RETROSPECTIVE - The Australian Mineral Foundation (AMF) was established in 1972 by the minerals and petroleum industries as a not for profit organisation to manage, co-ordinate and provide members with high quality technical information and professional development in all aspects of the industry from geoscience to engineering, metallurgy, economics, management, etc.
The AMF, which was based in Adelaide, South Australia, satisfied its charter to the resource sector in Australia and internationally, both physically and on-line through:
A specialist library and document/data delivery service,
Managing AESIS - the national geoscience database,
Australia's largest resource industry technical bookshop,
Quality professional development courses & conferences,
International Study Tours to the world's classic ore deposits,
The Data Metallogenica world ore deposit sample collection.
The membership of AMF included the majority of exploration, mining and petroleum companies in Australia as well as a number of the major mining houses operating around the globe, plus all Australian Commonwealth and State Geological Surveys & most universities.
However, as a result of the internationalisation and consolidation of the Australian mining industry, and the consequent drastic decline in the budgets and number of companies and professionals involved towards the end of the century, particularly in exploration, it became un-economic for the Foundation to continue to operate. Consequently, on 17 December 2001 the AMF as such ceased operations, although some of its key functions continued under other guises.
CONTINUATION of SERVICES - Between 1997 and 2001 Porter GeoConsultancy Pty Ltd (PGC) developed, organised and managed a series of fifteen International Study Tours to over 200 of the world's classic ore deposits on all continents and presented these in association with the AMF via a series of joint venture agreements.
Following the AMF's liquidation, PGC has continued the International Study Tour series, in its own right.
In addition, PGC developed and edited a two volume monograph entitled "Hydrothermal Iron Oxide Copper-Gold & Related Deposits - A Global Perspective". The second volume, which was released in May 2002, was published by PGC Publishing, a division of PGC, while the copyright to the first volume was assigned to PGC Publishing to produce a second edition.
Both of these, and subsequent volumes, are available for order and immediate despatch from the PGC Publishing on-line Bookshop
PGC has NOT taken on any of the AMF's other functions.
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