MetPlant 2017 – registrations are now open and the program is being finalised

  • By David Pollard and Janine Herzig, Convenors, MetPlant 2017

MetPlant conferences are about metallurgical plant design and operating strategies, and aim to showcase world’s best practice in both the technical sessions and the conference exhibition.

MetPlant2017 will be held in Perth, 11-12 September 2017. The conference website is Delegates and exhibitors to MetPlant include planning engineers, design and construction engineers, metallurgical managers and operations metallurgists, equipment suppliers, metallurgical consultants and researchers.

Papers are currently being finalised, and the program is taking shape. You can now read and download the abstracts from the website, and they demonstrate the breadth of the topics to be covered in the conference. Papers cover implementation of new and innovative technologies, mine and mill planning and communication, superior control strategies, improving recoveries and efficiencies, applied geometallurgy and cost and energy usage reductions.

Keynote presentations will include:

Workshop and tour opportunities

Other activities which improve the overall value of the MetPlant 2017 experience include:

  • The 2017 G D Delprat Distinguished Lecture

Robert Dunne ‘Water in Mining – Facts, Perceptions and Conflicts’ (5:30 for 6 pm, Sunday 10 September)

  • Interactive Workshop 1: Options for Gold Recovery without Cyanide (8:30 am – 12:30 pm, Sunday 10 September)
  • Interactive Workshop 2: Dewatering & Dry Stacking of Tailings – Pros and Cons (1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Sunday 10 September)
  • Short Course 3: Lithium Ore – Processing Chemistry and Options (Course Leader: Nick Welham, Wednesday 13 September, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm)
  • Site Tour 1: Hofmann Engineering Site (8:30 am – 1:00 pm TBC, Wednesday 13 September)
  • Site Tour 2: Metallurgy and Iron Ore Technical Centre (IOTC) Tours (full or half day TBC, Wednesday 13 September)

The two half day workshops will follow the model of previous MetPlant interactive workshops, with short presentations from a number of experts, and ample time for extensive discussions. Further details are on the website.

New book launch: We Are Metallurgists, Not Magicians – Landmark Papers by Practising Metallurgists and Engineers

This AusIMM Spectrum Series is a selection of distilled wisdom from Mill Ops and MetPlant Conferences, revised, updated and in some cases newly written by the authors. Edited by David Pollard, Geoff Dunlop and Janine Herzig it will provide an ongoing resource for many years to metallurgists and engineers involved in metallurgical plant design and operation. The book will be launched at MetPlant.

The papers selected met the following criteria:

  • they are relevant to good design, construction and operation of metallurgical processing plants
  • the content does not have a short expiry date
  • they pass on embedded experience to the next generation of consultants, plant designers and operators.

Although most (but not all) of the 63 papers have been published previously, this compilation presents them screened and selected by professionals in the field, and updated by the authors where appropriate, in a new context, grouped into nine key chapters of relevance to the challenges of the future as well as the present. Authors include Tim Napier-Munn, Peter Munro, Joe Pease, Rob Dunne, Kathy Ehrig, Aiden Giblett, Chris Fountain, Rob Coleman, Steve Morrell, Damian Connelly, Greg Lane, Frances Pitard, Eddie McLean, Duncan Bennett, Steve Morrell, Greg Harbort, Damien Connelly, Chris Greet, John Karageorgos and Peter McCarthy.

Networking is a key feature of MetPlant conferences. Morning, lunch and afternoon breaks, as well as pre- and post-session discussions, all happen in the MetPlant Exhibition area.

More than 80 per cent of exhibition booths are sold. Several High-Profile Sponsorships (and a few remaining exhibition booths) are still available via the website or by contacting the Convenors directly.

To enquire about booking these please contact Rachel Magill

We invite you to read the abstracts and consider the opportunities for extending your professional development and discussing current issues with your peers through participating in the conference and workshops.

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