Hidden Cost of Poor Sampling and Reconciliation Practices - Educational Lessons Far Beyond the Mining Industry

Dominique Francois-Bongarcon and Kim H. Esbensen

DOI: 10.62178/sst.001.004


Behold the struggles of five fictional mining companies, the stories of which all come from real-world examples. Here are universal alarm bells of great educational significance for technical samplers and management both. We illustrate here with examples from the mining and mineral extraction world, but the implications are universal wherever professional sampling is on the agenda. Even a trivial investment in sampling training (Theory of Sampling, TOS) will be beneficial many times over. Along with honoring the founder of the Theory of Sampling (TOS), Pierre Gy (1924-2015), we highlight the important insights provided by Jan Visman (1914-2006). The presented issues do not only apply to the mining and mineral extraction/processing sectors – indeed they represent insights transgressing far beyond this demarcation.

Published in Issue 1 · January 2024

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Francois-Bongarcon, D. & Esbensen, K. H. (2024). Hidden Cost of Poor Sampling and Reconciliation Practices - Educational Lessons Far Beyond the Mining Industry. Sampling Science & Technology, January 2024(1), 32-37. https://doi.org/10.62178/sst.001.004


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