Successful Dozer stripping trial completed Centrex Metals Limited (“Centrex”) has completed successful dozer stripping trials of the overburden at its Ardmore Phosphate Rock Project (“Ardmore”) in North West Queensland. Two trenches were excavated through the shale overburden within the Northern and Southern Zones of the deposit using a Cat D9 dozer. The trials were overseen…Details
How to get the best from a mining consultant Enlisting a mining consultant for a project can yield excellent results. Here are our tips for finding the right consultant and ensuring they accomplish what you need them to. Prior to hire: tips for planning 1. Establish what you really want It’s common to hire a…Details
Case Study – Iron Ore Mine Optimisation Introduction Current commodity prices and ever-increasing competition between mining operations dictate a cost effective, achievable and well-presented mining sequence. MEC Mining was approached by an open cut iron ore mine to optimise their detailed mining sequence. The solution proposed by MEC Mining and implemented by the client enabled…Details
MEC’s CEO breakfast tackles diversity and flexibility Executives from Anglo American, Adani, Queensland Resources Council, Metro Mining and JukesTodd joined an interactive discussion led by MEC’s Maria Joyce at MEC’s first CEO round-table breakfast. The exclusive event on 6 February 2018 at The Brisbane Club was an opportunity for industry leaders to have a frank,…Details
Senior Mining Consultant Geoff Watson talks about a process MEC has developed internally to understand where the “best of the best” (BOB) practices can be identified and applied.
Mine Rehabilitation MEC was approached by a Central Queensland Coal Mine to develop an optimal rehabilitation plan. The client needed to accurately estimate rehabilitation costs, ensure the rehabilitation plan was cost effective and provide confidence to the government of the value of the environmental bond. MEC optimised the rehabilitation plan using our in-house evaluation and…Details
The pros and cons of being an engineer’s “site” support team (aka spouse) I’m an engineer’s wife, which means I’m often home alone while hubby is away working on site. There are upsides and downsides to flying solo, so which do I prefer? Cons Support duties (aka chores) I’ve had lots of experience when it…Details
Open Cut Coal – Bulk Dozer Push With the spike in the coal price many open cut coal mines are looking at an increase in the amount of dozer push as a strategy to increase the overall stripping cost and uncover more coal. The flexibility of bulk dozer push allows it to respond effectively to…Details
Tax breaks for real-world research: the R&D tax incentive What if, as active participants in the mining industry, we could be encouraged to spend money solving real-world problems and undertaking serious research into issues that impact us? The Research and development (R&D) tax incentive might be an effective pathway to recover or offset some…Details
Principal Mining Engineer Geoff Watson’s second VBlog on Value Driver Trees for Underground Coal.