Professor Saleem H Ali

The Geopolitics of Metal Supply Security – Mining, the Circular Economy and Beyond

31 July 2020 9:00am10:00am
The current global tensions between China and the West have the potential for leading to major disruptions in metal supply. This presentation will consider the latest data on supply security based on recent research conducted on resource efficiency, recycling, remanufacturing and frontier sources of metals. The presentation will also explore what role technical mineral processing research can play in relieving some of the stresses created by such geopolitics.


30 July 2020 2:00pm4:00pm
This year celebrates the 13th year of the Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®) at The University of Queensland (UQ). Due to the worldwide coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, increasing social distancing measures and public gathering restrictions being implemented, the decision has been made to move the 2020 UQ 3MT Competition to a virtual format (video submission).
Phytomining: using plants to extract valuable metals from tailings

Phytomining: using plants to extract valuable metals from tailings

28 July 2020 9:00am10:00am
Dr Antony van der Ent discusses his research into Hyperaccumulators - these are plants that have the ability to accumulate extremely high concentrations of metals in their shoots. Hyperaccumulator plants are known for elements such as cobalt, copper, manganese, nickel, selenium, thallium and zinc.

The JKMRC Mill Filling Prediction Tool

21 July 2020 9:00am10:00am
Dr Francisco Reyes outlines work underway at JKMRC on developing a soft sensor to overcome performance challenges facing Semi-Autogenous Grinding (SAG) mills.
Two Angles: Investigating Accidents for Lessons Learned

Two Angles: Investigating Accidents for Lessons Learned

14 July 2020 9:00am10:00am
Dr Ben Seligmann outlines how to generate more useful lessons from accident investigations.
Research and Development Priorities for Minerals in Queensland

Research and Development Priorities for Minerals in Queensland

23 June 2020 9:00am10:00am
Professor Rick Valenta presents the results of an analysis of the R&D priorities for minerals (excluding coal) in Queensland - a collaboration between SMI, DNRME, QRC and QEC
Mine Site Environmental Management

Mine Site Environmental Management

19 June 2020 9:00am10:00am
This seminar will highlight awareness of environmental commitments in all mining-related work or projects.
Mine closure and residual risk: a geochemical perspective

Mine closure and residual risk: a geochemical perspective

16 June 2020 9:00am10:00am
Associate Professor Mansour Edraki will use examples of SMI projects to discuss basic geochemical processes that we need to understand in order to predict and reduce residual risk at mine closure, with a focus on acid and metalliferous drainage, including neutral and saline drainage.
Dr Helen Degeling

GSQ’s New Economy Minerals Initiative: geoscience for a technology-driven future

12 June 2020 9:00am10:00am
‘New economy minerals’ is an umbrella term for a range of metals and mineral elements used in many emerging technologies including electric vehicles, renewable energy products, low-emission power sources, consumer devices, and products for the medical, defence and scientific research sectors. As Queensland is potentially rich in these minerals, it is well-placed to meet rapidly expanding domestic and international demand. This presentation will introduce the importance of New Economy minerals to Queensland, and the steps being taken by Government to support and boost exploration for these commodities in the state.
Cultural heritage management in the resource sector: establishing good practice approaches

Cultural heritage management in the resource sector: establishing good practice approaches

9 June 2020 12:30pm1:30pm
Dr Sarah Holcombe will discuss what cultural heritage is, and the ways in which methods for defining a cultural ‘site’ often determine the types of protections that are afforded.What constitutes a good practice cultural heritage management plan (CHMP), and CHM system, will also be outlined.

Factors affecting high voltage pulse rock breakage and pre-concentration

5 June 2020 9:00am10:00am
Mineral extraction is increasingly moving towards low grade ore bodies with increased comminution energy requirements. Previous work at the JKMRC has established the potential of pre-concentration with HVP technology as a solution to these increased energy demands, however, a detailed understanding of the factors that affect pre-concentration performance does not currently exist. This study examines machine-related factors and their impact on rock breakage and pre-concentration performance.
What do metallurgists need to know about process control?

What do metallurgists need to know about process control?

