Thursday, 23 June 2016

A very special Cornish mining sundowner

The first day of Sustainable Minerals '16 began with an excellent keynote lecture from Prof. Robin Batterham, who put forward his vision of the mine of the future.
At the end of an intensive day of presentations, most of the 48 delegates from 15 countries walked from the hotel to the Chain Locker pub, to join the Cornish regulars at the June mining sundowner.



 



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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Conference change-over day

A change of emphasis for the final day of Biohydromet '16, from the bioleaching of ores to the use of biotechnology in environmental issues, particularly the remediation of acidic mine waters, and the recovery of metals from mining wastes. Fourteen papers were presented, from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Korea, Spain, South Africa, Sweden and UK, followed by an excellent summing up of the conference by MEI consultant Sue Harrison, of the University of Cape Town, which will be summarised in a week or so.
Amanda then closed what has been a very enjoyable conference, inviting delegates to Biohydromet '18, which we are planning to hold in Namibia, after which we enjoyed a final traditional Cornish cream tea and said our goodbyes.
Thirty minutes later it was Cornish cheeses and wine again, to welcome delegates to the next event, Sustainable Minerals '16, which begins tomorrow. A long rest ahead this weekend!
 
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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Into the heart of the Camborne-Redruth mining district

The second day began with another fine keynote lecture, by Jan van Niekerk of Outotec, South Africa, followed by 13 papers from Belgium, China, Finland, France, Germany, Portugal, South Africa, Spain and UK.
Then we were off to an evening in the heart of the historic Camborne-Redruth tin and copper mining district, the "birthplace of modern deep mining", with visits to the ruins of the 19th century Basset Mines.






And then an informal Cornish buffet at the Heartlands heritage site, with a local male-voice choir providing the atmosphere to complement the area's rich mining past.
Heartlands was a new venture for us, and we did not know what to expect. It was certainly much different from a formal conference dinner. We found it a very relaxing evening, but would greatly appreciate the views of those of you who attended.
 
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Monday, 20 June 2016

A fine ending to the first day of Biohydromet '16

Yesterday's awful weather persisted throughout the night and into this morning. To brighten things up we had a fine start to the conference with a great keynote from Frank Roberto of Newmont Mining, USA, followed by papers from Australia, Finland, Germany, South Africa and UK.
By mid-afternoon the rain had finally stopped, and we enjoyed a pleasant stroll along the coast into old Falmouth, where the finest Cornish ales awaited us at the 17th century Chain Locker pub.
Overlooking Carrick Roads, the estuary of the River Fal


Arriving at the Chain Locker





We all dispersed later to various eating houses, the MEI team to the excellent The Shack Restaurant, where we were guests of Elsevier executive publishing manager, Dean Eastbury, and joined by Kathryn Hadler and Kristian Waters, editors of International Journal of Mineral Processing.
Kathryn, Jon, me, Barbara, Dean, Kristian and Amanda at The Shack
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Sunday, 19 June 2016

A very wet Falmouth welcomes Biohydromet '16 delegates

Delegates for Biohydromet '16, which starts tomorrow have been arriving in Falmouth today for this evening's welcoming wine and cheese reception.
The weather has been foul today, but the forecast is that drier weather will return tomorrow in time for our coastal path walk into the old town and drinks at the Chain Locker pub.


 
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Friday, 17 June 2016

In brief: Journal Impact Factors published; Congratulations to David Wiseman; Recent Comments

Journal Impact Factors Published
Journal impact factors for 2015 have recently been published (MEI Online), and I am pleased to see that Minerals Engineering still heads the table of leading mineral processing journals, with Elsevier's specialist journal Hydrometallurgy as usual in first place. On behalf of myself and Associate Editor Pablo Brito-Parada, many thanks to contributing authors, and of course, to our team of dedicated reviewers, for maintaining the journal's high standards.
Impact factor trends for mineral processing journals
Congratulations to David Wiseman
The AusIMM awards recognise contributions to the Institute and celebrate outstanding contributions to best practice professionalism in the minerals industry. The 2016 award winners have just been announced (MEI Online) and among them is an old friend of MEI, David Wiseman, who has attended, presented at, and sponsored many past MEI Conferences.
MEI's Amanda with David Wiseman at Physical Separation '13 in Falmouth  
David is recognised for the invention, development and commercialisation of an innovative software application for flowsheet development and drawing, mass balancing and process simulation called LIMN® ‘The Flowsheet Processor’. Development of LIMN began in1994 and it has since found application in 31 countries and more than 20 commodities/industries. More than 800 licenses have been sold. It has become the industry standard for modelling and simulation of coal preparation and diamond and iron ore upgrading plants in Australia and South Africa and increasingly in Europe and the Americas. It has also been applied in many other industries, including base metals minerals processing and hydrometallurgy.
Former JKMRC Director Prof. Alban Lynch spoke very highly of David in his MEI interview two years ago. By 1980 models of grinding and flotation circuits were well developed; many short courses were given on modelling, but simulation could not be used widely because engineers did not have easy access to bureau type computers. Personal computers were becoming available so a project was established to put the models on a PC. To demonstrate the validity of the modelling work and debug the programme the engineer who wrote the software spent 6 months with the PC at plants of AMIRA sponsors in USA and 6 months with sponsors in Australia. This was the origin of JKSimMet, which he feels was so successful because "a guy called Dave Wiseman wrote it. He had a lot of experience at Mount Isa, so he knew what was needed from a simulator". Knowing David well, I could understand Alban's praise for him, and his ability to keep things simple, a failing of many modern models, which have become so complex and difficult to understand that they are not easily accepted by operators.
Congratulations to David and all the other Award winners, from all at MEI.
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