Process Control of Mineral Processing Systems

Process Control of Mineral Processing Systems

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: 3 days
  • CEUs: 2.4 (24 PDHs) Tool Tip

Course Summary

Summary

Recent progress in instrumentation and control hardware as well as the rapid development of optimizing controls now make it possible to consider a wide range of solutions for controlling a mineral processing plant. Controlling a plant more efficiently leads to higher throughput, higher recoveries and/or grade as well as savings in reagent and better power utilization. The objective of the course is to provide a comprehensive overview of the subject ranging from topics relevant to conventional or basic controls, to some of the more recent and exciting developments in optimizing control systems.

Participants should expect to gain a broad understanding of modern industrial controls, and to be better prepared to participate in decisions or programs relating to the design and development of effective process control systems. Each participant will receive an electronic (pdf) copy of the presentations. The Excel spreadsheets tools used in the course will also be provided.

People interested in this course may also want to register for Introduction to Hydrometallurgy, scheduled to run in the same week.

Each participant is expected to have his/her own computer with Excel 2007 (or later) installed. The Solver add-in is also required.

Pre-Course e-Learning

Prior to the course, registered delegates have access to the online e-learning material consisting of several introductory courses titled Grinding 1 - Fundamentals, Grinding 2 - Unit Operations, Grinding 3 - Circuits, Flotation 1 - Fundamentals, Flotation 2 - Unit Operations, and Flotation 3 - Circuits.

Certificate in Mining Studies

This course qualifies for three days 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?

The course is intended for senior and junior engineers responsible for, or anyone else involved in the operation, optimization, or design of mineral processing plants. The session is especially well suited to those requiring an introduction or refresher on what is now a cornerstone technology.

André Vien

André Vien is the Process Engineering Manager at Metso Minerals Center for Advanced Technology where he has been working since 1988 (including the MCAT predecessors). During this time he has worked on numerous data analysis, modeling and advanced control projects. As part of his work he developed several engineering tools for mass balancing, modeling and data analysis. He has co-authored several papers and participated in many short-courses. He is the founder of the computer based mill operator training (CBT) program. His recent work includes process audits, metallurgical forecasting, as well as research and development inside Metso Minerals. André has presented the process control course for over 20 years, both in conference settings as well as on customer sites.

Provisional Schedule

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

Day 1: Process Control Basics

  • Introductions
  • Overview of Control in Mineral Processing
  • Process Dynamics
  • Exercise - Dynamics
  • Conventional Control
  • PID Controller
  • PID Loop Tuning
  • Exercise - Tuning

Day 2: Process Control Implementation

  • Sampling Interval
  • Signal Filtering
  • Aliasing
  • Loop Performance Monitoring
  • SPC Notions in Process Control
  • Field Instrumentation
  • Exercise - Instrumentation
  • Design of Control Strategies
  • Exercise - Pairing

Day 3: Selected Issues in Process Control

  • Multiple Feeder Control Strategy
  • Engineering Documentation
  • Control System Hardware
  • Control System Software
  • Alarms
  • On-Stream Analysis
  • Advanced Sensors
  • Soft Sensors
  • Expert System and Fuzzy Logic
  • Model Predictive Control
  • Conclusion 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.

Fees

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 3 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%.

Venue

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.

Cancellations

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 10 or more business days prior to the first day of the course. Cancellations thereafter will be liable for the loss of the full fee.

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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