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Webinar Reminder: “The Drunken Man’s Lamp Post” – why stats are not optional for mineral engineers (or anyone else for that matter)

Metallurgists use statistical method less than almost any other numerate profession. This has to change if our concentrators are to be designed and operated optimally.

Date: Wednesday 1st May 2019

Time: 2.30pm – 3.30pm (AEST)

Webinar: Online

Cost:

Member – $27.50

Non Member – $38.50

Student Member – $16.50

Student Non-Member – $27.50

Presenter: Emeritus Professor Tim Napier-Munn
JKMRC, Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland

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Webinar Overview

Mineral engineers (metallurgists) use statistical method less than almost any other numerate profession. In other lines of professional work (eg psychology, drug development, production engineering) stats is embedded in the DNA and is uncontroversial. But mineral engineers still seem (with some honourable exceptions) to resort to stats as a last resort when all other methods have failed. This has to change if our concentrators are to be designed and operated optimally.
In this gentle webinar we will use simple examples to show that uncertainty infests all the data which is the daily meat and drink of the mineral engineer, and that this uncertainty leads directly to risk in decision-making (which can be career-limiting). It is the job of stats to measure and manage that uncertainty. All you need is Excel and an enquiring mind. The three main take-aways will be:

  1. ALL data has uncertainty.
  2. Humans are BAD at interpreting data and judging risk intuitively.
  3. Stats has solutions for ALL these problems.

Presenter Bio

Emeritus Professor Tim Napier-Munn
JKMRC, Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland

Tim Napier-Munn is a mineral engineer with degrees from Imperial College, London and the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He has had a 48 year career in mineral industry R&D in the public and private sectors in three countries, holding senior positions with De Beers in South Africa, and with the JKMRC and JKTech Pty Ltd at the University of Queensland. He retired as Director, JKMRC, and Managing Director, JKTech, in 2004, and is now Emeritus Professor at UQ, working with graduate students at the JKMRC and consulting through JKTech.
Tim has published over 150 papers and articles, and was editor of the JKMRC ‘Blue Book’ on comminution (1996) and the 7th Edition of Wills’ Mineral Processing Technology (2006). He has delivered professional development courses on Statistics for Mineral Engineers around the world for over 20 years, and in 2014 published a book on the subject. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Minerals Engineering journal and a Fellow of the AusIMM. Tim is a recipient of the IOM3 Futer Medal (London, 2009), the AusIMM President’s Award (2011), and the AusIMM Sir Willis Connolly Memorial Medal (2015). He was the AusIMM Delprat Distinguished Lecturer in 2016.

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