Unlocking Complexity – Is it that difficult

Peter Fairfield
Session 2

So often we hear “All the easy ones are gone”.  Are the ones that are left really that difficult, or is it just that we don’t understand the characteristics that…

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Leveraging complexity to unlock value at Olympic Dam

Don Grant
Session 4

Located approximately 570km NNW of Adelaide in South Australia, the Olympic Dam mine (OD) is the world’s fourth largest remaining copper and gold resource and the largest uranium resource. Discovered…

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Complex Mineralogy but Higher Grade Than Many Ore Bodies

Greg Lane
Session 5

NQ Minerals PLC, through Hellyer Gold Mines Pty Ltd, plans to reprocess the contents of the Hellyer tailings dam to produce lead/silver concentrate, zinc concentrate and pyrite concentrate (containing Au…

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Incorporating economic variability into a strategic planning framework

Ed Holloway
Session 7

The existence of systematic macroeconomic variability in the broader economy presents a complex consideration in evaluating any single static scenario for any mining asset. Effectively incorporating this source of uncertainty…

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Complexity in Managing Risk and Value in Strategic Decisions in Mining

Daniel Kahler
Session 7

Geometallurgy, optimisation, and enterprise optimisation have become common terms in the minerals industry. An industry-wide understanding of these terms is still evolving although the use of these approaches is gaining…

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How Economics drive the application of Ore Sorting

Leon Lorenzen
Session 8

Ore sorting has the potential to reduce the feed to wet plants and in the case of complex ore bodies that can significantly reduce water, energy and reagent consumptions and…

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Emerging energy alternatives in the Mining Industry

Marcin Ziemski
Session 9

The provision and management of energy in both fuel and electricity forms is an increasingly important consideration for mines. Pressures from communities, governments and markets are increasing towards more transparent…

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Improved recoveries and environmental outcomes from refractory ores utilising...

Michael Noakes
Session 10

EcoTech Mining Pty Limited (EML) has developed several innovative new processes based on chlorination technology for the precious and base metals industries trademarked as the EcoGold® Process, EcoZinc® Process, EcoLead®…

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Lowering Risk in Complex Mineralisation: Application of Mobile Supersucker De...

Krzysztof Biegaj
Session 10

A high-nugget effect and presence of coarse gold characterises many styles of gold mineralisation. The effective sampling of these deposits is often difficult because of the relatively low concentrations involved…

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Mine geology in fractured aquifer environments: Case study from Ernest Henry ...

Daniel Ashton
Session 11

When evaluating the complexity of an ore body, geotechnical and geological conditions are of paramount importance. However, hydrogeological factors can also play a large role in the complexity of mining…

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Optimisation of a complex stoping schedule using Mixed Integer Programming

Brian Roberts
Session 11

BHP Olympic Dam mines a massive and complex orebody of great lateral and vertical extent for copper, uranium, gold and silver. The mining method is sublevel open stoping and the…

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Underground stope design using a practical cut-off methodology

Martyn Bloss
Session 11

A practical cut-off methodology for underground stope design at Olympic Dam is described.  The success of value optimisation of a mine plan through the stope design process is dependent on…

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A comparison of opportunity and risk in deep sea and terrestrial metalliferou...

Ian Lipton
Session 12

The existence of metalliferous mineral deposits on the deep-sea floor has been known since manganese nodules were discovered in the Arctic Kara Sea in 1868. Modern exploration with the aim…

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Beyond below-ground geological complexity: Developing adaptive expertise in e...

Rhys Samuel Davies
Session 12

The declining discovery rate of world-class ore deposits represents a major challenge to the future of global metal supply. To counter this trend, there is a requirement for mineral exploration…

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