Speaker Spotlight: Vanessa Lickfold14 May 2019
As we build up to Iron Ore 2019, we will be interviewing our keynote speakers on some key issues within the Iron Ore industry.
We recently asked Vanessa Lickfold for her views on the industry. Vanessa started her career as a geologist in 1991 at one of South Africa’s open pit coal mines after graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Geology and Earth Science. She moved on to being a base-metals exploration geologist and then, while finishing her MSc in Exploration Geology, she managed a mineral sands development project before moving to Australia in mid-1998 to complete her PhD. Vanessa is currently the Head of Geoscience for Western Australian iron ore at BHP.
1. In 2017 there was a strong focus on the importance of mineralogy and petrology on iron ore processing characteristics (ie geometallurgy), the rationale being that you need to understand the detailed characteristics of an ore to optimise mining, blending, beneficiation and downstream processing operations. Do these characteristics still hold true in 2019?
Even more so! With the market now heavily focussed on quality, making sure we have these characteristics well-understood early on in the value chain is key.
2. What message would you like to provide to the delegates – what do you hope will be the main message they will take away from your keynote presentation?
It’s all about data integration and interoperability across the value chain, and it starts with orebody knowledge.