Case Study: Improving Shovel and Excavator Productivity


Shovel and excavator productivity has been in decline in Australia over the last few years, resulting in unnecessary wasted expenditure. MEC Mining can assist in achieving optimal productivity. A move to optimal productivity can save $0.30 per bcm or $3 per tonne, as well as improving operating and safety conditions at the dig face. Large improvements can be achieved with simple and repeatable measures that concentrate on improving the basic cycle time of components. In other words, increased production can be achieved simply by optimising basic dig area setup and operating parameters. So ask yourself this question: Where does your machine sit on the curve?

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MEC Mining partners with Orica

MEC Mining partners with Orica to expand Safe and Efficient Blasting and Excavation training course.

Through our partnership Orica have expanded their well-recognised Safe and Efficient Blasting course Surface Coal. With a full day dedicated to safe and efficient excavation, the course now creates a link between drill, blast and downstream impacts on key mining processes.

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MEC Mining A Finalist In The 2015 Telstra Queensland Business Awards

Brisbane-based global mining consultancy MEC Mining has capped off its milestone 10th anniversary year by being selected as a finalist at the prestigious 2015 Telstra Queensland Business Awards.

MEC Mining founder/director Daniel Chippendale, co-director Ted Boulton and managing director Simon Cohn were honoured to attend last night’s gala Queensland Awards Dinner at the Sofitel Brisbane Hotel.

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Case Study – Schedule Levelling


Confidence that the Mine Plan reflects the mining strategy and the Mine Plan is robust and achievable.

Aspects to consider:

  • Mine Plan has been validated, and that all schedule activities are linked correctly.
  • Intricacies and risks are understood.
  • Opportunities are understood and are maximised.

By considering these aspects, project value is maximised and the project’s performance remains aligned with stakeholder expectation.

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Case Study – Multiple Life of Mine Scenario Planning


An Open Cut Dragline Mine in the Hunter Valley, NSW needed their LOM plan run in a value case comparison to compare 5 mining scenarios. They needed justification, through quantified and comparable results, to determine the best strategy to proceed with for the life of the mine. MEC took the clients previous LOM and truck haulage models, modifying them to achieve the required 5 scenarios. With the results from the MEC schedules the client was able to understand the lowest risk scenario and determine the feasibility of implementing the new scenario.

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