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Join us on January 24th in Vancouver to learn how our innovative approach can help you add project value across the mining life cycle as we host our 'Creating Value Through Innovation with SGS' seminar. During the seminar we will highlight topics including machine learning, MMI soil geochemistry, SGS FAST, geometallurgy and metallurgy.


Jan 24, 2020, 08:00


Jan 24, 2020, 13:30


Vancouver, BC, Canada


For nearly 80 years the mining industry has turned to SGS for our innovative and trusted solutions. Across the world our integrated approach delivers testing and expertise through out the entire mining life cycle helping you develop project value. From early exploration to end-product certification and closure, our team of experts provide innovative solutions and testing capabilities. With a team encompassing the skills of qualified geologists, geostaticians, chemists, mineralogist, metallurgists and mining engineers we are positioned to provide accurate and timely mineral evaluation and consulting services.

As our team covers a wide range of capabilities across the mining life cycle, we are positioned well to bring innovative approaches and solutions to the mining industry. Join us on January 24th to learn how our innovative approaches can help you add project value across the mining life cycle!

This session will be aimed to professionals involved in the mining sector including:

  • Geologists 
  • Mineralogists 
  • Process Engineers 
  • Metallurgists 
  • Miners 
  • Financiers 
  • Operators





8:30 am – 9:00 am

Registration and Light Refreshments

9:00 am – 9:10 am

Welcome and Introduction

9:10 am – 10:00 am

Session 1:XploreIQ Machine Learning

10:00 am – 10:45 am

Session 2: Mobile Metal Ion (MMI™) Soil Geochemistry

10:45 am – 11:00 am


11:00 am – 11:45 am

Session 3: Field Analytical Services and Testing (FAST)

11:45 am – 12:30 pm

Session 4: Geometallurgy

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm

Session 5: Metallurgy 101

1:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Closing Remarks and Buffet Lunch



XploreIQ: Successfully Using Machine Learning in Exploration 

Presenter: Marc-Antoine Laporte


Exploration expenditure has significantly increased since 2010, shifting to deeper domains readily available discoveries are progressively exhausted. In the same period, the industry discovery rate has decreased by more than 50 percent, putting forward the question are we using a fully optimized targeting process? In 2016, SGS Geological Services team lead by Guy Desharnais, won the Integra Goldrush Challenge using an innovative combination of mineralized vector load in block model, filtering it through machine learning algorithms to produce the next generation of exploration targets. This approach can be applied to any project and decrease the time and expense to major discoveries.

Following that success, various types of algorithms, including decision trees and stumps boosting enhanced with domain adaptation, were adapted by SGS Geological Services and used on different global projects targeting purposes. Phylogenetic algorithms were also integrated into the toolbox to answer questions related to geological uncertainties and classification. Those innovations were possible due to the gigantic step realized in the computer, hardware and software industries, helping the rapidly evolving science of artificial intelligence and its application to the mining industry. Three case studies will be used during the presentation as successful examples of exploration targeting for Gold, PGE and in the oil and gas industry. 


Mobile Metal Ion (MMI™): Applications for Soil geochemistry Success

Presenter: Leah Treloar


With over 20 years of experience, SGS has accumulated a vast knowledge and database of case studies, technical bulletins and journal articles to provide the exploration community with examples of how the MMITM performs in many environments and over many commodities. SGS aims to offer clients a total package when it comes to working with MMITM data. This includes offering sampling training and geochemical interpretation reports of the MMITM results. Several new developments with the MMITM Technology have occurred in the last several years including MMITM being used as a regional mapping tool, for archaeological purposes as well as bioavailable nutrients for agricultural purposes. LithoID is a statistical technique developed by Mann, de Caritat and Sylvester (2016), that compares two samples which allows for objective assessment and display of the multi-element information in a form which areas of similar lithology can be recognized and mapped. Further work has been developed to help analyze large datasets against SGS reference materials taken over known lithological materials. Finally, the development in using vegetation in conjunction with the MMITM technology is being developed for use in areas where the collection of soils is not able to be achieved.


FAST: Re-inventing the Laboratory for the Digital Age

Presenter: Hugh de Souza


As the mining and exploration industry undergo digital transformation for improved value creation there are increasing demands for faster analytical data that underpin operational decision-making. Developments in electronics, instrumentation and data handling have led to the re-assessment of how analytical data can be delivered. The SGS FAST program based on robust field portable technologies such as pXRF and FTIR, and automated XRF core logging, generates rapid fit-for-purpose chemical or mineralogical data at site that can be uploaded within 24-48 hours to modeling software or machine learning routines for improved exploration targeting, ore characterization and mine planning activities. Case studies will be discussed that demonstrate the savings in time and money achieved through implementation of revised workflows in core logging and analysis.


Application of Geometallurgy for the Economic Evaluation of the design of a Copper-Gold Grinding and Flotation circuit

Presenter: David Hatton

The six step SGS approach to Geometallurgy was applied to a copper gold mine. Various flowsheet designs were evaluated from an economic perspective to select the overall circuit and preferred operating targets for grind size and concentrate grade to maximise the economic return of the mine.


Metallurgy for Non-metallurgists (Metallurgy 101)

Presenter: Sarah Prout

Metallurgical response is one of the biggest technical risk factors affecting the outcome of successful mining projects. Metallurgical testing is an industry accepted practice applied to address technical risk by generating hard-data reflective of the metallurgical behaviour of the metal bearing ores and various minerals. 

For over 75 years in Canada, the minerals sector has looked to SGS for our expertise and experience in flowsheet development and bankable feasibility studies. Our demonstrated success in metallurgical testing has provided thousands of companies and mines with effective flowsheets and practical technical solutions to processing problems. 

Our presentation will familiarize the attendees with the main aspects involved in metallurgical testing, flowsheet development, process and environmental risk mitigation.



Hyatt Regency

655 Burrard St.

Vancouver, BC

Floor 3 – Oxford / Prince of Wales Room



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