In a few weeks, this area will transform into a bustling ski resort, but for now we have it, mainly, to ourselves. I'm looking forward to following the line of stationary chair lifts to the top of the mountain, the view must be spectacular.
|The Zargon Complex in Istebna|
I arrived at the complex by minibus just in time for a 3 course lunch. The organisers had arranged a pick up from a hotel in Gliwice, close to Katawice Airport for those of us with no idea where we were going or how to get there. I was lucky enough to be travelling with some neighbours from home: Prof Hylke Glass, interim head of the Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter, and 3 of his PhD students: Shekwonyadu Iyakwari, Amos Ambo, and Zhihai Luo.
|Hylke Glass, Amos Ambo, Amanda Wills, Zhihai Luo, Shekwonyadu Iyawari|
|Prof. Jan Miller|
After a shortened coffee break to allow for the late start, there were 3 presentations from KGHM: “Vision systems in O/ZWR as a support tool for production management and optimisation” presented by Szymon Ogonowski, “The role and importance of total organic carbon (TOC) in production chain of KGHM Polska Miedz S.A.” presented by Witold Pawlos and “The new trends in ore processing technology of base metals” presented by Malgorzata Krzeminska.
These were followed by Prof Hylke Glass, of the Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter, who presented “Unlocking Value through Integrated Process Analysis”. The focus of this presentation was trying to get mining and metallurgical engineers to work together to improve the value chain, through integrated analysis which takes into account uncertainty upstream and uncertainty during the process. Using copper and clay as examples, Prof Glass stated that these sorts of uncertainty need to be understood in order to be controlled, with the benefit to industry being the increased value realised from the resources under their stewardship.