SRC Technology and Innovation Theatre

Get fresh insights from SRC's R&D and technology experts at the SRC Technology and Innovation Theatre at PDAC 2020 in Toronto, Ontario. Stop by our theatre at Booth 531 from March 1-3, 2020 on the exhibition floor to learn about the latest research and technologies that are driving change and creating new opportunities for industry, such as sensor-based sorting, industrial CT scanning and using data to maximize operations.

The 15-minute presentations are free to attend with your convention pass. 

Booth 531, MTCC South Building, Level 800

Daily Presentation SChedule: March 1-3

Presented by Craig Murray, Vice-President of SRC Mining and Energy

Sensor-based ore sorting is the coarse separation of mineral raw materials prior to the application of fine comminution and chemical processing techniques. First used widely in the diamond processing sector, sensor-based sorting holds much promise for other extractive industries as new deposit grades continue to decrease and production economics continue to tighten.

SRC currently offers sensor-based sorting process development, testing and piloting as part of its full suite of SRC Mining and Energy services. Building on its existing expertise and facilities, SRC plans to expand these services further with the creation of the SRC Minerals Liberation Centre.

This presentation will discuss some key points about sensor-based sorting, the advantages and opportunities, as well as some of the issues that need to be addressed when considering sensor-based sorting for new and existing operations. The presentation will also discuss the current equipment and capabilities at SRC and our plans for the new Centre.

craig murray srcCraig Murray previously served as SRC's Manager of Development Engineering, and Senior Test Engineer of IBM Canada Ltd. In addition to corporate management and leadership, he has 20 years of experience in electronics and instrumentation design and development.

Presented by Mike McCubbing, Supervisor, SRC Geoanalytical Laboratories Diamond Services

It can be difficult collecting enough information during the exploration and development of diamond deposits to feel comfortable making decisions to move forward. Drilling and collecting bulk samples are costly endeavors and with a relatively small additional cost, SRC can provide invaluable information that can assist in making more informed decisions. 

In addition to diamond quantity, size and weight, SRC can supplement reports with diamond morphology, nitrogen typing, breakage assessments and fluorescing and luminescing property measurements. This data can be used to identify new relationships or trends within deposits and potentially gain valuable information for resource estimates, target prioritization and mine economics.  

The same principals can be applied to bulk kimberlite processing. Collecting process information during a mini-bulk sample can also be utilized to gain a better understanding of the deposit. Data such as densiometrics, particle size-distributions and clay types and concentrations can all lead to more efficient process design, potentially lowering operating costs.

mikemccubbingMike McCubbing, P.Geo, is the supervisor of the Saskatchewan Research Council’s Geoanalytical Laboratories Diamond Services team. Mike has been involved in developing Applied Diamond Services at SRC, which focuses on data collection and presentation of kimberlite mini-bulk processing and diamond parcel characteristics. 

Presented by Lesley McGilp, Manager, Pipe Flow Technology CentreTM

Slurry transport and processes are an integral part of most mining operations. In this presentation, you’ll learn how understanding the flow behaviour of complex mixtures can greatly enhance pipeline system design, operation and maintenance. 

Over the last 60 years, SRC’s Pipe Flow Technology CentreTM has conducted researched in collaboration with industry to improve the transport of complex mixtures; work that has reduced operating and capital costs and improved pipeline safety for the Canadian mining and oil and gas industries.  

You’ll also learn about SRC’s experience testing process equipment and tailings management technologies to improve treatment, dewatering and consolidation of fluid tailings mixtures.

lesley mcgilp srcLesley McGilp manages SRC's Pipe Flow Technology CentreTM in the Mining and Energy Division. She has previously served as a Staff Engineer at Rock Energy and a Senior Engineering Advisor at Northrock Resources.

In addition to corporate management and leadership, she has over 10 years' experience in upstream oil and gas, focused on reservoir engineering, reserve management, exploration and development and acquisitions and divestitures.

