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AMIRA Newsflash - FEBRUARY 2017

Recent news from AMIRA International featuring the following topics:

  1. AMIRA International P9Q – a truly global project!

  2. The kickoff meeting for the P9Q Project was held on 8th February 2017 and was attended by representatives from all 9 sponsors and 6 researchers from around the world. The meeting was the beginning of a three year project which will deliver validated multi-component equipment models that will run in the Integrated Extraction Simulator (IES). The models to be delivered are... (read more)

  3. AMIRA International P9Q - the next stage

  4. The AMIRA P9Q project has been developed to respond to the current commodity price and global economic environment by offering a project focused on delivery to assist mining companies to deliver cost savings and operational improvement in the near term at mine sites and in mineral processing plants. (read more)

  5. Gold Processing Technology Course - Kalgoorlie

  6. AMIRA International is pleased to be associated with a 2-day course to be run by the AMIRA P420F Gold Processing Technology Group at Curtin University that will provide attendees with an understanding of the fundamentals and practical applications involved in gold processing with a particular emphasis on plant optimisation. Topics covered will include mineralogy, gravity recovery, flotation, cyanide leaching, CIP operations, carbon management, elution, electrowinning and smelting and refractory ore treatments. The course is open to the whole industry and participants will have the opportunity to discuss their plant practices and problems. (read more)

  7. Exploration Geoscience R&D - AMIRA International presenting at PDAC, Toronto

  8. This will be an opportunity to hear about how AMIRA International is working with stakeholders of the global exploration industry to improve exploration success. (read more)

 


AMIRA Newsflash - JANUARY 2017

Recent news from AMIRA International featuring the following topics:

  1. P1183 Heap Leach Roadmap towards the Next Generation of collaborative heap leach technology and operations

  2. Heap leaching is a very important part of many mining companies’ portfolio of options for economic development of low grade ore reserves. In the current hard economic times with cutbacks in both personnel and budgets, collaboration to address common issues focusing on heap leaching can provide significant return on investment. (read more)

  3. P1167 In Situ Metal Recovery Roadmap – a global industry initiative

  4. In Situ Metal Recovery (ISMR) has the potential to be a key enabling technology in the minerals industry, with the intention of extracting value from otherwise uneconomic mineral resources. To make this ideal a reality, a number of key technical hurdles need to be overcome. Unravelling some of the fundumental physio-chemical processes, as well as the development of various novel technologies, is still required for successful appliction of ISMR technology and this is considered to be a daunting task for individual companies. (read more)

  5. AMIRA International P1158: Process design options for refractory sulfide gold concentrates

  6. A significant contemporary challenge for many gold mining companies is to define economic process options for treating refractory and “double refractory” gold ore bodies. Refractory gold ores are those that do not yield high gold recoveries in conventional cyanide-leaching circuits, even when the ore is finely ground. (read more)

  7. Hackathon - Build the world’s first ‘end2end’ multiplayer 3D Virtual Mining Rehearsal Environment video game

  8. The Centre for Applied Neuroscience in Business has joined forces with the Sustainable Minerals Institute of the University of Queensland to hold a Hackathon on Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th February on the UQ campus in Brisbane. We are working with the Director of SMI, Neville Plint, a former Chair of AMIRA International and VP of Innovation at AngloAmerican’s Centre for Experiential Learning in Johannesburg.   We are challenging the SMI students and faculty, leading programmer groups and Mining Industry participants to jointly develop and build the world’s first ‘end2end’ multiplayer 3D Virtual Mining Rehearsal Environment video game. (read more)

 


Sharing the Benefits - AMIRA Newsletter

Sharing The Benefits is an AMIRA International Quarterly publication which round up of project digests, news from our Members, updates on international research and topical discussions.

