It’s time to start thinking about the 3rd AusIMM International Geometallurgy Conference to be held in Perth, Australia from June 15-17 2016. The AusIMM Geomet conferences provide a great multi-disciplinary venue to explore what has been happening in Geometallurgy and general characterisation of ore body knowledge.
The call for papers is currently out and abstracts are due by the 17th of August. I strongly encourage you to take the plunge and especially if you have an example of how geometallurgy is being applied outside of academic circles on real world operations.
Geometallurgy reflects a shift towards more efficient project evaluation and optimisation to increase resource sustainability, through the integration of geoscientific and engineering disciplines. It aims to understand orebody variability based on mineralogical, geochemical, lithological and physical data obtained from spatially distributed samples. In addition to the traditional grade block model, models now display the distribution of key parameters throughout the orebody to support mining and metallurgical optimisation.
A key aspect of an effective geometallurgical program are multidisciplinary teams, bringing together geologists, engineers, metallurgists, environmental scientists, mineral economists and risk specialists.
Geomet 2016 aims to showcase the value of geometallurgy through the presentation of case studies. Case study-based papers are sought across a broad number of themes.
Data collection / ore characterisation