Month: September 2019

Mega mine projects should benefit multiple project owners

first_imgThe mining industries of Australia and Africa have been challenged to take an urgent, dramatic and catalystic approach to dumping the sector’s cyclical nature and act more as a single unit rather than a project-by project or country by country approach in order to make mining sustainable. Front and centre is an appeal to ditch multiple mega-scale individual mine, rail and port projects for one or two company owned mines and opt instead for single systems able to be used by major and minor interests within the local footprint.The current strategy of pumping extra tonnages into the market place, causing price slumps, has also been questioned as barely beneficial for the sector and its players.Addressing the third and final day of the Paydirt 2015 Africa Down Under Conference last week, Deloitte’s Partner, Australia Africa Services Group Leader, Mr Jacques Van Rhyn, said people talked of “survival” and “awaiting for the upturn” but the global downturn in mining, and the hard hit Australian and African sectors, had been created by little more than over supply and its subsequent price crash impacts.“The question we have to ask is whether it has to be like this. Do we have to have these major cyclical changes in the industry? Is there not a better way, something that creates a more stable and consistent industry?“We are creating the cyclical nature of the industry by working in isolation from each other, worrying about our own individual mines, putting more product on the market than it can sustain and therefore creating oversupply.“A more sustainable mining industry can deliver a better return to shareholders and community.”Van Rhyn said while “innovation was the new “saviour” buzz word in mining, the reality was that 90% of innovation happened in isolation and would not solve the problems of the broader industry.“We need to consider “whole of system” including social enviro impacts and longer term cycles and how all of that fits into the global economy,” Van Rhyn said. “Therefore we need to consider looking at the industry differently as mining is like the circle of life – it works when all components are there as they are connected and interdependent and it all has value.“But take out pieces, as evidenced from the current commodity prices coming off highs, and we see the sector chasing tonnages at any cost.“When things are going well, we do not sweat the small things, overlooking the connectivity and interdependence – but when miners’ circle of life becomes unbalanced, when its equilibrium is disturbed through such events as capital austerity, all we see are staff reductions, the drying up of capital, less government tax revenue and increased jobs and social welfare pressures.“Amid all of this, whatever available capital is left for mining takes flight along the route of least resistance – often not to return.”Van Rhyn said the outcome, as evidenced across Australia and Africa, was the demise of many mining companies with the “proverbial good” from mining disappearing altogether.“If we do not work together, we cannot build a sustainable mining future,” he said. “We need to acknowledge the need for change, have the courage to make it.“Gone are days when we should be building mega plants and dedicated rail and port facilities for one project. We have to consider the fate of other nearby mines.“Marginal mines can then focus on extraction rather than processing and transportation, giving them a future.“In the US, collaboration has shown that bigger plants and economies of scale come from one plant servicing multiple mines or projects and this reduces the cost of capital as it is lower than that for a single project.“We have to move to considering mines in close proximity, enter into cost contribution arrangements and jointly develop infrastructure.“There needs to be serious government collaboration across regions, between the public and the private sector and government macro plans for regional area development.“We need to assist land locked countries get their mineral commodities to the coast and in that way, these countries can then contribute to building the necessary infrastructure so it isnot having to be borne by one country alone.“Mining companies need to be prepared for divergent future scenarios where collaboration is a key component and consider how to move from business of today thinking to business of tomorrow success”.last_img read more

