Educational Short Courses

SME Short Courses are developed specifically for the minerals professional. It is professional development that ensures you continue to be competent in your profession. It is through Professional development, you can achieve a better and successful career. SME Short Courses are professional development that is part of the path to career success. Review the courses offered in conjunction with the 2018 Annual Conference and see how they make your career path easier.

Short Courses are Saturday and Sunday, February 24-25, 2018 and are held in the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

All courses include:

  • Course Materials
  • PDH credit
  • Coffee Breaks
  • Lunch

Two Day Courses

Saturday and Sunday, February 24-25, 2018 | 8:30am - 5:00pm | Minneapolis Convention Center

Aggregates from Exploration to Production to Quality Product to Closure

$495 Member · $595 Nonmember · $395 Student Member

In this 2-day short course presented by aggregates industry experts, the participant will learn the evaluation, production, products, and marketing aspects of construction aggregates. The course addresses the selection of specific geologic sources based on critical aspects of aggregates based upon planned end markets. Course participants will learn exploration methods, including test pitting and drilling methods to collect representative samples, along with geophysical evaluation procedures. The critical nuances of the testing standards such as LA vs. micro-Deval, relative to the aggregate products (concrete coarse aggregate vs RR ballast quarries) will also be covered. Market analysis and market forecasting will also be taught.

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Course Content
  • Difference between sand, sand & gravel, crushed stone, slags, lightweight aggregates, heavyweight aggregates, and recycled materials
  • Materials Engineering - Introduction to Products that Use Aggregate-30 minutes (Stokowski and Meyer)
  • Transportation Markets, Building Markets, Agricultural/Landscaping Markets, Maintenance Markets
  • Fill, select borrow, concrete aggregate, HMA aggregate, RR ballast, erosion control stone, specialty products
  • Basic Geology
  • Tests to Evaluate Quality
  • Mining and Production Methods
  • Markets for Aggregate Products
  • Market Analysis and Forecasting

Application of geostatistics in mineral resource estimation for improving confidence

$495 Member · $595 Nonmember · $395 Student Member

This course will allow participants to gain knowledge on typical steps followed in resource estimation and application of linear geostatistics in this process. They will learn the critical aspects of the applications of geostatistics in mineral estimation. Emphasis will be given to the best practices. The participants will learn about software tools used in resource estimation. Prospective participants include geologists, mining engineers, and project managers in exploration and mining projects.

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The participants will be able to learn the procedures and best practices in resource estimation and critical aspects of application of geostatistics. The participants will be able to participate in meaningful discussion.

'Reliable estimates of mineral resources' is the key in proper successful assessment and evaluation of a mineral deposit. This short course will allow participants to gain knowledge on typical steps followed in resource estimation and application of linear geostatistics in this process. The course will be offered through a series of presentations and engaging discussions and hands on exercises. The participants will learn about software tools used in resource estimation. The participants will be able to take the learnings to their workplace and career.

The program will feature live demonstration of a state of the art geostatistical software – ISATIS (from Geovariances, France) and allow participants to use the software free of cost for a limited time after the course.

Course Content
  • Fundamentals
  • Mineral deposit development
  • Resource estimation: Definitions and concepts
  • Geostatistics
  • Theories and Interpolation techniques
  • Geostatistical and non-geostatistical techniques
  • Variogram fitting
  • The participants will learn the concepts and will gain hands on experience on variogram
  • Components of a variogram: Nugget, Sill, Range and their implications
  • Hands on exercises and Q&A session
  • Kriging: Fundamentals
  • Importance of use of kriging technique
  • Kriging parameters
  • Model validation: Tools to validate the estimated resources
  • Resource Classification: The concept of the 'eventual economic extraction' will be discussed.
  • Hands on exercises and Q&A sessions

Blast Design and Implementation Principles for Open Pit Mines

$495 Member · $595 Nonmember · $395 Student Member

This two day short course will present principles and best practices for open pit mine blasting. It is designed for engineers, managers, and supervisors who have responsibilities for blasting design and operations in surface mines and quarries and for others who support blasting operations at mines. Our intent is to provide information that attendees can use to assist in obtaining highly effective blasting operations. In addition, the course will present information on topics of current importance such as drill to mill blast optimization.

