COM 2016 Programming Hosted at IMPC 2016

Technical Program

2016 MetSoc‘s @AnnualCOM will contribute to the prestigious programming of IMPC 2016.

IMPC (COM 2016 Endorsed) Symposia

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Georges J. Kipouros, University of Saskatchewan

Professor and Dean, College of Engineering, University of Saskatchewan. Georges J. Kipouros obtained his Diploma of Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece and M.A.Sc, and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, Canada working with Professor Spiro Flengas. He then worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for three years as a Postdoctoral Research Associate with Professor Donald Sadoway developing processes based on molten salts. George worked for five years at the General Motors Research, Warren, Michigan as a Senior Research Scientist to develop the process for the production of Neodymium-Iron-Boron permanent magnets.

KEYNOTE: Electrometallurgy: Old Practice New Science

September 11-15, 2016, Quebec Convention Center (Being presented at: Electrometallurgy Symposium)

Many advances have relied on the development of new and improved materials while other technologically advanced ideas are limited by the lack of suitable materials. Electrometallurgy has played an important role in the development of the new materials. Many operations require the use of water solutions while the production of reactive metals is only possible in molten salts. Both media have been used successfully in electrometallurgical operations for over a century.  However, the development of electrometallurgy as a science has taken place in the last sixty years and led to a comprehensive understanding of the factors that contribute to efficient utilization of electricity in the production or transformation of minerals to stronger, purer and sophisticated light weight materials. Education in electrometallurgy and industrial practice were always out of phase as the innovation in production was not automatically transferred to the classroom. The presentation discusses education and industrial practice of electrometallurgy with the view of sustainability and environmental issues in sight.

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Tony Lipiec, AMEC Foster Wheeler

Since graduating 30 years ago in mineral process engineering, Tony has worked continuously in base and precious metals extraction.  This experience has been in operations,  process development in the lab and in the field, on-site technical consulting and project development in both engineering and construction.   His design build experience spans a wide range of project sizes from small 300 tpd gold operations to 30ktpd copper flotation plants.  In this work, he has been involved with various forms of comminution, concentration and extraction methods including fine crushing, SAG milling, flotation, cyanidation, roasting and hydrometallurgy.  Tony’s role in both study and implemented design has varied from lead design engineer to project manager coordinating the design between Client, Vendor & Engineer.

KEYNOTE: Plant Design – The Human Factor

September 11-15, 2016, Quebec Convention Center (Being Presented at: Process Control: Instrumentation, Modelling, Simulation)

 In today’s world of complex projects, where engineering and execution are supported by a high level of project management and systems, how critical is the human factor in design engineering.  Based on his involvement on a variety of projects, Tony Lipiec will relate his experiences as the impact of 4 factors: the ‘team’ involved in the design and execution of the project; the project and information systems supporting the project; the impact of scope, time, and budget; and finally the selection of the proper success criteria to judge the project and the people who have enacted the project.

The discussion of the team will relate to the quality of people and the impact of their knowledge, attitude and experience.  It will also look at the relationships and interests of the various stakeholders.  Decision making and taking responsibility will be discussed.

Supporting the team are the management, document and information systems.  The value that these systems bring to the project as a whole will be examined.  How project size impacts the applicability of the systems will be discussed.

Scope, time and budget are recognized as critical.  Reference will be made to the interplay between these components which are vital to project success.  The issue of iterative design and whether it is necessary will be considered together with the development of supporting technical information.

Finally the selection of the proper success criteria and the awards provided to the team can have a big impact on the final, production success of the project.  The author will discuss his views on the impacts of these on EPCM projects.

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 Other IMPC Symposia

  • IMPC Commissions: Education, Mineral Processing for the Future


IMPC Technical Streams

  • Characterization: Mineralogy, Geometallurgy
  • Process Control: Instrumentation, Modelling, Simulation
  • Flotation: From Chemistry to Machines
  • Extractive Metallurgy: Hydro and Pyrometallurgy
  • Comminution: AG/SAG, Crushers, HPGR, Tumbling and Stirred Mills
  • Physical Separation: Gravity, Magnetic, Electrostatic, Ore Sorting, Upgrading (physical and chemical)
  • Plant Design: Complex Ores Integrated Flowsheets
  • Asset Management: Sampling, Metal Accounting, Surveys and Flowsheet Improvement
  • New Frontiers: Harsh Environments Including Arctic, Undersea, Space and Beyond
  • Environment, Recycling and Social Responsibility
  • Dewatering: Thickening, Filtering, Drying

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Author Submission Requirements and Important Details

Important information related to authors / presenters of XXVIII International Mineral Processing Congress (IMPC 2016) are outlined below. PLEASE read carefully before proceeding to submit an abstract.

KEY DATES (subject to change) authors / presenters should keep in mind include:

 Call for Abstracts:   CLOSED!
 Notification of Abstract Acceptance:  Begins October 1, 2015
 Papers Due:  January 1, 2015
 Paper Review Process:  Begins January 1 to March 15, 2016
 Final Papers Due:  March 15, 2016
 Final Paper Decisions for Revised Papers:  Begins April 1, 2016
 Author Registration:  May 1, 2016


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