August 18-21, 2019 | Vancouver Convention Center
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August 18-21, 2019 | Vancouver Convention Center
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Short Courses

Professional Development short course list

  1. Assessing Sensor-Based Sorting for Greenfield and Brownfield Projects
  2. Copper Electrowinning/refining: Theory and Practice
  3. Copper Hydrometallurgy
  4. Copper Pyrometallurgy in China
  5. Copper Smelter Gas Handling: Technologies and Best Practices
  6. Modern Comminution – An Introduction to Best Practices for Decision Makers

All courses take place Sunday, August 18 from 08:00-15:00
Price: $500 (Regular) $250 (Students) CAD plus applicable taxes. Attendees can purchase a course during the COM-Copper online Registration process. Course includes continental breakfast, one coffee break, lunch, and electronic notes.
Attendees are required to download the notes prior to the course.


Short Course Chair:
Peter Lind, Newmont Goldcorp

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no additional registrations are allowed 

Assessing Sensor-Based Sorting for Greenfield and Brownfield Projects

Lead Instructor: Bern Klein, University of British Columbia
Instructors: Arvin Mazhary M.A.Sc, Dr. Andrew Bamber, Others TBD
Objectives: To present approaches to assessing the application of sensor-based sorting for ores and orebodies.

With advances in sensor-based sorting technologies there is a gap in knowledge between what is known and what is possible. This workshop will be presented in order to assess the most recent technologies in the context of evaluating their potential. The workshop will be presented under the direction of the International Sensor-Based Sorting Research Network.
The workshop will be aimed at reviewing approaches to assess the applicability of sensor-based sorting technologies. The workshop will focus on geology and orebody heterogeneity, bulk sorting, particle sorting and the suitability of sensors in relation to geology and mineralogy.
Various sorting platforms will be reviewed. The workshop will include a series of presentations followed by discussion.
Greenfield and brownfield projects will also be discussed and reviewed separately. Context will consider the needs for NI43-101 reporting. Case studies will be presented as the basis for discussion.


  • Orebody heterogeneity
  • Assessing block models and heterogeneity
  • Bulk sorting
  • Particle soring
  • Greenfield vs. brownfield projects
  • Screening and testing sensing technologies, static vs. dynamic
  • Standardization of approaches and reporting – NI43-101 reports


Copper Electrowinning/refining: Theory and Practice

Organizers:  George Houlachi, IREQ; Ahmet Deniz-Bas, COREM; Mike Moats, Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Instructors: Brent Hiskey, University of Arizona; Mike Moats, Missouri University of Science and Technology; Andreas Sigmund, LanMetCon; Carl Brown, DeNora; Joshua Werner, University of Kentucky

Intended Audience: Academics and industry

This course will cover the fundamental and practical aspects of copper electrorefining and electrowinning. The lecturers will focus on key topics in the refining and winning of copper that preoccupy the day to day plant operation. Participants will learn about the practical applications of electrometallurgy and will have an opportunity to discuss their own technical needs with experts in this field. A panel discussion of topics identified by the attendees of the short course will also be held at the end of the session. The lecturers are international experts in their fields.

Topics to be covered:
• Theory and fundamentals of copper electrowinning and electrorefining
• Additives; deposit morphology and current distribution
• Anode passivation, slimes treatment; solution purification
• Energy consumption and current efficiency
• Lead (Pb) anodes; titanium coated anodes; acid mist
• Process modelling and simulation
• Emerging technologies





Brent Hiskey


Additives,Energy Consumption, Current Efficiency

Mike Moats





Anodes Of Pb

Andreas Sigmund




Carl Brown

Mike Moats






Process Modelling/Simulation

Josh Werner


Emerging Technologies  

Mike Moats






Copper Hydrometallurgy

Lead Organizer: Edouard Asselin, University of British Columbia and the Hydrometallurgy Section (MetSoc of CIM)
Instructors: Jochen Petersen, University of Cape Town; David Dixon & Edouard Asselin, University of British Columbia; Owen Tinkler, Solvay Group; Richard Shaw, Fenix Hydromet
Intended Audience: Industry representatives from junior to senior positions of responsibility, students.

Copper hydrometallurgy from leaching to recovery.  This course also includes an 8 Chapter book on copper hydrometallurgy.

Module 1: Thermodynamics of copper leaching

Module 2: Copper leaching kinetics – fundamentals and case studies

Module 3: Copper heap leaching – process, principles and practical considerations

Module 4: Copper concentrate leaching – fundamentals and practical aspects

Module 5: Bio-leaching of copper ores and concentrates – fundamentals and practical aspects

Module 6: Copper solvent extraction – practical issues & problem solving

Module 7: Copper electrowinning and electrorefining

Module 8: Ion exchange use in copper production


Copper Pyrometallurgy in China

Lead Organizer: Li Bing, China ENFI Engineering Corporation and the Pyrometallurgy Section (MetSoc of CIM)
Instructors: Zhou Jun, Li Bing, Liu Zhihong, Wangwei, Yan Jie
Intended Audience: Metallurgical workers, including those in colleges, smelters and research initiatives

The course will include a review of nonferrous industrial practice in China in context of Copper and TSL/Suspension/Flash/Side Blowing/Bottom Blowing technology.


Copper Smelter Gas Handling: Technologies and Best Practices

Lead Organizer: Daniel Brosig, Gas Cleaning Technologies LLC
Instructors: Paykan Safe and Matt Russell, Gas Cleaning Technologies LLC
Intended Audience: Industry workers and researchers

This short course will provide an overview of the technologies and best practices applied for the control of emissions from copper smelters. Topics to be covered include: process gas conditioning and cleaning design considerations, emissions control technologies, sulfur fixation, heat recovery and energy optimization.


Modern Comminution – An Introduction To Best Practices for Decision Makers

Lead Organizer: John Starkey, Starkey & Associates Inc
Instructors: TBD
Intended audience:
Project owners, Investors in mining projects, Mining company executives, and design engineers.
Objective: To understand what is at stake in modern best practices comminution.

To explain and teach the rich benefits of using SAG/AG technology properly, that is, in a way which minimizes capital and operating costs. Crushing, HPGR, stirred mills, ISA mills Vs ball mill regrinding will be included.

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Important Dates

Mark your calendar and plan ahead
Call for Abstracts Deadline November 30, 2018
Author Paper due for review March 1, 2019
Registration and Housing opens April 15, 2019
Author Registration Deadline May 15, 2019