AMC at Austmine 2019

AMC Consultants is proud to join the world’s leading mining innovation champions at this year’s Austmine Conference in Brisbane. It will take place on 21 – 23 May 2019 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre under the banner of Mining Innovation: The Next Horizon.

Led by Ian Lipton, Geometallurgy Practice Leader, our team looks forward to sharing our unique approach to geometallurgy with delegates at booth #32. Delegates will have an opportunity to learn more about how machine learning is improving mining operations, and try the interactive digital twin demonstration.

AMC’s Managing Director and CEO as well as Board Member for Austmine, Patrick Smith, will also be present at the conference in both capacities. The conference will feature speakers from nine countries including Andrew Cole (CEO, OZ Minerals), Chris Cawood (CIO OceanaGold), Marco Orellana (CIO, Codelco), Mike Wundenberg (Vice President Operational Technology and Innovation, Newmont), and Michelle Ash (Chair, Global Mining Guidelines Group) amongst others.

Meet our team at Austmine 2019

Ian Lipton, Principal Geologist / Geometallurgy Practice Leader

Ian Lipton has more than 35 years of experience in mining geology, resource evaluation, and exploration, across more than 16 commodities. Ian’s mining expertise includes resource estimation, grade control, feasibility studies, technical audits and reviews, due diligence studies, independent technical specialist reports, and valuations. . Ian has been promoting geometallurgy for project improvement for more than 15 years and has been involved in a variety of geometallurgical investigations including throughput estimation, hardness and rock strength measurement, assessing the correlations between downhole geophysical logs, drill penetration data and ore hardness, sulphide flotation studies, and using multi-element geochemistry to characterize ore beneficiation processes.

Rob Chesher, General Manager (Brisbane)/ Principal Metallurgist

Rob has more than 40 years of experience in the mining, oil and gas, and manufacturing sectors. His expertise is in corporate and technical (metallurgical) consulting, focusing on operational and performance reviews, improvements, and optimization. In his roles, Rob has been involved in studies and reviews at all levels in copper, gold, platinum, coal, nickel, and other base metals. He has a record of achieving significant and sustainable operational improvements across the mining, oil and gas, and manufacturing sectors. In addition to his work as part of AMC’s Geometallurgy Team, Rob has been the General Managerof AMC’s office in Brisbane since 2014 and has been a Committee Member of the Southern Queensland Branch of the AusIMM for the past seven years.

Matthew Nimmo, Principal Geoscience and Mining Data Analyst

Matthew is a geologist with 25 years experience in the mining industry. After many years focused on mineral resource estimation and statistical modelling of geological data, Matthew branched out into more diverse analysis of geochemical, hydrology and geometallurgical data. Latterly, he worked as a data scientist for two years in the Maintenance Center of Excellence (McOE) at BHP, supporting their Total Equipment Strategy process.

Matthew is experienced in geostatistics, data cleaning, multivariate data analysis, data visualization, data validation, outlier detection, machine learning, optimization, classification, clustering, regression, dimension reduction, and applied computational intelligence.

Andrew Millar, Principal Metallurgist

With more than 16 years in the mining industry, Andrew is experienced in the mining project life-cycle from discovery to operations. His expertise includes metallurgical testwork (bench and pilot plants), process engineering and flowsheet design, as well as plant operation and optimisation. Andrew also has a strong focus on techno-economic modelling and financial evaluation of process flowsheets.

In addition, Andrew has experience in a variety of unit processes including comminution, flotation, gravity separation, ore sorting, hydrometallurgical processes and pyrometallurgical processes and his commodity experience includes coal, zinc, gold, silver, copper and lead.

Want to find out how our Geometallurgy team is helping clients mine smarter by optimizing design, operations, and strategy?