By Robert C. Dunne

Managing Editor

Mineral processing and extractive metallurgy are atypical disciplines, requiring a combination of knowledge, experience, and art. Investing in this trove of valuable information is a must for all those involved in the industry—students, engineers, mill managers, and operators.

More than 192 internationally recognized experts have contributed to the handbook’s 128 thought-provoking chapters that examine nearly every aspect of mineral processing and extractive metallurgy. This inclusive reference addresses the magnitude of traditional industry topics and also addresses the new technologies and important cultural and social issues that are important today.


  • Mineral Characterization and Analysis
  • Management and Reporting
  • Comminution
  • Classification and Washing
  • Transport and Storage
  • Physical Separations
  • Flotation
  • Solid and Liquid Separation
  • Disposal
  • Hydrometallurgy
  • Pyrometallurgy
  • Processing of Selected Metals, Minerals, and Materials

Process Control and Operational Intelligence

By Osvaldo Bascur PhD

In chapter 2.6, titled “Process Control and Operational Intelligence”, Dr. Bascur contributed with a summary of the state of the art for mineral-metallurgical process control and “plant operational intelligence”. Operational intelligence is a way of providing an augmented view of real-time data rather than using traditional fixed plant information management reports. The data are transformed into insights for further analysis using business intelligence tools.