CASPEO launches an e-learning platform for mineral processing engineering

CASPEO, worldwide provider of process simulation software and consulting services to metals, minerals and mining industries, unveils the launch of its e-learning platform to enhance knowledge of mining workers in data analysis techniques and to meet mining companies challenges and skills needs.

Train mineral processing engineers to advanced data analysis tools and approaches

Today, mining industry is facing many challenges: lower grades, more complex deposits, market demands variation… In an over changing environment, mineral and metal processing companies are pushed to experiment new operational strategies without impacting the production. Process modeling and simulation constitute the most powerful methods to design, scale-up and upgrade processing plants. These require analysis tools to estimate different configurations and also skilled people who have a general overview of processes across the entire value chain, from ores to metal.

Thus, the future of mining is linked intimately to technology. However, the mining industry is experiencing a significant labor shortage due to a wave of retirement and the declining number of graduated mining engineers, thus limiting the adoption and the development of new technologies.

To address labor market challenges in its field of expertise, CASPEO aims to facilitate the learning of data analysis techniques by launching its own e-learning platform.

Go beyond a simple online experience

The CASPEO e-learning platform consists of self-paced online courses on a range of topics including process design, process optimization and metal accounting. CASPEO pushes boundaries and goes beyond a simple online experience by providing hands-on training courses.

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The first available on-demand course proposes a path through two case studies to learn how to use modeling and simulation approaches to design and optimize mineral processes. Through video lessons and quizzes, the trainees are invited to design a grinding and classification circuit, then work on the optimization of a grinding and flotation circuit.

“The course allows the trainees to work on real-world scenarios and to have the opportunity to use USIM PAC, the most well-known mineral processing simulation software – a 60-day education license is provided with the course,” says Stéphane Brochot, CASPEO co-managing director.

The idea is to make it as easy as possible for people to improve their competencies through self-regulated learning. It helps students to get practical experience of skills, engineering graduates to enhance their employability, and professionals to advance their career. For companies, it is a way to train a large workforce at less cost engineers, facilitate the integration of new, secure a project launch and enhance individual commitment.

“Having to attend a course in person can be a barrier to participation. Our platform will give mineral professionals around the world the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of process modeling and simulation and to complete courses wherever they are, at their own pace and in an easily digestible format. Our self-paced online courses are delivered through a true e-learning platform that can be accessed on any device with an Internet connection.” adds Marie-Véronique Durance, CASPEO co-managing director.

What’s next? CASPEO team is working on an on demand training course on metallurgical accounting. A metal accounting system is the key tool for determining the real performances of a metallurgical installation and achieving operational excellence. Such a system covers the full production process from the mine to the final smelter and/or refinery. Essential to manage base metals, it is crucial when processing precious and critical materials. The course will provide a clear understanding of what is metal accounting and explore the main stages to implement such a system.

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