Overview and Advancements in Mineral Processing and Characterization

Overview and Advancements in Mineral Processing and Characterization

Areas of Study: Mineral Processing

Qualifies for CMS

Short Course Short Course
  • Audience Level: Professional Tool Tip
  • Dates: Unscheduled Tool Tip
  • Early Bird: Tool Tip
  • Enrollment: Included Tool Tip
  • Registration Fee: Tool Tip
  • Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada Tool Tip
  • Duration: 1 day
  • CEUs: 0.8 (8 PDHs) Tool Tip

Course Summary


This course is part of an Edumine blended learning program that integrates online learning with classroom sessions by industry specialists.

The course will look closely at the mineral processing in view of recent technological advancements. It will cover general mineral processing concepts in crushing, grinding and flotation. Since flotation is the most important process to recover valuable minerals, advancements in flotation will be addressed in greater detail. It will also include topics such as process mineralogy and application of automated mineralogy to solve mineral processing problems. An instrumental analysis such as X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and other advanced technologies will also be discussed.


General overview of mineral processing unit operations with the emphasis on flotation and recent advancement in mineral surface characterizations. Practical examples of troubleshooting with the use of modern age technology will be discussed.

Participants will benefit from a basic knowledge of the unit operations used in mineral processing and better understanding of the effect of mineral surface properties on flotation. This course will enhance participants' knowledge of the recent advances in technology in the area of mineral surface characterization.

Pre-Course e-Learning

Prior to the course, registered delegates have access to online e-learning material consisting of two courses titled Flotation 1 - Fundamentals and Gyratory Crushing - Fundamentals, Unit Operations and Circuits, both authored by Metso Process Technology.

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 short course 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?

This course is designed for people whose interests are in Mineral Processing, and in implementations of advanced technologies to the mineral characterization to improve effectiveness of flotation. This is also suitable for a range of professionals with the interest, particularly in advancements in flotation process. It can be beneficial for mineral process and environmental engineers, researchers, plant managers and students.

Dr. Maria E. Holuszko

Maria earned her BASc from Technical University of Silesia, Poland, and her MASc and PhD degree in Mineral Processing from the University of British Columbia, NBK Institute of Mining Engineering, Vancouver, Canada. She is a Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia since 1993 and a member of the Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM) since 1988. She is a Mineral Process engineer with twenty years of experience in Mineral and Coal Processing research.

Her career extends from working at the University of Alberta, the Alberta Research Council – Coal Department, British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines - Economic Geology Section to her research work at the University of British Columbia during the graduate years. Maria carried out a number of research and development projects on a laboratory and pilot plant scale during her career working for universities, government as well as carrying out consulting work for the industry. Maria has an extensive experience in flotation, agglomeration, pelletization and fine particles' characterization methods which involve an assessment of surface properties of coal and sulphide minerals. Her interests are on the application of advanced technology to the mineral surface characterization such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray Diffraction Analysis (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) as well as Time of Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy and their industrial applications.

She spent a year (2007) working for the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre at the University of Queensland, Australia – world's centre of excellence for Mineral Processing. where she has gained familiarity with Mineral Liberation Analysis using JKTech MLA system for automated mineral characterization. She also worked on the implementation of Floatability Index into the JKSimFloat flotation model, as well as she carried out consulting work on flotation for BHP Nickel West, Australia. Presently, she is a Research Associate and Lecturer at NBK Institute of Mining Engineering, the University of British Columbia, teaching undergraduate courses in Process Mineralogy and Coal Preparation.

Maria and her family enjoy living in Vancouver, "the best place on earth," and she loves travelling, skiing, and outdoor activities.

Provisional Schedule

Instruction will take place from 9:00AM to 5:00PM, with a lunch break from noon to 1:00PM and 15 minute snack breaks in mid-morning and mid-afternoon.

For convenience, this course has been subdivided into three different parts. The sessions will include verbal presentations and visual illustrations.

Day 1


  • General overview of mineral processing concepts
  • From rocks to metals, materials and final products
  • Ore mineralogy
  • Process mineralogy
  • Mineral processing stages overview

Mineral Processing Unit Operations

  • Crushing
  • Screening
  • Grinding
  • Classification
  • Gravity separation
  • Froth flotation

Innovative Technologies in Mineral Characterization

  • Scanning Electron Microscope SEM and SEM-MLA automated systems for mineral liberation
  • X-ray Fluorescence Analysis (XRF)
  • X-ray Diffraction Analysis (XRD)
  • X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS)
  • Time of Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy (ToF SIMS)
  • Atomic Force Microscope (AFM)

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.


The fee covers the lecture, access to Pre-Course e-Learning, a certificate of attendance, and catered breakfasts and lunches including light refreshments. The fee does not cover accommodation.

