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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