Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Emperors Palace, Johannesburg • October 24 – 25, 2011

Mining Congress
Silver Sponsors
FLSmidth Minerals
Bronze Sponsors
Flanders Electric
Astec Aggregate and Mining Group
Hosted in Johannesburg, the South African city well known for its source of a large-scale gold and diamond trade, the Mining Magazine Congress is a global forum for mining equipment suppliers, mine managers, contractors, consultants, engineering firms and others to come together to discuss the latest technologies, solutions and approaches to improving efficiency and productivity. 

Register to attend at the special early bird price, available until the end of August. Visit the Mining Congress website
The event is an ideal opportunity to hear the very latest news, developments and updates in the mining industry. In just two days you will hear over 50 expert industry speakers discuss the issues which matter to you. The programme agenda, detailed below, is coming together quickly and already signed up to speak are high profile industry leaders from the following companies, with more to come….
  • Murray & Roberts

  • Sandvik

  • Cubex

  • Joy

  • GE

  • Flanders Electric

  • Komatsu

  • Shell

  • MMD

  • P&H Mining

  • Gemcom Software

  • Caterpillar

  • Mintek

  • Vale

  • DEM Solutions

Monday, October 24
Drill and Blast / Load and Haul

Session 1: Underground drilling and blasting
9.00Modern shaft-sinking techniquesAllan Widlake, Murray & Roberts
9.20Explosives delivery
9.40Underground hauling and loading automationSpeaker TBC, Sandvik
10.00Hard-rock cutting and rapid tunnelling 
10.20Reef drilling: Xstrata case studyJordan Letkeman, Cubex

10.40Technology Time: four short presentations 

11.00Coffee Break 

Session 2: Underground mining methods
11.30Continuous Miners: use in Room and PillarSpeaker TBC, Joy
11.50Xstrata's Southstock coal mine: MC470 MinerSpeaker TBC, Sandvik
12.10Panel Discussion: Block Caving 

  • Correct planning

Keith Triginer, Gemcom Software

  • Hauling & loading

  • Improving tunnel advance rates

  • Case study


Session 3: Surface load and haul
13.30Autonomous truck development (Solomon mine)Speaker TBC, Caterpillar 
13.50Production drill rigs
14.10Optimising the load-haul cycle John Samut, Komatsu
14.30Hybrid and energy recovery systems for TrucksBill Halli, GE
14.50Panel Discussion: Surface Automation - the future? 

  • Surface hauling and loading experience 

  • Drill Rig Automation

  • Automation planning

15.30Coffee Break 

Session 4: Haulage optimisation
16.00Mechanical v electrical drive systems-
16.20Lifecycle management of surface loadersMike Casson, Flanders
16.40Fuels/lubricants choice to improve performanceDarren Barwick, Shell
17.00Panel: Trolley-assist v conventional trucks 

  • Drive systems and infrastructure

Bill Halli, GE 

  • Benefits over traditional methods

Don Lindell, Komatsu

  • Case study of trolley-assist operation

DAY 2  
Tuesday, October 25th
Minerals Processing / Crushing and Conveying
Session 5: Mill maximisation
9.20Precious metals recovery 
10.00Dense Media Separation

10.20Technology Time: Six short presentations 

10.50Coffee Break 

Session 6: Flow management
11.20Control of bio- and heap-leach developments     Petrus J van Staden, Mintek
11.40Mine and stockpile management
12.00Automation of the processing circuitJohn Favier, DEM Solutions
12.20Panel: Optimising Minerals Recovery 

  • Increasing recover rates from low-grade ores

  • Choosing the right chemicals

  • Correct planning in the processing plant


Session 7: Crushing choices
13.40Gearless v mechanical drives
14.00SAG & AG mills
14.20Crusher selection 
14.40Better fragmentation: improving crusher throughput

15.00Coffee Break 

15.30Technology Time: Four short presentations 

Session 8: Surface solutions
15.50IPCC and truck-shovel mining methodsCesar Carraro, Vale
16.10Semi v full mobile crushing/conveyingRichard Green, MMD
16.30Does IPCC make financial sense?Scot Szalanski, P&H
16.50Panel: Maximising Surface Mining Efficiency 

  • IPCC: Realistic solution in existing open pit?

  • Will IPCC ever be the system of choice?

  • Owner v contractor options

  • Surface-mining case study

For further information about the event and to register to attend at the special early bird price visit the Mining Congress website