Edition: December 2016 - Issue 44
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  1. Editorial - AMIRA International’s push to expand in non-technical areas
  2. Dr Electrowinning helps diagnose Electrowinning Disorders to drive optimal Operational Efficiencies and Cost Reductions
  3. New Technology Breakthrough for Dust Mitigation
  4. AMIRA’s P1152 Bayer Precipitation and Alumina Quality project has come to a successful completion!
  5. Operational Geometallurgy P1188
  6. P1196 Application of ColdBlock Digestion Technology for Gold Assay and Base Metal Determination
  1. Special Paper: Bringing Mining into the Third Millennium (Article 2)
  2. AMIRA International Exploration Under Cover Roadmap: programmes in design phase
  3. AMIRA International response to: From Copper to Innovation: Technological Roadmap 2015 – 2035
  4. AMIRA International MD gives an address on waste at Minas e Mineraçao no Seculo xxi
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AMIRA Newsflash - SEPTEMBER 2016

Recent news from AMIRA International featuring the following topics:

  1. AMIRA International's project under development - Multispectral GPR for rock characterisation under cover – Stage 1

  2. A very interesting workshop about ground penetrating radar (GPR) technology was held in Perth on 23 September 2016. The workshop, presented by Dr Jan Francke (see bio below) of International Groundradar Consulting, was organised by ASEG WA Branch. The presentation was excellent for several reasons. Jan is very knowledgeable in the area of ground penetrating radar, and he is a skilled speaker, to boot. (read more)

  3. In-situ metal recovery; the future of hard rock mining?

  4. Much has been written about the state of the industry, particularly about declining ore grades and the decline in the discovery of new tier-one ore bodies. Projections for the future of mining demonstrate the need to economically recover valuable mineral resources/metals that are, lower in grade, smaller in size, deeper than before, hard rock mineralisation and remote in location, to name but a few of the issues. (read more)

  5. SPECIAL ONE-DAY COURSE ORGANIZED BY AMIRA INTERNATIONAL - "BIG DATA ANALYTICS WORKSHOP: THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE MINING INDUSTRY"

  6. The Big Data Analytics industry currently generates AU$40B for providers, but a much smaller return when it comes to value to client organisations. Nobody can afford to not play the Big Data game, but as yet no-one knows how to win. This one-day workshop is all about resolving this contradiction. When identifying problems or opportunities inside organisations, we are often guilty of measuring what is easy to measure rather that which is important. There is a general assumption that the things we ought to measure – how engaged are staff? How resilient is the organisation? How good is our IP? How likely is disruption of our industry? How much do our customers trust us? – aren’t measured because they can’t be measured. This one-day masterclass builds on a fifteen year programme of research designed to specifically create reliable, repeatable ways of measuring the previously unmeasurable. Now validated through a host of client engagements, the class provides delegates with a series of measurement strategies and approaches to overcome the traditional problems associated with Big Data Analytics – how do we distinguish between what people say and what they mean? How do we identify false or misleading data? How do we translate measurement to actionable insight? How do we solve the chicken-and-egg problem of not knowing what to measure because we don’t know what will be important in the emerging future? (read more)

  7. 3rd annual international mining and resources conference (imarc) – register now

  8. The 3rd annual International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) returns to Melbourne, 7-10 November 2016. Bringing together over 2500 mining leaders, policy makers, financiers, technical experts, innovators and educators to hear from over 200 international speakers for four days of learning, deal-making and unparalleled networking. (read more)

 

AMIRA Newsflash - AUGUST 2016

News from AMIRA featuring the following topics:

  1. AMIRA International's SMART-Dam project - Know your Tailings Dams Deeper

  2. AMIRA International has an exciting new project working with the British Geological Survey on applying electrical resistance tomography in an automatic volumetric 3D time-lapse (essentially 4D) ground imaging system for remote monitoring of tailings dams. This technology will assess the internal condition of dam structures on a continuous 24/7 basis and provide early warning of deterioration, leakage or imminent failure of tailings storage facilities.. (read more)

  3. Interoperability Round Table – secure your spot now! - AMIRA International's P1025A project

  4. If your company has issues with the integration and orchestration of processes, systems and data, you should be considering participation in the AMIRA International P1025A Interoperability Round table! (read more)

