2014 Forum held in United Kingdom

50th Annual Forum of the Geology of Industrial Minerals -- Wednesday, June 11 - Friday, June 13, 2014


Location: University of St Andrews, Fife

St Andrews is situated on the east coast of Fife, Scotland, UK.

The town is approximately 50 miles north-east of Edinburgh, 14 miles south-east of Dundee, 78 miles south of Aberdeen, 82 miles east of Glasgow; and 466 miles north of London.


The EIG family wants to extend a warm welcome to our North American colleagues from the Forum on the Geology of Industrial Minerals (FGIM) who will be joining us in St Andrews for their celebratory 50th Anniversary Forum. No doubt many of you will have fond memories of our last joint conference in Bath (2000) and the great friendships formed then, we are sure this will only be enhanced in Scotland.


The 2014 organising committees (18th EIG & 50th FGIM) have selected the following themes for the conference and are now calling for papers. Presentations of case studies from the UK, USA and from around the globe are welcomed, especially those that address the environmental aspects of the extractive industry.


2014 EIG / FGIM Themes


Please reply with offers or queries to papers@eigconferences.com


Mineral prospectivity and exploration: How are surveys contributing to mineral resource development? Traditional vs technological? Boots on the ground or unmanned aerial vehicles?


The geology and development of industrial minerals: An in-depth look at industrial mineral resources (e.g. ball clay, fluorspar, high-purity limestone, kaolin, potash, silica sand and salt) in the US, UK and beyond.


Construction materials: Aggregates (Crushed rock, sand and gravel, recycled and secondary) and non-aggregate construction materials (e.g. cement, dimension stone, gypsum and brick clay).


Onshore energy mineral resources: Recent developments in coal, shale gas and other unconventional resources.


Proppants in the US and UK: Will the phenomenal growth of the frac sand market in the US be matched in the UK or elsewhere? Presentations on resources used to produce proppants (silica sand, alumina, clay and bauxite), production and transportation logistics.


The future of minerals in a changing society: Where will minerals be produced? What will they be used for? How will new technology play a role? How can we counter the increasingly negative perception of the industry? What about fears over security of supply of critical raw materials?


Designing for extraction: The geotechnical challenges faced by the extractive industry when establishing new operations, and keeping the existing ones open.


Hydrogeology: The management of water residing in extractive operations, used in mineral production and released safely back into the environment.


Extractive Industry 101: A back-to -basics session on topics such as reserves and resources, mineral evaluation and quarry hazards, as well as ‘cold case studies’ (lessons from the past).


The economics and logistics of industrial minerals: From what makes minerals profitable to their contribution to the recovery and growth of the global economy. How do you move your minerals to market? Local or long-haul? Road, rail or water?


Sustainable mineral development: Ensuring minimal impact before, during and after mineral extraction to the natural, historic, cultural and built environments. Presentations on planning, addressing social and economic impact on local communities, efficient resource recovery, preservation of biodiversity and restoration for ‘life-afterminerals’.


Data and delivery: Deposit modelling and data management to mineral statistics and commodity profiles. How data is accessed, applied and more freely available than ever before.


If you have a possible paper that doesn't fit these themes please submit anyway for consideration!


Some useful documents and info for the upcoming forum:

EIG 2014 2nd Circular - with FGIM February 2014

Helpful Websites for St. Andrews

Forum Booking Form: St. Andrews, Scotland

St. Andrews Golf Info

Spouses Program Itinerary

EIG Golf Competition

Pre and Post Conference Field Excursions

Field Trip Excursion Form


For more information contact:


Adrian Charters

QuarryDesign, Ltd

3 Ash Close



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