Please see the attachments to this notice for a map to Founders Lodge and a copy of the meeting notice. Hope to see you there on November 15th.Thanks,Tom HilderbrandSME - Georgia Section Chair Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration
Georgia Section Meeting Notice
A meeting of the SME Georgia Section will be held on November 15, 2018 at Founders Lodge at Rock Eagle, Eatonton, GA.
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Social Hour
6:50 PM - 7:00 PM Environmental Issues Forum -- moderated by Dr. Sal Romero (Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Golder Associates Inc.).
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM Dinner Served – Fresh Apple Salad, Coca Cola Glazed Ham, Sweet Potato Souffle, pencil green beans, broccoli casserole, Yeast rolls, and Red Velvet Cake.
7:30 PM. – 7:40 PM Business Meeting – Announcements for Georgia Section SME.
7:40 PM - 8:30 PM Speaker: Brett W. Schug, Business Development Mgr., Andritz Automation, Decatur, GA.
Subject Matter: "New Automation Technologies for Mineral Processing Operations"
The Automation Solutions division of ANDRITZ has created new technologies which are now being applied to mineral processing operations. With the IDEAS process simulation software, the team creates a Digital Twin of a portion of a facility and links that simulation to actual plant measurements. The simulation model then employs its built-in calculation methods to determine other process parameters which might be unmeasured, unreliably measured, in the current operation. The resulting values represent a Virtual Instrument. This technology has been installed at the Haile Gold Mine in South Carolina for slurry density / solids percentage on a hydrocyclone feed line, and the two resulting hydrocyclone exit lines. Other applications are being evaluated, with slurry pumping locations being the initial target application in mineral processing operations. Included with the Virtual Instrument is tie-in to the existing control system by ANDRITZ DCS/PLC engineers.
A second automation technology applied at mineral processing operations is model-predictive control using the BrainWave controller, and ACE (ANDRITZ Control Expert) supervisory-level optimization. The BrainWave technology solves control problems where PID controllers tend to work poorly – systems with nonlinearities, lag times, and coupled loops. The newer ACE technology employs artificial intelligence to adjust process set points to optimize operations and increase profits after BrainWave has stabilized the process. These technologies are active across the world for a wide variety minerals and mineral processing operations, including crushing, grinding, thickening, flotation, drying, long conveyors, and others.
Biography: Brett W. Schug, Ph.D., Business Development Manager, Andritz Automation.
Brett Schug holds a Ph.D. from the Georgia Tech in Chemical Engineering. His graduate work in process modeling and design led him to become a Technical Lead for Simulation with the IDEAS Simulation Software at ANDRITZ. Brett is the author of several papers on process simulation, and now serves as a Business Development Manager for the mining industry in the Automation Solutions division of ANDRITZ. He assists mineral processing projects and facilities in the employment of advanced process automation technologies, including simulation and advanced process control, as well as advanced methodologies in electrical and instrumentation engineering.
NEW MEETING LOCATION – Rock Eagle 4-H Center – Founders Lodge
From Atlanta Take 1-20 East to Exit 114 (Madison). Turn right onto Highway 441 South. Follow Highway 441 South (12 Miles) to Rock Eagle 4-H Center (on the right). Turn right, then turn at the second right in approximately one mile and Founders Lodge will be on your right. Parking is in the rear.
From Macon Take US 129 North to Eatonton to Intersection with US 441 and go left, continue North on 129/441. Rock Eagle is approximately 10 miles north on the left. Turn left, then turn at the second right in approximately one mile and Founders Lodge will be on your right. Parking is in the rear.
From downtown Milledgeville go north on Columbia St. Take US 441 North from downtown for approximately 28 miles and look to your left for Rock Eagle. Turn left, then turn at the second right in approximately one mile and Founders Lodge will be on your right. Parking is in the rear.
Note: The cost for both members and guests is $30 per person. The cost for Students is $20. Those interested in attending please mail or fax, (478) 552-4105, their registration to Tom Hilderbrand (firstname.lastname@example.org; 478-552-3951, ext. 1237). Please make checks payable to SME Georgia Section. Complete and return this form and payment to: SME Georgia Section, P.O. Box 1056, Sandersville, GA 31082 or RSVP by no later than November 12, 2018.
Please keep your SME Georgia Section membership current. You can pay for dues, meeting registrations, and donations online through a service known as Square Up. We now have an online store set up for making credit card payments. Please follow this link to make safe, secure transactions: https://squareup.com/store/sme-ga-section.
You may also pay by cash, check, or credit card at the door.
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