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Industry Partners with the John de Laeter Centre and Timescales of Mineral Systems Group, Curtin University

Last Updated: 18/12/2023

What are industry partners say about us:

"The collaboration with Curtin University has been highly valuable to unravel the stratigraphy of the Duketon Greenstone Belt and support our greenfields exploration strategy. Overall the communication was really flowing, and the data were delivered to a high standard. We are looking forward to ongoing collaborative work in order to expand our understanding of the belt." Celia Guergouz, Senior Generative Geologist, Regis Resources Ltd., 2022.

"The Timescales of Mineral Systems at Curtin University is at the forefront of establishing these new techniques, as well as providing a sustained throughput of more traditional, but equally important analyses. In addition to world-class facilities and analyses, the data delivery and intellectual collaborations are very high-quality. The GSWA and the State of Western Australia, through the mineral resources industry, have benefitted tremendously from collaborations with this group, and we look forward to our future work together." - Simon Johnson, Director Regional Geoscience, Geological Survey of Western Australia 2022.

"Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) called on the services of the John de Laeter Centre (JdL) to solve a number of important questions on FMG’s Paterson and Biranup projects in Australia. The geochronological and isotopic data provided by JdL allowed a better understanding of the detrital provenance and stratigraphy in FMG’s Paterson Province projects, providing a basis for better informed decisions on which parts of the tenure are prospective for sediment hosted copper. Dating and Hf data on samples from the Biranup Project allowed the delineation of the various terranes, guiding FMG’s exploration targeting going forward. All through the process, the staff at the JdL worked closely together with the FMG team to ensure the best outcomes of the program, and our collaboration is expanding to tackle geochronological and isotopic questions in projects across the world." - Bert de Waele, FMG, 2022.

"Thank you very much for your collaboration, persistence in tuning up your apparatus and overall easy communication. Personally, I am delighted to be part of trialling a new technique, especially when the results have helped to support a new tectonic interpretation." - Stanislav Ulrich, Principal Structural Geologist, AngloGold Ashanti, 2020

"The whole process of age dating has been wonderful from my perspective" - Bob Affleck, Exploration Manager, Moho Resources, 2020.

Please contact Hugo for enquires to research projects: hugo.olierook@curtin.edu.au 

Industry & Collaborative Funding

Total industry funding: AU$1,997K as CI or co-CI across 47 projects (41 as first CI).

2023 (14)

47. 2023–2024, AngloGold Ashanti, AU$34K, Chief Investigator

Age of mineralisation in the Laverton Belt, AustraliaOlierook, H., Kirkland, C. L., Evans, N., McDonald, B., McInnes, B. I., Shantha Kumara, A.

46. 2023–2024, St George Mining, AU$18K, Chief Investigator

“Correlations of intrusions in the Paterson Project, Western Australia” Olierook, H., Kirkland, C. L., Evans, N., McDonald, B., McInnes, B. I., Shantha Kumara, A.

45. 2023–2024, Azure Minerals, AU$12K, Chief Investigator

“Age of lithium prospects in the Andover area, Pilbara Craton, WA” Olierook, H., Kirkland, C. L., Evans, N., McDonald, B., McInnes, B. I., Shantha Kumara, A.

44. 2023–2024, Revenue Development Foundation, AU$12K, Chief Investigator

Assistance to Geodata Proposal for the Solomon Islands Ministry of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification Olierook, H., Doucet, L.

43. 2023, Plutonic Limited, AU$6K, Chief Investigator

“Age of monzonite in the Damned Prospect, Australia” Olierook, H., Kirkland, C. L., Evans, N., McDonald, B., McInnes, B. I.

42. 2023, Plutonic Limited, AU$4K, Chief Investigator

“Alteration age of the Champion Superproject, Australia” Olierook, H., Kirkland, C. L., Jourdan, F., Mayers, C., McInnes, B. I.

41. 20232025, University of Granada, AU$50K, Co-investigator

“Investigating inherited and metamorphic ages in the Jubrique crustal sequence, Ronda area, S. Spain” Evans, N., McDonald, B., Olierook, H.

40. 2023–2024, Shandong University of Science & Technology, AU$9K, Chief Investigator

Multi-mineral geochronology of the Sulu Belt, ChinaOlierook, H., Kirkland, C. L., Evans, N., McDonald, B.

39. 2023–2024, Fortescue Metals Group, AU$10K, Chief Investigator

Minimum stratigraphic age of the Belinga deposit, GabonOlierook, H., Kirkland, C. L., Evans, N., McDonald, B., McInnes, B. I., Shantha Kumara, A.

38. 2023–2024, Rumble Resources, AU$9K, Chief Investigator

Age of lead-zinc mineralization in the Earaheedy Basin, Western AustraliaOlierook, H., Kirkland, C. L., Tessalina, S., McInnes, B. I., Shantha Kumara, A., 

37. 2023, BHP, AU$23K, Chief Investigator

Tectonic evolution of the Seahorse Project, AustraliaOlierook, H., Kirkland, C. L., Evans, N., McDonald, B., McInnes, B. I., Shantha Kumara, A., Rankenburg, K.

