Facilitators: Associate Professor Mohsen Yahyaei, Dr Francisco Reyes

Cost: $1800 Standard, $900 Students (prices in AUD and exclusive of GST).

Days: 19 hours, over 8 days.

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 20 November 2020. Open to Honours and HDR candidates.

Overview: This online course will cover from basic to advanced process control, focusing on developing applied knowledge for mineral processing engineers. The course can be tailored to the needs of the client by selecting from individual modules - see list below. Each module is lectured by a principal facilitator, and a secondary facilitator who can also work as an English-Spanish translator if required.

Learning modules:
Module name Topics covered Duration [hours]

Introduction to process control

  • Meaning of process control
  • Need for process control
  • Feedback loops
  • Levels of control
Stabilising process control
  • Elements of a control loop
  • Review of instrumentation in general
  • PID controllers
Tuning of PID controllers
  • Best practises
  • Considerations when tuning
  • Hands-on activity (2hrs)
2 + 3
Instrumentation in mineral processing
  • From crushing to thickening and dewatering
Common issues and best practises in control loops
  • Common control strategies from crushing to thickening and dewatering
  • Wrong strategies (cases)
  • Best practice
Model Predictive Control
  • Introduction to MPC
  • Common control loops in mineral processing
  • Best practice
  • Outlook into the future
Data analytics and benchmarking
  • Introduction of common methods and tools
  • Benchmarking stability and performance of control loops
  • Case studies
Soft sensors
  • Basics and definition
  • Sensor fusion (Soft and Hard sensors) with some examples
  • Application of soft sensors in process control

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.