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%.


The course will be held at InfoMine Inc, Vancouver, Canada, Suite 640 - 580 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC. Detailed arrival instructions will be sent to all participants 10-14 days prior to the commencement of the course.

Hotel Accommodation

If you need to make hotel reservations, we recommend the following hotels. Each hotel is within a 5-15 minute walking distance of the course venue and provides convenient access to transportation and 'Canada Line' rapid transit to/from Vancouver International Airport.

When making reservations make sure to ask for the "InfoMine corporate rate".

  • Executive Hotel Le Soleil, named by Resorts & Great Hotels Magazine as "One of the Top 100 Hotels in the World," has been recipient of the American Automobile Association's (AAA) 4-Diamond rating since its opening. Executive Hotel Le Soleil differentiates itself with a unique mixture of stylish sophistication and old world elegance. Featuring 119 luxury boutique lodging accommodations, it is conveniently located across the street from the InfoMine/Edumine offices. Experience Copper Chimney restaurant's award winning chefs and enter into an exotic world of Indian fusion food.
    The Hotel Le Soleil's website is: http://www.hotellesoleil.com.

  • Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver: make yourself at home in one of the Metropolitan Hotel's 197 elegantly appointed guestrooms and suites. Enjoy the Metropolitan's 24-hour Business Center; fully-equipped Health Club with indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, and squash court; and the Diva at the Met restaurant, a AAA 4-Diamond rated restaurant featuring Vancouver's finest cuisine, celebrated Chef's table, and distinguished wine cellar. The Metropolitan has received a "4 Green Keys" rating through the Green Key Eco-Rating Program.
    The Metropolitan Hotel's website is: http://www.metropolitan.com/vanc/.

  • Vancouver’s most art-full hotel, the Listel Hotel is a cultural tourist’s dream and a showcase for eco-friendly practices. Packed with original art, this 129 room boutique hotel boasts comfortable, contemporary furnishings and a perfect location in the West End, the city’s most eclectic shopping and dining neighbourhood. The hotel is also home to Forage, a pioneer in sustainable restaurant operations and home to Chef Chris Whittaker’s award-winning farm-to-table fare. Forage is known for its small plate dining and BC wine and craft beer on tap.
    The Listel Hotel's website is: http://www.thelistelhotel.com.

  • Days Inn Downtown Vancouver Hotel: experience the modern comforts of the historic full-service business hotel located in the core of downtown Vancouver. Their West Coast hospitality will ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible. Discover true value at the Days Inn Downtown Vancouver Hotel as they provide FREE Wireless Internet, Bottled Water / Tea & Small Business Center. InfoMine’s corporate rate includes $10.00 breakfast voucher, best available room at check-in, Day Pass to Health and Fitness Centre around the corner.
    The Days Inn Downtown's website is: http://www.daysinnvancouver.com/.

  • The Delta Vancouver Suites is a 225 all-suite property designed with business travel in mind. Centrally located in the Heritage District of downtown Vancouver, the hotel is just one block from Waterfront Station, the main hub of the Canada Line providing convenient and economical transportation to/from the Vancouver International Airport. The hotel is in close proximity to many corporate offices, the Vancouver Convention Centre and government offices making business connections easy. Attractions such as Rogers Arena and BC Place Stadium and neighborhoods including Gastown, home to many of the best restaurants Vancouver has to offer are all a short walk away. The Delta Vancouver Suites' website is: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/yvrdv-delta-hotels-vancouver-suites/.

For further information about hotels in Downtown Vancouver, see the following website: http://www.hotels-vancouver.ca/hotels/Downtown.

Terms and Conditions

By submitting a short course registration form, you agree to pay the associated fees in full before the course start date.


Notice of cancellation must be given in writing by letter, fax or email and action will be taken to recover, from the delegates or their employers, that portion of the fee owing at the time of cancellation.

A 10% administration fee will be levied for cancellations made 4 or more weeks prior to the first day of the course. Thereafter, the following cancellation refund schedule will apply.

  • Cancellation made more than 3 weeks prior to the first day of the short course: 70% of the registration fee is reimbursed.
  • Cancellation made more than 2 weeks prior to the first day of the short course: 50% of the registration fee is reimbursed.
  • Cancellation made less than 2 weeks prior to the first day of the short course: no reimbursement of registration fees.

Edumine reserves the right to cancel an advertised course on short notice. It will endeavour to provide participants with as much notice as possible, but will not accept liability for costs incurred by participants or their organisations as a result of the course being cancelled or postponed. If a course is cancelled, fees will be refunded in full. Edumine also reserves the right to postpone or make such alterations to the content of a course as may be necessary.

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