Short Courses

Educational Short Courses

Saturday & Sunday, February 22-23, 2020 | Phoenix Convention Center

SME Short Courses are developed specifically for the minerals professional. These courses provide professional development that is part of the path to a successful career. Take advantage of the short courses offered in conjunction with MineXchange 2020 Annual Conference & Expo and enhance your career trajectory.

All Courses include:

  • Course Materials
  • PDH credit
  • Coffee Breaks
  • Lunch

To view the schedule, please select a day from the left hand column.
*All short course dates and times are subject to change. Please check back often for the latest updates.


Three-day Course

February 21-23, 2020 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
$895 Member | $995 Nonmember

Certified Mine Safety Professional Review Course


Planning to pursue the Certified Mine Safety Professional (CMSP) credential, and looking for something to jump start your preparations? This three-day course is designed to provide a high-level review of the CMSP Body of Knowledge.

Attend this course to:
  • Refresh your foundational safety and health knowledge
  • Assess your strength and weakness around CMSP domains
  • Determine areas for further study
  • Gain confidence in your abilities
  • Network with others interested in pursuing the CMSP

Subject Matter
This 3-day review will cover the CMSP Body of Knowledge. The Body of Knowledge covers five primary domains including:

  • Fundamental Knowledge of Science & Engineering (10 questions)
  • Leadership, Organization & Culture (15 questions)
  • Safety, Health & Risk Management (50 questions)
  • Management Systems, Regulations & Assurance (15 questions)
  • Professional Skills, Conduct & Ethics (10 questions)

It is important to note that this is a review course. It is not an introduction to any of the topics covered. Its purpose is to provide an overall review of the CMSP Body of Knowledge. You should be familiar and comfortable with the fundamentals of domestic and international mine safety & health best practices to get the most out of this review/preparation. Instructors do not know the contents of the exam nor do they submit questions for the exam.

Two-day Courses

February 22-23, 2020 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
$500 Member | $610 Nonmember |$400 Student Member

A Comparison of the New SEC Regulation S-K 1300 on Modernization of Property Disclosures for Mining Registrants to Canadian National Instrument 43-101

Day 1

  • The regulatory scene in the US and Canada
  • The multi-jurisdictional disclosure system
  • Background to the introduction of S-K 1300
  • Timeline for compliance with S-K 1300
  • Summary comparison of IG 7 to S-K 1300 to NI 43-101
  • Definition of key terms within S-K 1300
  • Qualified Person concept
  • Disclosure and estimation of:
    • Exploration results
    • Exploration targets
    • Mineral resources
    • Mineral reserves
  • Mining studies:
    • Content requirements and purpose of studies
    • Initial assessment
    • Pre-feasibility study
    • Feasibility study

Day 2

  • Requirements and content needed for:
    • Summary property disclosure
    • Individual property disclosure
  • Internal controls
  • Triggers for filing of Technical Report Summary under S-K 1300 vs NI 43-101 Technical Report in Canada
  • Discussion on different types of Technical Report Summaries required, depending on property stage
  • Technical Report Summary content versus NI 43-101 Technical Report content


Greg Gosson

Greg has 35 plus years in mining industry; five years as Chief Mining Advisor of the BC Securities Commission; Led the project to revise NI 43-101 in 2005; Involved in drafting legislation on Civil Liability under BC Securities Act, and NI 51-102 Continuous Disclosure Obligations; Former chair, current member of the Mining Technical Advisory and Monitoring Committee on NI 43-101: industry advisory group to the Canadian securities regulators; Member of the PDAC Securities Committee; Member of the CIM Committee on Mineral Resources and Reserves (and Best Practices); Member of the CIM‐CSA Working Committee on NI 43-101; 12 years as Technical Director, Geology & Compliance with Wood, formerly AMEC/Amec Foster Wheeler.

Stella Searston
Stella has 30 plus years in mining industry; Registered Member of the SME, Fellow of the AusIMM, Member of the AIG; Member of the SME Resources and Reserves committee, which is focusing on Regulation S-K 1300 support for industry in the run-up to compulsory compliance with the new regulation; Involved in technical reviews, audits, and specialist studies such as due diligence and governance/compliance appraisals; Participated in and peer reviewed major mining studies (scoping, PEA, PFS, FS); Prepared technical aspects of listing and filing documents, independent expert and competent person reports for various exchanges, including AIM, HKEx, ASX, JSE, NYSE, as well as the Canadian TSX and TSXV; Preparation, review and compilation of NI 43-101 Technical Reports, with more than 360 such reports completed to date.

