Lachlan McInnes – Deswik scheduling and land haulage modelling specialist

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.

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If you have a solution to a problem nobody is looking to fix, is it really a solution?

“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?”

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MEC Mining Enhances Longwall Justification

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.

 

Maximizing machine production hours may destroy value

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.

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MEC Mining’s Maria Joyce appointed WIMARQ Committee Chair

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).

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This mining graduate went to market, this mining graduate stayed home, this mining graduate ate humble pie and this mining graduate got none.

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.

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