Short courses

Short courses will be offered by top experts in their fields, immediately preceding the conference. These in-depth courses will be essential for professionals who want to stay abreast of the most recent developments and techniques in their areas of expertise. The short courses are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  The organizer reserve the right to cancel a short course if the number of participants does not meet the minimum number required.

2-day short course - Saturday and Sunday, October 19-20

Operating SAG-ball mill grinding circuits

Instructor: Alex Doll, Consultant, Alex G. Doll Consulting Ltd.

Day 1

Introduction (1h)
  • course outline
  • particle size distributions
  • overview of mineral comminution concepts & process
  • overview of mechanical and electrical components
  • overview of mathematical models used in grinding
  • geological factors that influence grinding
Mills, mechanical components (1h)
  • SAG mill mechanical components
  • ball mill mechanical components
  • screening and hydrocyclones
  • pumps
Motors & drives (1h)
  • definitions and electrical systems
  • gearless drives & gear drives
  • variable speed
  • electrical efficiency in electrical networks
  • three-phase power concepts
  • how to read a motor name-plate
Mill liners, lifters and pulp discharge (2h)
  • intent and concepts
  • face angles and ball trajectory
  • lifter wear and ball trajectory
  • prediction of wear rates
  • trading off liner life versus process performance
Power models for grinding (3h)
  • intent and objectives
  • modelling of grinding by “power models”
  • using power models for prediction of throughput
  • calibrating models for an operating plant (grinding power and specific energy)
  • A0111-01; Schedule A, Grinding course outline 1

Day 2

Population balance modelling for grinding (1h)
  • intent and objectives
  • types of population balance models (JK SimMet, MolyCop Tools)
  • using MolyCop Tools (just basics, a full MolyCop Tools course is recommended)
Operating practises (2h)
  • philosophy & types of control systems (e.g. MPC, APC, expert system)
  • how to run a grinding circuit for maximum throughput
  • how to draw power from a SAG mill
  • how to draw power from a ball mill
  • what not to grind
Functional performance modelling for grinding (1h)
  • intent and objectives
  • circuit sampling required
  • function performance calculation
Throughput forecasting (1.5h)
  • how to select grindability samples (variability and composites)
  • power-based versus population balance
Performing a grinding circuit “health checkup” (1h)
  • when to perform a survey (what’s changed?)
  • benchmarking SAG performance (grind-out procedure)
  • benchmarking ball mill performance
  • benchmarking hydrocyclone performance
  • benchmarking pump performance
  • operating costs and how to minimize them

Tutorial (1.5h)

Tickets: $800, includes course notes, 2 luncheons and 2 coffee breaks

Half-day short course - Sunday, October 20 from 1PM to 5PM

Assessment and Control of Diesel Particulate Matter in Mining

Instructors: Robert Stoyanoff, CChem CIH, Senior Industrial Hygienist, Golder Associates’ North American Mine Environment Division & Courtney Gendron, MPH, Occupational Hygienist, Golder’s Mine Safety & Industrial Hygiene Group.

This course is designed to assist mining OH&S, ventilation and equipment maintenance professionals, supervisors and technicians in the management of worker exposure to diesel exhaust particulate matter (DPM) in the mine environment. The course focus is on the composition and toxicity of DPM, historical and current legislative requirements and exposure limits, past and current best practices in exposure assessment/air sampling techniques, DPM emission control technologies and recent advances in real time monitoring instrumentation.

The focus of the course is on current best practices in the risk assessment and control of exposure to diesel particulate emissions in the mine environment. This course is intended for mining professionals and technicians in the fields of health and safety, industrial hygiene, ventilation and equipment maintenance.

Tickets: $50 registered student delegates | $125 regular registration

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