Mineral Processing & Extractive Metallurgy Division annual reports

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MINERALS PROCESSING & EXTRACTIVE METALLURGY, MP&EM, BOARD ANNUAL REPORT FOR 2018

1. Board membership

In 2018 the Board welcomed Dr Chris Broadbent of Wardell-Armstrong, Dr Arun Vathavooran of Tetra Tech Mining & Minerals, Dan Goodman of Jacobs and Frances Perry from IOM3 Library & Information Services.

Dr Michael Butler left the Board during the year and the Division thanks him for his long service and valued contributions.

There are 12 directors serving on the MP&EM Board, all members of IOM3. They are:

Tony Francis (TF), Chairman – Independent Consultant, FMC Ltd

Professor Hylke Glass (HG), Vice Chairman – CSM, Exeter University

Mike Cave (MC) – Independent Consultant, Mike Cave Pyro Ltd

Professor Gawen Jenkins – Leicester University

Professor R Vasant Kumar (VK) – University of Cambridge

David Meadows (DM) - Global Manager of Metallurgy, Mining & Metals, Bechtel

Professor John Monhemius (JM) – Director, Anglo Asian Mining Plc

Professor Stephen Neethling (SN) – RSM, Imperial College

Dr Chris Broadbent, Director of R & D, Mining & Metallurgy, Wardell-Armstrong.

Dr Arun Vathavooran, Consulting Metallurgist, Tetra Tech,

Dan Goodman, Process Engineer, Jacobs

Frances Perry, Library & Information Services, IOM3.

2. Board meetings

Four Board meetings were held during 2017 all at the London offices of IOM3, 297 Euston Road. The meeting of 19 April was attended by 8 members of the Board. The third meeting on 31 May was attended by 6 Board members. The final Board meeting of the year was convened on September 27 and had 9 Board members in attendance.

3. Activities during2018

3.1 Technical programme

The MP&EM Division in combination with the Conference section of IOM3 organised the Geometallurgy2018 Conference which was successfully convened at the London base of the Institute over 19 - 20 April.

The Conference was attended by 60 delegates from 10 countries. 23 presentations of great quality were given by distinguished experts in Geometallurgy and the related disciplines.   

Details of the event including the programme can be found on the Conference web site.

Selected presentations are available to registered delegates via a dedicated portal on the IOM3 web site.

The MP&EM division supported the EU funded FAME, Flexible & Mobile Processing in the 21st Century closure Conference held at 297 Euston Road from 5 – 6 December 2018. This was a very successful and well attended event, chaired by Board member Dr Chris Broadbent.

The Board is planning 2 events in 2019. The Iron Cycle – Fe 150, one day Conference scheduled for 20 March at 297ER. This is part of the Resource Divisions contribution to the IOM3 150 year anniversary celebrations in 2019. The event web site is - The Iron Cycle - Fe150

The Board will also be contributing to the SGA, Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits, biennial conference from 27th to 30th August 2019 in Glasgow. Professor Gawen Jenkin is coordinating the Board’s input to this event, web site - https://www.sga2019glasgow.com/.  

3.2 Web-site developments

The MP&EM web site is kept updated with relevant news items, technical meetings and Conferences. In the last statistics reported for July - October 2018 the MP&EM micro site increased its ranking to 2nd out of the 45 IOM3 Technical Communities monitored reflecting the success of the Board in engaging its technical community and the highest ranking from the extractive technical divisions.

The contents of the current and back issues of the IOM3 technical journal, IMM, Transactions C, representing the MP&EM industries worldwide are available free of charge to members from a link on the MP&EM micro-site, IMM Transactions C. This journal is highly regarded and is edited by Board member Professor R. Vasant Kumar.

3.3 Engagement with the technical community and/or local societies

The Division produced 3 E-Newsletters in 2018 under the editorship of Mike Cave. The newsletters are circulated to IOM3 members and are posted on the MP&EM web site at MP&EM Newsletter from where they can be downloaded.