36. 2023–2024, Strategic Energy Resources, AU$23K, Chief Investigator

Age of the Tea Tree system, Mount Isa, QueenslandOlierook, H., Kirkland, C. L., Evans, N., McDonald, B., McInnes, B. I., Shantha Kumara, A., Kennedy. A.

35. 2023–2024, Nigerian Geological Survey Agency, AU$75K, Chief Investigator

Age and mineralisation potential of the Kalangai-Zungeru-Ifewara Fault Zone, SW NigeriaOlierook, H., Kirkland, C. L., Evans, N., McDonald, B., McInnes, B. I., Shantha Kumara, A., Kennedy. A.

34. 2022–2023, Fortescue Metals Group, AU$41K, Chief Investigator

Stratigraphy of the western Mount Isa Terrane, QueenslandOlierook, H., Kirkland, C. L., Evans, N., McDonald, B., McInnes, B. I., Shantha Kumara, A., Kennedy. A.

2022 (9)

33. 2022–2023, Anglo American, AU$134K, Chief Investigator

“Genesis and stratigraphy of the Diamantina Project, Australia: New drilling” Olierook, H., Kirkland, C. L., Evans, N., McDonald, B., McInnes, B. I., Shantha Kumara, A., Kennedy. A.

32. 2022, Plutonic Limited, AU$8K, Chief Investigator

“Age of the Champion Superproject, Australia” Olierook, H., Kirkland, C. L., Evans, N., McDonald, B., McInnes, B. I.

31. 2022–2023, AusQuest Limited, AU$11K, Chief Investigator

“Dating samples from mineralized and unmineralised porphyry stocks at Cangallo, southern Peru” Olierook, H., Kirkland, C. L., Evans, N., McDonald, B., McInnes, B. I.

30. 2022–2023, Fortescue Metals Group, AU$22K, Chief Investigator

“Age and genesis of the Madura Province, Australia” Olierook, H., Kirkland, C. L., Evans, N., McDonald, B., McInnes, B. I., Shantha Kumara, A., Kennedy. A.

29. 2022–2023, Fortescue Metals Group, AU$8K, Chief Investigator

“Stratigraphy of the Greater McArthur Basin, Australia” Olierook, H., Kirkland, C. L., Evans, N., McDonald, B., McInnes, B. I., Shantha Kumara, A.

28. 2022–2023, BHP, AU$69K, Chief Investigator

“Age of the Seahorse Project, Australia” Olierook, H., Kirkland, C. L., Evans, N., McDonald, B., McInnes, B. I., Shantha Kumara, A.

27. 2022–2023, Encounter Resources, AU$21K, Chief Investigator

“Age and Genesis of the West Arunta Province, Australia” Olierook, H., Kirkland, C. L., Evans, N., McDonald, B., McInnes, B. I., Rankenburg, K., Kennedy, A., Shantha Kumara, A.

26. 2022, University of Granada, AU$10K, Co-investigator

“Investigating inherited and metamorphic ages in the Jubrique crustal sequence, Ronda area, S. Spain” Evans, N., McDonald, B., Olierook, H.

25. 2022, IGO Limited, AU$15K, Chief Investigator

“Genesis of the Dromedary zinc prospect, Paterson Orogen, WA” Olierook, H., Kirkland, C. L., Evans, N., McDonald, B., Rankenburg, K., Kennedy, A., Shantha Kumara, A.

2021 (7)

24. 2021–2022, IGO Limited, AU$24K, Chief Investigator

“Age and genesis of copper mineralization in eastern Greenland” Olierook, H., Kirkland, C. L., Evans, N., McDonald, B., McInnes, B. I., Kennedy, A., Shantha Kumara, A.

23. 2021–2022, Azure Minerals, AU$9K, Chief Investigator

“Age of the Andover Project, Pilbara, Australia” Olierook, H., Kirkland, C. L., Evans, N., McDonald, B., McInnes, B. I., Shantha Kumara, A.

22. 2021–2022, Anglo American, AU$126K, Chief Investigator

“South-west Yilgarn Project Geochronology” Olierook, H., Kirkland, C. L., Evans, N., McDonald, B., Rankenburg, K., McInnes, B. I., Shantha Kumara, A., Kennedy, A.

21. 2021–2022, University of Granada, AU$40K, Co-investigator

“Geochronological and geochemical study of the pre-Mesozoic basement in Iberia and North Africa” Evans, N., McDonald, B., Olierook, H.

20. 2021–2022, AngloGold Ashanti, AU$138K, Chief Investigator

“Genesis and stratigraphy of the Laverton Belt, Australia” Olierook, H., Kirkland, C. L., Evans, N., McDonald, B., Rankenburg, K., McInnes, B. I., Kennedy, A., Shantha Kumara, A.

