The theme of Sampling 2012 is ‘The critical role of sampling’. While substantial resources are devoted to utilisation of the best analytical methods and equipment, unfortunately there are still many instances where sampling and sample preparation continue to be neglected despite the fact that use of correct practices is critical to obtaining representative samples for analysis. As a direct consequence, mining companies stand to lose millions of dollars and fail to optimise utilisation of their mineral resources.
Papers are sought on the theory of sampling and its application in the mineral resource industries. Preference will be given to papers in the following areas:
Development and application of sampling theory
Drill and blasthole sampling
Sampling for blending, quality control and metallurgical accounting
Sampling of commodity exports
New developments in sampling and sample preparation equipment
Maintenance of sampling equipment and training
Development of national and international standards
Case studies of the application of sampling in exploration, mining, mineral processing and environmental monitoring.