What should we expect with the “gamification” of mine planning?

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This week’s edition of Mining Journal reports on the unveiling of Runge Pincock Minarco‘s yet-to-be-released mine planning tool Xecute at last month’s SAP Mining & Metals Forum in Darmstadt, Germany. Runge’s CEO Mr. Richard Mathews gave the Forum’s attendees  a … Continue reading

The Molycorp story and government policy risks in mine or business valuation

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UPDATED 12/28/15 Molycorp stock continued to fall so much that Molycorp now trades under a new ticker symbol (MCPIQ) on the OTC Markets. ORIGINAL POST FOLLOWS In recent days, I have read a lot of news stories on the fortunes … Continue reading

The entrance of the big boys: The changing landscape of the mine planning software business

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The recent acquisition of Mintec, providers of MineSight, by Hexagon AB of Sweden is the second such entry  by a large company into the mine planning software business. This news has caused me to think about what this means for … Continue reading

What are the factors that drive community support for mining projects?

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In this era where corporate social responsibility and sustainability programs are essential aspects of mine management and planning, community engagement is essential for mine management throughout the mine’s life cycle. One of our goals during community engagement is to understand … Continue reading

Conference report: SME 2014 Meeting

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The 2014 SME Annual Meeting & Exhibit was held in Salt Lake City, UT this past week (Feb. 23-26, 2014). I tried to post daily updates throughout the week. If you missed these updates, find them below. As usual, there … Continue reading

Bristol Bay, EPA’s Risk assessment and the mine plan that isn’t yet a plan

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Last week (Jan 21, 2014), EPA released its risk assessment of the impact of large scale mining in the Bristol Bay watershed on the ecosystem of the watershed. The report evaluates potential mining of the Pebble deposit. The report is … Continue reading