New Digital Technologies and Risk Management in Strategic Mine Planning:
Smart mining complexes and mineral value chains under uncertain metal supply and market demand


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 integrated into the new digital technologies for life-of-mine planning, as part of strategic risk management. Finally, the course presents new developments towards a self-learning mining complex based on joint artificial intelligence, optimization and simulation approaches capitalizing on new incoming sensor and production data.


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, including new approaches for real-time schedule updating based on reinforcement learning.

Computer workshops introduce participants to the practical aspects of the technologies taught in the lectures.

Participents will:

  • Discover how and why risk-based models create value and opportunities
  • Learn about new efficient simulation methods for modelling orebodies and how to utilize the results in pertinent mining applications
  • Understand how to use quantified orebody risk in 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 optimization of mining complexes and mineral value chains with supply and demand 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 exposed to new developments and approaches for real-time production planning based on deep reinforcement learning
  • 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 participants to 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 life-of-mine optimization of a copper-gold mining complex

Please note: It is strongly recommended that participants bring a laptop and are able to install the programs to be used.
This course is for mining engineers, mine planners, mine geologists, project managers, resource analysts, involved in feasibility studies, strategic planning, development and operations, interested in new digital technologies for risk management and optimal decision support. Participants are not required to have prior background on the course topic.



Roussos Dimitrakopoulos, Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier I) in Sustainable Mineral Resource Development and Optimization under Uncertainty
McGill University

One Day Courses

February 23, 2020 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
$400 Member | $510 Nonmember |$300 Student Member

Mining Financial Modeling


This course is of value since it teaches participants how to build a best-in-class model of a mining project. This is a very important skill in evaluating the economics mining projects. The course is designed for people with a working knowledge of mining and basic understanding of financial concepts. This is an interactive, hands-on course that is case-based and uses an example of a company developing a new mining project. Participants will be working on an Excel template and will leave the course with a completed mining model.

Issues related to mining, milling and processing will be covered. A powerful scenario page is included in the model to test sensitivities to key drivers. The model also includes detailed schedules for mining sequencing, production, operating costs and capital costs. Valuation concepts will be reviewed including project cash flow and net present value.


Duncan McKeen, Principal
The Marquee Group, Toronto, ON, Canada

Fundamentals of Mineral and Metallurgical Processing


This short course is open to anyone wanting to learn about mineral processing and extractive metallurgy operations. It is good as a refresher or introductory course and particularly targets mining and geological engineering professionals. In this regard, the course begins with simple concepts such as sampling, analysis (mineralogical, chemical and size), material balances and smelter schedules. It then introduces attendees to processing methods and equipment, particularly those utilized in the mining industry (but also the recycling industry as well). Various unit operations are reviewed including comminution (crushing, grinding, screening and classification), mineral separations (flotation, magnetic, gravity and electrostatic), and metal production and purification (hydrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy and electrometallurgy) as well as environmental management (dewatering, tailings disposal, as well as waste treatment for water, dust and air). Flowsheets of typical operations are reviewed throughout with implications on flowsheet development.

History, Definitions, Mineral Properties, Basic Processing, Mass Balancing and Blending; Recovery-Grade Curves, Flowsheets and Unit Operations, Smelter Schedules, Particle Size, Comminution, Sizing, Sampling, and Analysis.

Solid-Liquid Separation ‐ Thickening, Filtering, Centrifuging and Drying; Mineral Separation by Gravity, Magnetic, Electrostatic and Flotation: Hydrometallurgy Separation by Leaching, Solvent Extraction, Resin Adsorption, Precipitation and Electrowinning; Pyrometallurgy Separation by Calcining, Roasting, Smelting, Refining and Fused-Salt Electrolysis.


Courtney Young, Montana Tech, Bute, MT
Corby G. Anderson, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO

Implementing Autonomous Systems, GMG


This short course will speak to the Global Mining Guideline Group’s Guideline for Implementing Autonomous Systems in Mining, which aims to communicate and educate using current industry practices and common terms of reference and provides guidance on justifying, planning, developing, testing, implementing, and executing autonomous systems. This short course is for all practitioners involved in or considering implementing autonomous systems.
The mining industry is increasingly embracing automation as a safety and productivity enabler and as a critical factor in making future mining methods sustainable. Successfully implementing autonomous systems adds clear value: it can improve safety, increase production efficiency, and lower maintenance costs. Implementing autonomous systems also presents new challenges such as security and safety risks and workforce and workflow changes.
This implementation guideline provides mining companies, OEMs, OTMs, third-party solution providers, system integrators, regulators, and other stakeholders with the tools necessary to move forward with autonomous mining projects. The guideline serves as a first step, assisting companies implementing autonomous mining projects ranging from single autonomous vehicles and hybrid fleets to highly autonomous fleets. It includes:

