalgoorlie Miner - - MINE TALK - Josh Chiat

One of Aus­tralia’s big­gest gold min­ers has turned to Sil­i­con Val­ley for in­spi­ra­tion in its bid to find more, host­ing its first “ex­plo­rathon” in Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der this week.

Tak­ing the idea from the grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity of hackathons — com­pe­ti­tions that lock dig­i­tal app de­sign­ers in a room to build the best vir­tual tech­nol­ogy for their busi­nesses — Evo­lu­tion Min­ing has en­gaged 30 ge­ol­o­gists from five sites across Aus­tralia in a unique chal­lenge.

They have been tasked with de­vel­op­ing new ex­plo­ration tech­niques and con­cepts to find fresh sources of gold at the 120,000 ounce a year Mun­gari op­er­a­tions near Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der.

Evo­lu­tion’s gen­eral man­ager of ex­plo­ration Rex Brom­mecker came up with the idea.

“We took the hackathon method­ol­ogy and tried to ap­ply it to an ex­plo­ration prob­lem, which is to find more gold for Mun­gari,” he said. “So new tech­nol­ogy, new ideas and new ways of look­ing at ex­plo­ration.”

Pic­ture: Red 5

Red 5 is com­mit­ting to its King of the Hills gold mine near Leonora.

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