MDRU SC98: 4-day Geometallurgy Practical Short Course


May 22-25, 2018

Location: UBC Robson Square and UBC Point Grey Campus (full venue schedule to follow shortly)


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Quantitative and spatially-constrained geometallurgy data characterize ore deposits to maximize the effectiveness of processing, including comminution, liberation, recovery and
environmental management. Ideally, each block in a 3-D resource model is then attributed with multiple rock parameters and assigned a dollar value. This improved
geometallurgical knowledge results in reduced technical risk, improved forecasting, economically optimized mineral production, and addresses environmental concerns.

Course Content

This four-day course comprises lectures, practical exercises, and a range of computer-based modelling exercises. The course content covers a variety of techniques to enhance
information produced by geologists that is relevant to geometallurgical decision-making. The course emphasizes the use of tools to systematically collect and analyze data.
Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to begin implementing geometallurgical data collection and analysis.
The course is intended for exploration and mine geologists, engineers and mineral processors. Participants should be familiar with basic office software such as Excel and
PowerPoint; other specialized software will be introduced.

Course Presenters

Dr Julie Hunt (MDRU Research Associate in Geometallurgy)
has been working in geometallurgy for the past 10 years.
She has over 15 years experience in mapping and mineral
deposit studies and is leading research, education and
training programs for geometallurgy.


Dr Ron Berry (Associate Professor, CODES, UTAS) has been
working in geometallurgy since 2005. He has expertise in
automated mineralogy, image processing and numerical
methods, and is the co-developer of MIN-SQ.


Prof Bern Klein (UBC-NBK) has more than 23 years of
experience including designing processes for over
300 metallurgical studies. He currently focuses on
technology and innovation for improved energy efficiency
in comminution, Mine-to-Mill integration, sensor-based
sorting and reduced environmental footprint.


Prof Greg Dipple (UBC-BRIMM) has dedicated his career
to evaluating mineral reactions and fluid-rock interactions,
including ore systems and mine wastes. His research
integrates field data and forward models to evaluate mass
transport and reactions, and uses geochemical tracers
to monitor fluid-rock interactions and CO2 fixation.


Invited Speakers

Janet Baron (Manager, Hydrometallurgy at AuTec)

Prof. Peter Winterburn (Industrial Research Chair in Exploration Geochemistry, MDRU)



Course Topics
• Geomet Principles
• Comminution
• Comminution Lab
• Metallurgical Recovery
• Recovery Lab
• Waste Characterisation
• Statistics for Geomet
• Data Analysis
• Major Project: full day, hands-on


Participants: Exploration and mine geologists, engineers
and mineral processors


Course Materials: A printed hard-copy guidebook with
course lectures, practical exercises, and modelling exercises
will be included.


Course Includes: Daily lunches, coffee/tea & refreshments


Early Bird Pricing for a limited time only, Register Now!


Cost ($CAD)                                      Early bird/Regular 
MDRU Corporate Members                $1440/$1690 + GST
Non-Members                                     $1740/$1990 + GST
MDRU RA & All Students                   $540/$690 + GST


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