from the Managing Director
It is an
exciting time for AMIRA International. Firstly, the new
Constitution was approved by Members at the recent AGM. The
Constitution was re-written to bring it into line with governance
best practice and with recent legislative changes. One major
amendment will see the number of Member-elected Directors reduced
from 18 to a maximum of seven, plus the Managing Director. In
addition, the Board has the power to appoint up to three
independent Directors, should it be deemed necessary to bolster
the skills on the Board.
I am pleased to report that Ms Ramanie Naidoo (Partner at KPMG)
was elected to the Board. Ms Naidoo joins with re-elected
Directors, Dr Walter Valery (Hatch) and Dr Luiz Mello (Vale), to
make up an eight-member Board. Finally, the Board has approved a
strategy that will include investing in capacity building.
As a consequence, we shall be announcing a senior appointment in
late January that will bolster our capacity to engage with
members and accelerate the development of project ideas that are
aligned with our member’s needs.
Our faith in the improving industry conditions
will be vindicated over time, but my discussion with many people
over the last few months suggests that green-shoots are appearing
and we are probably out of the woods. Many suppliers are
increasing their order books, as demand for studies and
optimisation of operations is increasing. I guess it’s fair to
say that the cost-cutting frenzy and divestment of high-cost
assets in order to improve companies' balance sheets has taken
its course. This seems true at least with respect to
reducing headcount, indeed some companies are now hiring
again. Although, perhaps not, at the time of writing, a
newspaper article had the headline “Mining titan eyes $2.1bn in savings”;
although to be fair it was reported that this was in part through
productivity gains associated with automation and “big data”
So the focus is on optimisation and productivity, and finding
other ways of reducing costs sustainably. The latter takes many
forms, whether at the enterprise level or at the site level.
Digitization is probably in the former category. In fact,
digitization seems to be turning into a frenzy as well,
implementation challenges abound (not to mention cybersecurity
issues), and no doubt mistakes will be made. Recently, I read an
interesting article by Jeanne Ross, principal research scientist
for MIT’s Center for Information Systems Research, in which she
explained the difference between digitization and going digital (https://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/dont-confuse-digital-with-digitization/).
To use her own words:
standardizing business processes and is associated with
cost-cutting and operational excellence. In essence, it imposes
discipline on business processes that, over the years, were
executed by individual heroes in a variety of creative (but not
always optimal) ways. SAP, PeopleSoft, and other integrated
software packages that burst onto the scene in the 1990s helped
lead the way into more digitizing, but it remains a painful
“Today, companies are
confronting something new and different: digital. Digital, of
course, is an adjective. It refers to a host of powerful,
accessible, and potentially game-changing technologies like
social, mobile, cloud, analytics, internet of things, cognitive
computing, and biometrics. It also refers to the transformation
that companies must undergo to take advantage of the
opportunities these technologies create. A digital transformation
involves rethinking the company’s value proposition, not just its
operations. A digital company innovates to deliver enhanced
products, services, and customer engagement. Digital is exciting,
thrilling — and a bit unnerving!”
mining companies have started down this journey, although I am
not sure to what extent their vision embraces the sort of
transformational change that Ross is talking about. Nevertheless,
digitisation will be an enabler of such a digital transformation
and the implementation of the Industry 4.0 paradigm in the mining
industry. Clearly, digitisation is intertwined with the other hot
topic, Internet of Things (IoT). According to Inmarsat, the
world’s leading provider of global mobile satellite
communications, IoT has become the number one priority for 92per
cent of organisations who responded in a recent global survey (http://research.inmarsat.com/).