The MP&EM division continued to maintain close cooperation with IMMa, the resource division’s umbrella group. Under the reorganisition of IOM3 the ITPB has been abolished and replaced by the Technical Communities Board, TCB which has been described in the Institute’s Materials World Journal. The status of IMMa under the new structure has yet to be clarified by the resource divisions. Board members regularly attend MinSouth local society meetings. All Board members advise colleagues and professional contacts of the benefits and advantages of IOM3 membership.

The MP&EM Board maintains a keen interest in and liaison with the IOM3 in-house technical library which has an exhaustive collection of books and journals unique in the mining and minerals engineering domain. The library and the related information services continue to operate well throughout the year and has been moved to a dedicated home at IOM3’s Boiler House offices in Grantham and is now known as National Materials and Mining Archive.

The MP&EM board was a prime mover with IMMa in establishing the link up of OneMine with the IOM3 library and the IMMAGE database. This benefits both organisations and is available to all IOM3 members as part of our subscriptions.

Welcome letters to new members of the Division were sent out under the Chairman’s signature by the IOM3 membership department.

3.4 Contributions to IOM3 house journals

Board member Dr Chris Broadbent contributed two articles to Materials World in 2018.

The contents of the current and back issues of the IOM3 technical journal, IMM Transactions C, representing the MP&EM industries worldwide are available free of charge to members from a link on the MP&EM micro-sit, refer to section 3.2. The contents of the 4 editions in Volume 127 published during 2018 cover technical activities across the entire spectrum of the MP&EM disciplines in 29 original and refereed papers.  The titles, authors and links to these papers are included in the corresponding MP&EM newsletters.

3.5 Other matters

Sustainability initiatives

The Board has issued the Divisions Sustainability Statement and posted it under a dedicated tab on the Divisions web site, MP&EM Sustainability.  

The Board’s representative on the SDG is Professor Gawen Jenkins of Leicester University.

The unnecessary printing of documents and minutes is discouraged.

Other

The MP&EM Board’s divisional brochure is used as a marketing tool at suitable fora. The brochure is on display and available at the IOM3 offices, interested members may request copies to be posted for suitable events such as schools careers days, seminars, work-shops and conferences.

Board member Dan Goodman is our representative on the Younger Members Committee.

TF prepared a PP for a school’s career fair some 3 years ago and passed it on to IOM3 for possible use in their schools promotion work. It was suggested that the MTD and MP&EM develop the presentation together, and Dr Chris Broadbent undertook this with the MTD and has started on this task. 

The MP&EM Board submitted nominations for the Institute’s 2018 prestigious Futers Gold medal and the Medal for Excellence awards. 

4. Strategy and Objectives for 2019 and Beyond

4.1 Opportunities and constraints

A primary objective of the MP&EM Board and its members is to grow membership of the IOM3 through academic, industrial and personal networking. In this regard the Board has discussed that a medium to long term objective should be to establish relations with the Universities to encourage them to establish post graduate teaching modules or conversion courses catering for the MP&EM disciplines. The Board can now report that Professor Hylke Glass of Exeter University was closely involved in re-establishing the Minerals Engineering M. Sc. course at the Camborne School of Mines, which received its first cohort of students in September 2018. This is a major achievement and is being supported by all Board members. The Mining Industry will be the beneficiary of this initiative and merits its support.

Encourage and facilitate members of suitable standing to upgrade their membership status.

During the year 32 IOM3 members elected to affiliate to the MP&EM and all Board members and IOM3 staff involved are to be congratulated. The total membership of the division at the year-end is 422.

The Board ensures the interests of the MP&EM community continue to be represented in IOM3 through membership of Council, the ITPB, the SDG, the YMC and other agencies.

The Chairman encourages the MP&EM Board members to be actively engaged in furthering member’s interests and the Institute’s objectives.

