Educational Short Courses

SME Short Courses cover a broad range of topical areas within the minerals industry. The courses are taught by highly regarded industry experts. SME short courses are designed to meet the continuing education needs of SME members and other professionals in the industry. They provide concise information in an easily referenced format for study following the onsite course.

All course fees include morning and afternoon coffee breaks, lunch, course materials, PDH and a certificate of completion. Short Courses will be held at the Colorado Convention Center.

Two Day Courses
Saturday and Sunday, February 18-19, 2017 | 9:00am - 5:00pm
Denver Convention Center

Gold Processing Practices: Fundamentals, Plant Operations and Optimization

$595 Member · $695 Nonmember · $495 Student Member

The course will cover both the theory and practice of gold and silver processing. The content is designed to provide practicing metallurgists with knowledge and tools to assist in design, operation and optimization of gold processing circuits. Plant metallurgists, senior metallurgists, consultants and design engineers new to, or already working in the gold industry who wish to upgrade/refresh their knowledge on current best practice should attend.

Senior technical staff may also benefit from attending the course. The course incorporates theory and practice, building from the knowledge and practical experiences that the presenters have acquired over the past 30 years, including fundamental understanding of various unit processes, engineering/design considerations, and tools for optimization process circuits.

Course Content
  • Mineralogy of Gold and Silver
  • Comminution Circuits in the Gold Industry
  • Gravity Recovery
  • Flotation in the Gold and Copper/Gold Industry
  • Refractory Gold Ore Treatments
  • Cyanide Leaching including Heap and Agitated Leaching
  • Cyanide Leaching
  • Carbon Adsorption Circuits (CIP/CIL)
  • Fouling , Regeneration, and Elution of Activated Carbon
  • Electrowinning/Smelting
  • Cyanide destruction/recovery
  • Troubleshooting/Optimization
  • Robert Dunne, Western Australian School of Mines, Curtin University, Perth Australia
  • Bill Staunton, Western Australian School of Mines, Curtin University, Perth Australia

Mine to Mill Process Optimization

$495 Member · $595 Nonmember · $395 Student Member

Mining and processing operations involve a variety of steps, each with their own attributes and requirements for efficiency. However, in some cases the conditions required to optimize any one of these steps may be counterproductive for the achievement of optimization in another. An approach is therefore warranted in which conditions for each step are varied so as to achieve global optimization.

The Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre at the University of Queensland has been involved in implementing such a holistic methodology “Mine to Mill Process Optimization” to maximize the overall profitability of mining operations. The objective of this methodology is to develop and implement site-specific mining and milling strategies to maximize the operations profitability in a sustainable manner.

This workshop explains the methodology and discusses in detail the critical aspects to successfully implement it in a sustainable manner. Benefits of such an approach on the energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and the overall costs and benefits of an operation will be explained using case studies.

The objective of this workshop is to increase the awareness and communication between mining engineers and metallurgists to work collaboratively to improve the overall profitability of their operations. This workshop is aimed for drill and blast engineers, mine superintendents, metallurgists, plan superintendents, mine managers, concentrator managers, general managers, asset optimization managers and business improvement managers - personnel responsible to improve the overall productivity of operations.

Course Content
  • Mine-mill Philosophy
  • Drilling and Blasting: Impact on Downstream
  • Introduction to Crushing and Grinding
  • Introduction to Floatation and Recovery
  • Rock Breakage during Blasting
  • Rock Breakage in Crushing and Grinding
  • Rock Characteristics for M2M Purposes
  • Drill and Blast Process audit
  • Mill Surveys
  • Blast Modeling
  • Plant Modeling
  • Integration of Models and Simulations
  • Mine to Mill Case Studies
  • Sarma S Kanchibotla, JKTech Pty Ltd, Brisbane QLD Australia
  • Sebastian Tello, JKTech Pty Ltd, Brisbane QLD Australia

Mine Waste Management, Tailings and Waste Rock: Technologies and Techniques

$495 Member · $595 Nonmember · $395 Student Member

Mine waste management is an integral part of mining operations. Different strategies for the management of tailings and waste rock are being developed to mitigate environmental impacts, decrease costs and help reach the mining company’s sustainability goals. The intent of this short course is to provide the audience with the latest technologies and techniques in mine waste management. The short course will first present the current concepts employed in today’s modern mines to manage tailings; process tailings to different dewatered states, to a thickened non-segregating, paste or filter cake consistency. The short course will then show how these processed tailings can be deposited in pit or combined with waste rock in some cases in co-disposal, co-mingling and paste rock applications. Strategic planning for closure and dam stability will form a part of these discussions. The advantages and disadvantages of these mine waste disposal techniques will be discussed along with the technologies required to process the tailings and waste rock.

Current trends in backfilling will also be a topic within this short course. Case studies will be used to demonstrate the advantages of these techniques. Emphasis will be on the practical aspects of the mine waste facility and tailings processing plant operations, systems and procedures, based on our experience in design, construction, commissioning and operation of such systems. The design of mine waste management systems involves a multi-disciplinary team. On the deposition side, on site selection, dam design and water management, expertise in the areas of geochemistry, hydrology, water resources, hydrogeology and geotechnical engineering are required, with careful consideration on the environmental and social aspects of the mine waste facility. On the tailings processing side with transporting and dewatering tailings, a diverse team of engineers, fully conversant in process, mechanical, pipeline, electrical, instrumentation and structural engineering is required. In all cases, a thorough understanding of the tailings and waste rock properties is essential to the successful, holistic implementation of the mine waste solution.

