Educational Short Courses

Saturday & Sunday, February 23-24, 2019 | Colorado Convention Center

SME Short Courses are developed specifically for the minerals professional. These courses provide professional development that is part of the path to a successful career. Take advantage of the short courses offered in conjunction with the 2019 Annual Conference and enhance your career trajectory.

All Courses include:

  • Course Materials
  • PDH credit
  • Coffee Breaks
  • Lunch

To view the schedule, please select a day from the left hand column.
*All event dates and times are subject to change. Please check back often for the latest updates to the conference schedule


Two-day Courses, February 23-24, 2018

$495 Member | $595 Nonmember |$395 Student Member

Comparison of NI 43-101 Reporting Standards with the JORC Code


This course compares and contrasts NI 43-101 reporting standards with the reporting standards under the JORC Code. This course is designed for officers and directors of public companies that report under NI 43-101 as well as Qualified Persons who prepare technical reports or are named as preparing scientific and technical information in public documents under NI 43-101 rules. It would also be of interest to companies or Competent Persons who are preparing their resources or reserve statements under the JORC Code or that may be dual-reporting be reporting under ASX Rules as well as NI 43-101 rules.


Setting the regulatory scene
Who are the securities regulators
Rules regarding forward-looking information
Corporate governance
Core definitions
Qualified Person vs Competent Person concept
Available disclosure guidance
Common compliance issues and misconceptions
Potentially misleading disclosure
NI 43-101 Technical Report vs Competent Person Report vs JORC Table 1
Report triggers
What must be included in a NI 43-101 Technical Report Technical Report, Competent Person Report and JORC Table 1
Responsibilities of Qualified Person vs Competent Person
Disclaimers in reports—what is in, what is out
Common compliance issues and misconceptions with NI 43-101 Technical Report Technical Report, Competent Person Report and JORC Table 1
Potentially misleading disclosure with NI 43-101 Technical Report Technical Report, Competent Person Report and JORC Table 1


Greg Gosson, Manager, Consulting Canada Wood plc Mining & Minerals

  • 35 plus years in mining industry
  • 5 years as Chief Mining Advisor of the BC Securities Commission
  • Lead the project to revise NI 43-101 in 2005
  • Involved in drafting legislation on Civil Liability under securities law, and NI 51-102 Continuous Disclosure Obligations
  • Former chair, current member of the Mining Technical Advisory and Monitoring Committee on NI 43-101: industry advisory group to the Canadian securities regulators
  • Member of the PDAC Securities Committee
  • Member of the CIM Standing Committee on Mineral Reserves and Best Practices Committee
  • Member of the CIM – CSA Working Committee on NI 43-101
  • 12 years as Technical Director, Geology & Compliance with Amec Foster Wheeler/Wood

Stella Searston, Principal Geologist, Mine Technical Services Ltd
Ms. Searston has more than 30 years of worldwide experience in mining consulting, mineral exploration, and regulatory compliance issues, with a focus on Australasia, the Pacific, Africa, and North and South America. Stella’s specialties include project and property evaluation; resource development; feasibility study and project management including data room setup; commodity and company reviews; technical reviews, audits, and due diligence; and Technical and Competent Person’s Reports under NI 43 101, JORC, and SAMREC.

Mine Water Management


This short course provides an overview of the basic principles and practical applications of groundwater, surface water, and geochemistry in mining. The course is designed to provide geologists, engineers, technicians, and environmental personnel with a comprehensive overview of the various aspects of the role of water in mining, such as dewatering, water disposal and management, water treatment, and environmental issues. By first covering fundamentals, instructors will provide participants with the background necessary for addressing more advanced concepts, such as field testing and data gathering, analytical methods, numerical groundwater flow modeling, methods of dewatering, depressurization, optimization, acid rock drainage, and solute transport. Completion of this course should enable technical professionals in the mining industry to conceptualize and address the commonly encountered, and often multidisciplinary, operational and environmental considerations associated with mining hydrogeology.


Introduction (Objectives and Scope of Course); The Role of Water in Mining (Water Supply; Water Disposal; and Tailings, Heap Leach, and Covers); Basic Groundwater Hydraulics (Terminology, Basic Concepts and Equations); Methods of Dewatering and Estimating Inflow (Wells, Drainage Galleries, Horizontal Drainholes, Innovative Methods, Draining vs. Depressurizing, Case Study, Analytical Methods, and Numerical Methods); Geomechanics and the Role of Water (Basic Rock Mechanics, Methods of Evaluating Slope Stability, Dewatering and Slope Stability, Instrumentation, and Numerical Methods); Groundwater Data Collection (Acquiring Data, Hydraulic Testing, Pumping Tests, Spinner Logging, and Data Organization); Well Construction (“Ten Commandments” of Well Construction, Drilling Fluids, Construction Materials, Well Development, Downhole Logging, and Well Maintenance); Pumps (Types, Efficiency, and Selection).

Conceptual and Numerical Models (Developing a Conceptual Model, Modeling Approaches, Model Construction and Calibration, Predictive Simulation and Sensitivity Analysis, and Case Study: Application of Groundwater Flow Models); Mine-Water Chemistry (Critical Concepts, Environmental Concerns, Geochemical Fingerprinting, Water Treatment); Surface Water (Basic Surface-Water Hydraulics, Selection of Recurrence Intervals, and Erosion and Sedimentation); Environmental Considerations (Permitting, Regulations, NEPA, and Environmental Studies); Questions and Answers (Group Discussion).


