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The mining industry generally sees the evaluation of lower grade, and more heterogeneous and
complex deposits. In this context, geometallurgy seeks to integrate geoscientific disciplines with
minerals and mining engineering. It aims to understand orebody variability, underpinned by
characterisation data such as mineralogy, geochemistry, grade and physical rock properties obtained
from spatially distributed samples.
Geometallurgy is an important addition to any project evaluation or mining operation. As a
discipline, it seeks to maximise the Net Present Value of an orebody, while minimising technical and
operational risk. It also aims to promote sustainable development by ensuring that all stages of
extraction are performed in an optimal manner from a technical, environmental and social
perspective. Geometallurgical practice improves stakeholder collaboration and communication,
creating an environment for knowledge sharing and improved data acquisition. The end result, is the
integration of data into 3D models to optimise mine planning and scheduling. These aspects create
better business optimisation, utilisation of staff and targeted and realistic key performance
The objective of this seminar is to introduce attendees to the concept of geometallurgy and
emphasise the importance of early stage ore/waste characterisation programmes.