GSL held our Technical and Innovation Seminar in Castro Verde, Portugal on Friday 29th September and it was well attended with 33 delegates representing operators, suppliers, consultants and academia from across Portugal and Spain and beyond. The cross disciplinary audience, including delegates from Lundin Mining, Almina, MATSA, FQML, Almonty, Metso, FLSmidth, Nasaco, Akzo Nobel, Olympus and representatives from academia provided a good mix that generated interesting discussions.
The half day seminar hosted presentations from GSL, Petrolab who we work closely with to provide mineralogical data to clients and IntelliSense.io, who we are currently in discussions with regarding remote monitoring and optimisation of mineral processing plants.
After Nick Wilshaw, GSL Managing Director, kicked off proceedings, James Strongman of Petrolab presented an interesting overview of how mineralogy at the mine site can benefit operations. This was then followed by Klass van der Wielen, GSL Senior Metallurgist, who discussed how mineralogical data, such as that generated by Petrolab, can be used to simulate metallurgical behaviour. IntelliSense.io product lead Mark de Geus, continued the theme on how analysis and simulation can be used to predict performance with a presentation on a how real time simulation can lead to unit optimisation. The final two presentations were given by James Gaydon on the factors that should be considered when looking to optimise your grinding circuit, and Dr Kathryn Hadler who discussed how physics can be used to understand the chemistry of flotation. Both James and Kathryn are Senior Metallurgists with GSL.
Following the presentations, a technical panel was held to discuss some of the points raised in the presentations as well as technical challenges being encountered by delegates. The afternoon was closed out with a Sundowner, allowing presenters and delegates to relax and continue discussions from the Seminar.
Overall, the Seminar was a great success, with almost all major operations in the surrounding region sending representatives and the talks being well received by the audience. GSL plan to rollout similar seminars in different regions in the near future in the hope it will be of as much interest to others as it was to those in Spain and Portugal. Please contact us if you would like to attend a Seminar in your region.