Houmao Liu
Robert Sterrett
Dan Stone
Braden Hanna
Eric Swanson
Stever Meyerhoff
Loren Lorig
Janet Shangraw

Traditional Mine to Mill to Value Chain Optimization


Traditional Mine to Mill Optimization attempts to exploit the synergies between the correct fragmentation and SAG mill throughput, with its primary objective being and increase in the milled tonnes. This concept has its origins at the JKMRC in Brisbane, Australia, where during the 1990s an opportunity arose for drill and blast researches to collaborate with comminution researches to help the Highland Valley Copper operations in Canada understand and resolve the reasons for a significant drop in throughput. Fast-forward to today and this pioneering technique is now known across the entire industry and has been executed, with varying degrees of success, by operators and consultants alike to improve mill throughput.

This short course will discuss the origins of Mine to Mill, including some key case studies, the emerging technologies that have helped JKMRC researchers and JKTech consultants improve on the methodologies, and the additional elements that have been added to further exploit the synergies, not only in the traditional mine to mill concept, but across the entire value chain. This short course will also discuss JK’s vision of Next Generation Mine to Mill, the enabling technologies such as Digitisation Technologies, Artificial Intelligence to further improve the productivity of mining operations and meet the future challenges of the industry. The workshop is designed in such way that the participants are provided with real life problems and issues and will be asked to come up with solutions to address them.

The objective of this workshop is to increase the awareness and communication between mining engineers and metallurgists to work collaboratively to improve the overall profitability of their operations. This workshop is aimed for drill and blast engineers, mine superintendants, metallurgists, plan superintendants, mine managers, concentrator managers, general managers, asset optimization managers and business improvement managers - personnel responsible to improve the overall productivity of operations.


Philosophy of Mine to Mill Value Chain Optimisation - What is it?
Ore body Knowledge / Characterisation
How Rock Breaks
Measurement Techniques: Relevance, Accuracy and Limitations
Models and Simulations: Accuracy and Relevance
Implementation and Case Studies


Sedat Esen, Advisor Mine Process Solutions at JKTech
David Way
Sebastian Tello
JKTech Pty Ltd

Bulk Material Handling: Design Practices to Increase Conveyor Safety and Reliability while Reducing Total Cost of Ownership


Conveyor systems are often designed to meet only the most basic performance specifications at the lowest capitol cost. Considering that many conveyor systems run for 20 years or more and include many high wear components, it seems clear that safely maintaining the system at a high level of reliability is going to be the major factor in determining the total cost of ownership.

But this is often overlooked in the design phase and once the system is installed this can create unsafe working conditions, high costs of maintenance and reduced availability and reliability. These conditions do not help profitability or sustainability and can create safety concerns that are unacceptable and may require major modifications.

What are some of the key factors that should be addressed during design to eliminate the safety risks associated with maintaining the system? How are the transfer chutes going to be designed to reduce or eliminate high wear areas and when they do require service is the design user friendly? How will access be provided to the belt cleaners so they will be safely maintained? Have the loading, transfer and discharge areas been properly designed to remove the hazards associated with material transfer?

These topics and many others will be discussed by experts in the industry and open discussion and review of best practices will be encouraged. This course will be informative to engineers, plant maintenance personnel, purchasing agents, students, and everyone in between.


Understanding and defining the safety and reliability expectations of your system.

Review of safety standards for conveyor systems (ex: MSHA, OSHA, ASME)
Design considerations to maximize the safety and reliability of your system;

  • Mechanical design considerations
  • Structural considerations for safe and easy access
  • Transfers chutes, loading zones, dust and spillage control design considerations
  • Belt training, surge capacity, restarting after a plug chute scenario
  • Other spillage prevention topics
Challenges encountered at operating mines and plants
Ongoing field problems for open discussion and review
Success stories and lessons learned
Course summary and distribution of class notes


Todd Hollingsworth, Engineered Conveyor Systems LLC
Nick Madison, Cornerstone Conveyor Company
Greg Bierie, Flexco
Carrie Hartford, Jenike & Johanson, Inc.

One Day Courses, February 24, 2019

$395 Member | $495 Nonmember |$295 Student Member

Geometallurgy: From Exploration to Remediation
(SEG-SME Partnered Short Course)


Environmental and socio-economic demands in the exploitation of future mineral resources require a comprehensive collection and evaluation of mineralogical, geochemical, lithological and physical attributes, and, metallurgical properties about ore bodies along with their inherent variability. This process must be initiated from the early stages of exploration to processing of the ore and remediation of the mine waste because such information has a direct impact on all aspects of development. Geometallurgy is the scientific discipline that integrates all of the mineralogical, geological, mining and processing data into an accurate ore body model that forms the basis for optimization of production and environmental management during the entire life of the project, thereby reducing operational risks, optimizing recovery efficiency, and minimizing environmental impact within the framework of a sound financial model. The aim of this course is to present innovative evaluation of mineral deposits, mineral exploration, resource estimation, applications and implementation of quantitative mineralogical and geochemical data, mining and ore processing, treatment of tailings and waste rock and remediation, carbon capture and storage, and implementation of geometallurgical models.


Hugh de Souza, SGS Canada Inc. , Lakefield, Ontario K0L 2H0