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Decennial Minerals Exploration Conferences (DMEC) was created in 2007 as the legal entity responsible for managing the Exploration ‘07 conference and is the corporation that now holds the copyright for the proceedings of the conference.

The Exploration ‘07 conference, held in September 2007, was the fifth and most successful of a series of conferences which were held every 10 years since 1967. These meetings have been designed to summarize the advancements in the state of the art in minerals exploration technology over the previous decade through a series of focused technology reviews and case studies in the fields of geophysics, geochemistry, remote sensing and information processing and data management.

While the previous four decennial events were organized on an ad hoc basis by volunteers from within the Canadian provincial and federal governments, minerals exploration and service communities, the organizers of Exploration ‘07 were legally required to incorporate in order to properly manage an event of the size and complexity as the decennial conference. When Exploration 07 was officially finished in early 2008, with the distribution of the final conference DVD, the DMEC executive felt that the message conveyed by the Exploration 07 was of sufficient importance to the industry that more of an on-going presence within the exploration community was warranted.


The main purpose of DMEC is the planning, organizing and running of decennial conferences (the next one scheduled for October 2017).

Additionally, DMEC will look for shorter term opportunities to promote its vision that the successful use of technology will most likely occur when technology is meaningfully integrated into programs and that this in turn, will most likely occur when the geoscientists involved are working in a collaborative fashion.

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