  5. AMIRA International's P1185 IMPTEC Super Fine Crusher (SFC) Technology – Ore Amenability and Processing Benefits

  6. It is well-acknowledged that the major energy consumption in mineral processing is due to comminution. Mineral particle size reduction is essential to adequate mineral liberation for efficient value recovery and final concentrate grade. Reducing the energy needed for both primary and regrind comminution can yield enormous savings and can, potentially, be the difference that allows economic processing hurdles to be met for new resource development. (read more)

  7. SPECIAL ONE-DAY COURSE ORGANIZED BY AMIRA INTERNATIONAL - "BIG DATA ANALYTICS WORKSHOP: THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE MINING INDUSTRY"

  8. The Big Data Analytics industry currently generates AU$40B for providers, but a much smaller return when it comes to value to client organisations. Nobody can afford to not play the Big Data game, but as yet no-one knows how to win. This one-day workshop is all about resolving this contradiction. When identifying problems or opportunities inside organisations, we are often guilty of measuring what is easy to measure rather that which is important. There is a general assumption that the things we ought to measure – how engaged are staff? How resilient is the organisation? How good is our IP? How likely is disruption of our industry? How much do our customers trust us? – aren’t measured because they can’t be measured. This one-day masterclass builds on a fifteen year programme of research designed to specifically create reliable, repeatable ways of measuring the previously unmeasurable. Now validated through a host of client engagements, the class provides delegates with a series of measurement strategies and approaches to overcome the traditional problems associated with Big Data Analytics – how do we distinguish between what people say and what they mean? How do we identify false or misleading data? How do we translate measurement to actionable insight? How do we solve the chicken-and-egg problem of not knowing what to measure because we don’t know what will be important in the emerging future? (read more)

 

Sharing the Benefits - AMIRA Newsletter

Sharing The Benefits is a round up of project digests, news from our Members, updates on international research and topical discussions. It is issued four times a year and can be delivered in hard copy or as a pdf.

Edition: July 2016 - Issue 43
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  1. Editorial - Australia Needs a National Mining Industry Strategy
  2. AMIRA International Board updates
  3. Researchers address the AMIRA International Board
  4. A new AMIRA International project P1025A - “Interoperability Round Table” is open for sponsorship
  5. P1184 - SMART-Dam: Subsurface monitoring and remote assessment technology for resilient tailings dams
  6. Exploration Under Cover Roadmap Status
  1. Special Paper: UAVs – a disruptive technology
  2. Special Paper: Bringing Mining into the Third Millennium
  3. Special One-day Course – “Big Data Analytics Workshop”
  4. IMARC 2016 - Register Now
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AMIRA Newsflash - MAY 2016

Recent news from AMIRA featuring the following topics:

  1. AMIRA to host a Geometallurgy Project “Info Breakfast” in Perth on June 16th

  2. AMIRA International is currently collaborating with the University of Cape Town and other leading research institutions and partners in the geometallurgy space to develop a collaborative research project titled “AMIRA P1188 - Operational Geometallurgy – a pathway to operational resilience.” (read more...)

  3. AMIRA’s P1025 summary report on Interoperability for Surface Mining Equipment has officially been released.

  4. The follow up Phase 2 project P1025A is currently open for sponsorship by mining companies, contract mine operators, government agencies and research organisations. (read more)

  5. AMIRA p1162a - ROADMAP FOR EXPLORATION UNDER COVER ENTERS STAGE 2

  6. The AMIRA Roadmap for Exploration Under Cover is a bold and collaborative initiative. It is a call-to-arms to all Australian minerals industry and geoscience stakeholders to address the challenges associated with exploration in the under-cover search space to improve exploration performance. Roadmap recommendations provide a blueprint for implementing the pre-competitive geoscience and applied geoscience research objectives building on themes identified by UNCOVER and the National Mineral Exploration Strategy developed by the Geoscience working group of the Standing Council on Energy and Resources as part of COAG (Council of Australian Governments). (read more)