There is little doubt that these emerging
technologies will be the next disrupter which collectively have
the potential to significantly improve productivity, reduce
costs, improve safety and enable real-time evidence-based
decision making. Hitachi, a major equipment supplier, predicts
that Australia’s mines will use fully integrated IoT systems to
connect them to central analytics hubs that will help drive costs
down by up to 25% by 2030. At the recent Mines and Money
conference in London, Tony O’Neil, Technical Director at Anglo
American, was very bullish in predicting that in the next five to
seven years, mines will run without humans and instead rely on
robots, virtual models and sensors. Rio Tinto is looking into
developing the Koodaideri mine in the Pilbara, currently under
feasibility study, into an intelligent mine, one fully
incorporating automation technologies.
Many of the global suppliers are only too happy to help companies
to digitise, whether it is data management, or offering fully
instrumented automated equipment, or in “digital re-invention”.
Barrick has partnered with Cisco for the “digital re-invention’
of its business (www.barrick.com). Barrick has
also started what has been described as the gold mining
industry’s most ambitious experiment to modernize their Cortez
mine in Nevada by deploying thousands of sensors at and around
the mine. Barrick predicts digital mining will drive production
costs down to US$700 an ounce by 2021, from current levels of
US$740-$770. Schneider Electric is assisting Roy Hill in
resource-to-market simulation and optimisation (www.schneider-electric.com.au).
We are all aware that Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton have set up
remote operations centres for monitoring operations in the
Pilbara in Perth. So the race is definitely on.
All of this got me wondering whether these emerging technologies
may help companies better manage the commodity cycles and dampen
the swings that plague the sector. These cycles have a negative
impact on strategy, and on a company’s approach to the
development and deployment of innovation. At the recent IMARC
conference, Henry Tricks, energy & commodities editor at the
Economist, gave a very interesting keynote address entitled “State of the Global
mineral commodity market: how can we escape the boom and bust
mindset. Is it possible to transition to a more stable market?”
His solution was not technology per se but a more enlightened
approach to managing shareholder’s expectations. For example, if
I have understood correctly, he suggests that mining companies
commit towards a guaranteed dividend irrespective of where we are
in the cycle. By doing, this companies can then focus on
the longer term and on strategies that will support this
policy rather than responding to short-term pressures of the
market. I guess this requires CEO’s to ignore the squeaky,
but powerful, institutional voices out there – well good luck
Despite the hype, I think digitisation is important for the
reasons that many people have already outlined. But in my view it
is not going to save the industry in the long term – I would put
the implementation of digitisation as a necessary but not sufficient
condition for survival. Industry’s real problem, apart from the
fact that we are not finding tier 1 deposits to replace what we
are mining, is the reduction in head grade of existing deposits
and the increasing complexity of ores (this excludes the key
externalities like the license to operate). Brook Hunt
predicts that industry head grades (weighted paid copper) will
reduce from 1.60% in 1990 to less than 0.5% by 2026. As
ores become more complex and harder, the energy intensity is
going to increase.
I have no doubt that sooner or later theindustry will be
able to fully digitise and automate mines, but if you can’t
process your low-grade ore economically, you are not going to
remain in business for long. So I believe this move to
digitisation and automation, although necessary, is only going to
provide some breathing space before the real problems have to be
addressed. Let’s hope the industry is up to the task.
AMIRA international is well positioned to help industry address
the big, but difficult, challenges. Many of which can be
addressed in a collaborative manner – minimise risk by sharing
it, leverage and pushing the R&D budget further. The type of
collaboration required to address the big challenges need not
affect the competitive position of individual companies, there is
plenty of room for companies to differentiate themselves.
Collaboration is hard work, but then this is why AMIRA
International was created – we take on the hard work of
developing and managing the collaboration on behalf of the
I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and
happy holiday period.
