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The MetPlant 08 Conference was attended by a record number of delegates who heard over 40 papers presented. MetPlant attracts engineers from the companies which design, build and retrofit processing plants, operations managers, senior metallurgists and equipment suppliers. The conference focus is on plant design and operating strategies, covering mineral processing, hydrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy, environmental design and water management.
The conference exhibition was fully booked, even after it was moved to a larger space. As is usual at an AusIMM conference, the exhibition was the hub for networking and many contacts were made and renewed. The conference dinner followed this theme as well, with fine food and good wines as a background to an excellent social and networking occasion.
Keynote papers covered the challenges to building new concentrators in the future, engineering for new technologies, the role of the metallurgist in project design, and the Draft Code for Metallurgical Accounting.
Sessions themes were Comminution, Flotation, Design, Design and Operations, Modelling and Control, Hydrometallurgy, Water Recovery Systems and Gravity Separations. The Proceedings on CD-ROM are available from the AusIMM Bookshop at www.ausimm.com.au/ .
Delegates provided very positive feedback about the program and the networking opportunities. We thank the sponsors (Outotec was again Principal Sponsor), authors and delegates, and exhibitors for a very successful conference.
Conference Workshops were on Heap Leaching (led by Graeme Miller), Flotation (Chris Greet) and the Draft Metal Accounting Code (Rob Morrison and Peter Gaylard). All were well attended, and all differed from the usual MetPlant workshop format of mainly peer to peer discussion by having a greater formal presentation component, although considerable time was still given to discussion. Tim Napier Munn also presented his well known Comparative Statistics and Experimental Design course in association with the conference.
The Metal Accounting Code is a work under development by AMIRA, and copies of the Code and Guidelines can be obtained electronically from
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