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:: Geometallurgy Partnership to Provide Leading Expertise

JKTech, the technology transfer company for the Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland, has formed a strategic alliance with Quantitative Group, a leading resource consulting firm, to provide integrated geometallurgical solutions including data assessment, geometallurgical testing programs, and spatial modelling, risk assessment and valuation.

QG are a leading mineral resource consulting group with expertise in geometallurgical modelling scenario-based project evaluation. They have a world-wide client base of major mining companies and have developed a reputation for sound technical skills combined with excellent communication of business implications of technical issues. QG are a team of 15 highly experienced consultants headed up by directors John Vann, Scott Jackson and Scott Dunham.

JKTech have a multidisciplinary approach to geometallurgy, GeoMet®. This includes acquiring relevant parameters to spatially model the behaviour and variability of material types to extraction processes within a deposit.

Both QG and JK Tech regard the objectives of geometallurgy as broad: manage risk, improve forecasts and maximise project and/or operational value. This applies at both the project and operation levels from advanced exploration, feasibility studies to operation execution. Both groups are research partners in the Cooperative Research Centre for Optimal Ore Extraction (CRC-ORE).

The relationship between QG and JKTech will mean that the two organisations will provide expertise across all aspects of geometallurgy from small scale testing, spatial modelling, to optimisation including professional development. QG/JKTech will be offering integrated consulting services to the mining sector world-wide.

In addition, both QG and JKTech are established leaders in minerals industry professional development and training. They are developing a full program of joint training programs in geometallurgy. The first of these will be two day senior technical leaders programs delivered in March 2011, in Santiago, Chile and Toronto, Canada. Further programs will be delivered in Australia, South Africa and Brazil during 2011.




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