Monthly Program


Dr Abani R Samal holds  PhD from SIU, Carbondale, DIC & MS from Imperial College, London and M Tech (Mineral Exploration) degree from IIT (ISM) Dhanbad, India. He is in mining industry since 1996.  Immediately prior to his current position, he was a Principal advisor for Rio Tinto – a major mining company, based at their Salt lake City Regional HQ, USA. Currently he the owner and Principal of GeoGlobal,LLC. He is providing advisory services to mining companies. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at University of Utah, SIU Carbondale, Illinois and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bhubaneswar, India. Mineral deposit evaluation, resource estimation & reporting, reconciliation of mine operations and applied geostatistics are Dr Samal’s technical specializations. He also provides training programs to industry and academia worldwide.

Abani R Samal, is a Certified Professional geologist (CPG) of AIPG, Registered Member of SME and a Fellow of Society of Economic Geology (SEG). He has been active in strategic committees of SME, Past Chair of the industrial minerals and aggregates division and an active contributing member of the committee that published the 2014 SME Guide for Reporting Exploration Results, Mineral Resources, and Mineral Reserves. Dr Samal is a very active member of other professional organizations including GSA, Geological Society of India (Fellow), IAMG (life member). Recently he was appointed as an honorary representative of CRIRSCO in India.

Presentation Title: ‘Importance of reliable estimation of mineral resources in the development of a mining project’

Abstract: Development of a mineral deposit takes years of activities including drilling, sampling and assessment of mineral resources. As the deposit moves from preliminary exploration to construction into a mining project, through various sub-stages, as each stage a review of mineral resources is done to ensure that the mine that is to be developed can generate enough revenue to make the project profitable. We all know that the entire project is based on a predicted model of mineral resource that has the potential to generate revenue for the project. Therefor the estimation of mineral resources need to be reliable and defendable. In this talk some real life examples will be used (without disclosing deposit details) to demonstrate the importance of reliable estimation of mineral resources in evaluation of a mineral deposit for further development.

21 thoughts on “Monthly Program”

  1. MCU Meeting, September 20, 2017

    Our meeting this month will be held at my house in Murray, UT. Please contact me for more details as needed. Usual time at 6:30 pm. We need to discuss the show in October as well as future trips, programs, meeting place, etc. Thank you

    Andrew Turner

  2. September 21, 2016

    Bruce will be giving a talk on his recent collecting adventures in Montana. Should be very interesting. Also, we will be doing final preparations for our upcoming show. Thank you.

  3. Meeting, June 15, 2016, Sprague Library:

    Bruce will be giving a talk on the Iron District and associated collecting around Cedar City, UT. Should be very informative with lots of visuals. Thank you.

  4. Meeting, May 18, 2016:

    Curt will be giving a talk on Portland cement microscopy. Should be very interesting and he has considerable experience in this field. Meeting begins at 6:30 pm.

  5. Monthly Meeting, Wed. April 20, 2016: Brent Thorne will give a talk about the minerals of the Tombstone, Arizona region. Should be a very good and informative talk as usual. Meeting begins at 6:30 pm.

  6. Monthly Meeting, March 16, 2016, 6:30 pm, Sprague Library in Sugarhouse:

    Program by Dave Richerson
    Minerals and Mining in Mexico

    Also: Plans for fall show, upcoming field trips, and next programs.

  7. January Monthly Meeting and Field Trip–Change:

    We will be having our monthly meeting on January 20, 2016, at 6:30 pm. We will be meeting at the Utah Museum of Natural History at the U of U. Dave will be giving us a fantastic “behind the scenes” tour of the mineral collection. Additionally, entrance into the museum will be free to club members. Please get there early as we will be getting our tickets promptly at 6:30 pm. Regular meeting at the Sprague Library will resume in February.

  8. We will be having our annual gift exchange on December 9. If you would like to participate, please bring a mineral and/or non-mineral wrapped/bagged item to exchange. Please keep each item no more than about $15 retail. This is just a fun thing we like to do and everyone usually leaves pretty happy. We will have an exchange for both a mineral and non-mineral and you can participate in whatever exchanges in which you bring a gift. (Andrew Turner)

  9. October 21st speaker will be Jim Davis of the Utah Geological Survey. He will give a talk on geothermal springs in Utah…very interesting.

    1. Im up in the air about monthly meetings. Went to the library tonight no meeting was being held, help me out here with some info on monthly meetings, hope to here from somebody soon.

  10. Meeting, July 15, 2015, 6:30 pm Sprague Library, Sugarhouse. Brent Thorne will be giving a talk and presentation on Tsumeb, probably the most famous mineral locality in the world. Should be very interesting and informative.

    I need someone to bring a computer for the presentation as I will not be able to attend. Thank you.

  11. Bruce Thorne gave a helpful, engaging and informative talk at our January meeting, full of personal experiences and insights. His topic – Prospecting – got everyone involved. There was something for the expert as well as the neophyte.

    Our January meetings are sparsely attended as a rule. In January many of our members are getting ready to go to Tucson, apathetic because of the gloomy weather, and still exhausted from the Christmas season. We only had a dozen or so there, but everyone got involved, quipped and asked serious questions.

    Bruce brought a record number of specimens to show and discuss, including a 65 pound kyanite-schorl beauty from the Cargo Muchacho Mountains in Southern California.

    If you were elsewhere you missed an excellent meeting.

    For those who are going to Tucson, Take pictures of what you see there that would interest our stay-at-homes, and be prepared to talk about them at our February meeting!

  12. MCU Annual Christmas Party!!

    I have reserved the Chinese Buffet at 4500 S. State Street for our annual Christmas Party to be held Wednesday, December 17. Room has been reserved starting at 6 pm.

    Please bring a mineral and/or non-mineral item to be part of the gift exchange. Price/value of each item should be no more than about $15, unless you want to give me a crystalline gold specimen instead. We will also nominate and vote on officers during this time.

    Cost of buffet is $10.50/person and cheaper for children.

  13. Wednesday, November 19th, 2014. (Note: Changed from our regular schedule to avoid a conflict with Thanksgiving!)

    Program: Minerals of Utah: Gold Hill, the Tintic District and the Thomas Range, presented by Joe Marty,

  14. MCU September Meeting
    Mineral Auction
    Wednesday Sept. 24 at 6:30 pm
    Make some extra money next Wednesday at club meeting. Bring 3-4 minerals specimens to be auctioned off and you keep the proceeds.
    It will be fun for all!

  15. Our gratitude to Blake and Cathy Mellor for opening their gracious home and grounds to us for the first MCU BBQ in a very long time! They had set up their backyard, a shaded green oasis, with everything for an elegant picnic: tables, chairs, tablecloths, and decorative place settings. It was a treat to see Blake’s beautifully displayed collection, acquired over 50 years. And thanks to everyone who brought potluck side dishes. The event was a great success.

  16. MCU Potluck Dinner
    Wednesday, August 27 starting at 6:30 pm at the home of Blake Mellor. Please bring your favorite side-dish, salad, or dessert and joins us for the BBQ.

    Directions: From I-15 exit at 7200 south head east to State Street. Turn left on State Street heading north almost four blocks. There will be an Astro Burger on your right. Turn right there, the street is 6850 South. The first right you can turn on is 90 East. Turn right there. My house number is 6908 and is on the right side of the street. It’s the one with the flowers that come down to the sidewalk.

      1. I heard a rumor that the MCU president (if not impeached yet) may even make an appearance…

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