Short Course

Heap Leaching for Managers

How to Enable a Successful Heap Leach Operation

Sunday, October 16

8:00 AM - 5:30 PM (5:30 – 6:30 PM optional extended session)

$500 USD

Heap leaching can be a cost-effective means of recovering metals in this current economic climate. While the capital and operating costs can be lower than conventionally milled ores, the recovery rate is also lower as well.  A successful heap leach requires a good heap leach pad design, but more importantly an understanding of the ore properties and variability.

This full day short course will describe the basic aspects of heap leaching for “novices” in the field, but the primary content will be directed to business personnel who have to understand the risks and poor practices associated with heap leach projects.

The course will discuss the following:

  • The basics of heap leaching
  • Heap leach economics

The course will highlight best practices such as:

  • How to maintain good heap permeability,
  • How to manage the heap in order to achieve predictable results,
  • How to identify many of the errors that have been made and forgotten over the years.

Who Should Attend?

This course will be of interest to project developers, designers, operators, regulators, academics, and students.

Course Coordinators and Presenters

Dan Kappes, Founder and President Kappes, Cassiday & Associates

  • The course will be coordinated by Kappes, Cassiday & Associates (KCA), one of the premier firms in the industry.  KCA have designed and built heap leach projects for over fifty years.

Mark Smith, Director Piteau Associates USA Ltd

  • Mark will present current startup experience in Nickel heap leaching.

Mike Milczarek, President, GeoSystems Analysis, Inc., USA

  • Mike will present observations on heap permeability and especially air + solution permeability, which is critically important in acid copper heap leaches.

David Kruth, Metallurgical Engineer, Kappes, Cassiday & Associates

  • David will discuss lab procedures

Thom Seal, Professor, University of Nevada, Reno

  • Thom will discuss heap leach applications.

Short Course Online Access

A link will be provided to those who have registered for the Short Course - Online Only option. This link will be sent the 24 - 48 hours prior to the live course. The timing will remain the same as the in-person event and we ask that registrants login at 8:00 AM PDT to view the live short course. If you are unable to attend at this time, a recording will be provided via the same link after the event.