March 12, 2017

The LBMA Assaying and Refining Conference Programme 2017

The LBMA Assaying and Refining Conference took place in The Royal Garden Hotel, London on 19 - 22 March 2017. Please see below the programme of sessions and speakers.

Day 1 Monday 20 March

Session 1: Introduction and the Work of the LBMA

Moderator: Neil Harby, Technical Officer, London Bullion Market Association

Chief Executive’s Welcome and Remarks
Ruth Crowell, Chief Executive, London Bullion Market Association

Keynote Speech: Sampling Theory and Practice
Professor Kim Esbensen,Danish Geological Survey and Aalborg University

The LBMA Good Delivery System – Recent and Future Developments
Varsha Peiris, Good Delivery List Officer, London Bullion Market Association

Historical Review of the Good Delivery Applications and Proactive Monitoring
Dr Stewart Murray, Good Delivery Consultant, London Bullion Market Association

Session 2: Assaying

Moderator: Mike Hinds, Assay Chemist, Royal Canadian Mint

Problem Elements in Precious Metals Assaying
Dr Alessandro Ruffoni, Analytical Techniques Manager Argor-Heraeus SA |

PGM Impurities and Fire Assay
Chris Walne, Laboratory Manager, London Assay Office

Determination of Deleterious Elements within Incoming Gold and Silver Dore by EDXRF
Mike Hinds, Assay Chemist, Royal Canadian Mint

Analysis of High Purity Gold (999.9 fine) by the Fire Assay Method - Sources of Error
Dippal Manchanda, Technical Director, AnchorCert Group

Session 3: Analytical Methods

Moderator: Dr Alessandro Ruffoni, Analytical Techniques Manager Argor-Heraeus SA

Oxygen and Silver
Dr Stewart Murray, Good Delivery Consultant, London Bullion Market Association

Oxygen in Silver
Quentin Bochud, Laboratory Manager, Metalor Technologies SA

Method Development of a DC Arc Spectrometer for Analysis of 9999 Au and 999 Ag
Robert Lawrence, Evaluation Manager and Katsuji Kobayashi, Technical Advisor, Asahi Refining

Study of Iridium, Ruthenium and Osmium Distribution in Gold Jewellery
Ankur Goyal, President & Pankaj Deshmukh, Senior Manager MMTC-PAMP India Pvt. Ltd

Session 4: Asset Management

Moderator: Madeleine Theron, Chief Chemist, Rand Refinery (Pty) Ltd

Metal Reconciliation
Peter Gaylard, Independent Consultant

Metal Accounting
Munyar Chirisa, Senior Manager, Financial Advisory Services, Deloitte Canada

Panel Session – Q and A on Day 1 Sessions

Chairman: Neil Harby, Chief Technical Officer, London Bullion Market Association

Day 2 Tuesday 21 March

Moderator: Dr Stewart Murray, Good Delivery Consultant, London Bullion Market Association

Gold in the Ancient World
Susan La Niece, Senior Metallurgist Department of Scientific Research, British Museum

Session 5: Reference Materials

Moderator: Mike Hinds, Assay Chemist, Royal Canadian Mint

Reference Materials (Statistical Analysis)/LBMA Project Update
Mike Hinds, Assay Chemist, Royal Canadian Mint

LPPM Certified Reference Material
Hiroshi Sawai, Assay Chemist, TKG Laboratory Center, Tanaka K.K.

EZ OCM Reference Materials of Precious Metals
Lyudmila Gorbatova, Head of the Central Analytical Laboratory and Elena Anchutina, Head of Reference Material Group, Ekaterinburg Non-Ferrous Metals Processing Plant

Reference Materials, The System of Certified Reference Materials Production in Russia
Konstantin Shatnykh, Section Manager for Industrial Appliances and Reference Materials Production and Alexandra Gavrilova, International Relations Manager, Krastsvetmet

Session 6: Assayers

Moderator: Jonathan J. Jodry, Head of Laboratories, Metalor Technologies SA

Swiss Sworn Assayer System
Thomas Brodmann, Head of the Central Office for Precious Metals Control, Swiss Precious Metals Control

Distance BCIT Assayer Training Program
Elaine Woo, Chemical and Environmental Technology, British Columbia Institute of Technology

Session 7: Refining

Moderator: Neil Harby, Chief Technical Officer, London Bullion Market Association

Best Practices in Gold and Silver Refineries
John Fairley, Owner and Alan Gibbon, Consulting Partner, Wallace Trading Ltd.

The Art (Science) of Bar Casting
Ilonka McDougal, Senior Manager - Fabrication, Quality Control, Finished Goods and Dispatch, Metrology, Rand Refinery Pty Ltd

Session 8: Standards

Moderator: Neil Harby, Chief Technical Officer, London Bullion Market Association

9999 Au Standard
Stefan Zorn, Head of Laboratories, ISO Technical Committee

Proficiency Testing Au and Ag
Jonathan J. Jodry, Head of Laboratories, Metalor Technologies SA

Session 9: General

Moderator: Neil Harby, Chief Technical Officer, London Bullion Market Association

Role of the Referees
Daniela Manara, Head of Laboratory, PAMP SA

Counterfeit Gold Coins
Roland Zils, Expert on Minting and Counterfeit Coins, Deutsche Bundesbank | Due to the sensitive nature of this topic, the slides are not available.

ALS AcidLess Separation
Philippe Cettou, PM Refining Process Specialist, IKOI

Summary and Q and A

Chairman: Neil Harby, Chief Technical Officer, London Bullion Market Association