Team building that values the home side

At MEC, we’re always working to develop our business. Team-building days and getaways are an important part of how we do this, but they shouldn’t mean that we have to take our employees away from their loved ones.

So, for our most recent team event – a weekend away at RACV Royal Pines Resort on 2 and 3 March 2019 – we invited families to join us.

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Operational Design Tips for the Drill and Blast Engineer

Does the design line up?

When it comes to drill and blast design, simple and consistent will often achieve the best productivity and blast outcomes. So, where you can, try to keep it simple – if you can’t keep it simple you had better put the effort in to communicate it! Remember: You can have the best design in the world, but if you can’t communicate it, no one will ever know.

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Drill and Blast: Don’t discredit the Drill

Drill and Blast as a group is generally measured by the blast outcome. More often than not, the blast crew rather than the entire drill and blast process is held accountable for the blast outcome. Unfortunately, this is a common misunderstanding from those who are not intimately associated with the process and do not place value on the parameters which effect blast outcomes. These are:

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Mining experts shed light on the transition to leadership at MEC and WIMARQ networking breakfast

What does it take to move into a leadership role, and how can you lead well once you’re there?

MEC Mining’s event with Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) delivered fascinating insights from a panel of mining professionals to an audience of technical experts – mostly women – on 15 February.

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Mining’s giant machines

Some of the machinery used on mine sites today is staggering in size. Take a look at some of the giants of mining.

Bucket-wheel excavator: Bagger 293

Bucket-wheel excavators are described by the folks at Guinness World Records as “mechanical behemoths that churn up the earth”. These machines have a huge wheel at the front that rotates, turning buckets that scoop up earth then drop it on a conveyor belt.

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Networking – Are you running with the right herd?

Building networks is an important part of both your professional and personal life. It’s now commonly quoted that “you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with”. So if you’re not running with a herd that reflects your values and goals it might be time to upgrade.


Potential benefits of networking include:

  • Finding out about new opportunities
  • Teaming up with like-minded people to collaborate on projects/ideas
  • Finding a mentor
  • Becoming someone else’s mentor
  • Exchanging ideas
  • Getting out of your comfort zone
  • Getting some advice
  • Giving some advice
  • Sharing experiences
  • Making contacts for the future

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Overview of the Mineral and Energy Resources (Financial Provisioning) Bill 2018.

On 14 November 2018, the Queensland Parliament passed the Mineral and Energy Resources (Financial Provisioning) Bill 2018. The bill acts as an important step towards implementing Queensland’s Mined Land Rehabilitation Policy and will feature a pooled financial provision fund and scheme manager.

The Act introduces two major reforms for the Queensland resource industry. It will:

  1. Replace the current financial assurance regime with a new financial provisioning scheme for all resource authorities to better deal with the environmental impacts of resource activities; and
  1. Introduce new progressive rehabilitation requirements for mining leases, through progressive rehabilitation and closure plans (PRC plans) for site specific application.


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Lithium – Doing you a power of good!

Lithium is a chemical element with the symbol Li. It is not found in nature in its pure form but most commonly in igneous rock as well as lithium rich brine in salt lakes.  It was first discovered in 1817 by Swedish chemist Johan August Arfwedson when he analysed petalite ore, but it took a number of scientists to work out how to extract this soft, grey-white, alkaline metal.  Australia is the world’s leading producer of lithium, followed by Chile and Argentina.

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