  7. AMIRA’s MANAGING DIRECTOR TO ADDRESS THE Australia - India Joint Workshop

  8. Joe Cucuzza, Managing Director of AMIRA International, will be addressing the Australia - India Joint Workshop on Advancing Research Cooperation on “AMIRA's model of collaboration - Bridging the gap between industry and academia”. (read more)

  9. CET "Future of Minerals Exploration" Scenarios Workshops

  10. John Sykes has planned two public scenario workshops on 15th-17th June and again on 29th June-1st July 2016. These form part of John's PhD research, but are of wider strategic interest to the CET, minerals companies and the associated research community. The workshops will take an interdisciplinary approach to investigating the future of minerals exploration, including both the exploration targets of the future and the explorers of the future. (read more)

  11. AMIRA’s P1150 “Moisture measurement and control/reduction for Iron Ore conveyor systems” Project team visited Roy Hill’s mine site.

  12. After a successful 3rd Sponsor review meeting held in Perth on the 10th May 2016 the project team headed to the Pilbara – to visit the mine and processing plant of one of the largest iron ore producers in Australia – Roy Hill. (read more)

  13. 3rd annual international mining and resources conference (imarc) – register now

  14. The 3rd annual International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) returns to Melbourne, 7-10 November 2016. Bringing together over 2500 mining leaders, policy makers, financiers, technical experts, innovators and educators to hear from over 200 international speakers for four days of learning, deal-making and unparalleled networking. (read more)

 

AMIRA Newsflash - APRIL 2016

Recent news from AMIRA featuring the following topics:

  1. Gold Technology Short Courses add even greater value to P420 Sponsorships

  2. Curtin University (WASM) Gold Technology Group in association with AMIRA International have teamed up to offer AMIRA P420E and F project sponsors the opportunity to participate free of charge in 2 separate short courses on May 28th and on June 1 2016. (read more...)

  3. AMIRA International Board Meeting, Cocktail Function and “Ideas Factory”

  4. The Board of AMIRA International met in Melbourne this month. April 2016 marks 56 years and seven months since the Australian Mineral Industries Research Association was incorporated in Melbourne on 2 September 1959. Accompanying the Board meeting were a number of special events. (read more)

 

Sharing the Benefits - AMIRA Newsletter

Edition: March 2016 - Issue 42
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  1. Editorial - The uptake of new or emerging technologies can fail spectacularly – Why?
  2. The worlds largest base metal electrowinning research project, AMIRA P705C, continues its Technology Transfer initiatives in Laos
  3. Data Metallogenica’s new Spectral Analysis Feature
  4. The Dangerous Downside of Busts: Loss of knowledge
  5. SMART-Dam collaboration has potential to provide early warnings to prevent catastrophic tailings dam failures
  6. South Australia Drill Core Reference Library Industry Showcase
  1. Dust minimisation strategies for pit to port material handling systems
  2. P9Q: Translating research to industry tools: Validated Multi-Component Mineral Processing Simulator
  3. Historical Papers – “Exploration Research and the state of Geoscience in Australia" – S.M. Richards, then Managing Director, Aberfoyle Limited
  4. CEEC Corner - The link between operational practices and specific energy consumption in metal ore milling plants – Ontario experiences
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AMIRA Newsflash - FEBRUARY 2016

Recent news from AMIRA featuring the following topics:

  1. INDABA and GMSG attended by AMIRA MD

  2. AMIRA’s managing director, Mr. Joe Cucuzza, was in attendance at Africa’s largest mining event – Mining Indaba held in Cape Town, South Africa between 8-11 February. Mr. Cucuzza discussed technology ideas and opportunities focusing on AMIRA International’s Africa project portfolio including the West African Exploration Initiative (WAXI). He found the conference decidedly downbeat. Fewer delegates and fewer exhibitors compared to previous year - the vast majority of the latter were Suppliers who needed to show the flag. (read more...)

