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Digital masterclass

Materials Handling

PD Hours
Digital masterclass

Materials Handling

PD Hours

Understand materials behaviour and influence on mining plant performance.


Quick facts

Duration Delivery Course Type Next Intake PD Hours Language
4 hours
2 weeks
100% online
Digital masterclass
Up to 4

Course overview

The storage, handling and transportation of bulk solid materials are major activities within the mining industry throughout the world. Considerable advances continue to be made in research, development and application of the technologies associated with understanding materials behaviour and influence on plant performance.

In this introductory course to bulk solids handling, the principles of flow properties will be presented including testing procedures, interpretation and application to the design of handling systems including mass flow/funnel flow, stockpile design and mass reconciliation, transfer chute and conveyor design.

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Course structure

The two-week course consists of two webinars. Each webinar will consist of a 90 minute presentation followed by 30 minutes of question/discussion time.

Participants will work collaboratively with colleagues and coaches engaging in live discussions facilitated by the industry experts.

Please note the live sessions are not mandatory, the webinar will be recorded and available on the same day for participants who are unable to attend the live event.

Flow Properties Testing and Application
  • The importance of materials testing
  • Flow properties testing, outcomes and application
  • Application-specific testing including wear, dust, belts & idlers, DEM calibration tests


Application to Bulk Solids Handling Systems Design
  • Mass Flow/Funnel Flow, bin and stockpile design
  • Mass reconciliation
  • Transfer chute and belt conveyor design

Course pricing

Price is inclusive of 10% GST
Price is inclusive of 10% GST


Daniel Ausling

Daniel Ausling

Operations Manager
TUNRA Bulk Solids
Daniel Ausling has been involved with TBS since 2003 and is currently employed as Operations Manager. He has worked across all aspects of the business: as a lab technician, workshop member, and as an engineer has been involved in materials handling testing, silo/bin and stockpile design, transfer chute design and conveyor system testing and design. Daniel is responsible for overseeing the company’s operations on a day-to-day basis. He is also in close contact with clients to deliver customised solutions to their complex challenges.
Jens Plinke

Dr Jens Plinke

Consulting Engineer
TUNRA Bulk Solids
Dr Jens Plinke completed his engineering degree at the Leibniz University Hannover in Germany in 2014. During his studies he was hosted by TUNRA Bulk Solids for research projects on two occasions, gaining practical lab experience and an insight in a variety of materials handling issues. Jens completed his PhD at the University of Newcastle as part of the ARC Research Hub for Advanced Technologies for Australian Iron Ore in February 2019. His research is focused on solving industry related materials handling problems and the determination of the relationship of iron ore’s spectral responses to handling characteristics.
Shaun Reid

Shaun Reid

Consulting Engineer
TUNRA Bulk Solids
Shaun Reid joined TUNRA Bulk Solids as an industry scholar in 2013 and commenced as a consulting engineer in 2018. During his time with TBS he has contributed to a range of industry and research projects spanning the width of TBS capabilities. He completed his Honours thesis on the wear of conveyor belt covers and has held roles teaching mechanical design and bulk materials handling at the University of Newcastle. He currently specialises in discrete element modelling and flow properties testing.

Frequently asked questions

The course will be run entirely online via a cloud-based platform called Adobe Connect which can be accessed via computer, tablet or phone. Participants will simply need to have a working Internet connection and a computer, tablet or phone with sound to access the course. Participants may choose to download the free Adobe Connect app but will not require any hardware like a webcam or microphone.

The course will run over two weeks. It will consist of two 2-hour webinars (each 90 mins + 30 mins question time), with one webinar held each week.

Unfortunately, no. The course will be delivered in English only.

Participants can earn professional development (PD) hours for undertaking the course. One contact hour of technical content is equivalent to one PD hour.

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