Presented by Muhammad Imran, Director of Energy Operations

X-ray computed tomography (CT) scanning is a non-destructive technique, capable of revealing details of 3-D structures that cannot be identified by visualization or 2-D X-ray radiography. Industrial CT systems offer great versatility and advantages in analyzing materials with wide size and density range. Geomaterials characterization (e.g., for mineral ores and sedimentary rocks) is an important application of industrial CT systems.

High-resolution industrial CT scanning is an indispensable technique that cracks the code (i.e., digitizes) of a geomaterial without needing to physically crack the sample. Incorporated with other techniques (e.g., QEMSCAN®), the industrial CT has a wide range of applications in lab analysis for mineral processing and characterization, including mineral identification and quantification; particle/cluster size distribution; liberation characterization to quantify separation efficiency; and grain surface contacting area for flotation of locking particles.

In one specific application, SRC conducted industrial CT scanning for potash ores to clearly quantify the major mineral constituents in the ore (sylvite and halite). The reconstructed 3-D imagery was then digitally analyzed to extract valuable information on the sylvite and halite volume fraction, contact area and cluster size distribution. Such quantitative analysis can be a cost-effective and complementary technique to other existing characterization methods for the mining and mineral processing industries. 

muhammad imran

Muhammad Imran, PEng, PhD, is the Director of Energy Operations in SRC's Mining and Energy Division. He has led many projects, including innovative proofs of concept; development and optimization of medium and heavy oil EOR processes; lab-scale equipment design; and physical, fluid flow, and wormhole modelling. 

His major areas of expertise are vapour extraction (Vapex), solvent vapour extraction (SVX), thermal SVX (TSVX), heavy oil waterflooding, steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) and steam–surfactant processes. He has a track record of research success with multiple publications in engineering journals and presentations at conferences. He has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Ryerson University, Toronto.

Presented by Jack Zhang, Manager, Mineral Processing

SRC Mineral Processing is an industry-focused and project-orientated business unit. It works closely with the mining industry, EPCMs, consultants, reagent and equipment suppliers to provide technical solutions to solve practical problems through troubleshooting, auditing, and process development and optimization. 

Our team works with clients from all over the world for processing of potash, uranium, rare earth, lithium, base metal, gold-PGMs and rare metals. Bench to pilot-scale facilities support all levels of studies, from scoping studies, PEA, PFS, FS, bankable FS, engineering, demonstration and commercialization.

We have developed various proprietary technologies for the processing of rare earth, lithium, potash, and uranium to help the mining industry reduce costs and improve efficiencies. For example, our potassium sulphate (SOP) processes have been adopted by many clients in different parts of the world and our rare earth technologies are being commercialized. We also work with industrial partners to develop new and leading-edge extraction technologies, such as the selective recovery of potash and in-situ recovery of uranium in Saskatchewan.

jack zhangJack Zhang manages SRC’s Mineral Processing Business Unit. His team provides technical services to meet the needs of the mineral processing industry. Jack is also the principle investigator on a project to produce REOs by leaching high-grade REE ore.

Jack has worked on mineral processing and hydrometallurgy for over a decade. In the past 12 years, he has worked on numerous rare earth projects involving all processes related to sorting, gravity separation, magnetic separation, flotation, leaching, fractional precipitation and solvent extraction. 

Presented by Erin Powell, Manager, Process Development

Emission reductions are increasingly a concern for the mining industry. Emissions reductions in mining can be achieved via multiple routes: operational optimization and equipment selection to minimize energy consumption, replacement of conventional energy with lower carbon intensity energy sources, and emissions reduction through capture, conversion, and storage.

The mining industry has been impacted by recent regulatory changes on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This has required implementing multiple strategies to reduce both costs and emissions across the mining cycle. In this presentation, we'll share examples from SRC's Centre for the Demonstration of Emission Reductions (CeDER) to illustrate how these strategies can impact mining and processing operations from both economic and environmental perspectives.