  • Provides a high-level checklist and playbook for implementation
  • Outlines the risks and benefits of autonomous mining
  • Offers a global and unified understanding to influence how key stakeholders approach autonomous mining
  • Enables future autonomous mining innovation with the aid of common practices
  • Communicates that implementation can be facilitated through cooperation between involved parties, including OEMs, OTMs, system integrators, and miners

Sunday, February 23, 2020 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Course Content

  • Change Management
  • Business Case
  • Health and Safety
  • Regulations
  • Community and Social Impact
  • Operational Readiness and Deployment


Andrew Scott, GMG Vice-Chair Working Groups and Principal Innovator at Symbiiotic Innovations

Presentations by:

  • Mansoor J Hussain, Project Manager – Autonomous Haul Systems, Imperial
  • Patrick Collis, Manager Operational Readiness – Mining Automation, Roy Hill
  • Allan Boddy, Consultant – SME for Surface Mining Operational Technologies, Peck Tech
  • Peter O’Loughlin, Senior Inspector of Mines, Department of Mines, Industry, Regulation, and Safety (DMIRS)

Tailings 101: What You Need to Know


There is a need for mine owners and operators to better understand the role of tailings disposal in the mining industry, the potential hazards associated with tailings storage and the current practices employed by mining companies to manage risk. For the mining industry to improve overall performance, we need a common understanding of our situation and a broader adoption of the practices shown to be effective. We learn through failure, and to improve our performance as an industry we must all embrace the lessons and adopt the appropriate measures.


If you want to know how tailings dams work and what is done to responsibly manage mining residues this short course is for you. This is a fast-paced course designed to cover the basics; after attending this course you will be able to ask informed questions with a better understanding of key issues and contribute to the tailings disposal aspects of your project or operation in a more meaningful way.

Andrew Watson is an accomplished facilitator of short courses on tailings, water and mine closure. The cast of presenters will include industry experts selected to represent the state of the practice in their respective field of expertise. This will be an intense one-day short course that will introduce participants to basic tailings concepts, suggesting resources for further self-study and consultation for those interested in a specific topic. Topics covered include:

  • Tailings Characterization, Transport and Disposal
    • Tailings basics : What are tailings, the basics of mineral processing; benefits of slurry transport; properties of tailings from different processes and different mines; how these properties influence the behavior of tailings in the short and long term.
    • Tailings disposal: Not all tailings are equal; different types of storage facilities; types of transport; disposal methods; why some methods are more popular than others.
    • Dewatering of Tailings: Rheology and no-newtonian flow; solid-liquid separation using (low energy) thickeners and clarifiers; (intermediate energy) cyclones and screens; (high energy) filtering; how properties change as water content changes.
  • Environmental and Geotechnical Considerations
    • Environmental considerations: Climate; dust and air quality; ARD and water quality; cyanide and other reagents; containment; remediation of impacts post-mining.
    • Geotechnical considerations: Effective stress; liquefaction; dynamic loads; deformation; is this a liquid or a solid? How to improve key physical properties.
    • How and why Tailing Storage Facilities (TSFs) fail: Frailties; flooding; earthquakes; auto-collapse; foundations; operator error; extreme events; example case studies.
  • Tailings Design Overview
    • Types of containment systems: Embankment dams; filtered stacks; riverine, lake and submarine disposal. Why some configurations are (or were) preferred over others.
    • Design: Siting, criteria; factors of safety; Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA); impact analysis; dam break; specifications; qualification of responsible professionals
    • Regulations: Laws and standards; guidance documents; governing bodies; working groups.
    • Governance: Stakeholders; risk; stakeholder expectations; demonstrating that expectations are met; Engineer of Record; monitoring; surveillance; inspection; reporting
    • Construction: Criteria; a good foundation; zoned embankments; materials; practices; quality of work; inspection and testing; starting with the end of mine in mind; role of the Engineer of Record (EOR) and regulators.
    • Operations and Management: Incremental raises; deposition and material strength; freeboard; dust control; surface water management; monitoring and adaptive management; reporting; role of EOR and regulators.
    • Closure and Reclamation: How to de-risk a TSF; variety of concerns and criteria; optimizing for lowest best risk profile for all stakeholders; monitoring, inspection and reporting; role of EOR and regulators.


Andrew Watson, Stantec, Denver