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From the President's Corner

  • Singing the praises of our SAIMM members

    I would like to welcome you all to the new 2017/2018 term of the SAIMM. I hope you are all as excited as I am about what lies ahead. I am greatly looking forward to spending the next twelve months with you as we discuss and delve into different topics that interest us as members of this marvellous Institute. As

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  • The last 100 days in the office of the SAIMM Presidency

    When presidents or leaders are elected, it is often customary to expect them to deliver a speech when they attain their first 100 days in office. Barack Hussein Obama was inaugurated on 20 January 2009 as the 44th President of the United States, and gave a speech on his first 100 days in office on 29 April 2009. As is

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  • The modern mining professional – a mining CEOʼs perspective

    I had the opportunity of attending the Annual General Meeting of the Association of Mine Managers of South Africa (AMMSA) on 31 March 2017. Mr Steve Phiri, the Chief Executive Officer of Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) delivered the keynote address, which he titled ‘Towards a lasting legacy: the modern mine manager’. This insightful address resonated with my President’s Corner in

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From the Journal Comments

  • Advanced Metals Initiative (AMI)

    It is with great pleasure that we once again present the annual conference of the Advanced Metals Initiative (AMI). The AMI was established jointly by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the science councils, namely, Mintek, NECSA and the CSIR and has received generous funding from the DST since 2003. The principal objective of the AMI is to

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  • Hydrometallurgy Conference 2016

    ʻSustainable Hydrometallurgical Extraction of Metalsʼ This edition of the Journal features papers that were presented at the Hydrometallurgy Conference, which was held from 31 July to 3 August 2016. The theme of the conference was ‘Sustainable Hydrometallurgical Extraction of Metals’ and it was attended by 150 delegates from around the world. The conference was organized in collaboration with the Western

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  • We have a Problem?

    I start my Journal Comment with the iconic phrase: ‘Houston, we have a problem’. Those with good memories might just recall that these were the words spoken by astronaut Jack Swigert during the aborted Apollo 13 moon mission, when he reported to ground control an undervoltage on the capsule bus. At least that’s what I recall he said. Something in

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Award Papers

Gold Medals
Gold medals are awarded for papers that are of a world-class standard, and judged to be publications that will become key references in their mining or metallurgical field in the future.

Silver Medals
Silver medals are awarded for papers that make a major contribution to the professions of mining and metallurgy and to the prestige of the Institute.

These Awards are presented at the Annual General Meeting.

Medal Name of Paper Author
Gold Medal 2015/2016 An economic risk evaluation approach for pit slope optimization
LF Contreras
Gold Medal 2015/2016 Sonic injection into a PGM Peirce-Smith converter: CFD modelling and industrial trials
DK Chibwe, G Akdogan, GA Bezuidenhout, JPT Kapusta,
S Bradshaw, JJ Eksteen
Gold Medal 2015/2016 Modelling of fluid flow phenomena in Peirce-Smith copper converters and analysis of combined blowing concept
DK Chibwe, G Akdogan, P Taskinen, JJ Eksteen
Silver Medal 2015/2016 Stochastic simulation for budget prediction for large surface mines in the South African mining industry
J. Hager, VSS Yadavalli, R Webber-Youngman
Silver Medal 2015/2016 Determination of mineral matter and elemental composition of individual macerals in coals from Highveld mines
RH Matjie, Z Li, CR Ward, JR Bunt, CA Strydom
Silver Medal 2015/2016 Interaction of dust with the DC plasma arc - a computational modelling investigation QG Reynolds
Silver Medal 2015/2016 Chemical wear analysis of a tap-hole on a SiMn production furnace JD Steenkamp, PC Pistorius, M Tangstad
Silver Medal 2015/2016 Insights into the potential for reduced refractory wear in silicomanganese smelters JD Steenkamp, PC Pistorius, J Muller
Silver Medal 2014/2015 Evaluation of the spatial variation of bvalue J Wesseloo
Silver Medal 2014/2015 Extending empirical evidence through numerical modelling in rock engineering design GS Esterhuizen
Silver Medal 2014/2015 Evaluation of different adsorbents for copper removal from cobalt electrolyte V Yahorava, M Kotze, D Auerswald
Gold Medal 2013/2014 Metal accounting and corporate governance PG Gaylard, NG Randolph, CMG Wortley
Gold Medal 2013/2014 Metal accounting in the platinum industry: How effective is it? PG Gaylard, NG Randolph, CMG Wortley
Silver Medal 2013/2014 Pre-mining stress model for subsurface excavations in southern Africa MF Handley
Silver Medal 2013/2014 The allocation of gold production from multiple shafts feeding a common treatment plant using run-of-mine sampling of ore deliveries HE Bartlett, L Korff, RCA Minnitt
Silver Medal 2012/2013 Simulation of time-dependent crush pillar behaviour in tabular platinum mines JAL Napier,DF Malan
Silver Medal 2012/2013 The dual-electrode DC arc furnace - modelling brush arc conditions QG Reynolds
Gold Medal 2011/2012 A risk evaluation model for support design in Bushveld Complex underground mines: Part I
WC Joughin, A Jager, E Nezomba, L Rwodzi
Gold Medal 2011/2012 A risk evaluation model for support design in Bushveld Complex underground mines:Part II WC Joughin, A Jager, E Nezomba, L Rwodzi
Silver Medal 2011/2012 Numerical computation of average pillar stress and implications for pillar design JAL Napier, DF Malan
Silver Medal 2010/2011 A comparison of limit equilibrium and numerical modelling approaches to risk analysis for open pit mining HT Chiwaye, TR Stacey
Silver Medal 2010/2011 Design of Merensky Reef crush pillars BP Watson, JS Kuijpers, TR Stacey
Gold Medal 2009/2010 A heat transfer model for high titania slag blocks H Kotz
Silver Medal 2009/2010 A Mintek perspective of the past 25 years in minerals bioleaching M Gericke, JW Neale, PJ van Staden