4.2 Specific targets for 2019

The Board is planning 2 events in 2019. The Iron Cycle – Fe 150, one day Conference scheduled for 20 March at 297ER. This is part of the Resource Divisions contribution to the IOM3 150 year anniversary celebrations in 2019. The Board will also be contributing to the SGA, Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits, biennial conference from 27th to 30th August 2019 in Glasgow. Professor Gawen Jenkin is coordinating the Board’s input to this event, refer to 3.1 earlier.

Grow membership, encourage and facilitate members of suitable standing to upgrade their membership status.

Aim to have at least 50% of the Board members attending meetings and all actively contributing.

Nominate suitable candidates for the 2019 Futers Gold medal, the Medal for Excellence and other relevant awards.

Progress the objective to establish relations with the Universities and encourage the extension of setting up teaching modules catering for the MP&EM disciplines. Despite Professor Hylke Glass’s success in this endeavor no UK Universities currently provide MP&EM as primary undergraduate degree courses.

4.3 Specific targets for the 4 years beyond 2019

A primary objective which is applicable to all years of the MP&EM Board and its members is to grow membership of the IOM3 through academic, industrial and personnel networking. The Board will continue to contribute positively to Institute activities covering the areas described in Section 3 above.

Arrange a Conference at Trinity Cambridge for 2020 under the lead of Professor Vasant Kumar. The title is “Future Prospects in Minerals and Metals”. Manage Geometallurgy2021 following up the earlier Conferences on this topic with Professor Hylke Glass leading.

Over the coming years the Board aims to establish relations with the Universities to encourage them to establish post graduate teaching modules catering for the MP&EM disciplines.

The MP&EM Board will aim to arrange suitable annual technical Conferences for 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023.

Continue to compile and publish the MP&EM E-Newsletter and keep the MP&EM web site relevant and updated with the cooperation of the IOM3 IT section.

The MP&EM Board and the IOM3 Conference section presented a provisional bid for hosting the major international Conference “International Minerals Processing Congress” for 2022 in London.  After careful consideration the Board decided not to proceed.

5. Other matters

None

Appendix: Technical programme as of December 2018

Date

(YY/YY/MM)

Status

(Held

/Progressing

/Planned)

Title

Location

Organising  Division(s) /Committee(s)

/Collaborators

Financial Underwriter (IOM3/

Local/

Other)

100%

Target No's

Actual No’s

 

27/02/13

Held

SMEET II – Sustainable Materials for Emerging Energy Technology

1 CHT, London

EMG/MP&EM

IOM3

55

31

 

17-19/06/13

Held

Minerals  for Life – Overcoming Resource Constraints

Edinburgh University

Mineralogical Society with MP&EM reps

Mineralogical Society

+/-150

119

11-12 June 2014

Held

Geometallurgy2014

1 CHT, London

MP&EM

IOM3

50

56

15-16 December 2015

Held

Minerals and Metals from Mine to Market

Trinity Hall, Cambridge University

MP&EM

IOM3

60

79

 

2016

Held

Emerging Trends in Minerals Engineering

297ER, London

MP&EM

IOM3

45

49

2018, April 19-20

Held

Geometallurgy2018

297 ER, London

MP&EM

IOM3

60

60

5-6 December 2018

Held

Flexible and Mobile Mineral Processing in the 21st Century, the FAME Closure Conference

297 ER, London

MTD

EU

+/- 70

85

20 March 2019

Progressing

The Iron Cycle  - Fe 150

297 ER, London 

MP&EM

IOM3

50

 

25 – 29 August

2019

Planned

SGA – Session on Geometallurgy

Glasgow

MP&EM

SGA

 

 

2020,

Proposed

Future Prospects in Minerals and Metals

Trinity Hall, Cambridge University

MP&EM

IOM3

60

 

2021

Proposed

Geometallurgy2021

297ER

MP&EM

IOM3

60