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data-metallogenicaDear member AMIRA International is building Data Metallogenica (www.dmgeode.com) as a web-based not-for-profit global encyclopaedia of ore deposits for the mining industry and associated institutions. While it is still growing at a rapid rate, DM already contains quality technical information on over 5,000 mineral deposits of all kinds from around the world. It has been supported by over 150 mining & exploration companies, many geological surveys and many professional societies/associations. Some years ago, the Southern African Institute of Mining & Metallurgy, through a one-off...
public-consultation-the-new-registration-systen-nrs CALL FOR PUBLIC COMMENTPUBLIC CONSULTATION - THE NEW REGISTRATION SYSTEM (NRS)   The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) is a statutory body established in terms of the Engineering Profession Act, (EPA No 46 of 2000). ECSA is charged with the responsibility to regulate the engineering profession with the objective to register engineering practitioners. ECSA has recently finalised the New Registration System (the "NRS") and as enjoined by section 36 of the EPA, the Council has taken a decision to embark on a public consultation process in respect of NRS. The New Registration System...
foreword-danie-krigeThrough his work and exposure to the data and information received while working for the Government Mining Engineer’s office in the early 1950s, as well as his methods of comparing sampling information and derived block values by means of regression, Danie Krige became a leader in the field of mineral resource estimation, out of which the science and methods of geostatistics were developed. The Danie Krige Commemorative Volume was designed to attract contributions from local and international geostatisticians, practitioners, researchers, and academia in the field of geostatistics with the...
memories-of-danie-krige-geostatistician-extraordinaireLet me start the story in 1969, when I was a final-year mining engineering student at the University of Chile. At that time, Andre Journel, a young man from the Paris School of Mines (Fontainebleau), came to Chile to teach a two or three months-long seminar on geostatistics. If I am not mistaken, that was the very start of geostatistics in Chile. This effort was continued in the early 70’s by Andre´s colleague Alain Merechal. In those days, geostatistics was highly mathematical and theoretical, as commercial software did not exist and enthusiastic users had to write their own code. It is not...

From the President's Corner

Welcome to 2015. On behalf of all at the SAIMM may I wish our members and readers an abundance of health and safety, at work and at home, in the year that lies ahead. With the global events currently unfolding in terms of geopolitics and economic activity, 2015 is likely to be a year that will continue in much the same way as 2014. It implies that we all need to keep abreast of current affairs as what were once remote events (in time, space, and personal impact) are brought to our own doorsteps...
For this President’s Corner, the Editor reminded me that this is the December edition of the Journal. For most of our members, December represents the time of year that celebrates the birth of Christ in the Christian calendar. Certainly, for many it is characterized by the opportunity to spend some quality time with family and friends in a spirit of comradeship and goodwill. Therefore, I would like to talk about two different things that this has brought to my mind. Firstly, my thoughts turn to...


stellenbosch-university-process-engineering-associate-professorsenior-lecturer-chemical-engineering-a-mineral-processingStellenbosch UniversityProcess EngineeringAssociate Professor/Senior Lecturer: Chemical Engineering & Mineral Processing(Ref. ING04/146/0515) Apply online at www.sun.ac.za/english/careers Research at the Department of Process Engineering predominantly supports four active areas, namely Mineral Processing (including hydro-metallurgy and pyro-metallurgy), Separation Technology, Process Monitoring & Modelling and Bioengineering. In support of continuous growth, the Department has a need to...
faculty-positions-in-mining-engineeringThe School of Engineering of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile invites applications for three full-time faculty positions at the Departments of Mining Engineering and Construction Engineering and Management. And Candidates should have a Ph.D. (or be currently pursuing studies to obtain such a degree) and proven ability to pursue high impact research in one of the following fields of expertise. Ore resource evaluation and mine planning Mine design and ground control of mining...

From the Journal Comments

If it was not for the vision of the founder member of the Society of Mining Professors, Professor Günter Fettweis, the International Society of Mining Professors would not have been possible as it stands today. A group of mining professors under the guidance of Professor Fettweiss gathered on 21 October 1990 at the Montanuniversität in Leoben, Austria to establish the Society of Mining Professors. The first ever international scientific society had been the Societät der Bergbaukunde formed in 1762...
The SAIMM held its first Mining, the Environment and Society conference in November 2013. The theme of this conference was ‘Issues and Responses’. Over the two days, 21 papers highlighted the range of social and environmental issues associated with mining and how the sector is responding, or could respond, to them. A number of papers in this edition of the Journal have been selected from the conference. The two papers on small-scale tiger’s eye (Ledwaba) and marble mining and beneficiation...

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Mineral Processing 2015 Mineral Processing 2015
The Danie Krige Geostatistical Conference 2015 The Danie Krige Geostatistical Conference 2015
MineSAFE 2015 MineSAFE 2015
WorldGold Conference 2015 WorldGold Conference 2015
Slope Stability 2015 Slope Stability 2015
13th Annual Student Colloquium 2015 13th Annual Student Colloquium 2015
Young Professionals 2015 Young Professionals 2015
Nuclear Materials Development Network Conference 2015 Nuclear Materials Development Network Conference 2015
MPES 2015 : Mine Planning & Equipment Selection MPES 2015 : Mine Planning & Equipment Selection
Diamonds 2016 Conference Diamonds 2016 Conference
Mine to Market Conference 2016 Mine to Market Conference 2016
SAMREC/SAMVAL Companion Volume Conference 2016 SAMREC/SAMVAL Companion Volume Conference 2016
10th Heavy Minerals Conference 2016 10th Heavy Minerals Conference 2016
AfriRock 2017 AfriRock 2017


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