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Copper 99/Cobre 99: Short Courses

October 10–13, 1999 · COPPER 99/COBRE 99 · Phoenix, Arizona


Sunday, October 10
1:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Monday, October 11
7:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 12
7:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 13
7:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
Copper 99 is the fourth in a series of international conferences devoted to the mineral processing and extractive metallurgy of copper. Conference participants will have an opportunity to gain insight into important worldwide technological advancements, potential new commercial developments and challenges confronting the copper industry as it enters into the 21st century.

The meeting will build on the success of three preceding conferences: Copper 87, held in Vina del Mar, Chile; Copper 91/Cobre 91, held in Ottawa, Canada; and Copper 95/Cobre 95, held in Santiago, Chile. The copper conference is organized by the Chilean Institute of Mining Engineers; the Metallurgical Society of the Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM); The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS); and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration.


Four short courses will be offered immediately prior to the conference. The courses will take place at the Pointe Hilton South Mountain Resort, and include a buffet luncheon. Please review the following course descriptions and determine which course(s) might best benefit you and your colleagues. You are encouraged to register early using the meeting registration form before September 20, 1999. Short course registrations received after the deadline will be assessed a $50 late fee.

Cancellation Policy: TMS reserves the right to cancel any course due to low pre-registration. All pre-registered attendees will be notified of the cancellation and offered either a transfer or a full refund.

Refund Policy: Written requests must be sent to TMS Headquarters, 184 Thorn Hill Road, Warrendale, PA 15086, and postmarked no later than September 20, 1999. A $50 processing fee will be charged for all cancellations. This processing fee is separate from and in addition to the fee charged for cancellation of meeting registrations. Absolutely no refunds will be issued after the September 20, 1999 deadline.

For more information, contact TMS Education Department, telephone (724) 776-9000, ext. 245; fax (724) 776-3770; e-mail

"Advances in Concentrate Smelting and Converting"

When: Saturday, October 9
Time: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Cost: $350 per person
Presented by: Antonio A. Luraschi

Who Should Attend: This course is intended for project and plant engineers who wish to update their knowledge on the technologies, which are available to expand or modernize existing smelters, and to improve on their ability to analyze smelter operations and the options to decrease operating costs and emissions.

Course Content: This course will focus on the technologies that are available to improve existing smelters or to expand them, discussing the critical subjects which determine the selection of smelting and converting processes, such as:

A presentation will also be made of some of the principles and tools available to analyze the smelting and converting processes, such as the materials and energy balances, and plant modeling by the use of modern software.

Antonio A. Luraschi, Partner and Head, Process Engineering, CADE IDEPE. Dr. Luraschi's engineering and research experience is mainly in the field of copper smelting and refining, project technical and economic evaluation, plant emissions analysis and control, molybdenum and vanadium extractive metallurgy, and the pyrometallurgical processing of precious metals.

"Copper Heap Leaching"
Co-sponsored by SME

When: Saturday & Sunday, October 9-10
Time: 8:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m.
Cost: $500 per person
Presented by: A.J. Liguori, Corale Brierley, John E. Dreier, Dale A. Deming, Joseph M. Keane, Gary Kordosky, and Dirk Van Zyl.

Who Should Attend: Copper heap and dump leaching contributes significantly to the production of copper from oxide and sulfide ores. This course offers an overview of the regulatory, theoretical and practical aspects of copper heap leaching. Much attention is given to the importance of ore testing and ore geochemical characteristics. Ore preparation and the practical aspects of project design, construction and operation are presented. This course is of particular interest to developers of copper heap leach projects, project managers, design professionals, and mining and metallurgical engineers. State and Federal officials will also find this course applicable to their regulatory responsibilities.

Course Content:

A.J. Liguori is a graduate of the University of Arizona, with over 17 years experience in copper processing. He served as Chief Metallurgist for Magma Copper for seven years prior to becoming the Director of Divisional Metallurgical Services.
Corale Brierley has over 20 years of research, development and applications experience in bioleaching and other metal-related technologies. Dr. Brierley is now a Denver based consultant to the mining, chemical and water treatment industries in the areas of bioleaching, environmental management and marketing/business development.
John E. Dreier holds a Ph.D. in geology and geochemistry for the University of Arizona. He has explored and developed gold, silver and copper deposits, and has worked as an environmental geochemist.
Dale A. Deming has nineteen years of experience in the mining industry as a mining engineer and environmental engineer/manager. His expertise covers four western states for copper, gold, uranium, and lead/zinc industries, with specialization's in hazardous waste management/remediation, mine permitting, reclamation planning and imple-mentation, archaeological oversight, environmental audits, compliance oversight, and has working knowledge of federal environmental laws.
Joseph M. Keane began his association with the mining industry as an underground miner at age 16. He is currently President of Metcon Research, Inc. and KD Engineering Co., Inc. in Tucson, Arizona. He is a Registered Professional Metallurgical Engineer in nine states.
Gary Kordosky holds an MS degree in Organic Chemistry and Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry, both from Ohio State University where his research interests were in organometallic chemistry and coordination chemistry. He is currently the International Business Director for the Minerals Industry Division of Henkel Corporation.
Dirk Van Zyl is a Principal with Golder Associated Inc., Denver. He has more than 15 years experience in consulting and research associated with geotechnical aspects of waster disposal for the mining industry in South Africa and North America.

"Cost Effective Tailings Disposal"

When: Sunday, October 10
Time: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Cost: $350 per person
Presented by: Han Ilhan, Pedro Repetto, Jim Obermeyer, and Chris Hatton

Who Should Attend: This one day learning intensive course will be of interest to mine managers, concentrator superintendents, tailings operations superintendents and staff, mine engineering and environmental staff, design engineers and environmental scientists involved with tailings disposal.

Course Content:

Han Ilhan, Senior Project Engineer working on assignment in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mr. Ilhan has over 15 years of geotechnical engineering experience focusing on tailings dam and heap leach pad work for the mining industry.
Pedro Repetto, Vice-President and Manager of the Geotechnical Engineering Group, Denver, Colorado. Mr. Repetto has over 30 years of experience which include experience with basic studies and investigations, design, permitting, preparation of bidding documents, and construction phase services for mine tailing projects.
Jim Obermeyer, P.E., has over 25 years of diversified heavy civil engineering experience providing services for the mining industry. His experience includes providing design criteria, preparing plans and specifications, cost estimating, construction engineering and project management for tailing dam, earth and earth-rock dam and waste storage projects.
Chris Hatton, P.E. has over 10 years of diversified heavy civil engineering and environmental engineering experience providing services for the mining industry. He has been responsible for the investigation, evaluation, design, construction, and rehabilitation of civil engineering structures and environmental projects throughout the western United States.

"Hydrometallurgical Treatment of Copper Concentrates"

When: Saturday & Sunday, October 9-10
Time: 8:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m.
Cost: $500 per person
Presented by: Ian Corrans, Paul Miller, David Jones, John Moyes, John Willis, Jim King, Gary Kordosky, Owen Tinkler, and Herman Pieterse

Who Should Attend: The course is ideally suited to all those involved in copper hydrometallurgy research and development. Graduate students, professors, government scientists, industrial researchers and operators will benefit from their participation.

Course Content: The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the current state of development of hydrometallurgical alternatives to conventional smelting and refining of copper concentrates. The emerging alternatives include (in alphabetical order); Activox Copper Process, Biological Leaching, CESL Copper Process, Dynatec Copper Process, INTEC Copper Process, MIM Nenatech Copper Process and the Total Pressure Oxidation Process. Representatives from each development company have been invited to present an in depth lecture on their technology and its application. In addition, experts on the leaching of copper concentrates and the application of solvent extraction and electrowinning to copper recovery from concentrate leaching will present detailed lectures on these topics. A panel discussion by the presenters is planned at the conclusion of the short course.

Ian Corrans, Oretest, Perth, Australia, Activox Copper Process; Paul Miller, Bactech, Perth, Australia, Bactech Copper Bioleach Process; David Jones, CESL, Vancouver, Canada, CESL Copper Process; John Moyes, INTEC, Sydney, Australia, INTEC Copper Process; John Willis, MIM Hydrometallurgy Research Lab, Brisbane, Australia, MIM Nenatech Copper Process; Jim King, Placer Dome, Vancouver, Canada, Total Pressure Oxidation Process for Copper Concentrates; Gary Kordosky, Henkel, Tucson, Arizona, Recovery of Copper: Concentrate Leachate by SX-EW using Henkel Reagents; Owen Tinkler, Zeneca Specialities, Manchester, United Kingdom, Recovery of Copper: Concentrate Leachate by SX-EW using Acorga Reagents; Herman Pieterse, Pieterse Consulting Inc., Tucson, Arizona, Autoclave Design Considerations for Copper Concentrate Leaching.

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