Ideas Factory - December 2017
On Thursday 7 December, Directors and guests were
treated to a morning of stimulating presentations on a variety of
topics. Six invited speakers participated in our “Ideas Factory”,
an invitation-only event that accompanies the AMIRA International
Steven Travers - GM, Australian Information Industry Association:
4.0 in Resources context”
- Steven pointed to
the fact that 54% of the stocks in the ASX are resources
& energy stocks. Most important sector in Australia
- Third industrial
revolution saw computers changing work processes. The fourth
revolution (industry 4.0) builds on this through
improved automation, machine-to-machine and human-to-machine
communications, artificial intelligence, continued
technological improvements and digitisation
- To truly embrace
the potential of the Industry 4.0 the minerals industry
needs to borrow methodologies and processes from other more
- Edge computing
and sensor availability has opened the possibility of
real-time analytics at the coal face
Ben Adair - CEO and MD of CRC Ore: “Energy, Water and
Productivity – how to effect step-change improvements in these
key areas for the mining sector”
- Ben shared a
story of innovation action at Minera San Cristobal SA in Bolivia
which has managed to make incredible gains over the last
five years despite some of the lowest head grades in the
- A culture of
innovation and trust at both the mine site and parent
headquarters which has resulted in reduced power consumption
throughput by 35%
- Decreased water
consumption by more than 50%
grinding media consumption by 40%
- Mining costs
decreased from $1.35 down to $1.04
- Milling costs
decreased from $6.45 down to $4.70
approach and plug & play methodology for quick deployment and
testing of CRC Ore research outcomes
Lucas Cullen - Bitcoin Brisbane Pty Ltd: “Seven reasons not
to use Blockchain”
Lucas explained what blockchain is and its history. Blockchains
enable the transfer of value between untrusted parties – they
solve the double spend problem. A double spend is an attack where
the given set of coins is spent in more than one transaction. He
pointed to supply chain management and certifications as some of
the key applications in mining. The seven reasons why one would
not use blockchains are:
- You have bad
systems – blockchains do not replace bad systems they
- No one cares
about your business – the same people that meter you are the
same people that bill you
- You have no
customers / clients – ‘everyone needs to do it” to be of
- Legislation has
not caught up - so it’s best to start small, like asset
tracking or provenance. But there could be a first mover
advantage in some cases.
- You have a public
key infrastructure problem - Do you really want all your
information stored there forever?
- You require a
fast interface – state changes in blockchain happen each
time a block gets mined and this can be around 12 seconds in
Ethereum (around 10 minutes in bitcoin). The latency can be
a problem in some applications.
- The other guy has
one – know why and what you are doing.
Prof. Neville Plint - CEO
of Sustainable Minerals Institute – Uni. Qld: “Responsible Resource
Development – what is required to move from an extractive
industry to a development partner?”
- Neville described
the Sustainable Minerals Institute, its structure, and
- He then explained
how mining companies can future proof themselves, by
developing an alternative mining process that reduces costs
disruption & talent and how they can help influence and
deliver on this for the mining sector
- The above can be
actioned by the following
expectations -> Understand expectations
- Marketing ->
production -> Recycling – “green”
- Big -> Small
- Batch ->
Alex Moss - CEO and Head designer Canaria: “The state of the art
of wearable technologies and the implication to mining”
- Alex delivered an
excellent address around wearable technology which can
highlight problems and force solutions thereby creating
opportunities. An example of which is early identification
of signs of fatigue
- Canaria, a
fashionably designed and wearable 3-D printed earpiece, that
simultaneously detects heart rate, heart rate variability,
blood oxygen levels, respiratory rate, temperature, CO2 and
- Alex pointed out
that fatigue causes 60% of accidents which results in losses
of some $2.5B per year.
- Her message to
the industry is to be willing to take a risk on a team that
does not come from the mining industry. Talent can be
attracted through outreach hackathons.
- Alex’s key
message was “if you can imagine it, we can build it”
Dr Drew Rae - School of
Humanities, Languages and Social Science, Griffith University:“Decluttering
safety: When are we improving the safety of work, and when are we
just doing safety work?”
- Drew clarified
the differences between “safety work” and “safety of work”.
