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Materials Handling

Learn how to make materials handling decisions based on minerals characterisation.

Quick facts


4 hours over
2 weeks


100% online

Course type

Digital Masterclass

Next intake

6 August 2020

PD Hours

4 PD hours


Course delivered in English

Proudly presented in conjunction with TUNRA Bulk Solids


Course Overview

    The storage, handling and transportation of bulk solid materials are major activities within the mining industry throughout the world. Considerable advances continue to be made in research, development and application of the technologies associated with understanding materials behaviour and influence on plant performance.

    In this introductory course to bulk solids handling, the principles of flow properties will be presented including testing procedures, interpretation and application to the design of handling systems including mass flow/funnel flow, stockpile design and mass reconciliation, transfer chute and conveyor design.


    It was useful, informative, applicable to my career and a really refreshing learning experience that I looked forward to using in my working day.

    The course has exceeded my expectations, I have gained a whole new level of understanding and appreciation not just around the JORC Code but the influence this has on the mining industry, but also the ASX.

    Access to best in the field experts, the professional structure of the course and the quality of the materials mean that it is a worthy investment for our technical professionals.

    Learning objectives

    • Appraise the obligations and liabilities of the Competent Person under the JORC Code
    • Describe a holistic view of the JORC Code and the role it plays in the minerals industry
    • Interpret the JORC Code within the context of your working environment
    • Apply the JORC Code in the reporting environment
    • Recognise and counter common misconceptions about the JORC Code
    • Identify good and poor technical reporting
    • Apply the lessons learned from case studies
    • Demonstrate the correct application of the JORC Code

    Course pricing

    Member $250

    Non-member $300

    + GST (for Australian based participants)

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    Course Structure

    The two-week course consists of two webinars. Each webinar will consist of a 90 minute presentation followed by 30 minutes of question/discussion time.

    Participants will work collaboratively with colleagues and coaches engaging in live discussions facilitated by the industry experts.

    Session One | Thursday 6 August

    Flow Properties Testing
    and Application

    • The importance of materials testing
    • Flow properties testing, outcomes and application
    • Application-specific testing including wear, dust, belts & idlers, DEM calibration tests.

    Webinar 11.00 – 12.30 AEST
    Live discussion 12.30 – 13.00 AEST


    Session Two | Thursday 13 August

    Application to Bulk Solids Handling Systems Design

    • Mass Flow/Funnel Flow, bin and stockpile design
    • Mass reconciliation
    • Transfer chute and belt conveyor design

    Webinar 11.00 – 12.30 AEST
    Live discussion 12.30 – 13.00 AEST

    Mining industry professionals

    The course will be of particular interest to those working in mechanical or process engineering, metallurgy or maintenance.

    Technical Experience

    Suitable for all technical levels including engineers, technicians, project managers, maintenance specialists, draftspersons, etc.

    Industry type

    Suitable for anyone working in mining, mineral processing or ports, anywhere in the world.

    Daniel Ausling
    Operations Manager, TUNRA Bulk Solids

    Daniel Ausling has been involved with TBS since 2003 and is currently employed as Operations Manager. He has worked across all aspects of the business: as a lab technician, workshop member, and as an engineer has been involved in materials handling testing, silo/bin and stockpile design, transfer chute design and conveyor system testing and design. Daniel is responsible for overseeing the company’s operations on a day-to-day basis. He is also in close contact with clients to deliver customised solutions to their complex challenges.
    Daniel Ausling
    Jens Plinke
    Dr Jens Plinke
    Consulting Engineer

    Dr Jens Plinke completed his engineering degree at the Leibniz University Hannover in Germany in 2014. During his studies he was hosted by TUNRA Bulk Solids for research projects on two occasions, gaining practical lab experience and an insight in a variety of materials handling issues. Jens completed his PhD at the University of Newcastle as part of the ARC Research Hub for Advanced Technologies for Australian Iron Ore in February 2019. His research is focused on solving industry related materials handling problems and the determination of the relationship of iron ore’s spectral responses to handling characteristics.
    Shaun Reid
    Consulting Engineer

    Shaun Reid joined TUNRA Bulk Solids as an industry scholar in 2013 and commenced as a consulting engineer in 2018. During his time with TBS he has contributed to a range of industry and research projects spanning the width of TBS capabilities. He completed his Honours thesis on the wear of conveyor belt covers and has held roles teaching mechanical design and bulk materials handling at the University of Newcastle. He currently specialises in discrete element modelling and flow properties testing.
    Shaun Reid

    What are the technical requirements to participate in the course? i.e. do I need a webcam, microphone, etc?
    The course will be run entirely online via a cloud-based platform called Adobe Connect which can be accessed via computer, tablet or phone. Participants will simply need to have a working Internet connection and a computer, tablet or phone with sound to access the course. Participants may choose to download the free Adobe Connect app but will not require any hardware like a webcam or microphone.

    How long will the course take?
    The course will run over two weeks. It will consist of two 2-hour webinars (each 90 mins + 30 mins question time), with one webinar held each week.

    Will the course be delivered in other languages?
    Unfortunately, no. The course will be delivered in English only.

    Confirmation of Enrolments:
    Participants will receive a confirmation email upon successful enrolment. Receipts for payments will be attached to the confirmation letter. Payment is required within 7 working days of enrolment.

    Please note that all international transaction fees and local tax withheld are the responsibility of the enrolling participant (or their company). Please ensure the transmitted payment will cover any such amount. Payment must accompany all enrolments. We accept the following credit cards: Visa, Mastercard, American Express.

    The total amount invoiced to the participant and/or company must be paid in full prior to course commencement date. The payment must be made in Australian dollars. Participants and/or company is liable for fees and taxes.

    Cancellation policy:
    Cancellations of enrolment must be by email only ( Refunds will apply as follows:

    • More than 21 days before the course – Full refund
    • 28 – 7 days before the course – Refund (less $150 administration charge)
    • 7 days or less before the course or non-attendance – No refund (no exceptions)

    An organisation may send an alternative participant if enrolment has been paid and the enrolled person is unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances. In such cases, the course administration must be advised of the change via email ( prior to the course commencement date. No changes are allowed once the course has commenced.

    Only pre-enrolled, pre-paid participants will be guaranteed access to the course. Upon receipt of your enrolment and payment, AusIMM will send confirmation.

    AusIMM member fee:
    To qualify for the special fee of ‘AusIMM member’ as quoted on the enrolment form you must be a financial (paid) member. AusIMM 2020 membership fees were due by 1 January 2020. Non-member enrolment fees apply to all non-members and non-financial AusIMM members.

    Participant list:
    Please note that all enrolled participants may have their name, position, company and email address shown within the online course platform.

    AusIMM reserves the right to change the intake schedule or to cancel or postpone the course if minimum numbers are not met.

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