IM inducts the man behind the essential software for block and sublevel

first_imgBeating Alun Phillips (RPM Global) into second place and the Caterpillar Minestar team into third, Tony Diering is the 2015 inductee in mining software into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame (Hatch the lead sponsor). Dr Diering has been involved in the development of mining applications for more than 30 years and is the pioneer behind Dassault Systèmes’ innovative block-caving GEOVIA PCBC and sub-level caving GEOVIA PCSLC software applications, which are used by the majority of the world’s mines employing these specialised mining methods.He began his career at SRK in Johannesburg, where he developed a number of stress analysis systems including two and three dimensional boundary and finite element analysis systems. At SRK, he was largely responsible for the development and initial marketing of DMIPS, a computerised mine planning system. Throughout his long-standing tenure with Gemcom Software International (acquired by Dassault Systèmes in 2012), Diering held several positions including Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Advanced Technologies. As the former Vice President, Block Caving, he played a central role in setting up Dassault Systèmes’ GEOVIA operations in South Africa in addition to overseeing the global development, marketing, training and consulting for both PCBC and PCSLC.It was in 1987 that he, in conjunction with Dr Dennis Laubscher (a previous inductee into the IM Technology Hall of Fame), developed the world renowned PCBC software while working for a premier diamond mine in South Africa. In 1994, once again with Laubscher, performed the first major implementation of PCBC for the Northparkes mine in Australia, prior to the opening of the mine’s first block cave section, which resulted in a proven product and very useful design tool for use in both operating mines and producing feasibility studies.To complement the PCBC software, Diering successfully developed the following applications for use with PCBC:Foot Print Finder enables a quick study of different footprints at different elevations, before a more detailed footprint with explicit draw points is set up in PCBCCave Management System (CMS) is a daily draw order production system that monitors daily actual tonnages and status per draw point, and uses this to produce daily draw orders that can be fed to an LHD dispatch systemLSQ is a least squares draw point sample analysis tool, which enables calibration of draw columns against actual measured sample grades.PCSLC is similar to PCBC, and is used by planning engineers for feasibility studies as well as for operating mines that use sublevel caving.Don’t forget to put your nominations in (to john@im-mining.com) for the 2016 inductions. There are 12 categories:1.Exploration2.Underground development3.Underground Production4.Surface mining5.Comminution6.Concentration7.Mining software8.Safety9.Bulk handling10.Metallurgy11.Environmental management and stewardship12.Outstanding innovator.last_img read more

Colorado School of Mines ranked worlds best mining school in inaugural ranking

first_imgThe sixth edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject, released on TopUniversities.com, features a record-breaking 42 disciplines, making it the largest-ever ranking of its kind. The Colorado School of Mines has been ranked as the world’s best university for the study of Mineral and Mining Engineering, in what is the first-ever global ranking for this subject.The expert opinion of 76,798 academics and 44,426 employers informed the results, alongside the analysis of 28.5 million research papers and over 113 million citations sourced from the Scopus/Elsevier bibliometric database. This contributed to QS evaluating 713 institutions worldwide that provide a degree in Mineral/Mining Engineering, internally ranking 403 of these based on the data received, before publishing the world’s top 100 institutions in the final rankings.In second place for Mining Engineering is MIT, which is top in the tables of the four other Engineering disciplines QS rank as part of their global analysis of higher education. Completing the top three is its compatriot, Stanford University.Some of the rankings will be a surprise to many, with no University of Witwatersrand, nor any Canadian universities nor Camborne Scholl of Mines at the University of Essex, to name but a few missing institutions.QS’s Jack Moran explains, “we have included institutions that have been voted for by academics identifying themselves with Mining Engineering and strong research in relevant disciplines, even if they only offer clear specialist engineering programs in the Civil Engineering space.“Whilst we recognize that Mining Engineering is a distinct discipline in its own right, hence publishing a separate list, we also observe that, perhaps due to the small number of dedicated programs, many companies in the space also target graduates from Civil Engineering programs.QS welcomes input to improve the accuracy of these rankings and can be contacted through Head of Public Relations, Simona Bizzozero: simona@qs.comThis year’s Mining Engineering ranking features the world’s top 100 places to study the subject. The most-featured country in the ranking is the United States which takes 6 of the top-20 places, and 24 places overall – nearly one-quarter. The Universities of Cambridge and Oxford are also in the top five.However, excellence can be found outside the US-UK duopoly. The best university for the subject outside these countries is Switzerland’s ETH Zurich, which ranks 8th worldwide. It is closely followed by Asia’s best university for the subject, the University of Hong Kong, which is 9th. Australia is represented in the top 10 by the University of Queensland, which ranks joint 10th with Japan’s university of Tokyo. Latin America’s strongest university for the study of Mineral and Mining Engineering is the Universidade de São Paulo (USP), which ranks 36th.QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016 – Mining Engineering (Top 10)2016    Institution        Country1          Colorado School of Mines       United States2          Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)            United States3          Stanford University     United States4          University of Cambridge         United Kingdom5          University of Oxford   United Kingdom6          University of California, Berkeley (UCB)        United States7          Imperial College London        United Kingdom8          ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)   Switzerland9          University of Hong Kong (HKU)           Hong Kong10=      The University of Queensland (UQ)    Australia10=      The University of Tokyo          Japanlast_img read more

