Mine-Mill Integration - The Business Case


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  • Duration: 3 sessions of 2 hours each
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Course Summary

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Mine-Mill Integration (MMI) encompasses a range of approaches for the integration of novel technologies into the mine to improve the efficiency and profitability of the mineral extraction and beneficiation process. Mine-Mill Integration can involve operational integration, such as the use of drill- and shovel-monitoring technologies, down-the-hole and face-mapping tools, optimization of the blast fragmentation/comminution process, as well as improved process monitoring in the pit and ore handling system. Mine-Mill Integration can also involve the physical integration of waste - rejection technologies such as size classification, sorting or flash flotation into the mine itself, for improved grade control as well as potentially improving ore grades in the feed to the mill. Significant benefits in mine, mill and smelter operations can be enjoyed with correct application of mine-mill approaches for increased overall profitability of the mine.


The term Mine-Mill Integration was fist coined by the Australians in the 1990’s. 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 include:

  • 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.

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 underground and surface mining environment. Aspects included in this body of work include:

  • technologies for improved face mapping and grade control,
  • integration with both selective and bulk mining technologies,
  • innovative ore handling systems,
  • ore grade sensing and control,
  • ore pre-concentration by size classification,
  • sorting, dense media separation, and
  • coarse-particle flotation or gravity methods.

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. An executable impact demonstration tool PreCalculatOre will be demonstrated during the course and provided to all participants.

Pre-Course e-Learning

Prior to the course, registered delegates have access to online e-learning material consisting of two introductory courses titled “Introduction to Mining and Mineral Processing” 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 mine owners and developers, mining project professionals and beneficial to those working at mine operations or as engineering consultants to the minerals industry.

Dr. 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: 29 November 2011, from 10:00am to 12:00pm Pacific Standard Time
Time Session

Technical and Economic Aspects of Hard Rock Metal Mining


What is Mine Mill Integration?

Session 2: 30 November 2011, from 10:00am to 12:00pm Pacific Standard Time
Time Session

Enabling Technologies


Operational, Physical and Informational Integration

Session 3: 1 December 2011, from 10:00am to 12:00pm Pacific Standard Time
Time Session

Understanding and Evaluating the Impacts and Benefits


Case Studies, PreCalculatOre Demonstration, Summary, and Discussion

How to Register

To register yourself, click the ‘Register Now’ button and complete the online registration form.

To register on behalf of someone else, or to register groups of 2 or more, please contact us; discounts may apply.

Questions? Please contact Edumine: +1 604 683 2037 or [email protected] and we will get back to you during regular business hours, Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm Pacific Time.

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 full fee for the three sessions of this webcast, including access to electronic course notes, Pre-Course e-Learning and a certificate of attendance is CAD 450.00.

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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System Requirements

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Accessing the Webcast

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