Short Courses

Educational Short Courses

February 25-27, 2023 | Colorado Convention Center

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 MINEXCHANGE 2023 and deepen your knowledge of specific industry topics.

All Courses include:

  • Course Materials
  • PDH credit
  • Coffee Breaks
  • Lunch

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


Three-day Course

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM DAILY

Certified Mine Safety Professional Review Course

Member: $895 | Nonmember: $995

Overview and Content
Planning to pursue the Certified Mine Safety Professional (CMSP) credential, and looking for something to jump start your preparations? This 3-day in-person & virtual course is designed to provide a high-level review of the CMSP Body of Knowledge.

Attend this course to:
  • Refresh your foundational safety and health knowledge
  • Assess your strength and weakness around CMSP domains
  • Determine areas for further study
  • Gain confidence in your abilities
  • Network with others interested in pursuing the CMSP

Course Content
This 3-day review will cover the CMSP Body of Knowledge. The Body of Knowledge covers five primary domains including:

  • Fundamental Knowledge of Science & Engineering (10 questions)
  • Leadership, Organization & Culture (15 questions)
  • Safety, Health & Risk Management (50 questions)
  • Management Systems, Regulations & Assurance (15 questions)
  • Professional Skills, Conduct & Ethics (10 questions)

Eric Lutz, Director International Safety, Health and Risk Center at University of Arizona

Two-day Courses

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM DAILY

A Comparison of the new SEC Regulation S-K 1300 on Modernization of Property Disclosures for Mining Registrants to Canadian National Instrument 43-101

Member: $500 | Nonmember: $610

Overview and Content
Day 1

  • The regulatory scene in the US and Canada
  • The multi-jurisdictional disclosure system
  • Background to the introduction of S-K 1300
  • Timeline for compliance with S-K 1300
  • Summary comparison of IG 7 to S-K 1300 to NI 43-101
  • Definition of key terms within S-K 1300
  • Qualified Person concept
  • Disclosure and estimation of:
    • Exploration results
    • Exploration targets
    • Mineral resources
    • Mineral reserves
  • Mining studies: content requirements and purpose of studies
    • Initial assessment
    • Pre-feasibility study
    • Feasibility study

Day 2

  • Requirements and content needed for:
    • Summary property disclosure
    • Individual property disclosure
  • Internal controls
  • Triggers for filing of Technical Report Summary under S-K 1300 vs NI 43-101 Technical Report in Canada
  • Discussion on different types of Technical Report Summaries required, depending on property stage
  • Technical Report Summary content versus NI 43-101 Technical Report content


Greg Gosson

  • 35 plus years in mining industry
  • Five years as Chief Mining Advisor of the BC Securities Commission
  • Led 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 Committee on Mineral Resources and Reserves and Best Practices
  • Member of the CIM–CSA Working Committee on NI 43–101
  • 12 years as Technical Director, Geology & Compliance with Wood, formerly AMEC/Amec Foster Wheeler

Stella Searston

  • 30 plus years in the mining industry
  • Registered Member of the SME, Fellow of the AusIMM, Member of the AIG
  • Member of the SME Resources/Reserves Committee
  • Prepared technical aspects of listing and filing documents, independent expert and competent person reports for various exchanges, including AIM, HKEx, ASX, JSE, NYSE, as well as the Canadian TSX and TSXV.
  • Participated in and peer-reviewed major mining studies (PEA, PFS, FS)
  • Preparation, review and compilation of NI 43-101 Technical Reports, with more than 360 such reports completed to date


New Digital Technologies and Risk Management in Strategic Mine Planning: Smart Mining Complexes and Mineral Value Chains under Uncertain Metal Supply and Market Demand

Member: $500 | Nonmember: $610

Overview and Content
This two-day course presents the new generation of applied technologies that take mine planning and production scheduling optimization, and asset valuation to a new level: Simultaneous optimization of mining complexes – mineral value chains with uncertainty. Uncertainty refers to material supply (material types and grades) from mines quantified with geostatistical simulations. Demand uncertainty (markets) is also integrated into the new digital technologies for life-of-mine planning, as part of strategic risk management.

A mining complex – mineral value chain refers to the integration of mining and processing operations with multiple pits and/or underground mines, multiple metals or minerals, stockpiles, blending options and alternative processing streams to yield sellable products delivered to various customers and/or spot market.

