Saturday, 14 September 2019

World Gold 2019 - Day 2

Day 2 at World Gold 2019 began at 7.30am with a workshop, Mental Health - managing risks, supporting employees and maximising productivity
Then at 9am Leon Lorenzen (Conference Chair, Lorenzen Consultants, & Mintrex) once again welcomed us before introducing the session chair, Fiona Morgan (Mintrex) who introduced Jim Beyer (Regis Resources) who presented the Plenary Presentation 2Securing Australia's Golden Future.
Next Fiona introduced Keynote Presentation 3: Technology in the gold industry: why the future will still need people, presented by Vanessa Guthrie (Minerals Council of Australia).
Then it was time for a half hour coffee break for networking and an eposter session, where I caught up with more delegates.

David Roberts (CiDRA Mineral Processing)

Richard Bearman (Bear Rock Solutions)

Stephen Johnson, Virginia Lawson and Adam Price at the Glencore Technology stand, demonstrating their latest VR technology, where I took a walk around a Jameson Cell.
Glencore Technology are sponsors of MEI's Flotation '19 and Comminution '20 events.
Following on from coffee, as with yesterday, we split into two streams with four papers in each. Technical Session 4a: Innovative mining practices and developments II and Technical Session 2b: Digital transformation/Industry 4.0, Exploration of new gold deposits & Geology on Oroenic Gold Deposits.
Then it was time for lunch and another eposter session.

Guy Deschenes (BBA

Teresa McGrath (Curtin University Gold Technology Group) and Rolf Andreas Lauten (Pionera)

Sergio Vianna (Hatch), Grant Small, Marco Lombard, Michael Myllynen, and Christopher Greet, all of Magotteaux at the Magotteaux stand. Magotteaux are sponsors of  MEI's Flotation '19 and Comminution '20 events

Adrian Singh at the Gold Ore Ltd stand

After lunch, we all headed back over to the Astral Ballroom for Keynote Presentation 4: Mineral resource estimation technology and challenges in the 21st Century - when will the robots be taking over? presented by Ian Glacken (Optiro).

This was followed by a short presentation on the AusIMM's Social and Environment Society by Georgia Manning (BHP).

We then split into Technical Session 5a: Gold mine optimisation (mining, processing and exploration) III and Technical Session 5b: Sensors, monitoring and control II, again with four papers in each and followed by a half hour break for coffee, networking and an eposter session.

Jeremy Neal at the Bureau Veritas Minerals stand

Ajay Sihota and David Williams at the FLSmidth stand
FLSmidth are sponsors of MEI's Flotation '19, Comminution '20, Sustainable Minerals '20 and Process Mineralogy '20 events

Kevin De Jonge and Sunny Das at the PFWA stand 

The afternoon continued with Technical Session 6a: Process flowsheet optimisation I and Technical Session 6b: Geology on orogenic gold deposits, with four papers in each.

Then it was back over to the exhibition area for an hour of networking drinks.

At the same time, Outotec ran a Technical Briefing: Innovations in Gold, covering innovations in flotation, automation and BIOX technologies, followed by their own networking drinks.

Outotec ran a Technical Briefing on Innovations in Gold
Outotec are sponsors of MEI's Flotation '19 and Comminution '20 events
Some photos from the networking hour: 

Peter Papa and Malcolm Paterson of Green Gold Technology

Amanda Wills (MEI) and Craig van Buuren (Outotec)

Stephen Algie (Algie & Associates)

Warren Bruckard (CSIRO), Kinga Galka (Chinova Resources), Danielle Thompson-Hewitt (CSIRO Mineral Resources, and Yves van Haarlem (CSIRO)

Networking drinks hour before the Conference Dinner

The Conference Dinner was held in the Astral Ballroom at the Crown Perth and was sponsored by Mintrex. After a speech by Fiona Morgan (Mintrex) welcoming us all and giving a brief overview of Mintrex, Fiona introduced the guest speaker for the evening, Mick Colliss.

Mick is an author, writer, rugby commentator, emcee, guest speaker and modern day poet. He was also the vice-captain of the first ever Australian Sudoku team and travelled to India to compete at the World Sudoku Championships. He definitely had a way with words and soon had the room laughing along with him.

The Conference Dinner was held in the Crown Perth's Astral Ballroom

Robert Cooper (Green Gold Technology), Rolf Andreas Lauten (Pionera), Simon Tyrrell (Northern Star Resources), Malcolm Paterson (Green Gold Technology) and Peter Mellor (Green Gold Technology)

The Australian Sudoku team, with Mick Colliss (left) as Vice-Captain
Amanda Wills @MEI_Conferences

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