Hi, my name is Simon and I am a recovering engineer. It has been 6 years since my last design and I am proud to say I haven’t fallen off the wagon, yet. Having graduated from engineering 20 years ago I spent a good portion of my career in the ‘doing’ roles of operational engineering and absolutely loved it.
On Thursday 23 November, MEC Mining hosted a relaxed networking event and technical talk at the Moranbah Workers Club in Moranbah, Queensland.
Over twenty mining industry professionals attended the event to hear MEC’s story about strategically optimising the extraction of a steeply dipping coking coal deposit in chilly Russia.
Nickel is a chemical element with symbol Ni and atomic number 28. It is a silvery-white lustrous metal with a slight golden tinge.
It belongs to the transition metals category and it is hard and malleable. The metal is extracted from its ores by heating and reducing the ore.
One of the major financial impacts on any mine site is the number of trucks required to extract the coal/ore. By accurately evaluating the cycle times of individual haul routes from mining blocks to dump locations over the course of the mine life, the total amount of trucks at different years can be established. By evaluating alternate scenarios for dumping strategies sites can establish which option offers the lowest truck hours.
We’ve heard it all too often, “fail to plan – plan to fail” and it rings so true across all facets of the business process.
At MEC Mining, we believe in a holistic approach to identify the strengths and weaknesses of Management Operating Systems (MOS), particularly within mining organisations.
With prominent Australian organisations such as ANZ and the Australian Stock Exchange offering their employees options around work hours and locations, flexibility is fast becoming a cornerstone of Australian businesses focused on attracting and retaining high-calibre staff.
MEC Mining are excited to present our latest lunch and learn with Doug Henderson, CEO of V2H Australia. Utilising innovative, high pressure water jetting systems, the Vertical To Horizontal drilling technology offers a low cost, high productivity alternative for the Petroleum, Gas and Coal industries.
Drill and Blast is one of the leading causes of coal loss in an open cut coal mining operation. There are so many aspects that must be considered as part of the Drill and Blast Engineers design process and it is easy for an inexperienced or time constrained engineer to overlook critical areas. A poorly designed and managed blast can lead to millions of dollars of lost revenue.
There are many scenarios that might result in a mine owner looking for assistance from a contract miner. Choosing the right contracting strategy can be something of a mine-field (see what I did there?), depending not only upon the project objectives the mine owner is trying to achieve. But also a mix of other considerations such as: operating experience; in house capability (or “bench strength”); resources (people and equipment); attitude to risk; geographic location; and financial capacity – to name just a few. Often the timing around engagement of a mining contractor is a critical consideration as well.
Many years ago, when I was a young engineer working for a contract mining company at a large surface mine, a good friend (working for the client at the same operation) lamented the way contractors issue variations. From memory, I think he wanted to borrow a dozer for a few hours, and the contract didn’t provide for wet (operator included) hire.