2012 CIM Distinguished Lecturer Award Recipient:
George (Tony) Eltringham - Walnut Creek, California
Four Decades, Four Continents, Four Copper Operations – a Personal Perspective on Constraints
The last forty years are reviewed using four different copper operations, on four continents, as examples of the changes in thinking approaches the industry has developed. Prioritization of effort and resources is a skill that has developed continuously and necessarily at an ever increasing rate.
The copper smelting procedures of Zambian Copperbelt (Africa), Kennecott Mine (North America), Escondida Mine (South America) and Olympic Dam mining centre (Oceania) will be explained and compared to demonstrate how technology, luck, shrewd business acumen and a vision can produce outstanding results and be a great source of learning about the "game" of mining.