MEC leaders put through their paces at Hooked on Leadership course

Hooked on Leadership courses challenge organisational leaders by taking them to the countryside and using horses to teach them how to lead better. Sound interesting? Our Principal Mining Engineer David Drew and our Manager of Consulting Services Christofer Catania attended one of the two-day courses recently to find out what they could learn from exercises in horsemanship.

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Importance of contracting standards

The mining industry sometimes responds so rapidly when commodity prices rise that contracting standards tend to drop in the mad rush to meet the next potential boom. One of our clients supplies dozers and earthmoving machinery to the Queensland coal mining industry. They have gone from having half of their fleet parked up, to having more work than equipment and then to considering buying new equipment over the course of a month.

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MEC Mining shares their technical expertise on global projects

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.

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Dump Scheduling and Haulage Simulation

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.

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If it’s not in the plan, it just won’t happen. A “BoB” perspective.

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.

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Coal Loss and Dilution – Drill and Blast

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.

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