Duncan Burke-Shyne from Gold Road Resources received IMDEX Exploration Geologist of the Year Award at the Raglan Drilling Geology Lecture in Kalgoorlie.
Created by Dr Alicia Verbeeten, a Goldfields petrologist and organiser of the popular Raglan Drilling Geology Lecture Series, the Exploration Geologist award acknowledges young geologists’ outstanding achievements in their field. For this year’s award, the selection panel received a number of nominations, including geologists working in locations from the WA Goldfields, to the Pilbara, to the Burkina Faso in West Africa.
As the winner of the award, Duncan demonstrated the outstanding role he played in team achievements, and his ability to think through projects diligently.
IMDEX is proudly sponsoring the 2019 Exploration Geologist of the Year award.
profile – Duncan Burke-Shyne
Duncan joined Gold Road Resources as a graduate geologist in 2017. He was quickly promoted to Exploration Geologist in August 2018 after proving his abilities in being a strong team player with a passion for geology and discovery. He has recently taken on project responsibilities including targeting, drill planning and program management.
In 2019, Duncan was given the task of evaluating the Yaffler South prospect which had a weak aircore gold anomaly. Exploration of the prospect was complicated by the presence of a 10m thick blanket of aeolian sand which rendered conventional surface exploration techniques ineffective. He employed a combination of methods including the interpretation of aeromagnetic data, geochemistry and logging data to identify zones of structural deformation and mineralising fluid pathways which he interpreted could act as fluid trap sites to identify target areas for bedrock mineralisation. He designed an 11 hole RC drill programme to test his concepts. From this drilling, he made a new gold discovery on a parallel structure with the first numbered hole of the programme and secured the highest grade intercept of 11 metres at 5.94 g/t Au including 4 metres at 14.18 g/t Au. A quick follow up programme was implemented, testing up and down dip to confirm the geometry of mineralisation. He has subsequently designed follow up drilling using the integrated datasets which have been collected, and work is ongoing to test the potential of this discovery.
Duncan has quickly proven himself as a valuable team member and Gold Road believes he has a bright future as an exploration geologist.