The Citation Program in Applied Geostatistics (CPAG) is a postgraduate program consisting of four weeks of instruction, exercises and a project. The objective of CPAG is to assist geoscientists and engineers from the mining and petroleum industries better pinpoint the resources for which they search. This program fills an important niche between conventional industry short courses and longer Master degree programs. It is ideally suited to those from industry who seek an in depth understanding of modern geostatistical tools. Participants will learn to communicate the place of geostatistical models of heterogeneity and uncertainty in modern resource/reserve evaluation, explain geostatistical concepts and tools, and apply uncertainty management concepts. The main topics include: geologic rock types and stochastic modeling, trends and non-stationarity. variograms for spatial continuity modeling, kriging for optimal estimation of resources, simulation for uncertainty quantification, multivariate modeling and decision making in presence of uncertainty.
The first few years were in response to specific demand from Chile and South Africa. Marcelo Arancibia from Maptek South America championed the formal Citation as a credential for industry. The first formal Citation through the Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta was in Chile in 2002.
Following is a summary of the >500 participants that have been through the 45 cohorts of the program.