Some of the greatest harm to the advancement of geostatistics has been caused by experienced geostatisticians who have stagnated. As an example, and at the extreme, a senior level executive in a mining company told me not long ago that inverse distance to a high power was sufficient for their resources because they focus on the geology. I have many words to describe my reaction to this, but most are unprofessional. More commonly, there are experienced modelers who have not kept up with powerful developments in probabilistic resource modeling, categorical variable simulation, trend modeling and modeling with a trend, geometallurgical modeling and so on. These experienced professionals would not (and should not) advocate for the use of advanced techniques they do not understand. It is essential that experienced modelers take some time from their busy schedules to “sharpen the axe” before they lose their edge.
December 7, 2020
resources training blog