This CONFERENCE was dedicated to
 With approximately 300 delegates from 22 different countries, the 5th World Conference on Sampling and Blending – WCSB5, was the largest ever with respect to both number of presentations and number of delegates. On behalf of the Organising Committee, we would like to thank all of the attendees for their contribution to make SAMPLING 2011 an utmost success.
This 5th version of this conference offered experts from diverse industries an opportunity to interact and share their knowledge and experience on sampling and blending practices. The presentations were not only a means of showing research projects and innovations in the area of sampling, but also a forum were theories on sampling and blending were discussed in terms of their fundamentals as well as their applications. It was good to see that in the hallways and foyer of the hotel, between the technical sessions, these conversations continued and further projects were explored!

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SAMPLING 2011 highlighted the importance of sampling for the success of mining projects and for monitoring food contamination

This year the 5th World Conference on Sampling and Blending, SAMPLING 2011 was held for the first time in Chile, with 53 technical, high-quality papers, by authors from 17 countries, that were presented during the 25-28 October encounter, held in Hotel Sheraton in Santiago.

Organised for the first time in Denmark in 2003, this year’s edition of the WCBS was going to be chaired by the prominent Chilean geologist Pedro Carrasco, who was elected as chair during its previous version held in South Africa in 2009. However, Pedro passed away after a short illness in early 2010, and it was his colleague and friend Francis Pitard, international consultant of sampling, who took over as chair with – of course –  mixed
feelings about being chair of the WCBS5. However, Francis assured that “for us, Pedro is still alive and his spirit will be with us for a long time”.

The areas of interest that were dealt with in the programme of SAMPLING 2011 included the Theory of Sampling (TOS); sampling characteristics and heterogeneity studies; material balances and correctness of sampling stations; importance of correct sampling for geostatistical studies, exploration, grade control and QA-QC; feasibility studies and process control; creation of new international standards; contamination in food and pharmaceutical industry; and bed blending for smelters and processing plants.

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Gecamin, Chile