The former talks to demonstrated safety, social safety and
administrative safety, the latter is all about operational
trying to improve safety often add in more safety work,
without measuring (or often even thinking) about what impact
it has on operational work
- He went on to
discuss the key questions which companies need to ask to
establish whether it is clutter or safety:
- Does it
duplicate something that you’ve already done?
- Do you get it
done some other time if you can get away with it?
- Do you suspect
it’s just to cover someone’s backside?
- If you ignored
it, would you get hurt, or just in trouble?
- Drew used his
experience with Woolworths and a major water treatment
facility operated by Downer to demonstrate the research
- AMIRA is working
with the Safety Science Innovation Lab to develop a
collaborative project; Adele Seymon can be contacted for
Copies of the presentations are available to AMIRA International
For information about future Ideas Factory events or AMIRA
International conferences please contact email@example.com.
South Australia's copper resources
The University of Adelaide will lead an AU$14.6
million research consortium to develop advanced technologies to
boost South Australia’s copper production and develop a globally
competitive mining technology services sector in the state.
Research Consortium – Unlocking
Complex Resources through Lean Processing – has been
granted AU$4 million over four years by the State Government
through its Research Consortia Program under the Premier’s
Research and Industry Fund, announced by Science and Information
Economy Minister Kyam Maher. This is in line with the State
Government’s Copper Strategy and objective of tripling South
Australia’s copper production to one million tonnes a year by
2030. The University of Adelaide is investing AU$4.46 million
(cash and in-kind) and the remainder will be contributed by a
large range of mining sector and research partners
In 2014-2015, copper andcopperconcentrates exports from South
Australia were valued at over AU$2 billion making it South
Australia’s single largest export item in value.
"There is a large
untapped copper resource in the state with total value (with gold
as a by-product) at over $800 billion copper resource,"says Professor Stephen Grano,
Director of the University of Adelaide’s Institute
for Mineral and Energy Resources, who will be director
of the new Consortium.
is a significant potential to increase the rate of commercial
exploitation of these resources which would have major beneficial
economic impacts for the state. However, there are also
significant capital and operating cost hurdles to overcome, due
in large part to the geological complexity of the resource."
Research Consortium will develop advanced technology to tailor
the mining and processing options to specific characteristics of
the mineral ore in real-time – an approach known as lean
processing. We will be able to look at copper mining across the
whole value chain from the resource in the ground, right through
mining and processing, enabling the whole system to be optimised
rather than optimising isolated parts."
South Australian copper ores are very complex with many different
minerals that are finely interwoven. Processing requires high
levels of energy, water and capital.
objectives of the Consortium are to address these challenges and
opportunities in more sustainable mining, minimising
environmental impacts, and to commercialise technological outcomes
for global, market opportunity" says Professor Julie Owens, Deputy
Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Adelaide.
Consortium will leverage the existing strengths of the partners
who will come together to assist in fully unlocking the State’s
complex resources and building a globally competitive mining
equipment and technology services sector in South
The other Consortium industry, government and supporting partners
are: BHP, OZ Minerals, AMIRA International, Australian
Information Industries Association (AIIA) IoT Cluster for Mining
and Energy Resources, Australian Semi-Conductor Technology
Company, Boart Longyear, Consilium Technology, CRC Optimising Resource
Extraction, Datanet, Data to Decisions CRC, Eka, Innovyz,
Magotteaux, Manta Controls, Maptek, METS Ignited Industry Growth
Centre, Mine Vision Systems, Rockwell Automation, SACOME, SAGE
Automation, Sandvik, Scantech, South Australian Mining Industry Participation
Office (SA MIPO), SRA IT and Thermo Fisher Scientific Australia
(Processing Instruments & Equipment), with the University of
South Australia as a key research partner. The Consortium is
supported by the South Australian Mining and Petroleum Services
Centre of Excellence.
