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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