Speaker: Dr Grant Ballantyne, Director Technical Solutions, Ausenco

Abstract:  The goal of mining is to increase metal production while simultaneously reducing operating expenses and inventory.  However, siloed thinking typically reduces the goal to increasing throughput, increasing recovery or reducing energy.  This presentation will highlight case studies where we have used technoeconomic modelling to show the benefit of new technologies such as bulk ore sorting and coarse particle flotation to achieve the real goal of mining.

Bio:  Grant Ballantyne is a Director of Technical Solutions at Ausenco with experience in design, optimisation, operation, research and development. In 2019 he won the CEEC medal and in 2017 he was awarded the Minerals Engineering Young person of the year award. He worked many years at the JKMRC after completing his PhD and at Ausenco, Grant co-ordinates the international comminution group and provides critical input at the front-end of engineering design projects, particularly focussed on new technologies such as coarse particle flotation and bulk ore sorting.

About JKMRC Friday Seminars 2021

Welcome to the 2021 Series of the JKMRC Friday Seminars.  The list of presentations will aim to cover a range of topics related to the minerals sector from decision making in exploration, new mineral processing technologies, social licence to operate and mine closure.

The JKMRC Friday Seminars will be presented both in person, at the Indooroopilly Mine Site Lecture Theatre, and also as webinar.  Registration for the webinar is required and can be made via the registration link in each seminar overview.

A large number of past webinars can be accessed on the SMI website: https://smi.uq.edu.au/webinars

Previous seminars have been uploaded to YouTube via the following link: https://www.youtube.com/user/smiuq

The final seminar in the 2021 series will be held on Friday 22 October.

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