 

 

Guidelines for a Literature Review in a Scientific or Technical Paper

Every scientific or technical paper should contain a literature review, since a literature review makes a positive contribution to the solution of the problem. As part of the paper, written to communicate the solution of the problem, a literature review provides the researchers with guidelines for the research, while at the same time it lends credibility to the work done.

There are at least twelve good reasons - and probably many more - why a literature review should appear in a scientific or technical paper:

  1. To communicate what has been done and what has not been done in the field of interest;
  2. If the work has been done, how it was done, and the validity of the outcomes of the work;
  3. If the work has never been done, the reasons why it has never been done (e.g. impossible, lack of funding, undeveloped technologies, etc.);
  4. The literature review expands and hones the researcher’s knowledge and understanding of the field in which the research is to be done;
  5. The literature review can be used to plan the research, focus it, and determine which research methods will be viable, and which unviable;
  6. Writing up the literature survey gives the researcher an opportunity to organise his/her thoughts about the research, and including it in the final paper helps the reader to understand why the research was undertaken;
  7. The literature review can be used to convey to the reader exactly what is to be undertaken in the project, with its findings providing the appropriate justifications and framework for the planned research;
  8. A good literature review will add authoritative backing to the research;
  9. Without guidelines provided by the literature review, researchers may drift toward preconceived conclusions;
  10. A literature review will help to dispel preconceived ideas and perceptions, widely held opinions, or myths;
  11. A literature review will often provide case studies that can be used to either guide or support findings;
  12. The literature survey indicates to the reader that the author or authors are well informed on the research topic, which will lend credence to their research and conclusions.

Every literature review should contain some or all of the following, not necessarily in the order given here:

  1. Problem identification;
  2. Broad description of papers or work that has been done on this or similar problems. This is an introductory “survey of the scene as a whole”, to help the reader understand exactly what the author or authors are aiming to do, and it should only be written once the literature review is almost complete;
  3. Specific references to relevant papers and comment on their contents that proved to be of assistance to the research;
  4. Collation of all ideas expressed by the authors of the selected papers considered to be relevant to the problem;
  5. Selection of idea/methodology that shows the greatest potential to help resolve the problem;
  6. If a method exists, then the framework for solving the problem at hand is automatically outlined, and should be set out in some detail in the literature review with appropriate references to the research work in which the methodology had been previously employed;
  7. If no method exists, then select, giving reasons, one or more methodologies that may be applicable to the problem, and then use these to develop a framework for the proposed project;
  8. Conclude with a brief description of the project design and methodology derived from the literature review.

Although not the purpose of a literature review, it can be critical of work that has already been done and communicated, and it can be used to identify and discuss areas of controversy. In summary, the ultimate goal of a literature review is to identify areas that need further research.

 

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