Simultaneous optimization of mining complexes aims to generate a production schedule for the various mines and processing streams that maximizes the economic value of the enterprise as a whole, in terms of market value of metal product(s) market value. Emphasis is on the downstream applications pertinent to the feasibility, design, development and planning stages of mining ventures, as well as in the financial optimization of relevant aspects of operations and production.

Computer workshops introduce participants to the practical aspects of the technologies taught in the lectures.

Participants will:
  • Discover how and why risk-based models create value and opportunities
  • Understand how to quantify and utilize grade/tonnage/metal uncertainty and variability
  • Learn about new efficient simulation methods for modelling orebodies and how to utilize the results in pertinent mining applications
  • Understand how to use quantified orebody risk in ore reserve estimation, mine planning and design, and mineral project valuation
  • Learn about the new stochastic mine planning framework for life-of-mine optimization
  • Learn about the simultaneous optimization of mining complexes and mineral value chains with supply and demand uncertainty
  • Be exposed to actual industry examples and comparisons, and diverse applications from gold and copper mines to iron ore and nickel laterites
  • Understand how to deal with blending and non-linear geo-metallurgical interactions in the processing streams as materials are transformed from bulk material to refined products
  • Be introduced to the optimization of mining complexes with joint supply (raw materials) and demand (markets)
  • Be exposed to a new cut-off grade optimization framework for mineral value chains
  • Participate in hands-on computer workshops using real case studies and learn the applied aspects of how to define and simultaneous optimize mining complexes

The final stage of the course is a series of computer workshops that introduces participants to new powerful software. Data and software remains with the participants. Workshops include: Quantification of supply risk: Simulation of a mineral deposit and quantification of risk from resource uncertainty and variability and step-by-step simultaneous life–of–mine optimization of a copper-gold mining complex.

Roussos Dimitrakopoulos, professor, McGill University, Montreal, Qc Canada


One-day Courses

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM DAILY

MSHA Part 48 Annual Refresher (Underground and Surface)

Saturday, February 25, 2023

Member: $125* | Nonmember: $175*
*Instructors have donated their time to keep the cost of attendance low.

The Annual Refresher Course is an 8-hour course and fulfills MSHA's Part 48 annual training requirement for anyone working at either a surface or underground mine. Upon completion of the course, students will receive an MSHA Form 5000-23 certifying that they have completed 8 hours of annual refresher training for surface, underground or both types of mines, dependent upon the designation indicated on the attendee's original MSHA Form 5000-23.

Course Content

  • Barricading & refuge alternatives
  • Electrical hazards
  • Escape & emergency evacuation plans
  • Explosives
  • Firewarning & firefighting
  • First aid (Emergency medical procedures)
  • Ground control
  • Health & safety standards
  • Illumination & night work
  • Mine gases
  • Miner health
  • Prevention of accidents
  • Self-rescue & respiratory devices
  • Transport & communication systems
  • Transportation controls
  • Ventilation
  • Working in area of highwalls, water hazards, pits & spoil banks

Colorado School of Mines Energy, Mining and Construction Industry Safety Program

Advanced Geotechnical Numerical Analyses: Managing Limitations, Uncertainties, and Expectations

Sunday, February 26, 2023
Member: $250
Nonmember: $325

Course notes
Coffee Breaks AM and PM

Overview and Content
This short course will focus on the application of advanced numerical analyses in geotechnical engineering. An overview of the current state of numerical analyses and best practices in the industry are provided as an introduction to the topic. The instructors will identify limitations and uncertainties that are frequently encountered in these advanced numerical models and provide recommendations to reduce their impact. Expectations in the modelling process and communication within the team are critical for a successful outcome. The content is supported by real-world project examples, sharing both successes and failure stories and lessons learned.

Topics covered include the following:

  • Part 1 – Introduction to advanced numerical analyses in geotechnical engineering
  • Part 2 – Limitations and Uncertainties
  • Part 3 – Expectations and Communication
  • Part 4 – Case Studies

Jack Montgomery, Auburn University
Joseph Quinn, Klohn Crippen Berger
Jordan Scheremeta, Knight Piésold
Alfonso Cerna-Diaz, AECOM
Christina Winckler, Anglo American