Part of the role of AMIRA International is to attract additional
David Cooke wins prestigious award and AMIRA's new P1202 project
AMIRA International is excited to report that long-time
collaborator, Professor David Cooke (TMVC
University of Tasmania) has been awarded the Haddon Forrester King Medal for
2018. This medal is awarded by the Australian Academy of Science,
sponsored by Rio Tinto, for life-long achievement and outstanding
contribution to science.
David is in esteemed company, with recent past recipients of the
award including Murray Hitzman (2016), Neil Williams (2014), and
Shunso Ishiahara and Anthony Naldrett (2012), all the way back to
Roy Woodall (co-recipient of the first medal of this type in 1993).
David’s main research is focused on geological, chemical and fluid
processes that produce the world’s major copper-gold porphyry
deposits. His current interest in the chemistry of minerals
surrounding these and associated mineral systems forms the premise
of a series of AMIRA International projects. These are recognised
for the development and testing of exploration fertility and
vectoring techniques increasingly used as part ofroutine procedure
by company exploration geologists in the search for magmatic copper
AMIRA International is currently circulating a proposal for P1202 “Far Field and near
mine footprints – find the next generation of Tier 1 ore deposits”.
This will continue the development of new and refined geochemical
and geological tools for fertility assessments and vectoring in
porphyry and epithermal districts, greenstone belts and
carbonate-hosted mineral systems. These tools will ensure
cost-effective exploration, with research outcomes pertinent to
exploration at a variety of scales, from belt through camp and
district to near mine.
For more information on sponsoring this project, please contact
Adele Seymon, Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Gamification Project
International together with Initiative is working
with AMIRA members and the mining industry to look at
challenges faced by the industry which can be solved through
gamification. We are currently undertaking an engagement
process with individual companies to identify and prioritise key
challenges which can then be used to create a collaborative
gamification project and strategy for implementation.
Sergio Brodsky, Head of Strategy at Initiative and an expert in
gamification, along with Imran Hussain Knowledge & ICT
Manager at AMIRA International, recently delivered
presentations on gamification to a number of companies. Sergio
stressed the need for the mining sector to get onboard this
exciting new technology which has the potential to significantly
improve operations. The engagement and enthusiasm received to date
from mining companies has been impressive, and both AMIRA
International and Initiative are looking to circulate
a proposal in early 2018.
further information about the gamification project and if
you are interested in Gamification and
it's applications within the mining industry, please contact
Hussain, Manager - ICT & Knowledge Systems at
AMIRA International, email@example.com;
Brosdsky, Head of Strategy at Initiative, Sergio.Brodsky@initiative.com
P420F Sponsor Review Meeting
AMIRA International's P420F sponsors’ review
meeting was recently held in Perth and attended by 21 Sponsors,
with CRC ORE sending one representative. Sponsor
representatives flew in from Belgium, South Africa, Spain, Canada
and Norway and throughout Australia. In addition, eight
sponsors attended the meeting via web conference from locations
as far away as Brazil.
The results of the work carried out during the previous six
months was presented on the five themes into which the project is
split. They are the following;
- Theme 1 -
Enabling process optimisation
- Theme 2 -
Optimising post-crush liberation for Coarse Particle Gangue
- Theme 3 -
Optimising reagents and consumables
- Theme 4 -
Managing the water balance
- Theme 5 -
Enhancing the processing of difficult ores
was some lively discussion after each presentation with the
results of the work bearing interesting and useful outcomes for
The next six months are packed with work that the Research team
will be carrying out.
During the previous six months, the Research team carried out one
regional technology transfer event, two national symposia, and
four site visits (Tarkwa, Mungari, Damang and Corrego do Sitio),
as well as two modelling workshops held at Tarkwa and Nova Lima,
In the coming months, four site visits and plant surveys are
planned for Jundee, Tanamai, Lihir and Cowal.
For more information contact John Visser, Program Manager at
and SAXI News
The AMIRA International P934B Stage 3 of the West
African Exploration Initiative moves into its final year with a
successful and well attended sponsors meeting recently held
in Accra, Ghana.
