Sam Marcuson, the recipient of the Metallurgy and Materials Society of CIM 2018 Airey award - the most prestigious award in Canadian metallurgy and materials science - traces the metallurgical and environmental history of the smelter, and in the process, sheds light on the dynamics between industry, engineering, environmental regulation and society.
A digital replica of a mineral processing plant won't recover any metals on its own, but it is an essential element to optimizing operations using the latest technologies available. Sohail Nazari of Andritz explains
If the mining industry is truly interested in re-imagining how value is extracted from rocks in the ground, its members could do a lot better than going back and forth with each other about how to innovate.
"We need to start moving away from empirical systems to quantified engineering principles, given the level of uncertainty we have in our industry."
George Hemingway has a few ideas for how miners can future-proof themselves