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Join SGS' Sarah Prout at the SME Annual Conference & Expo 2020 on February 26 as she presents 'Why Process Mineralogy is Critical for Flowsheet Development'.


Feb 26, 2020, 08:45


Feb 26, 2020, 09:30


Phoenix, United States


Automated Mineralogy (AM) technologies are a critical tool that can provide quantitative modal mineralogy, grain size, liberation, association and exposure data for various commodities. Mineralogy can be carried out on composites and variability samples to understand where the payable metals occur in terms of recoverable or non-recoverable minerals via flotation or gravity or leaching; also, the size of these minerals to determine the primary grind for a particular mineral/s to be liberated or exposed for flotation or leaching. Samples can be taken from various points on the flowsheet during development to troubleshoot regrind sizes, unexpected abundances of the payable minerals within the various tailing products or gangue identification if the concentrate is not hitting the expected grade or deleterious/payable elements within the final concentrate. Examples will be shown from copper porphyry, polymetallic and gold flowsheets of where automated mineralogy can be shown to provide support for flowsheet development.


Date: Wednesday, February 26 

Time: 9:45 am 

Room: 228B


Sarah Prout, Ph.D.

Sarah Prout is Manager, Metallurgy, Vancouver Operations. Prior to taking on the role, sarah served as Senior Mineralogist for 8 years. Sarah received her Ph.D. in mineralogy, petrography and economic geology in 2004 from Camborne School of Mines in the UK. Sarah has over a decade of geology and mineralogy experience. Sarah started her SGS career in January 2007 as a Mineralogist based in Lakefield and joined the SGS Canada’s Vancouver operations in 2010, as a Senior Mineralogist. While at SGS, she has developed extensive experience dealing with the management of process mineralogical projects using QEMSCAN, SEM, optical microscopy, EPMA and XRD analysis. With experience in dealing with global mining projects, she has worked on a wide range of deposits from base metals and iron ore to REE, U-Th and industrial minerals.


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