Computing Skills Required of Today’s Mining Engineer

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Recently, I was invited to give a series of seminars at Chongqing University, Chongqing, China. On December 14, I gave a seminar with the above title to a group of mining engineering undergraduate students. My hosts and I had agreed … Continue reading

Corruption, Mining & Sustainability

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This week, I read another damaging story about corruption involving mining companies and the Guinean Government revolving around Simandou, the vast undeveloped iron ore resource in Guinea. As you may know, there have been several allegations of corruption surrounding mining … Continue reading

How can we leverage big data technology to run efficient mines?

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This week, I had a conversation with a colleague that led me to think about how little we are using the available data at mines to facilitate better decision-making. And, consequently, how little advantage we take of the large amounts … Continue reading

Project cost overruns: Implications for public disclosure.

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There is a long history of cost overruns in mining. By some estimates, average cost overruns for mining projects range from 20 to 60%. This is, particularly, interesting when you think of the fact that most of our rules governing … Continue reading

Lessons we can draw from the Samarco tailings dam failure

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First of all, it is good to be back with you blogging again. As some of you might know, I spent most of 2015 and the first seven months of 2016 as an Academic Mining Engineering Fellow at the US Securities & … Continue reading

MineSight’s Underground Tools

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Last week, I came across this tweet (below) by MineSight, now owned by Hexagon (I blogged about this acquisition a while back), on their underground mining tools. I found it very interesting. I wish I could provide a detailed review … Continue reading