19. 2021–2022, Regis Resources, AU$125K, Chief Investigator

“Tectonic and geodynamic history of the Duketon Greenstone Belt, Yilgarn Craton” Olierook, H., Kirkland, C. L., McInnes, B.I., Guergouz, C., Conner, G., Evans, N.E., Shantha Kumara, A., French, T.

18. 2021–2023, Dacian Gold Limited, AU$40K, Chief Investigator

“Age of syenites in the eastern Kurnalpi Terrane, Yilgarn Craton” Olierook, H., Kirkland, C. L., Evans, N., McDonald, B., Rankenburg, K., McInnes, B. I., Kennedy, A.

2020 (9)

17. 2020–2021, South32 (AusQuest), AU$51K, Chief Investigator

“Age of the Cerro de Fierro Prospect, Peru” Olierook, H., Kirkland, C. L., Evans, N., McDonald, B.

16. 2020–2021, Atlas Iron, AU$31K, Chief Investigator

“Prospectivity and explorational potential of paleoplacers in the Pilbara Craton, Australia” Olierook, H., Kirkland, C. L., Evans, N., McDonald, B., Rankenburg, K., McInnes, B. I., Shantha Kumara, A., Rowins, S.

15. 2020–2021, Fortescue Metals Group, AU$137K, Chief Investigator

“Stratigraphy of the Karara Basin, Australia” Olierook, H., Kirkland, C. L., Evans, N., McDonald, B., Rankenburg, K., McInnes, B. I., Shantha Kumara, A.

14. 2020–2021, Shandong University, AU$10K, Co-investigator

“Geochronology Project of the Sulu Belt” Kirkland, C. L. Olierook, H.

13. 2020–2021, Anglo American, AU$62K, Chief Investigator

“Genesis and stratigraphy south of Diamantina Project, Australia” Olierook, H., Kirkland, C. L., Evans, N., McDonald, B., Rankenburg, K., McInnes, B. I., Shantha Kumara, A., Kennedy, A.

12. 2020, Breaker Resources, AU$2K, Chief Investigator

“Mineralogical and textural analyses of selected samples from the Bombora gold deposit, Lake Roe, Western Australia:  implications for mineral paragenesis” Olierook, H., Shantha Kumara, A., Voute, F.

11. 2020, Latitude 66 Cobalt, AU$3K, Chief Investigator

“Mineralogical and textural analyses of selected samples from the Kuusamo Schist Belt, Finland: Implication for mineral paragenesis” Olierook, H., Shantha Kumara, A., Voute, F.

10. 2020, Regis Resources, AU$14K, Chief Investigator (with Honours student)

“4D Architecture of the Duketon Greenstone Belt, Eastern Goldfields, WA” Olierook, H., Kirkland, C. L., McInnes, B.I., Guergouz, C., Conner, G., Evans, N.E., Shantha Kumara, A.

9. 2020–2021, Anglo American, AU$236K, Chief Investigator

“Genesis and stratigraphy south of Mt Isa Inlier, Australia” Olierook, H., Kirkland, C. L., Evans, N., McDonald, B., Rankenburg, K., McInnes, B. I., Shantha Kumara, A., Kennedy, A.

2019 (8)

8. 2019, BHP Billiton Nickel West, AU$63K, Chief Investigator

“Madura province geochronology (commercial)” Olierook, H., Kirkland, C. L., Evans, N., McDonald, B., Rankenburg, K., McInnes, B. I. Kumara, A.

7. 2019, Saracen Minerals, AU$7K, Co-investigator

“Crystallization and mineralization ages of Yilgarn granitoids” McInnes, B.I., Olierook, H., Prent, A., Tessalina, S., Ware, B., Shantha Kumara, A. 

6. 2019–2020, South32, AU$29K, Chief Investigator

“Age of mafic sills in the Sydney Basin, Australia” Olierook, H., McInnes, B.I., Kirkland, C., Prent, A.

5. 2019–2020, Regis Resources, AU$18K, Chief Investigator

“Age and genesis of the Duketon Greenstone Belt, Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia” Olierook, H., McInnes, B.I., Prent, A.

4. 2019, Rio Tinto Exploration, AU$5K, Chief Investigator

“Automated Mineral Analysis of Iron Ore” Olierook, H., McInnes, B.I., Prent, A.

3. 2019, Moho Resources, AU$24K, Chief Investigator

“Age and genesis of the Empress Springs project, Georgetown Inlier, Queensland” Olierook, H., McInnes, B.I., Evans, N., Jourdan, F., Prent, A., Kirkland, C., McDonald, B., Mayers, C.

2. 2019, AngloGold Ashanti, AU$41K, Chief Investigator

“In-situ dating of minerals related to a different mineralisation styles in the Plumridge Terrane, Albany–Fraser Orogen, WA” Olierook, H., McInnes, B.I.

“In-situ dating of minerals related to a Cu–Au–(Mo) mineralisation at the Kalkaroo resource project, Curnamona Province, SA” Olierook, H., McInnes, B.I.,Evans, N., Tessalina, S., Prent, A., Rankenburg, K., McDonald, B., Ware, B., Kirkland, C.L.