With over 4 years industry experience, Lachlan McInnes is a Mining Engineer with solid operational and technical skills in short term scheduling, land haulage scheduling and mine design across a suite of software, including Deswik (CAD, Scheduler & LHS), Minescape, 3D-Dig, and XACT. He has trained many Graduate Engineers using his expert Minescape and Deswk design package knowledge.
“If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” Interesting philosophical question, what if you apply the same logic to problem solving? I see so many businesses working on solutions to problems, creating innovative technologies or creating a better widget, but it begs the question “If you have a solution to a problem nobody is looking to fix, is it really a solution?”
MEC Mining will be at The University of Queensland Engineering Undergraduate Society (UQ EUS) Careers Fair on Thursday 27 July to meet with students.
MEC Mining’s Senior Underground Consultant, Geoff Watson, recently delivered multiple production scenarios to support a strategic business decision. Faced with “Board Level” time frames, Geoff developed and updated mine plans, assumptions and schedules for three principle scenarios over a four week timeframe. Additionally, developing six incremental opportunities for reserve optimisation and LOM planning.
Join us for a free lunch and learn session with special guest Tim Cartlege from Cartledge Mining and Geotechnics. Tim will provide some insights into the Value of Existing Databases.
MEC Mining Announces New Management Team
MEC Mining is pleased to announce a few key changes to their management team that will have a positive impact on the future direction of the business.
We’re all familiar with lists of organisational values but how much credence should we give them when we’re seeking out businesses to collaborate with or work for?
Are “corporate values” just another example of meaningless jargon?
Most mine sites measure performance in terms of ore mined, waste moved or product produced. Production KPIs tend to manifest as a drive to maximize the working hours of equipment. The drive to achieve production (rather than value) KPIs often has some negative side effects that destroy the value that they seek to create. Maximizing equipment hours tends to reward the building of inventories, as to achieve high hours, machines need to work even when they are not required.
Maria Joyce is a General Manager at MEC Mining, and has served the company as a mining engineer for over ten years. Maria now adds another important role to her professional portfolio, having been appointed Committee Chair of Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) and a Queensland committee representative for Women in Mining Network (WIMnet).
The pathways to developing a successful career in mining begins with a first step. During the recent mining downturn the lack of this first step has left many mining graduates without an opportunity and has certainly contributed to new undergraduate intakes at record lows. There is no doubt the industry will pay for this issue over the next 10 years and beyond, but reality is we are where we are, and we need to make the best of it and focus on changing this future trend. Encouraging and inspiring future generations that mining opens a range of possibilities is something all of us in the industry can assist with.