2 June 2020 12:30pm1:30pm
Associate Professor Mohsen Yahyaei discusses opportunities for enhancing the performance of process control from 5 to 10% by actively involving plant metallurgists and plant managers in designing and evaluating different levels of process control systems.
Professor Simon Michaux

How to Set Up and Develop a Geometallurgical Program

29 May 2020 9:00am10:00am
A successful geomet project requires planning and experimental design. Consistent and methodical test work allows for amazing data analysis. The magic is in the data relationship between the various technical areas. This seminar will discuss the design and implementation of a geometallurgical program.
Mine wastes: leave them, cover them, or change them for sustainable outcomes

Mine wastes: leave them, cover them, or change them for sustainable outcomes

26 May 2020 12:30pm1:30pm
Subtitle: How do we rehabilitate colossal volumes of mine wastes more cheaply and with long-lasting outcomes?
Mining sectors and communities face ever-increasing environmental and health risks from mine wastes as a result of mining and processing precious and base metal ores. But ecological engineering of mine wastes aims to harness bio-chemical weathering and transformation of tailings minerals to alter tailings in situ, for cost-effective and sustainable outcomes.
David La Rosa

Webinar: Grade Control in The Time of Coronavirus

22 May 2020 9:00am10:00am
There is always potential to innovate and improve a gadget or process, no matter how mature the technology may seem to be.
CRC TiME  - The Fundamentals

CRC TiME - The Fundamentals

19 May 2020 12:30pm1:30pm
CEO of CRC TiME, Dr Guy Boggs (The University of Western Australia), and CRC TiME Research Director Professor Anna Littleboy (SMI) walk us through the fundamental aspects of this new 10 year project.
John Jackson

Webinar: Enabling short interval control using spatial dense geoscience information beyond grade

15 May 2020 9:00am10:00am
Improvements in productivity, efficiency and safety always rate in the top 10 trends, risk or opportunities from mining industry surveys. One area of focus to achieve productivity improvements over the past few years has been through the application of technology, automation and data analytics primarily focussed on existing mining equipment. This presentation will look at the current development of an automated system to enable precision mining by providing spatially dense knowledge of the rock, beyond grade, for short interval control – improving blast outcomes, material control and downstream processes.

Dr Strangefroth or: How To Learn To Stop Worrying And Love Flotation Chemistry

12 May 2020 12:30pm1:30pm
Dr Liza Forbes from JKMRC presents on flotation chemistry - one of the least well understood mineral processing disciplines.
Daniel Hastings

Webinar: The importance of cashflow grade modelling in strategic mine planning

8 May 2020 9:00am10:00am
Cashflow grade modelling is a major component of the strategic planning process. It combines geology, metallurgy, mine planning, marketing, environment, finance and a number of other aspects of an operation or potential operation to provide information crucial to the strategic planning process.
Mining as a temporary land use: industry-led transitions and repurposing

Mining as a temporary land use: industry-led transitions and repurposing

5 May 2020 12:30pm1:30pm
Post-mining land use and associated economies have become a priority issue in mine lifecycle planning. Julia Keenan from the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining presents on their recent scoping project which started from the position that reconceptualising mine ‘closure’ may enhance the industry’s contribution to sustainable development.
Clytie Dangar

Webinar: Mobilising METS – creating cooperative pathways to customer-centric solutions

1 May 2020 9:00am10:00am
There is great opportunity to expand the depth and breadth of relationships between the METS and Research communities. Global pressures in mining present both opportunity and threat to METS companies looking to grow. The pace of change is fast, challenges are becoming more complex and competition is fierce. New partnership models provide the potential for quicker pathways to commercialisation for research and vital new innovation opportunities for METS companies.
Respirable dust- Removing the unknowns

Respirable dust- Removing the unknowns

28 April 2020 12:30pm1:30pm
Nikky LaBranche, Research Manager for Occupational Health & Safety and inaugural Industry Fellow in the Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre, discusses her work in particulates and mine dust lung diseases.
Professor Gordon Southam

Webinar: Bacteria-mineral interactions important to mining

24 April 2020 9:00am10:00am
This webinar aims to convey the catalytic power and diversity of the microbial biosphere in transforming Earth surface environments; highlighting the broader, as yet unrealised potential to develop biotechnological processes for the mining industry.
SMI lunchtime webinar series

Erosion and Sediment Control

21 April 2020 12:30pm1:30pm
Associate Professor Claire Côte, Director of SMI's Centre for Water in the Mineral Industry (CWiMI) discusses her work in Erosion and Sediment Control.
Professor Rick Valenta

Webinar: Complex Orebodies Program Update

17 April 2020 9:00am10:00am
The Complex Orebodies Program is now into its third year of operation. This presentation will cover progress to date on the program, showcasing a range of the exciting projects, outputs, impacts and collaborations which have resulted so far.