Overview in numbers
- 11 countries
- 73 partner organisations over 11 years
- 81 international publications
- 90 Postdoc, PhD, MSc and Hons projects
- 650GB exploration geoscience database
- 1800 person-days of technical training in West Africa
- 650,000 km.sq. of geophysically constrained geological mapping
final year, the emphasis is on the continued development of a
synthesis, integrating data from the various modules and
delivering a geodynamic atlas. These outcomes will enable
explorers to better undertake exploration targeting, through an
improved understanding of the relevant settings for
mineralisation in the West African Craton.
Considerable interest was raised amongst the WAXI3 sponsors about
a new AMIRA International proposal that is currently circulating.
The P1061A South American Exploration Initiative (SAXI) has been
designed on the WAXI model; it will focus on enhancing the
exploration potential of the Guiana Shield through an integrated
program of research and data gathering into its ‘anatomy’. The
research team at the University of Western Australia is in the
unique position to produce a seamless coverage for the WAXI and
SAXI regions. A growing group of sponsors are signing up to
support SAXI. This project is expected to start in late March 2018.
For more information contact Adele Seymon, Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
the Date - 12th Biennial Exploration Managers Conference!
AMIRA International's 12th Biennial Exploration
Managers Conference will be held on 27-29 March 2019.
The venue will be advised at a later date.
Please keep your calendars free for this important conference.
Attendance is by invitation only.
For more information contact Adele Seymon, Program
Director at email@example.com.
AMIRA P705C Project Closes
The AMIRA International P705C Project, “Improving Base Metal
Electrowinning” closed in November 2017 with one
sponsor claiming great improvements directly resulting from
involvement in the project. It is very rare that operating
companies publish claims to benefits associated with
collaborative research but just such claims were published in the
National Institute of Science and Technology on Mineral
Resources, Water and Biodiversity Activity Report 2016 – Belo
Horizonte. The article is reprinted below for your
The benefits reported by Votorantim came from
site-based technology transfer work that was performed for each
sponsor of the P705C Project. Also accomplished during the
P705C Project were 6 workshops, 6 site studies/audits, 6 site
training courses, 5 webinars on electrowinning principles and
over 20 consultation reports by the research team. The
AMIRA International P705C Project ended in November 2017 but the
next extension, P705D, will be focused on, “Cost, Productivity
and Occupational Health Improvement for Base Metal
Electrowinning.” The extension project is anticipated to
start in early 2018.
If you would like more information on the P705D Project please
Braden at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Moats (Project Leader) at email@example.com.
would like to extend to everybody a Merry Christmas and a
prosperous and safe 2018!
Please note that our offices will be closing from 17:00 Friday
22 December 2017, reopening on Tuesday 2 January
METS Ignited celebrates with the
Igniting METS SMEs and KPMG at the graduation ceremony in Brisbane
opening for METS accelerator graduates
Congratulations to eight METS companies on the
completion of the Igniting METS Accelerator in Brisbane last
The Igniting METS Accelerator was a highly successful pilot
program between METS Ignited and the Queensland State Government.
It was Australia's first late-stage accelerator with the sole
focus on METS companies.
The companies underwent an intensive 12-week program run by KPMG
that included workshops and mentoring from industry leaders,
entrepreneurs and subject matter experts. They received
financial, marketing, commercial and technical advice to
commercialise their products and services.
The program culminated in pitch events with industry
representatives and the investment community.
Intelligent Robotic Systems - Whitsunday Islands
complete through wall analysis of tubular structures with
three-dimensional reporting. Use of next generation sensors to
move reporting and prediction from best educated guess to
for the frontline team in the mining, energy and infrastructure
industries including flexible shift plans and a visualisation of
the hazards, equipment, tasks and people.
and reprocesses tailing dams to deliver product coal from a
resource currently considered waste.
- Mackay Conveyor
Equipment - Mackay
of Jibaroo, an underground maingate transfer system that
collapses and stands with hydraulics.
