MetFests and Delprat Lectures – save the date(s)

  • By Bianca Newcombe

Following the success of last year’s Central West MetFest, the event will be run again this year in Parkes, NSW to coincide with the Delprat Distinguished Lecture.

We have had a strong response from the operations in our region and are presenting on a number of interesting and challenging topics that should be of interest to all operations metallurgists. We would like to encourage attendance from far and wide and extend an invitation to all plant metallurgists to not only attend the event, but also present to the group on a topic or project that is relevant to the success of processing operations. Northparkes will be conducting a plant tour prior to the event for those interested in seeing the operation first-hand.

Current presentations

  • Secondary Crusher Automation – Wade Freeman (Northparkes)
    How to maximise performance and throughput while not putting the asset’s integrity at risk.
  • Application of SmartTags as part of Drill-to-Mill at Cowal – Kristen Burgess (Cowal Evolution)
  • The next top met model – Kellie Jones (Northparkes)
    A discussion on the results and improvements from the full scale flotation survey completed at NPM in 2017
  • The Effect of Rotor Speed on the Flash Flotation Performance of Au and Cu at Cadia – Emily Jaques (Cadia Valley Operations)
  • Debottlenecking Cowals SAG mill through liner redesign – Nicholas Jacomb (Cowal Evolution)
  • Cyanide Detox: Operation, Technology and Control at TGO – Gabrielle White and James Didovich (Tomingley Gold Operations)
  • Gravity circuit optimisation at Cadia Valley Operations – Glenn Wood (Cadia Valley Operations)

If you would like to submit a presentation abstract for consideration or require further details regarding any aspect of this event please contact me directly We welcome all visitors to our region and encourage active participation in this event!

Event details

Date: Friday November 10th 2017

Venue: Bushmans Comfort Inn, Parkes NSW

Plant tour (on site Northparkes) start: 11 am

MetFest start: 2 pm

Delprat start: 5 pm

Networking canapes will follow on from the Delprat Lecture.

Cost: $20 (Free for speakers)

Details will be updated as the event approaches!

2017 Delprat Distinguished Lecture

This year’s Delprat Distinguished Lecturer is the very well-known and highly regarded Dr Robert Dunne, who will be presenting on the topic of ‘Water – Facts, Perceptions and Conflicts’.

Robert was the Fellow Metallurgy at Newmont Mining Corporation before he retired at the end of 2013; prior to this he held the position of Group Executive-Metallurgy Development and Technology. Over the last 35 years Robert has worked for a number of mining companies including Newcrest Mining, Anglo American, Anglovaal and Mintek. He has authored and co-authored over 80 papers and has been an invited conference plenary speaker. Water in the mining industry has been a focus over the last ten years and Robert has given three plenary talks on this subject. He was nominated as a SME Henry Krumb lecturer and delivered a plenary talk on water to local USA branches of the SME. He is an Adjunct Professor at both Curtin University (Gold Technology Group) and Queensland University (JKMRC).

2017 Delprat Distinguished Lecture Schedule

Perth (in conjunction with MetPlant): 10 September

South Australia (Adelaide, Roxby Downs, Broken Hill?): 20-22 September

Kalgoorlie: 20 October

New South Wales (Sydney, Parkes): 9-10 November

Melbourne: TBA

Queensland (Brisbane, Mt Isa): TBA

The details of each event will be updated as venues are confirmed and the dates for the remaining lectures finalised. An invitation will be issued via the Branch for the respective event, and MetSoc will provide updates as appropriate. If further information is required in regards to these events please contact either Stuart Emery or myself

MetFest Kalgoorlie

MetFest in the very far west…. is what I am calling the Kalgoorlie Branch’s inaugural MetFest! In an attempt to trump regional NSW, Kalgoorlie is now calling for local processing plants to get involved and give a presentation. The event is to be held in conjunction with the Delprat Lecture on 20 October in Kalgoorlie and I would strongly encourage all my fellow mineral processors to participate.

These events are intended to bring the local metallurgical community together for an informal day of presentations and discussion and (the best part) networking over a few drinks and dinner. If you would like to give a presentation to the Kalgoorlie group please contact Chris Gianatti or use the following online form to complete an expression of interest for your presentation

So Kalgoorlie, you can see what our little regional NSW branch already has planned… let’s make the Kalgoorlie event as big as our Central West event!

Updates to all these events will be made via the MetSoc newsletter site initially until all dates, venues and programs are finalised and the events booking portal can be used.

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