The mineral exploration field school is an eight day field course that is part of the two-year Technology diploma and four year degree programs. It introduces students to a wide range of geological and mineral exploration field techniques. These techniques include
June 2015 - Students examining exposed rock face near BCIT's Field School, Oliver, B.C.
- Basic field methods: compass use, map orientation, field notes, pace and compass, working with varied scales and keeping located in the field.
- Geological field methods: strike and dip, sample collection, field description of rocks, minerals and formations, map making, field sketches, and preparing field cross-sections.
- Exploration methods: prospecting, grids and grid mapping, tracing zones of mineralization, trenching, soil sampling, geophysics, exploration sampling, identification of mineralization, report preparation.
The school takes place in the spring in and around Oliver in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia. The weather is typically dry with daytime temperatures ranging from the low teens to low thirties (Celsius).
The field school course involves visiting various sites for half-day exercises, followed by a 3-day mapping project in the historic Fairview Mining camp.
Please contact Maha Shehadeh, Program Assistant, at 604-432-8683, if you have any further questions regarding the camp.