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

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

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 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