The second week of September is set to be a super-sized professional development week for the resources sector when two major mining conferences take place at Crown Perth.


September 9-10 will see the Australasian Institute for Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) 2019 MetPlant Conference take place, before the World Gold Conference follows in its footsteps from September 11-13.


Established in 2002, the MetPlant Conference series has built up a reputation for promoting and imparting knowledge pertaining to world’s best practice in metallurgical plant design and operation.


From design and maintenance engineers to operations managers, planning engineers, metallurgists, process engineers, environmental specialists, equipment suppliers, service providers and consultants, it brings together a broad range of disciplines involved in whole-of-life planning and operation to discuss and review developments in metallurgical plant design and the optimisation of operations.


The MetPlant Conference will include nine highly regarded keynote speakers from companies including BHP, Newmont Goldcorp, SIMEC Group, OZ Minerals and Ausenco.


With an increased focus on technology, digital transformation, lessons from Silicon Valley, intellectual property, machine learning and artificial intelligence, MetPlant delegates will be challenged by the concepts presented, according to AusIMM CEO Stephen Durkin.


The inaugural Russell Mineral Equipment/AusIMM Innovation Award will also be presented to the author of the paper judged to be the most innovative.


Mr Durkin said that in 2017, AusIMM’s MetPlant Conference was attended by 350 delegates from 15 countries, with the conference receiving a record 83 abstracts from all over the world. With the conference being held in conjunction with the World Gold Conference, Mr Durkin expected an even larger turnout this year.


The World Gold Conference series is a joint venture between AusIMM, The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, highlighting the ongoing collaboration of professional peak bodies in the resources industry globally.


“Australia’s $19 billion gold industry and the professional expertise within it will be showcased as we share knowledge and learnings from our international partners,” Mr Durkin said. “Behind only China, Australia’s gold mines will produce an estimated 10.7 million ounces this year alone, a credit to the professionalism of the more than 20,000 individuals working directly in the Australian gold mining industry.”


This year’s conference theme will be ‘unlocking sustained value from gold deposits’.


Leading the conversation are three eminent plenary speakers from the Australian industry, as well as six leading international keynote speakers. The conference will include all aspects of gold mining, including exploration, mining, geotechnical, metallurgy (processing) and environmental themes. As a way of encouraging diversity of views, the conference will have workshop sessions where professionals can share leading expertise.


“This year AusIMM is holding seven major conferences in Perth, with some expected to attract up to 800 professionals,” Mr Durkin said.


Individuals receive a discounted registration fee when they register for both conferences.


Image: A previous AusIMM event.