Facilitators: Associate Professor Mohsen Yahyaei, Dr Francisco Reyes

Cost: $900 p/day Standard, $450 p/day Students (prices in AUD and exclusive of GST). Attendees can register for all four modules, or for individual modules.

Days: 4

Free registration available for two students: Submit 500 words explaining how completing this course will assist you in your studies and future career. Email submissions to Associate Professor Mohsen Yahyaei by COB Monday 27 July 2020. Open to Honours and HDR candidates.

Overview: Covering the basics through to advanced process control, this short course has been designed for both junior and senior metallurgists, as well as engineering students. The course adopts a practical approach to all of the topics with real-life case studies and best practices. It will provide attendees with the basic understanding of process control, and knowledge of the key aspects to consider when designing and operating process control loops.

Completion of this course will allow metallurgists and plant managers to become actively involved in designing and evaluating process control systems.

The course is delivered through four modules that can be tailored to the need and the level of knowledge of the participants. All modules include activities to assist participants to learn the concepts through practice and experience.

  • Module one focuses on the fundamentals and basic components of control systems
  • Module two reviews instrumentation in mineral processing plants and their common issues observed in practice. Module two also teaches tools and techniques for analysing and assessing processing problems from the automation point of view
  • Module three reviews common control strategies for different operating units in mineral processing plants; their pros and cons, as well as common problems observed in practice
  • Module four presents concepts of advanced process optimisation control, the process of developing soft sensors, use of model identification tools and steps of developing model-informed process control. Module four also focuses on supervisory control and the different approaches in the industry towards implementing them. This module  presents a framework on assessing technology maturity for implementation of supervisory control.

Module one

10 August

Module two

11 August

Module three

12 August

Module four

13 August

60 mins What is process control Instrumentation in mineral processing Common issues in control loops Supervisory control
60 mins Stabilising process control Data analytics Model Predictive Control Machine learning  and Artificial Intelligence
60 mins Tuning of PID controllers Data analytics applications Examples of MPC Examples of Supervisory Control
120 mins Activity Activity Activity Discussion panel


About Geology, mining and metallurgy courses

The Sustainable Minerals Institute's Production Centres (JKMRC and BRC) team, offers a range of professional development options to build industry capacity. 

These courses are being offered to address key and ongoing development needs identified through our collaborative research.  In addition to these open courses, we are always amenable to the development of tailor-made in-house courses for our industry partners.

These short courses are designed  to give attendees the opportunity to undertake professional development in a modular and intensive format which fits more easily with the demands of a modern industry professional.  They also provide an opportunity for interaction with like-minded practitioners from other organisations. 

Registration for courses is done through an online payment form.

Mastercard, Visa and American Express is accepted, as well as the option to create a Proforma Invoice that can be paid via BPAY or EFT.


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