Michelle Stone has been doing geological modeling for 10 years. The purpose of her work is to help companies predict where to find additional or better quality ore and to estimate the quantity of mineral resources at a particular site.
Michelle comments that, “I am never bored, because every project is different.” To do her job, she might visit a mine site (which could be in Canada or in another country) or conduct a field visit to a promising area. Back at the office, she analyzes exploration or mining data using three-dimensional software. She creates solid shapes to represent the geology of an area and the places where minerals and metals can be found. Then she estimates the amount and grade of the mineral resource. As part of her work, Michelle communicates her findings in the technical reports that she writes.
“I really enjoy the dynamic nature of exploration and mining. I’m constantly learning and I have the opportunity to travel. I also get to help advance mining and exploration projects through my analysis and integration of multiple sets of data.” People with an eye for detail, who love travelling, will do well as modelers, according to Michelle.