Installations of both bulk and particle sensor-based sorting (SBS) in the mining industry have increased significantly recently. However, SBS still lacks industry recognition as a pre-concentration technology.
In addition to mineralogical characterization, different sensors and their performance parameters are key to understanding orebody heterogeneity characteristics exploited by SBS. Current SBS testwork is often hit-or-miss—or worse, amenability is assessed only by desktop study using default parameters from “similar ores.” This gap in standardized methodology for SBS characterization is often linked to its unsuccessful or sub-optimum adoption of the technology.
Experts from SRC and Unearthed Consulting will cover the mineral and sensor characterization required for successfully adopting sensor-based sorting. You’ll learn about sensor-based technologies and their mineral applications, such as XRT, laser, infrared, induction and colour sorters. Presenters
Jane Danoczi works in SRC’s Mining and Energy Division. She has previously served as Manager, Process Design at Shore Gold Inc., CEO of Danoczi Solutions and Senior Research Officer at De Beers. In addition to corporate management and leadership, she has 30 years’ experience in researching and developing mine technologies and is internationally known for her work in diamond recovery technologies.
Peng Luo is an R&D Technical Advisor in SRC’s Mining and Energy Division. His main expertise is enhanced oil recovery technologies, carbon storage, interfacial phenomena, petrophysics and geochemistry for conventional light/medium/heavy oil reservoirs and unconventional tight/shale oil reservoirs in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. His latest specialization includes X-ray imaging techniques with artificial intelligence-related image analysis and simulations for a wide variety of geomaterials, including mineral ores and petroleum reservoir rocks. Jane and Peng will be joined by Marie-Claude Halle and Steven Creighton for the Q & A period.
Marie-Claude Halle is a metallurgical engineer and entrepreneur who, after a 20-year career in the mining and metals industry, founded Unearthed Consulting with the objective to help “mine more value” from block model to sales. Her extensive mining experience ranges from diamonds to base metals and includes senior operational leadership roles. Unearthed Consulting specializes in three areas: pre-concentration and sensor-based ore sorting; lean mining and digital transformation; and sustainable value chain optimization. In 2020, Unearthed Consulting developed a sensor-based sorting characterization program, enabling the evaluation of the amenability of deposits to the technology.
Steven Creighton is a Research Scientist at the Saskatchewan Research Council and oversees the operation of the Advanced Microanalysis Centre™, which is part of SRC Geoanalytical Laboratories. His major responsibilities include conducting applied research and developing analytical methods that support mineral exploration and environmental mineralogy. Steven holds a Doctorate in Geology specializing in mineral chemistry and has more than 10 years’ experience providing innovative solutions to complex problems.