- Paradyn Systems -
of BlendOpt, an integrated pit-to-port planning and scheduling
cloud platform built with advanced optimisation and machine
learning technologies. BlendOpt delivers transformational
step-change improvements to operational profitability within
complex supply chains.
force automation platform that enables the electrical industry to
solve issues in compliance, risk and safety. Helps users
eliminate legal liability and personal risk, while saving time
industrial IoT company which has developed the Smart Idler - a
sensor technology for monitoring and predicting conveyor roller
failure in high capacity, time critical bulk materials handling
conveyors used in mines, ports and processing plants.
manufactures and sells fast, agile, safe and powerful onshore oil
and gas well workover rigs. Coupled with its patented Power Drill
Snub and Hands Free Systems, the XDR range of oilfield products
is changing the way workover is conducted and significantly
reducing the costs of well servicing.
Ignited and AMIRA International
METS Ignited is an Industry Growth Centre funded
by the Australia Government to support the mining equipment,
technology and services (METS) sector. Earlier this year METS
Ignited and AMIRA International signedan Memorandum of
Understanding aligning the strategies and roadmaps of the METS
and mining companies to ensure innovation is characterised by
CEEC Medal applications now opening!
Applications are now open for the 2018 CEEC Medal.
Medal recognises the contribution that outstanding research andfield
work plays in improving energy-efficient comminution around the
world. Granted annually, it recognises the authors of the most
outstanding published paper, article or case study profiling
improvements in energy-efficient comminution practice. Medals are
awarded in two categories: (1) Technical research, and (2)
CEEC Medal applications are reviewed against four primary
improvement in comminution energy efficiency and the
financial benefits resulting from that improvement.
- Ability of
concepts to be readily adapted to operating plants or
incorporated into the design of new circuits.
- Robustness of the
data analysis and conclusions drawn.
- Extent to which
the paper, article or case study communicates its ideas
clearly and effectively.
your paper, article or case study here. Applications close 15
March 2018 – with winners announced in June 2018.
CEEC CEO Alison Keogh said she was pleased to announce that
applications for the CEEC Medal were open.
“Since the medal was first awarded in 2012, we have continued to
receive a high standard of applications. This year was no
exception,” she said.
“Our Medal Evaluation Committee advised a strong and competitive
pool – with several of the 18 applications potential winners.
“The 2017 CEEC Medal (Operations) winners were Aidan Giblett and
Steven Hart from Newmont. Professor Frank Shi, Dr Weiran Zuo and
Professor Emmy Manlapig from SMI-JKMRC won the 2017 CEEC Medal
“I encourage you to submit published papers, articles or case
studies that capture the excellent comminution work you’ve been
doing around the world.”
CEEC Medal (Operations)
CEEC proudly celebrated outstanding comminution
excellence at MetPlant 2017, when CEEC Chair Joe Pease formally
presented Newmont’s Aidan
Giblett with his CEEC Medal (see photo above).
Fellow 2017 CEEC Medal winner, Newmont colleague and co-author, Steven Hart,
was also proudly acknowledged.
received the 2017 CEEC Medal for their outstanding and inspiring
work outlined in the paper: “Grinding Circuit Practices at
Newmont”, which was delivered at the AusIMM’s Mill Operators
Conference in 2016.
paper highlighted Newmont’s approach to improving grinding
practices across 12 of its operations worldwide, sharing
learnings with colleagues and sites globally, and inspiring and
informing them of the many opportunities available. An
exceptional contribution to the global mining industry’s body of
knowledge, the paper provides practical solutions and clear
guidance on how to improve productivity and efficiency at site,
reducing risks and improving performance.
CEEC Medal (Technical Research)
Researchers from the SMI-JKMRC of The University
of Queensland – Fengnian
(Frank) Shi, Weiran Zuo and Emmy Manlapig
– won the technical research category of the CEEC Medal for their
paper: “Pre-concentration of copper ores by high voltage pulses.
