Environmental and socio-economic demands in the exploitation of future mineral resources require a comprehensive collection and evaluation of mineralogical, geochemical, lithological and physical attributes, and, metallurgical properties about ore bodies along with their inherent variability. This process must be initiated from the early stages of exploration to processing of the ore and remediation of the mine waste because such information has a direct impact on all aspects of development. Geometallurgy is the scientific discipline that integrates all of the mineralogical, geological, mining and processing data into an accurate ore body model that forms the basis for optimization of production and environmental management during the entire life of the project, thereby reducing operational risks, optimizing recovery efficiency, and minimizing environmental impact within the framework of a sound financial model. The aim of this course is to present innovative evaluation of mineral deposits, mineral exploration, resource estimation, applications and implementation of quantitative mineralogical and geochemical data, mining and ore processing, treatment of tailings and waste rock and remediation, carbon capture and storage, and implementation of geometallurgical models.
Hugh de Souza, SGS Canada Inc.
2019 SME Annual Conference & Expo and CMA 121st National Western Mining Conference