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Course Content
  • Blasting fundamentals
  • Properties of explosives
  • Types of explosives used in open pit mines
  • Blasting fundamentals
  • Principals of rock breakage
  • Fragmentation
  • Blast design
  • Introduction and basic principles
  • Explosive factors involved in blast design
  • Blast pattern design
  • Blast design continued
  • Blast pattern design
  • Stemming types and amount
  • Scaling the design for parameter changes
  • Millisecond delay timing
  • Flyrock control
  • Prediction
  • Control
  • Effects
  • Blasting for downstream benefit
  • Introduction
  • Explosive selection factors
  • Energy consumption
  • Microfractures and their generation
  • Effects on crushing and grinding
  • Outlines of a drill to mill initiative
  • Pit wall control blasting
  • Discussion of reasons and benefits
  • Presplitting
  • Trim Blasting
  • Lyall Workman, Barr Engineering Company
  • Travis Davidsavor, Barr engineering Company
  • Jack Eloranta, Eloranta and Associates
  • Panagiotis (Takis) Katsabanis, Queen's University

Bulk Material Handling: Conveyor Layout and Initial Design: What You Need to Know and How to Get There

$495 Member · $595 Nonmember · $395 Student Member

Conveyor layout and initial design. What you need to know and how to get there. From conceptual overview to initial conveyor component selection. From preliminary concepts to initial dynamic analysis. What questions should be asked? What concepts should be considered? What obstacles should be reviewed and potential issues mitigated? The course will include information for engineers, plant maintenance personnel, students, and everyone in between

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Course Content
Part 1. Initial concept, layout and mechanical calculation
  • Required data
  • Set initial belt width and Speed
  • Preliminary conveyor layout
  • Basic profile
  • Idler trough angle
  • Load points
  • Drive / backstop / brake type and locations
Part 2.
  • Design challenge
Part 3. Refining conveyor, component and structural design
  • Proposed belt width
  • Proposed belt speed
  • Proposed profile & critical work points
  • Pulleys
  • Idlers
  • Belt
  • Drive type
  • Backstop
  • Brake
  • Motors & Starting Method
  • Head chute / transfer concept
  • Liner
  • Structural Considerations
  • Safety considerations in conveyors
Part 4. Design challenge
Part 5. Breakout Sessions
  • Maintenance and new engineers: Component selection and specification
  • Intermediate/project engineers: Calculations and component details
  • Senior project engineers: Dynamics and advanced details
Part 6. Wrap Up
  • Different perspectives-review top 5 questions / comments from breakout sessions

One Day Courses

Sunday, February 25, 2018 | 8:30am - 5:00pm | Minneapolis Convention Center

Acid Rock Drainage (ARD) Characterization: A Critical Component of Life Cycle Planning and Management of Metal Mines

$395 Member · $495 Nonmember · $295 Student Member

Failure to predict and effectively manage acid rock drainage (ARD) by mining companies has significant ramifications with estimated costs of over US$100 billion for total worldwide liability associated with current and future remediation. Incorporation of an effective ARD characterization, scheme into mine life cycle planning activities will allow for allocating sufficient funds and planning for ARD control, management and treatment activities. Hence, the goal of ARD characterization is to identify the ARD generation potential of the different mined materials and effectively mitigate/control this potential by implementing effective materials management and water treatment approaches.

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This course will introduce the fundamental concepts of ARD generation and delve deep into various ARD prediction test methods accepted as the current standards within the industry and by regulatory agencies, including sample selection strategies during various stages of exploration and mining, sample analysis and interpretation of analytical data. The course will provide an introduction to utilizing the information obtained from these tests to prevent/minimize ARD using effective materials management and water treatment strategies. Development of ARD block model and geochemical conceptual site model will be covered. Several case-studies will be discussed throughout the course to demonstrate the magnitude of ARD liabilities, the challenges associated with ARD characterization and mitigation as well as the opportunities that exist for liability reduction by employing early ARD characterization and mitigation strategies. A wide audience, ranging from junior/mid-level practitioners in the mining industry to senior undergraduate and graduate students in environmental engineering/sciences, geology, mining engineering, and hydrology will benefit from this course.

