Maria Joyce wins Excellence in Mining category at Women in Industry Awards

MEC Mining is committed to promoting diversity across the organisation.  At the recent Women in Industry Awards dinner in Sydney, General Manager Maria Joyce was announced as the winner of the Excellence in Mining Award. MMD, who sponsored the category, dedicated this award to raising awareness for women in a male dominated industry.

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MEC Mining Gazette – June 2015

MEC is proud to introduce our new look Gazette. We will continue to release this publication regularly and use it to keep you in touch with industry news, developments, case studies and articles, which relate to MEC Mining and the resources sector.

In this edition we hear from our Founding Director Daniel Chippendale, who reflects on MEC’s upcoming tenth birthday, along with insights from our executive team and articles about our experience at Mines and Money Hong Kong and what MEC staff believe makes a successful mining consultant.

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Case Study – Open Cut Coal Life of Mine Plan; Mining and Dumping Sequence


An open cut coal mine in New South Wales requested an analysis of different mining options including direction of mining and waste dump sequencing. MEC Mining’s schedule enabled managers to plan the adjustments in the excavation and hauling fleets whilst ensuring the stability of production. Over and above that, MEC’s recommendation was subsequently used for long term strategic planning and departmental approval. This is because MEC has a wealth of experience in best practice methodology and expertise in mine planning software, crucial in evaluating various mining options in changing conditions.

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Christofer Catania Presenting at the Australian Copper Conference

MEC Mining’s Team Lead – Christofer Catania will be speaking at the Australian Copper Conference, held at the Hilton Hotel in Brisbane on Wednesday 17th June at 12.30pm. Christofer will be presenting on Staged Start-Up for Copper Open Pits – Optimisation Sequencing to Reduce Initial Capitals Costs. Be sure not to miss it!

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Case Study – Dragline Design


MEC Mining enabled a productive open cut coal mine to optimise an existing dragline operation, thereby decreasing truck and shovel use and maintaining coal targets. The company approached MEC to provide an analysis of options that would maintain budgeted coal uncovery while maximising dragline efficiency in a key operational pit.  MEC presented a diverse range of options that allowed the client to prepare for any possible scenario. MEC prepared short term designs and plans and presented key findings that enabled the client to prioritise areas of the pit.

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Latin America Downunder Conference 2015

MEC Mining is a proud sponsor of the Latin America Downunder Conference held at Sheraton on the Park, Sydney from Wednesday 20th – Thursday 21st May. If you are attending the event come and visit our team in booth 8 and meet with our Managing Director – Simon Cohn and one of our Senior Mining Consultants – Richar Guerra to find out more about our capabilities and projects.

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MEC Mining offers customised training courses

MEC Mining has expanded its offering to include a range of excellent training options to their clients and staff.

Due to our expertise across a range of commonly used mining software packages, we have developed best practices that actually work in real mines,” explains Daniel Chippendale, Director at MEC Mining. “Our courses are customised and flexible which makes them perfect for upskilling and development in the ever-changing resource industry.

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MEC Mining Needs your Help to Help Others

MEC Mining’s Managing Director Simon Cohn is taking part in this year’s Vinnie’s CEO Sleepout. It’s the third time he’s taken part in the event which gives ordinary Australians the chance to walk a mile in the shoes of a homeless person.

The Vinnies CEO Sleepout offers just a small glimpse into life on the streets. There are over 100,000 Australians who are homeless, sleeping rough each night. Each participant is asked to raise awareness of homelessness in Australia through their participation in the event. They are also asked to raise money for the St. Vincent de Paul Society through an online sponsorship for their sleep out.

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How to Plan Dozer Push

The 5 P’s are important in Bulk Dozer Push. Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance.

Simply pegging out the pivot point and letting the dozers loose can result in lost opportunities. One of the most effective ways to design dozer push is using sections, then joining the sections to make 3D surfaces. Firstly, evaluate the pivot point location – should it be the standard projection from coal edge or is there an advantage in raising the pivot line?

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