Image: Field scene, Hamersley Ranges, Australia.
The tour was divided into two modules. Module 1 completed in September 2002 visited the key iron ore deposits of the Pilbara in Australia, while Module 2 in March-April 2003, which covered southern Africa and South America, was in turn split into two further optional parts.
Module 1, (7 days) immediately followed the Iron Ore 2002 Conference in Perth on 10-11 September. All those taking Module 1 also attended the Conference. Conference papers (PDF)
Module 2, Part A (6 days) was devoted to iron ore in South Africa, while Module 2, Part B (9 days) took in a representative selection of the iron deposits of Brazil. Participants were able to take any one or combination of two or more of these three optional modules/parts.
Porter GeoConsultancy (PGC) arranged all travel from when each participant joined the tour until they left it, including all surface, scheduled airline travel and air charter. The cost of this travel was covered by the Tour Fees and by additional Air Fares charges. The Tour Fees had to be paid to PGC within two weeks after confirmation of registration. The air fares were charged at cost, and had to be paid at the same time as the Tour Fees. Participants were responsible for their own travel to the start point and from the end point of their tour.
For those who took Module 1, "Australia", the tour commenced in Perth, Western Australia at 6:00 pm on Wednesday 11 September 2002. Participants arranged and funded their own travel to be in Perth by that date and time. They assembled at the Burswood Resort hotel for the Introductory Meeting at 6:00 pm before proceeding to the Conference Dinner. Those taking Module 1 ONLY (Australia) finished on arrival at Perth airport, Western Australia at 9:00 pm on the evening of Wednesday 18 September. They were responsible for arranging and paying for all of their own accommodation and travel from that point. PGC had arranged all travel and accommodation between these start and end dates.
Those who commenced with Module 2, Part A, "South Africa", in March 2003 arranged and paid for their own travel to be in Johannesburg, South Africa, by the evening of Tuesday 25 March, 2003, where they assembled in the hotel reserved for them by PGC for that night, as notified approximately 2 weeks prior to the start of the tour. All accommodation and travel were arranged by PGC from that point. Those who left the tour at the end of Module 2 Part A were responsible for their own travel and accommodation from the end of the module which was at the end of the expert workshop at Rand Afrikaans University in Johannesburg approx. 6 days later, on the afternoon of Monday 31 March, 2003. Participants were responsible for arranging and paying for all of their own accommodation and travel from that point.
Those starting with Module 2, Part B, "Brazil", were required to make their own travel arrangements to be in Maraba, Para State, Brazil by the morning of Wednesday 2 April, 2003. They assembled at Maraba airport at 8:30 am on Wednesday 2 April to rendezvous with the group continuing on from Part A, who arrived at 8:05 am. A bus was waiting to take the full group on to Carajas. The visit started on arrival at Carajas just after lunch time. This Part ended after the conclusion of the Corumba visit on Thursday 10 April. Again, all participants were responsible for all of their own accommodation and travel from that time.
For those taking both parts of Module 2, PGC was prepared to arrange connecting international air travel if requested. However for most participants it was more economical to include these legs with their other international travel before and after they joined the tour. It was essential that they travelled on the same flights as the rest of the tour party. PGC advised the appropriate flight details to participants in their Confirmation of Registration letter.
All accommodation reservations were made by PGC between the start and end dates/times as specified above. However all accommodation costs had to be paid by the participants on checkout during the tour and NOT by PGC. Participants were also responsible for paying for their meals (except the Introductory Dinners) and other personal incidentals while on tour.
As part of the tour, participants received a comprehensive collection of literature to read prior to commencement or during the tour. These papers covered the regional geology and distribution of mineralisation in the provinces being considered, as well as descriptions of the individual deposits visited. Approximately two weeks prior to the commencement of the tour, participants were also given a detailed itinerary with accommodation information, including the street address, phone and fax numbers and costs for each hotel. All they needed bring is their field gear, personal affects, and credit card/travellers cheques to pay for accommodation and meals.
This tour was developed, organised and managed by Mike Porter of Porter GeoConsultancy Pty Ltd (PGC), and was conducted in association with the AusIMM-CSIRO Iron Ore 2002 Conference in Perth, Western Australia 10-11 September, 2002.
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