Course Content
  • Introduction to ARD characterization:
  • Sample selection:
  • ARD evaluation methods:
  • ARD testing data analysis and decision making
  • Case studies:

Characteristics of a Responsible Management System for Mine Waste Facilities

$395 Member · $495 Nonmember · $295 Student Member

History has proven that mine waste facilities represent significant and complex liabilities with potential to jeopardize the viability of the mine, or even the company, if proper actions are not taken in design, construction and operations/maintenance. Mine waste facilities require a variety of technical experts including geotechnical, geochemical, hydrological, hydrogeological, environmental, socio-economic, etc. to design, evaluate and construct them. From the work of these experts, commitments are made to gain and maintain legal, and social licenses. Further complicating the management of these facilities, all of the above will change over time, and failure of a facility can be physical, environmental, legal and/or social at any point in the life cycle. Multiply these complications by the number of mine waste facilities a company's corporate team is responsible for and the task of effectively identifying and communicating key issues to senior managers is challenging.

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This course is designed for managers interested in ensuring that their senior management team is receiving appropriate information regarding mine waste facilities. The course content will be organized along the framework for corporate governance by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO). Since the COSO framework is widely used in other management systems such as financial controls, and resources and reserves, participants with varied backgrounds will readily understand the concepts. These parallels will assist the participant in understanding the roles of: review boards, industry guidelines, operational controls, construction quality assurance, etc. in a management system necessary for corporate governance program. Practical and specific examples will include various stages of the facility life cycle from conceptual site design and selection to closure. The course will reference and use work of industry organizations such as the Mining Association of Canada and the Canadian Dam Association, recommendations from recent tailings investigations and experience gained by the instructors.

  • Greg Gosson, Technical Director, Geology & Compliance, Wood
  • Sheila Daniel, Principal, Mining Environmental, Wood
  • David Bleiker, Vice-President, Mining & Environment & Infrastructure, Wood

Fundamentals and Applications of Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy

$395 Member · $495 Nonmember · $295 Student Member

This short course is open to anyone wanting to learn about mineral processing and extractive metallurgy operations. It is good as a refresher or introductory course and particularly targets mining and geological engineering professionals. In this regard, the course begins with simple concepts such as sampling, analysis (mineralogical, chemical and size), material balances and smelter schedules. It then introduces attendees to processing methods and equipment, particularly those utilized in the mining industry (but also the recycling industry as well). Various unit operations are reviewed including comminution (crushing, grinding, screening and classification), mineral separations (flotation, magnetic, gravity and electrostatic), and metal production and purification (hydrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy and electrometallurgy) as well as environmental management (dewatering, tailings disposal, and waste treatment for water, dust and air). Flowsheets of typical operations are reviewed throughout with implications on flowsheet development.

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Attendees will need to bring a laptop computer.

  • Courtney Young, Department Head and Lewis S. Prater Distinguished Professor, Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, Montana Tech, Butte, MT
  • Corby G. Anderson, Harrison Western Professor, Kroll Institute for Extractive Metallurgy, George S. Ansell Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO

Valuation Report Writing and Federal Guidance to Mineral Appraisal

$395 Member · $495 Nonmember · $295 Student Member

This course will provide an overview of required items real property appraisal reports, review applicable USPAP standards, review the required elements individually, provide examples of the required elements, provide two quiz's.

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Course Content
  • Valuation Report Writing
  • A Valuation Report must follow certain standards.
  • The Report Format, while flexible, must include a number of items and disclosures.
  • The items are contained in the Uniform Standards for Professional Appraisal Practice.
  • The most important will be described here as it applied to mineral properties.
  • Federal Guidance to Mineral Appraisal
  • The course extracts mineral related guidance out of the updated Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions (UASFLA, 2016).
  • While mandated in any appraisal touching on Federal land ownership (including collateral in almost all bank lending), the UASFLA also contains quotes and citations to valuable mineral appraisal case histories
Updates and improvements from the UASFLA 2000 edition will be detailed, including:
  • What is the new limit for the Larger Parcel (the Unitary Holding) of mineral property to be appraised (common use, ownership, location?)
  • Apportionment (the allocation of different "sticks of the mineral bundle") and their ability to form "bridges" for adjustment to Market Value.
  • Permanent vs Contractual Mineral Properties and valuation steps from one to another type.
  • Highest & Best Use revisited and recent enforcements.
  • Effect of changing commodity prices leading up to the Effective Date of valuation, and how to handle.
  • When and for which appraisal purposes are retrospective data acceptable?
  • Recent case histories and references including precious and base metals, industrial minerals and oil & gas.

Earn Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

Registrants for SME Short Courses are automatically enrolled in the PDH option for the 2018 Annual Conference. With that option short course registrants can login to kiosks at the meeting or online following the meeting and print or email their transcript and certificate of 2018 Annual Conference PDH credits.