Today was the first of three sessions of the EduMine webcast on heap leaching. We continue tomorrow and Wednesday. The webcast is well attended with people from as far away as the Congo and Brazil and as close as Burnaby, BC just east of Vancouver.
If you are not attending, but are interested, there is still time to come to the short course just before the Heap Leach conference starting September 15th–just a week or two away. I won’t be presenting, but Dirk Van Zyl and Terry Mandziak will and they will cover much the same ground — and a lot more — than we are covering in the webcast.
In addition, you can attend the conference and hear the presentations. I am promised that the three keynote talks will be stunning. Here are the titles and presenters:
- Managing expectations for heap leach operations by John Marsden of Metallurgium
- Designing and building heap leach projects by Henry Schnell of HA SCHNELL Consulting
- New developments in leaching ores and concentrates by David Dreisinger of University of British Columbia.
One presentation I particularly want to hear is What does “perpetual” management and treatment mean? Toward a framework for determining an appropriate period-of-performance for management of spent heap-leach ores by Mark Logsdon of Geochimica.
The one most industry folk will want to hear is Squeezing out the last little bit of gold by Hans von Michealis of Randol International. Information probably worth its weight in gold.
I am proud to note this fascinating statistic: most of the attendees at our webcast are folk with consultants; most of those registered for the live course just before the conference are from operating mines. May we speculate that consultants are seeking cost-effective ways to maintain the edge by training staff, whereas mines still have budgets for travel to learn?
Either way, regardless of whether you can come to the conference or not, buy a copy of the proceedings. I have read most of the papers, and I can guarantee that there is information enough for the most curious and information that will make the proceedings a standard reference for a long time to come.