Resource Business Optimization

Margin Enhancement Through the Application of Sensing and Big Data at Hard Rock Mines


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  • Duration: 3 sessions of 2 hours each
  • CEUs: 0.8 (8 PDHs) Tool Tip

Course Summary


Resource Business Optimization focuses on realizing opportunities for enhanced operational efficiency through the implementation of sensors, industrial analytics and automation solutions. This course presents a comprehensive range of new and exciting technologies and applications that can significantly improve the bottom line through the applications of mineral telemetry and automation solutions for improved orebody modelling, grade control, and ore/waste routing which ultimately increases mineral extraction and metal recovery and lowers cost therefore improving margins and creating value.

The technologies presented include the following.

  • sensors for real-time measurement of geometallurgical parameters including ore hardness, fragmentation and grade
  • new approaches in understanding and exploiting heterogeneity in orebodies through high resolution orebody modelling and conditional simulation
  • integration of mineral telemetry systems with conventional grade control and ore routing systems
  • waste rejection and ore upgrading through sensor-based sorting
  • improved ore classification (e.g. oxide/sulphide classification) and separation
  • drill-, shovel- and belt-based systems
  • ore diversion solutions
  • integration with selective and bulk mining approaches
  • tools for objective evaluation of resource business optimization opportunities.


Mine-Mill Integration was first coined by the Australians in the 1990s. It was defined in terms of approaches used to improve the interface between the mining operation in the pit and the surface mill. Aspects included in this definition are:

  • drill-mill technologies,
  • down the hole sensing,
  • blast fragmentation/comminution optimization, and
  • technology for the interpretation of ore textures in terms of their impact on mineral processing.

Resource Business Optimization is a holistic view on Mine-Mill approaches incorporating orebody modelling and pit optimization, grade control and ore routing as well as ore heterogeneity, coarse liberation and separation. Since 1999, Dr. Bamber has been involved in strategic research into Mine-Mill Integration, more specifically research into the integration of mineral processing and waste disposal technologies into the mining environment. Aspects included in this body of work are:

  • technologies for improved orebody modelling, face mapping and grade control,
  • ore grade sensing and control,
  • ore pre-concentration by size classification and sensor-based methods,
  • integration with ore routing and material handling systems, and
  • integration with both selective underground and bulk surface mining approaches.

The course describes the comprehensive range of technologies and applications and their respective benefits to the mine developer and operator. Impacts and benefits of the successful implementation of such technologies include inter alia: increased ore extraction, improved metal recoveries, reduced energy and costs, improved concentrate quality and improved smelter operations. Demonstration of potential cost reduction, revenue enhancement and value creation will be conducted through review of selected case studies.

Pre-Course e-Learning

Prior to the course, registered delegates have access to the online e-learning material consisting of two introductory courses, titled Mine Planning - Strategy and Mine Project Economics.

Certificate in Mining Studies

This course qualifies for one day of short course credit for the Certificate in Mining Studies (CMS), a continuing education program of accredited short courses, webcasts and online courses for lifelong learning in mining, supported by University of British Columbia, University of Arizona and University of Concepción. more details »

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Registered participants who attend the entire webcast and complete an evaluation at the end of the course will receive a Certificate of Attendance, confirming the Professional Development Hours (PDH)/Continuing Education Units (CEU) earned. Please confirm with your employer and/or professional association that this course qualifies for CPD.

Who Should Attend?

The course is profiled for mining consultants, mine developers and senior executives in the industry charged with asset optimization of margin enhancement at existing or future mines.

Andrew Bamber

Dr. Andrew Bamber is the CEO of MineSense Technologies Ltd of Vancouver, Canada, and focuses on research and development of sensor-based mineral telemetry and ore upgrading systems for a variety of companies. Dr. Bamber has past experience in designing and building mines, having executed several major capital projects in nickel, copper, chrome, platinum and gold in Southern Africa, Kazakhstan, Canada and South America. He was a consultant to Golder's Global Mining Group from 2005 – 2011, and is a qualified person in a range of commodities including nickel, copper, gold and tungsten.

He is also a word class researcher and entrepreneur, having been awarded the Graduate Research Prize at the CIM AGM in 2008, the 2009 Douglas Hays Research Medal for publication of his doctoral work on Mine-Mill Integration, 3rd prize in the BCIC New Ventures Business Competition in 2011, and was runner-up in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Pacific) Competition in 2013.

Dr. Bamber is currently engaged in ongoing work developing and marketing sensor based ore pre-concentration solutions for Glencore, Vale, Barrick, BHP and other major mining companies.

Provisional Schedule

This webcast is divided into three sessions with following topics:

Session 1: 17 June 2014, from 9:00am to 11:00am Pacific Daylight Time

  • Review of the current situation in hard rock mining
  • What is resource business optimization?
Session 2: 18 June 2014, from 9:00am to 11:00am Pacific Daylight Time

  • Key ore variables for optimizing the resource business
  • Productivity vs. production and quality vs. quantity
  • Measurement of key ore variables
  • Measurement of key ore variables
Session 3: 19 June 2014, from 9:00am to 11:00am Pacific Daylight Time

  • Decision support and optimization based on key measurements
  • Telemetry, analytics, dashboarding and optimization
  • Case studies

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Registration Deadline

Online registration ends 15 minutes prior to the webcast; however phone registration can be accepted up to the start of the webcast. Please call +1 604 683 2037 ext. 259 for last-minute reservations. Webcasts fill up quickly. Early booking is advised!


The fee covers the lecture, access to electronic course notes, Pre-Course e-Learning and a certificate of attendance.

Early Bird: there is a 10% discount if you register at least 30 days prior to the course start date. A 10% discount is offered for groups of 5 or more OR if you provide your Annual Edumine subscription User ID at time of registration. The maximum discount that can be applied is 20%.

This webcast is designed for both individual and group participation and would make an excellent company-sponsored in-house training event. If you have a group of twenty or more who would like to attend this course from one location, please contact us at +1 604 683 2037 for special pricing.

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