We had great talks and field trips in Austin, TX. A big thank you to all who made it possible!
If you attended the 54th Forum, please take a few moments to take this survey. It is extremely helpful to us and we welcome your candid feedback.
After you have completed the survey, you can check out a few snap shots of our travels below. Hope you can join us next year!
Acme Brick Company and Geology of Austin, TX by CM Woodruff from atop Mt. Bonnell.
Old Castle Aggregate Operation in Marble Falls, TX
Cemex Cement Plant; San Antonio Japanese Tea Garden in converted limestone quarry; Century old concrete street at Belknap Place and the Alamo Quarry Market (former cement operation).
JM Huber Underground Limestone Mine, Marble, TX; Cold Spring Granite Dimension Stone, Marble Falls, TX and U.S. Silica Industrial & Frac Sand Operation, Voca, TX
Llanite Outcrop in Llano, TX
Blue Quartz!! You can learn more about the Llanite in this article titled “Origin and significance of blue coloration in quartz from Llano rhyolite (llanite), north-central Llano County, Texas“.
Again, please click the link to fill out the survey above and we will see you next year!
Here are a few more details regarding the 54th FGIM Conference in Austin Texas!!
The conference is being held at the Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) campus – Conference Room ROC 1.603. If you are staying at the Fairfield Inn, there will be a shuttle that will run from 7:30 am until 8:00 pm. We strongly suggest that everyone be ready to leave the hotel by 8:00 am and meet down in the lobby for bus departure by 8:15 am.
Again, please be aware of safety on the field trips. Hard hats, safety glasses and safety vets will be provided. For all active sites we will be visiting, please be sure to wear long pants (no flowing clothing or dresses) and close-toe/closed-heal shoes (no flip flops or sandals). We will be attending site specific training at these locations.
If you are driving, the address is:
Bureau of Economic Geology
The University of Texas at Austin
10100 Burnet Road
Austin, TX 78758-4445
Below is a map directing you to the building location of where the conference is being held.
A detailed schedule of presentations:
Time is closing in on the 54th Forum on the Geology of Industrial Minerals annual meeting held in Austin, TX. This meeting is being hosted by the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin and co-sponsored by the Texas section of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME).
Below are announcements to pay attention to. If you have any questions/comments/concerns, please contact us! We will be happy to help with anything we can.
1. Event Registration
Again, if you have not registered yet, click the link below to register for the conference, including technical sessions, field trips and guest events. Reservations for hotel accommodations are also available:
2. Field Trip Safety
As we all know, safety is a main concern. Hard hats, safety glasses and safety vets will be provided. For all active sites we will be visiting, please be sure to wear long pants (no flowing clothing or dresses) and close-toe/closed-heal shoes (no flip flops or sandals). We will be attending site specific training at these locations.
3. Tell Everyone!
Please let your friends and acquaintances in the biz know of the wonders that this annual meeting can offer them. Countless ideas, connections and friendships have been generated from conferences like this one.
Detailed Conference Agenda
See you all very soon!
Information related to hotel accommodations is also available in the link above.
FGIM is excited to see everyone T-minus 27 days!! If you have not already, please take a moment and register for the upcoming conference held in
Austin, TX |April 16 – 20, 2018.
Please make sure you notify young budding individuals interested in industrial minerals of the opportunity that awaits them with the Robert L. Bates Memorial Scholarship.
FGIM will be hosting a silent auction during this years conference. Please consider bringing items to donate for this event! Items related to industrial minerals such as, mineral specimens and literature will be happily accepted. Proceeds go towards future Forum meetings as well as the Robert L. Bates Scholarship.
See you soon!!!
The 54th Forum on the Geology of Industrial Minerals (FGIM) annual meeting is being hosted by the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin and co-sponsored by the Texas section of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME).
Click the link here to register for the conference, including technical sessions, field trips and guest events. Reservations for hotel accommodations are also available.
Call for Abstracts & Presentations
Technical session topics include:
- Advancements in industrial mineral technology
- Geology of Industrial minerals
- Transportation, regulation and logistics of industrial minerals
- Mining and processing of industrial minerals
Abstracts and presentations will be accepted until Sunday April 8th, 2018. Please send presentations and abstracts to Brent A. Elliott (firstname.lastname@example.org) as electronic attachments in PowerPoint (*.PPT, *.PPTX) and Word documents (*.DOC, *.DOCX).
*Additional details click here.
Welcome to Austin, Texas!
The upcoming Forum meeting plans in Austin, TX are still underway!! Details coming soon.
Keep in mind the Bates scholarship for qualified applicants to attend the Forum meeting and field trips. I have attached the flyer regarding the application as a PDF to which you can print and post. The application form is also available below in a word doc and as a PDF.
Any questions can be directed towards the FGIM email email@example.com or to the website FGIMinc.com.
Bates Flyer PDF: Bates_Scholarship_Flyer_2018
Bates Application Docx: Bates_Scholarship_Form_2018
Bates Application PDF: Bates_Scholarship_Form_2018
One more FGIM meeting down and many more to come! If you have never been on a FGIM field trip, they are chocked full of learning about the industrial minerals industry, from the geology of how the ore was created right down to the best mining practices in regards to efficiency, environmental concerns and the end user. There are also always chances to expand that ever growing rock & mineral collection!
We had a great time and what amazing field trips we had! If you would like to reminisce on all we saw or learn about what we saw, see the Field Trip Guidebook link of the Industrial Minerals Mining and Geology of the Royal Gorge Region –>[Field Trip Guide Book].
Thank you again and again to David Bieber and Tom Newman for being experts at what you do and sharing your knowledge with us.
Please take a look at the photos. If you are jealous that you were not in attendance- GOOD! That is good motivation to make sure you make it to the next Forum meeting in 2018.
If you have pictures you would like to share, please send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark your calendars for next years forum meeting!
2018 FGIM Annual Meeting
Week of April 16th.
Details to follow soon!
PDF version to print out and post in every hallway you have! 2017_FGIMFlyer
Since we have this fancy new website and all, we now need to dress it up a bit! Since all of us love to be out in the field, how about send in some of your favorite field photos? These images will be put on the website AND a few good ones will be framed and sold for auction at the 2017 FGIM meeting.
The money from the auction goes towards the Forum and the Bates Scholarship fund. All the little bits help!
Email your photo or photos to email@example.com and see them shortly appear on the website!! Please provide photo credit, as well as a short description and location image was taken.