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:: IOM3 Premier Awards to Three Mineral Processors


The IOM3 Awards for 2017 were announced yesterday, and three mineral processors are recipients of Premier Awards:


Futers Gold Medal

Awarded to Derek J Barratt CEng FIMMM ARSM. Derek graduated in 1963 with a BSc in Mineral Technology from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London. He has accumulated 50 years of experience in base and precious metal concentrator operations and metallurgical process design. Derek has extensive expertise in comminution, particularly SAG milling, SAG mill design and operation, tradeoff studies and applying new technologies. Derek has been engaged in plant startups, commissioning, and process optimisation on facilities around the world including the largest grinding plants ever constructed. In 1979, Derek pioneered and published the concept of using Bond Work Indices in equations for use in simulation of mill sizing and grinding circuit design for Autogenous and Semi-autogenous application, pre-dating JK DWT, SMC/DWI, SPI and SAGMILLING.COM. In 2005, he developed Millpower2000, which has the capability of assessing test results from multi-sample Geometallurgical and different test protocol programmes, on a same sample basis and for all recognized ore types. Derek has published 45 technical papers concerning comminution and mineral processing. In addition, he has served as lead lecturer for a SAIMM Comminution School in 1991, as Coeditor and Vice Chair for the SAG1996 and Coeditor and Chair of the SAG 2001 Conferences, and Committee Secretary/Technical Advisor/Editor to the SME Mineral Processing Plant Design, Practice, and Control Symposium in 2002.

Derek Barratt
Derek Barratt


Barry Wills
Barry Wills

Medal For Excellence

Awarded to Dr Barry Alan Wills BSc PhD. Barry gained his BSc and PhD in Metallurgy from the University of Leeds (1963–1969). He then joined the mining industry, first with Nchanga Consolidated Copper Mines in Zambia and then with Johnson Matthey. In 1974, Barry became a Senior Lecturer at the Camborne School of Mines, a role Barry fulfilled for 22 years. During that period, Barry lectured on mineral processing and compiled an acclaimed book Mineral Processing Technology, which first appeared in 1979. It is now into its 8th edition (2015) and is considered a must-read book for everyone in the minerals profession. To complement Barry’s passion for raising the profile of minerals processing and the dissemination of knowledge, he launched the journal Minerals Engineering in 1988. The journal quickly established itself as a leading publication for sharing the latest developments in minerals processing. The journal continues to enjoy a solid reputation for the quality of its content and Barry is, to this day, the editor in chief. Barry has served the mineral processing community immensely by promoting the distribution and dissemination of mineral processing knowledge within the community of mineral processors and extractive metallurgists worldwide.


Outstanding Contribution Award

Awarded to Antony Francis CEng FIMMM ARSM. Antony Francis is the Chair of the Mineral Processing & Extractive Metallurgy (MP&EM) division of IOM3. Tony leads the division with distinctive flair and enthusiasm. For example, one of his first actions as Chair was to increase attendance of Board meetings and to identify and prioritise actions for the Board membership. A primary objective was to grow membership of IOM3 by advocating a renewed focus on the interests of stakeholders of the division. A smart divisional flyer was produced and a divisional website was launched to promote the division. And to actively engage the membership, Tony has been a strong voice of developing activities such as dedicated conferences and informing the membership through a dedicated divisional newsletter, which has been published regularly since 2015. Tony has shown tremendous leadership in initiating such activities, providing direction, support, and encouragement to those involved. And his efforts certainly appear to be producing results: a notable increase in new members to the division (and IOM3) has been observed during his tenure as Chair. Tony stands out for his commitment to the division and IOM3, always producing well-written minutes of board meetings himself while taking on many of the allocated tasks. An example of Tony's success was to secure industrial sponsorship for the Geometallurgy 2014 and Minerals and Metals Production from Mine to Market 2015, the first conferences organised by the MP&EM division. The attendance of the first conference was 56 delegates, rising to 79 at the second conference. This suggests that the growing engagement with stakeholders is creating a vibrant MP&EM community within IOM3. A further conference, Emerging Trends in Minerals Engineering, is planned to take place in December 2016, while an event for 2017 has been proposed. This highlights Tony's success in building sustained involvement of MP&EM members with IOM3 and ensuring that the MP&EM division is in a good position to contribute towards the goals of IOM3 well into the future. Tony has been a member of the MP&EM Board since its inception in 2005 and provided leadership as the Chair since May 2011.

Antony Francis
Antony Francis





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