Plenary Session "Mine design, operation and infrastructure development challenges and solutions" will be held on October 9 in the Main Conference Hall of of the Radisson Slavyanskaya hotel. The session will be moderated by Rod Cave, CRU, Regional Director, Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Roman Menkin, Deputy General Director, LLC "TOMS Engineering", will make a presentation "TOMS experience in the integrated development of mining projects".

Pavel Lykov, Business Development Director (Russia & CIS), RungePincockMinarco Limited, will make a report "Using simulation as a tool to eliminate uncertainties when scheduling the mine". Why planned and actual mining production rates are different? Three pillars of mine planning: mine design, mine scheduling and simulation. Assumptions are used when equipment utilization is being planned which results in inaccurate mine schedule. Simulation is technique used by many industries to model real life and hypothetical situations. Value of simulation in planned mine context – fleet demands definition haulage network optimization, eliminating uncertainties when planning. Value of simulation in operating mine context – quickly find efficiencies and make changes to improve the productivity of your existing fleet as well as test scenarios using new equipment without disrupting production or any capital expenditure.

Rod Cave, Regional Director, Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, CRU, will tell about "Infrastructure and Mining Development – International Case Studies with a Discussion of Russia's potential". Rail construction or capacity development, particularly somewhere like Siberia, not only makes projects viable, but engenders new exploration and the creation of net new projects that are predictable over time using a statistical tool set and knowledge of mining exploration history and practice. The presentation will discuss the approach and concrete examples from Australia, Canada, Latin American with possible implications of these cases for Russia or Kazakhstan.

Yuri Fedorov, The Director of the X-ray Radiometric Separation Technology Center, Irgiredmet, will make a presentation "Managing ore grade is reality.

Dmitriy Budaev, Project manager, Thermo Techno LLC, will make a presentation "Automated analytical control systems for non-ferrous processing plants". Sampling and assaying size involve hundred thousand samples annually for many modern plants. Sample prep and assays of many samples need automated systems of analytical control (ASAC). Ideally, full ASAC covers all stages of sampling and assaying, like sampling, homogenization, splitting, sample transfer, sample preparation, multi-element spectral assay, analytical data transfer to plant MES system through LIMS. ASAC may be implemented for traditionally plant “bottle-necks” solutions like metal balance calculation, QA/QC of processing, QA/QC of plant products. Automated fire assay may be profitable for gold plants with high assays numbers. The main point is to delete cupellation stage from assay, decreasing assay time, operation and capital expanses, staff size; and replace traditional assays like gravimetric and AA by OES assay of led buttons.

Vadim Minin, Head of Mines Ventilation Department, "Uralmekhanobr", will tell about "The experience of "Uralmekhanobr" in minimising the risk of accidents in the design and operation of mines".

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