Part 2: Opportunities and challenges”, published by Minerals Engineering
Alison Keogh presented the CEEC Medal to Professor Shi on behalf
of his colleagues at a special presentation at Procemin-Geomet
2017 in Santiago on 6 October.
Shi, Zuo and Manlapig identified that breakage by high-voltage
electrical pulses (HVP) can be used to achieve to selectively
break mineralised particles in preference to gangue. After HVP
processing, ore particles can be screened to produce low and
high-grade ore streams. The novelty of this technique is that it
combines three stages of mineral production in a single process:
(1) the initial stage of comminution, (2) ore weakening (from
earlier work), and (3) selection by grade. This novel ore
pre-concentration technique has the potential to dramatically
reduce comminution and energy requirements and, thereby, improve
mineral production costs.
CEEC has been active around the world this year,
holding events and activities in Chile, Peru and Australia.
CEO Alison Keogh said it was an exciting time for the mining
industry as it moved out of the downturn and looked to targeted
improvement and innovation options. CEEC sought to play a role by
sharing excellence not only in comminution practice, but also in
exciting, complementary efficiency advances in mining and
“We are proud to engage with thought leaders and innovators to
communicate, collaborate and celebrate some exciting advances in
our industry. Innovative advances in comminution and mineral
processing can boost productivity, value, and reduce energy and
water use per unit of mineral or metal produced. And that’s vital
for our industry’s future,” she said.
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- Mining Energy Efficiency and Innovation workshop
More than 40 mining industry professionals, METS
representatives and researchers converged on the Melbourne
Convention and Exhibition Centre for CEEC’s successful Mining
Energy Efficiency and Innovation workshop on 30 October.
Tagged “engaging, collaborative, strategic” by participants, this
stimulating and highly interactive workshop was part of CEEC’s
worldwide program of events delivering practical options for
improvement and innovation across mining. Workshop participants
took away practical improvement ideas that could be implemented
on site, and an understanding of important, industry-changing
innovations and advances.
The workshop was delivered in partnership with Australia’s
largest annual mining conference IMARC, which attracted over
Industry leaders Michelle Ash (Barrick Gold Chief Innovation
Officer) and Dr Mary Stewart (Energetics Chief Operating Officer)
shared practical site improvement options to reduce costs and
improve efficiency, withdeeper understanding of advances changing
the industry. Phil Bangerter discussed NPV uplift opportunities
from energy efficiency and productivity improvements.
CEEC Director and PETRA Data Science Principal Dr Zeljka
Pokrajcic presented case studies on PETRA Data Science’s
engineered data science solutions. The exciting advances are
helping companies predict, optimise and improve their business
across the value chain.
Numbers for the workshop swelled to more than 50 when Ash and
Stewart joined Dan Curry (MMG Las Bambas Transformation Leader),
Sandy Gray (Gekko Systems Co-Founder and Technical Director) and
Susan Thompson (Rio Tinto Growth and Innovation Principal Advisor)
for an engaging panel session. The panel explored global change
and innovation; mining challenges and opportunities across the
world; collaboration between miners, METS and researchers; and
breaking down silos. Workshop participants posed insightful questions
and shared their own experiences in an engaging and informative
PHOTO: Top row – Alison Keogh (CEEC CEO), with CEEC
sponsors in attendance including Evert Lessing (Weir), Nicholas
Bartsch (OZ Minerals), Robert Braun (Ausenco), Zeljka Pokrajcic
(CEEC Director and PETRA Data Science), Mary Stewart (CEEC Director
and Energetics), Noor Crookshanks (Donhad) and Ezio Viti (Eriez).
Seated – Forum panel experts Michelle Ash (Barrick), Sandy Gray
(Gekko Systems), Dan Curry (MMG) and Susan Thompson (Rio Tinto),
with facilitator Phil Bangerter.
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