  3. AMIRA P9Q - Translating Research to Industry tools: Validated Multi-Component Mineral Processing Simulator

  4. Mining companies are responding to the price adjustment in commodities markets by implementing cost savings and operational improvement in mineral processing plants. As a result projects focussing on operational improvement must produce tangible bottom line results within an 18 to 24 month timeframe in order to attract investment funding and management attention. (read more)

  5. AMIRA P420F Enhancing Gold Mining Economics: Improving Processing and extending Reserves

  6. is the next iteration of the very successful Gold Technology Program being run through Curtin University in Perth. The AMIRA P420 Gold Processing Technology Project has been running for 28 years and focussed on gold metallurgy research. The project has made significant contributions to the understanding of many gold recovery processes and has developed a range of tools that can support metallurgical process engineers in understanding, optimising, managing and upgrading their plants and even in designing new plants. (read more)

 

Sharing the Benefits - AMIRA Newsletter

Sharing The Benefits is a round up of project digests, news from our Members, updates on international research and topical discussions. It is issued four times a year and can be delivered in hard copy or as a pdf.

Edition: December 2015 - Issue 41
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  1. Editorial - What does collaboration really mean?
  2. AMIRA and MIRO sign MOU
  3. AMIRA welcomes new Directors
  4. From MINING BOOM to IDEAS BOOM
  5. Professor Alicia Clark - Legacy of 53 years of Industry Funded Collaborative Research in P9 and Where to Now?
  6. P9Q: Translating research to industry tools: Validated Multi-Component Mineral Processing Simulator
  1. P9Q: Translating research to industry tools: Validated Multi-Component Mineral Processing Simulator
  2. P1162A - Unlocking Australia's hidden mineral potential, Stage 2: Implementing the Roadmap Findings
  3. AMIRA launches a new Global Roadmapping initiative
  4. HISTORICAL PAPER: “Cutting new ground” – Richard Laufmann and and Wojciech Ozga - Sept 1993
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AMIRA Newsflash - September 2015

Recent news from AMIRA featuring the following topics:

  1. AMIRA P1025 "Interoperability" project successfully kicks-off
  2. Visit the AMIRA exhibit at the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) Conference in Hobart, Tasmania
  3. IMARC 2015: Special discounts for AMIRA Members and Early Bird discount for registrations prior to 18 September

 

AMIRA Newsflash - August 2015

Recent news from AMIRA featuring the following topics:

  1. Companies, large and small, teaming up to look at interoperability across the minerals value chain
  2. P705C - Improving Base Metal Electrowinning holds successful meeting and workshop in Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA
  3. AMIRA Roadmap for Exploration Under Cover : Stage 2 - The next phase
  4. Data Metallogenica enters a new exciting stage with inclusion of Spectral Measurements
  5. IMARC 2015: Special Discount for AMIRA members wishing to attend
  6. CEEC efficiency curve workshop - CEEC Director: Call for Expression of Interest

 

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AMIRA's Low Grade Copper Portfolio

AMIRA International has responded to the industry need to develop improved processing methods for economic recovery of low grade copper, by initiating the development of a number projects within its Low Grade Copper portfolio. This action was motivated by a number of factors including: the large, and growing, inventory of low grade copper resources that fall below the cut-off grade for conventional concentrate production, and the significant economic impact successfully implemented new technology would have on low grade copper resources.

The AMIRA International Low Grade Copper Portfolio comprises a number of related projects aimed at significantly changing the economic viability of the large inventory of ore resources that are just below the economic cut-off grade for conventional processing. The projects in the Low Grade Copper project are:


  1. P1134 - Heap Leach Scale-up for Liquid and Gas Dispersion
  2. P1135 - Continuous Saturated Coarse Particle (Vat) Leaching
  3. P1136 - In Situ Fracture Stimulation and Leaching
  4. P1129 - Micro-Capsule Leaching

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