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Advanced Characterisation and Geometallurgy of Iron Ores
CSIRO optical image analysis Mineral4/Recognition4 for iron ore, sinter and coke characterisation

27 – 28 July 2017

This two-day workshop will provide an opportunity to increase your understanding of geometallurgy and characterisation of different iron ores and sinters. Leading researchers from CSIRO will share their experience and talk about novel developments in these areas. Each day can be attended independently.

Day 1 Workshop: The workshop will start with an introduction to iron ore geology, mineralogy, chemistry and deposit styles. Gangue mineralogy and chemistry will also be discussed and a deeper understanding of the sub-divisions of goethite types backed-up with practical demonstrations with hand specimens and photomicrographs. The workshop conveners will also provide an overview of geometallurgical classification and its application to improving downstream processing outcomes. Following a tour of CSIRO’s Advanced Characterisation facility attendees will be provided with review of different techniques and methods for 2D and 3D iron ore characterisation The day will conclude with an overview of optical image analysis of iron ore, sinter and coke using CSIRO OIA software Mineral4/Recognition4 and a case study comparing OIA and scanning electron microscope (QEMSCAN) as classification tools.

Day 2 Workshop: Day 2 will start with practical demonstration of different ore texture groups and the presentation of four case studies on importance of ore texture for prediction of downstream processing. Further the developers of the Mineral4/Recognition4 Optical Image Analysis software package, a proven tool for automated characterisation and classification of iron ore, sinter, coke and pellets, will discuss the capabilities of the package, including those already used by corporate customers and recent developments. This session will also include presentations on magnetite and manganese ore characterisation and processing; and iron ore sintering, iron ore sinter petrology and sinter phase classification.

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Early Bird*
any 1 Day

Early Bird*
2 Day

any 1 Day

2 Days


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Student / Unemployed Non-member





Prices include GST


Minimum 10


Australian Resources Research Centre (ARRC) CSIRO
26 Dick Perry Avenue, Kensington


Includes lunch, refreshments, drinks and nibbles at the close of day one

*Early bird registration is valid for workshop registrations received by 30 June 2017

Adaptive numerical modelling solutions for material handlings - an open source discrete element modelling approach

27 July 2017

This workshop is a one-day short course utilising an open source discrete element modelling (DEM) code to solve industrial scale material handling problems. The workshop will cover the fundamental principle for using DEM to model bulk material handling plants, such as transfer chutes, bins, feeders, ship loaders, vibratory screens. The course will further introduce an open source DEM code to perform the modelling. Preliminary training on using the open source code will be performed. Case studies with regards to the iron ore industry will be presented with special focus on wear problems, increasing tonnages and handling wet and sticky ores.

Workshop Presenters:

Dr Wei Chen is a research associate in the Centre for Bulk Solids and Particulate Technologies, located within the NIER precinct at The University of Newcastle. Dr Chen’s primary research expertise is applied, large scale numerical modelling with open source simulation codes. Dr Chen also supplies and maintains the in-house discrete element modelling software package for companies associated with Iron Ore for material handling purposes.

Associate Professor Ken Williams is the research leader in the Centre for Bulk Solids and Particulate Technologies, located within the NIER precinct at The University of Newcastle. A/Prof Williams research expertise covers a wide range of bulk solids. He is the chief investigator of the material handling stream of the Australian Research Council Hub for Advanced Technologies for Australian Iron Ore. A/Prof Williams also has considerable experience in translating research technologies into industry with a particular focus on wet sticky iron ore handling.

Dr Tim Donohue is the engineering manager of TUNRA BULK SOLIDS. His primary consulting expertise is in the use of numerical modelling to solve industrial problems. Since joining TUNRA Bulk Solids in 2007, Dr Donohue has been involved in over 170 industrial projects, including both the conceptual design stage as well as trouble shooting existing designs, in Australia and Internationally, and involving a wide range of products. Typically, these projects require the use of both a traditional continuum mechanics approach as well as using the Discrete Element Method.

Logo: 7 PD Hours

Cost: AusIMM members: $495.00 Prices include GST
Non-members: $550.00
Numbers: Minimum 5
Venue: Vocus Suite Classroom, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
Includes: Includes lunch, workshop materials and USB

W3: Tailings and water management, innovative solutions to a global issue

27 July 2017

Tailings dams are often the most significant environmental liability, and present a long-term cost to the mining industry at large.  This workshop looks at the various key considerations involved with determining an optimal tailings disposal operation and the perspective of experts from different fields such as Miners, Mining Engineers, Process Plant Managers, Suppliers, who will share their experiences from around the world of various issues, concepts, designs and operations. The fundamental drivers of design and the impacts of various variables such as environmental, political and economic factors that impact the industry landscape will also be discussed. Current codes of practice guidelines and regulations will be reviewed and methods and studies of disposal configurations, constructions, operations and closures.

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Cost: AusIMM members: $55.00
Non-members: $99.00
Prices include GST
Numbers: Minimum
Time 8:30 to 15:30
Venue: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
Includes: Lunch and tea break

Pilbara Tour

27-28 July 2017

The post-conference Pilbara tour on 27 - 28 July 27 will be a two-day visit to a number of major operations in the world-renowned Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Delegates will travel by charter plane from Perth to Port Hedland, Karratha, Christmas Creek and Roy Hill.

The organising committee are currently finalising the tour details. To be sent further information when available, please click here.


Cost: $2970.00
Includes: Charter flights, one night’s accommodation, dinner and breakfast.
Numbers: Maximum 18 people
Clothing: Closed safety shoes or boots, long trousers and long sleeved shirts. Any additional safety clothing will be provided at each site visited.
Luggages: Maximum of 10 kg per delegate, soft luggage preferred.