Geometallurgy - Back to the future: Scoping and communicating Geomet programs

Jackson, J., McFarlane, A. J. and Olson Hoal, K. (2011). Geometallurgy - Back to the future: Scoping and communicating Geomet programs. In: Simon Dominy, The First AusIMM International Geometallurgy Conference 2011. Geomet 2011, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (125-131). 5-7 September 2011.

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Author Jackson, J.
McFarlane, A. J.
Olson Hoal, K.
Title of paper Geometallurgy - Back to the future: Scoping and communicating Geomet programs
Conference name Geomet 2011
Conference location Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Conference dates 5-7 September 2011
Proceedings title The First AusIMM International Geometallurgy Conference 2011
Journal name GeoMet 2011 - 1st AusIMM International Geometallurgy Conference 2011
Place of Publication Burwood, VIC, Australia
Publisher Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9781921522499
Editor Simon Dominy
Start page 125
End page 131
Total pages 7
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The term geometallurgy (or geometallurgical) fi rst appeared in the literature some 40 years ago and has a wide range of defi nitions and perspectives which increases the barriers of communication between practitioners and across functional groups and management levels within organisations. However the consistent theme running through the diversity of defi nitions and perspectives is the requirement for close collaboration between the relevant disciplines. This concept of geometallurgy arguably goes back to the earliest days of the exploitation of mineral deposits, through the mid-1500s to the beginning of the 20th century.
This holistic and integrated view was diminished during the 20th century due to a number of factors which included the commencement and continuing upward trend of large-scale mining and the expansion in production, the rise of scientifi c and classical management theories and methodologies, increase in specialisation and the development of traditional project planning.
The re-emergence of geometallurgy in the late 20th century required the relevant functional units and disciplines to collaborate as a team. This necessitates a common understanding that the geometallurgical program’s goals must be obtained, which requires clear and consistent communication, particularly with the modern trend of virtual teams.
A multi-dimensional construct is proposed to assist in providing a consistent approach in the communication of the context and purpose of both general and specific geometallurgical programs, thus simplifying communication.
This geometallurgical construct consists of the dimensions of process span, response knowledge, variability knowledge, spatial knowledge, application and project phase in relation to extraction process(es) applied to geological materials from a mineral deposit. These dimensions are then linked to the phase of mineral project development in which the geometallurgical program is being applied, which ranges from advanced exploration through to operational execution.
This paper outlines the multi-dimensional construct with examples of how the context, purpose and scope of geometallurgical programs can be clearly delineated and communicated.
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