SRC’s database of GHG emissions reduction technologies will also be discussed, as well as the CeDER process. We will outline how cost-effective technological solutions can be identified and adopted in response to the upcoming drive to reduce emissions.  

erin powell srcErin Powell, PhD, manages SRC’s Process Development Business Unit. She leads a team of engineers and scientists that provide applied RD&D, scale-up, demonstration, and validation of value-added processing technologies for commercial application, achieving impacts in a wide range of industries.

This work includes niche areas such as partial oil upgrading, resolving challenges in oil and gas surface operations, including emulsions and fouling, oil sands, oil shales, coal liquefaction/gasification, energy and water use optimization, and greenhouse gas emissions reduction technologies.

Presented by Ian Wilson, Manager, Environmental Remediation

Mine site remediation projects deal with a wide spectrum of environmental data, including data collected during site assessment, remediation activities and monitoring implementation. Therefore, appropriate data management is required as a key feature of well-grounded decision making. SRC's Information Data Management Service (IDMS) was developed to address all aspects of data management, including data collection, quality control, data transfer, storage, visualization, processing, analysis and real-time reporting. IDMS is a combination of enterprise and desktop-level data management and Geographic Information System (GIS) tools assembled to assist and ensure decision making in relation to required mitigation measures and assessment of mine site remediation and closure success.

Our IDMS has been developed and successfully implemented for Project CLEANS (Clean-up of Abandoned Northern Mines) to support assessment and reclamation of 37 uranium mine sites in northern Saskatchewan, Canada. The IDMS can be applied to all data and all aspects of the mining cycle (exploration, assessment, construction, operations and closure).

ian wilsonIan Wilson is the Remediation Manager at SRC, where he leads a team tasked with the assessment and remediation of 37 former Cold War legacy uranium mine and mill sites.

Ian has an MBA from London School of Business and Finance, a post graduate certificate from Cornell University and a B.Sc. from Royal Roads University.  

He has more than 18 years of environmental remediation experience and has successfully managed more than 100 assessment, remediation and site decommissioning projects around the world. Areas of expertise include remediation design, remediation project management, cost estimation, structural demolition, mine closure, stakeholder engagement and waste management.   

Presented by Rob Millar, Supervisor, SRC Geoanalytical Laboratories

SRC Geoanalytical Laboratories and Advanced Microanalysis Centre™ provide an integrated and comprehensive approach to analytical services for the mineral industry, including complimentary analysis techniques. 

New methods are being developed with the recently acquired laser ablation, XRF, XRD, QEMSCAN®, HR-ICPMS and ESI Prepfast MC. This presentation will review SRC’s current methodology improvements, comparing commonly used methods, such as SRC’s three acid HF total digestion vs. lithium metaborate fusion. We will also discuss new sample analysis techniques, such as uranium assay by XRF and the integration of ESI Prepfast MC automated column separation equipment for mining and exploration.  

The recent changes to SRC Geoanalytical Laboratories’ ISO/IEC 17025: 2017 scope of accreditation will also be highlighted, which includes the addition of SRC’s Base Metals Assay, Lithium Assay, Selenium Assay and the Observation of Kimberlite Indicator Minerals.

rob millar srcRob Millar is a supervisor at SRC Geoanalytical Laboratories


mining services for real-world industry needs

SRC leverages its traditional research roots to provide technological services that meet real-world industry needs, from testing to modelling, diagnostics to optimization and monitoring to remediation. Located in Saskatchewan, SRC's Mining and Energy Division has worked with the mining industry across Canada and worldwide for over 70 years.

We have experience in a wide range of commodities, including potash, uranium, diamondsrare earths and lithium, as well as base and precious metals. We also have specialized expertise in slurry hydrotransport, reliability engineering and digital mining techniques. 

Our Environment and Biotech Division provides all levels of environmental assessments and has experience in mine closure, including community engagement, data management and acid mine drainage components.