Applied Field Techniques in Economic Geology

Practical field technique course for PhD students/Master students in Kittilä, 26-31 May 2019

The course ‘Applied Field Techniques in Economic Geology’ (course code 772682S; 5 cr), shortly AFTEG is a semi-regularly organised 6-day-long intensive course arranged as a collaboration between Oulu Mining School (OMS), Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) and exploration service company Muon Solutions Oy (MSOY). The next AFTEG course will be held in the Central Lapland greenstone belt in May 26th –31st 2019. Accommodation will be arranged in Levi.

The main aims of the course are:

  • to give students practice in team work
  • to demonstrate how exploration programs are planned, organised and executed
  • to make students familiar with various exploration methods and techniques from geophysics to geological and geochemical sampling
  • to promote ore geology and exploration and mining industries as a career choice
  • to encourage collaboration between geologists and applied geophysicists having different backgrounds and representing different organisations
  • to increase understanding of the region studied during the course

The course is intended to the Doctoral students, but a limited number of places are reserved to MSc students. Students of the OMS have priority in registering for this course, but students from other universities can apply as well. Students admitted in the course will receive an email before the course starts. Official course language: English. Max participants: 12 students.

The upcoming AFTEG course is sponsored by University of Oulu (Technology and Natural Sciences) and Agnico Eagle Finland Oy. Course is free of charge for the participants including accommodation in the cabins in Levi and travelling from Oulu to Kittilä and back by vans. Travelling to Oulu should be paid separately. Meals should be paid by the participants themselves and there is good facilities to cook own dinners in the cabins. Furthermore, own field clothes, rubber or hiking boots, rain coat and basic field equipment (e.g. knife, compass, notes etc.) are needed.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask from the organisers (Pertti Sarala pertti.sarala[at] and Marko Holma marko.holma[at] or the UniOGS in Oulu.

Registration for the course is before 15th April by e-mail to Ninna Immonen (ninna.immonen[at]



26.5.2019, Sunday.

13:00 Departure from Oulu

18:00 Arrival and course introduction (e.g., people and safety issues)


8:00  Lectures: Course aims, forming teams, lectures (e.g., regional geological overview and glaciation history in brief), company representations (mining and exploration company and exploration consultation company)

11:00 Lunch at Mine

12:45 Excursion (mine visit, drill rig visit, key outcrop visits, demonstration of outcrop mapping)

17:00 Dinner

18:00 Lectures (e.g., tectonic models, exploration methods, tomorrow's program)


8:00 Lectures: Principles of outcrop mapping and boulder hunting

11:00 Lunch

12:00 Field work: Outcrop mapping and boulder hunting. Teams operate separately.

17:00 Dinner

18:00 Lectures (e.g., exploration strategies and planning, tomorrow's program)

18:30  Team work (handling new samples + GIS-work)


7:30  Lectures: Soil sampling methods in glaciated terrains and soil geochemical exploration

8:30 Field work: Till and weak leach sampling. Teams operate separately

Field lunch

16:00 Team work (handling new samples + Heavy mineral separation) at Pakatti            

19:00  Dinner                                                                                

30.5.2019, Thursday. DAY THEME: GEOPHYSICS

8:30 Lectures: The role of geophysics in exploration                                             

9:30 Field work: Demonstrations and one actual field survey (e.g., magnetic method)

12:00 Field lunch

13:00 Field work: Demonstrations and one actual field survey (e.g., magnetic method)

18:00  Dinner

19:00 Team work (focus in GIS-work and database filling operations)                                                                                    

31.5.2019, Friday. DAY THEME: OFFICE WORK

8:00 Lectures: Team tasks given

8:30  Office work

11:00 Lunch

12:00 All works finalised and reported

14:00 Teams present their results

15:00 Summing up and then preparing to leave

 20:30 Arrival to Oulu






Last updated: 2.4.2019