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Welcome to the Awards Ceremony 2020
Janine Herzig FAusIMM(CP) and Stephen Durkin FAusIMM
Sir Frank Espie/ Rio Tinto Leadership Award 2020
The Sir Frank Espie/Rio Tinto Leadership Award was generously endowed by the Espie family, in memory of Sir Frank Espie. Sir Frank demonstrated outstanding leadership, dedication and technical management to the mining industries of Australia and Papua New Guinea and was a distinguished member and former President of AusIMM.
AusIMM EEF Postgraduate Scholarship
EEF Premium Scholarships
Beryl Jacka Award
This award is named in honour of Beryl Jacka, a stalwart of AusIMM over a period of 40 years and AusIMM Secretary from 1945-76. The award is presented in recognition of extraordinary and sustained service to AusIMM. There are two Beryl Jacka Awards in 2020.
Honorary Fellowship recognises exceptional achievement, service or contribution to the resources sector. This grade of membership may be conferred on any senior and influential professional who has performed notable, active and sustained service to AusIMM or made a major contribution to the resources sector. There are two recipients of Honorary Fellowship in 2020.
The President’s Award may be presented to any senior and influential professional who has made a notable contribution to, or achievement within AusIMM or the resources sector.
The Institute Medal
The Institute Medal is the most prestigious award and highest honour conferred by AusIMM. It is awarded in recognition of eminent leadership of AusIMM or the resources sector.
Professional Excellence Awards
These awards recognise professional excellence demonstrated by a resources professional (individual or group) for significant contributions to the development and/or application of professional knowledge and practice and/or leadership.
Jim Torlach Award
Named in honour of James (Jim) Torlach, the AusIMM Health and Safety Award recognises notable achievements in health and safety for the minerals sector.
Charles Marshall Award
The Charles Marshall Award recognises AusIMM members who, as consultants, have made outstanding and sustained contributions to the resources industry. Winners are Chartered Professionals who are widely known and respected in the industry and have embodied and reinforced sound and ethical consulting behaviour.
The award is named after Charles Marshall (1904-91), an AusIMM Councillor (1964-74) and President (1969). Charles oversaw the formation of the Minerals Industry Consultants Association (MICA) in 1981, which was incorporated into the AusIMM Consultants Society in 2017.
Institute or Resources Sector Service Awards
These awards may be presented to any AusIMM member or to a group of members. They recognise consistent and significant contribution to the ongoing success of the AusIMM and/or the resources sector.
New Professional Award
The New Professional Award recognises the contribution by a new professional to the sector through operational, academic, service or other notable achievement. It was first awarded in 2004. This award may be presented to any new resources sector professional (generally within six years of graduation, but at the discretion of the Awards Committee).
Best Paper Prize
The 2020 Best Paper Prize is awarded to Richard (Ted) Bearman FAusIMM, David Bowman and Robert Dunne MAusIMM for their paper ‘Decision support for ore sorting and preconcentration in gold applications’, presented at the World Gold 2019 conference.
The ability to apply methods to upgrade coarse feed in gold plants through a process of selective processing has always been of interest. The level of interest has waxed and waned over the last 30-40years, but improvements in methods and pressure to increase the efficiency of resource utilization have driven greater interest. The resources, not simply being the orebody itself, but the requirements for energy and water and the level of intensity applied.
Despite various advances in technology, the market penetration of selective coarse upgrading, either via physical means (screening, DMS) or sensors (particle or mass sorting), is still limited. In relation to gold, such uptake is further compounded by low concentration and the lack of commercial sensors for direct detection.
In this paper, the authors examine some of the key factors impacting the rate and degree of uptake in the gold sector.
Selective processing, or preconcentration, can take many forms, with this paper primarily examining sensor based particle sorting and DMS. In terms of the challenges, the main areas impacting acceptance and deployment are:
- Ability to match ore and/or waste characteristics to the preconcentration measure;
- Presence of material properties providing strong proxy responses;
- Achieving the required level of upgrade;
- Complexity and cost of associated plant to feed units and to take away product and waste;
- Attitudes towards recovery and the associated value trade-offs;
- Techno-economic drivers for the project.
Understanding each of these factors should allow better first-pass assessments to be made. Such awareness will then logically increase the chances of practical and value-adding applications being identified and progressed, rather than being lost in the fog of uncertainty that pervades this area.