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Geometallurgy KEA711



Geometallurgy involves a quantified and comprehensive approach to ore characterization in terms of critical processing attributes. These include blasting, crushing, grinding, liberation, recovery and environmental management. Key outcomes of improved geometallurgical knowledge are improved forecasting, reduced technical risk, enhanced economic optimization of mineral production, and improved sustainability. This unit introduces a range of techniques to improve the information that geologists produce in the mine environment that are relevant to mining engineers and metallurgists. It provides participants with the knowledge and skills to enhance communication between mining engineers, metallurgists and geologists in a mining environment.


Unit name Geometallurgy
Unit code KEA711
Credit points 25
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Earth Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Robert Scott
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the significance and impact of geological variability (e.g. mineralogy, texture, elemental composition) throughout the mining value chain.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of different tools and testing methods for characterising geometallurgical domains
  • Use geometallurgical knowledge and improved communication/engagement throughout the mining value chain to enhance the value and feasibility of mining projects and inform best practice in energy and water use, and waste management.
  • Interpret geometallurgy data sets and communicate results and recommendations to various stake holders via oral and written reports
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