Course Content
  • Dewatering Continuum: Deposition and Processing of Thickened Tailings, Paste and Filter Cake – Considerations and Examples
  • Dewatering Equipment (Different Thickener and Filtration Equipment) – In Depth Look at the Key Features: Differences, Energy Consumption, Water Consumption and Controls
  • Tailings Transportation (Different Pumps and Conveying Options) – In Depth Look at the Key Features: Differences, Energy Consumption and Controls
  • Dam Design Considerations (Upstream/Downstream/Centerline), Instrumentation, Monitoring, Background Studies
  • Tailings Deposition Strategies with Thickened Tailings, Paste and Filter Cake Tailings Management Philosophy– the Does and Don’ts
  • Engineering Requirements in TSF Design – Investigations and Studies that Need to Take Place
  • Testing Requirement: Tailings Process and Geotechnical
  • Operations, Safety and Training: Dewatering and Pumping Systems
  • Operations, Safety and Training: Tailings Storage Facilities
  • Trends in Tailings Management Techniques. The Benefits of Paste RockTM, Co-Mingling, Co-Disposal and Paste Backfill
  • Chris Lee, Golder Associates
  • Pierre Primeau, Golder Associates
  • Isaac Ahmed, Golder Associates
  • Matt Malgesini, Golder Associates
  • Benjamin Schmidt, Golder Associates
  • Dennis Rugg, Golder Associates

Optimization with Risk Management in Strategic Mining Planning: from Single Mines to Mining Complexes and Mineral Value Chains under Uncertain Metal Supply

$495 Member · $595 Nonmember · $395 Student Member

Growing volatility and uncertainty in global metal markets highlight the need to focus, now more than ever, on new technologies that can add significant value to mine plans, mining and mineral value chains, as well as asset valuation. This two-day course presents the new generation of applied technologies that take mine planning and production scheduling optimization, and asset valuation to a new level: Simultaneous optimization of mining complexes - mineral value chains with uncertainty. Uncertainty refers to material supply (material types and grades) from mines quantified with geostatistical simulations. Demand uncertainty (markets) is also examined, as part of strategic risk management.

A mining complex – mineral value chain refers to the integration of mining and processing operations with multiple pits and/or underground mines, multiple metals or minerals, stockpiles, blending options and alternative processing streams to yield sellable products delivered to various customers and/or spot market. Simultaneous optimization of mining complexes aims to generate a production schedule for the various mines and processing streams that maximizes the economic value of the enterprise as a whole, in terms of market value of metal product(s) market value. Emphasis is placed on the downstream applications pertinent to the feasibility, design, development and planning stages of mining ventures, as well as in the financial optimization of relevant aspects of operations and production. Computer workshops introduce participants to the practical aspects of the technologies taught in the lectures.

This course is excellent for mining engineers, mine planners, mine geologists, project managers, resource analysts, involved in feasibility studies, development and operations, interested in new technologies for risk management and optimal decision support.

Course Content

Participants will:

  • Understand how to quantify and utilize grade/tonnage/metal uncertainty and variability
  • Learn about new efficient simulation methods for modelling orebodies and how to utilise the results in pertinent mining applications
  • Understand how to use quantified orebody risk in ore reserve estimation, mine planning and design, and mineral project valuation
  • Learn about the new stochastic mine planning framework for life-of-mine optimization
  • Learn about the simultaneous stochastic optimization of mining complexes and mineral value chains with supply uncertainty
  • Be exposed to actual industry examples and comparisons, and diverse applications from gold and copper mines to iron ore and nickel laterites
  • Understand how to deal with blending and non-linear geo-metallurgical interactions in the processing streams as materials are transformed from bulk material to refined products.
  • Be introduced to the optimization of mining complexes with joint supply (raw materials) and demand (markets)
  • Participate in hands-on computer workshops using real case studies and learn the applied aspects of how to define and simultaneous optimize mining complexes
  • The final stage of the course is a series of computer workshops that introduces to participants new powerful software. Data and software remains with the participants. Workshops include:
    • Quantification of supply risk: Simulation of a mineral deposit and quantification of risk from resource uncertainty and variability
    • Step-by-step simultaneous optimization of a copper-gold mining complex
One Day Courses
Sunday, February 19, 2017 | 9:00am - 5:00pm
Denver Convention Center

Mine Backfill Technology

$395 Member · $495 Nonmember · $295 Student Member

Backfill is an integral part of modern underground mine design and operation. This one-day workshop, which precedes the 12th International Symposium on Mining with Backfill, will provide participants with an understanding of the key issues related to cost effective backfill system design and operation. The workshop scope includes Mining with Backfill, Geomechanics, Backfill Plants and Distribution Systems, Cement Chemistry, Barricade Design, Management Systems and case studies from operating mines. The workshop, presented by eight international experts, will conclude with a round table discussion exploring the essential factors for a successful backfill system.

Course Content
  • Backfill Geomechanics
  • Systems Design approach to Mining with Backfill
  • Paste Backfill Plant Design and Operation
  • Backfill Distribution Systems
  • Cement Chemistry
  • Barricade design – Basics, Analysis Approaches, Instrumentation and Case Studies
  • Backfill System Management
  • Making it work
  • Round Table Discussion
  • Robert Cooke, Paterson & Cooke USA, Ltd., coordinates a team of instructors.

Earn Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

For each technical session and short course you attend, you can earn Professional Development Hours. To take advantage of this, simply select PDH Tracking during registration. The fee is $25 for PDH tracking. Each contact hour of professional development equals one PDH. The system is self-reporting and kiosks will be available onsite.