Technical Sessions

Technical Sessions that ENLIGHTEN

MineXchange proudly presents technical sessions hosted by leading industry innovators from around the world. As the venue for the leading exchange of technical information in the mining and mineral industry, you will find the cutting-edge information you need in three jam-packed days. All technical sessions are held at the Phoenix Convention Center.

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  • Coal & Energy
  • Environmental
  • Geology
  • Health & Safety
  • Industrial Minerals & Aggregates
  • Mining & Exploration
  • Mineral & Metallurgical Processing
  • Young Leaders


Managing Gangue Minerals

Gangue minerals constitute a predominant portion of any ore deposit. Managing gangue minerals comes to play a decisive role for effective mineral processing and extractive metallurgy. Declining ore grades have made this an urgent concern at many mining operations. Experts from industry and academia will share their knowledge on a variety of aspects related to the management of gangue minerals in mineral processing and hydrometallurgical circuits. Of particular interest are presentations examining the following technical aspects:

  • Pre-concentration of ores to manage problematic gangue
  • Managing non-sulfide gangue (NSG) in flotation
  • Managing sulfide gangue minerals in flotation
  • Managing gangue in hydrometallurgical processes

Mine Tailings: Perspectives for a Changing World

Recent tailing dam failures have required the industry to rethink its approach to tailings management and governance. With the release of the 2016 ICMM Position Statement on Preventing Catastrophic Failure of Tailings Storage Facilities, mining companies increasingly focus on accountability, responsibility and competency; planning and resourcing; risk management; change management; emergency preparedness and response; and review and assurance. Mitigating future failure of tailings dams requires a cultural shift on Tailings Storage Facilities (TSFs) management and governance. This cultural shift calls for education within the industry – and of stakeholders – on the design, operation, construction, operation, and closure of TSFs. Symposium Sessions feature five topics:

  • Tailings Dam Failures - Lessons Learned from
  • Technical & Governance Realities
  • State of Practice
  • Tailings Governance
  • Tailings Continuum – Selection of the Right Tailings
  • Technology
  • Importance of Culture in Safe Tailings Management

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