Fortescue on the lookout for more automation and AI opportunities

first_imgIn Fortescue Metals Group’s half-year report to end-December, the company provided an update on its haul truck automation retrofit project at its Chichester Hub iron ore operations, while commenting on the performance of its innovative relocatable conveyor.For the six months to December 31, FMG shipped 82.7 Mt (84.5 Mt a year ago) of iron ore from its Pilbara operations, generated a net profit after tax of $644 million ($693 million a year ago) and posted underlying earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation of $1.6 billion ($1.8 billion a year ago).As of December 31, 2018, FMG said 44 trucks had been converted with autonomous haulage technology (AHS) at Chichester Hub as part of its automation rollout.Once complete, the conversion of approximately 100 haul trucks at its Christmas Creek and Cloudbreak operations (which both make up the Chichester Hub) will see Fortescue become the first iron ore operation in the world to have a fully autonomous operating fleet, it said.The company also provided some commentary around the relocatable conveyor it has been using to cut costs and improve productivity at its Cloudbreak mine.The conveyor, commissioned in May 2018 by RCR Tomlinson, doubled its throughput in the September quarter, according to FMG.Fortescue said: “The five-kilometre conveyor includes a mobile primary crushing station that feeds directly into the ore processing facility. The relocatable conveyor and mobile crushing facilities can be positioned in close proximity to pits and relocated once mining in that area is complete.”FMG concluded on innovation: “The company continues to look for opportunities for automation and artificial intelligence to drive greater efficiency across the business, including the use of data to predict outcomes and optimise performance, the expansion of autonomous mining and the application of relocatable conveyor technology.”last_img read more

EHF SAY YES Metalurg and Vardar to play TOP 8 at Stadium

← Previous Story TICKETS FOR BERLIN: French clash in 1/4 final! Next Story → EHF CL TOP scorer Renato Vugrinec: Handball should cease to exist… Macedonian TOP teams, RK Vardar and RK Metalurg have got the „green light“ from EHF to play their matches of the VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 8 at the National stadium „Phillip “ in Skopje! Unofficial information from Vienna, where the draw for TOP 8 took place, is that EHF want to support unbeliavable interests of Macedonians after historical success of their two teams and allow them to play in front of three times more spectators than in the biggest sports hall in the country „Boris Trajkovski“, where only about 7.000 fans can watch the matches.Football Arena „Filip Vtori“ has capacity of 36.500 seats and representatives of two Macedonian teams have already presented plan by which stadium will be adapted for handball match with capacity of 21.000 fans.The only match of EHF CL which was played on stadium was also at TOP 8 phase, when AG Copenhagen hosted FC Barcelona at „Parken“ in Copenhagen in 2012.RK Metalurg will face THW Kiel in the first match of TOP 8, while RK Vardar will try to use advantage of home court in second match against SG Flensburg.PHOTO: BUILD.MK filip vtorihandball at stadium read more

Besiktas JK wins Turkish Super Cup

← Previous Story SEHA: Vardar easily deals with Nexe Next Story → STATEMENT OF THE WEEK – Veselin Vujovic besiktas jkhandballniluferturkey Beşiktaş Mogaz Handball team beat the Nilüfer Belediyesi and won the Super Cup. Beşiktaş Mogaz played throughly more better from Nilüfer Belediyesi and finished first half 17-11. Especially newcomer Nincevic was amazing in this match with 12 goals. Beşiktaş Mogaz team continued good games in the second half and match finished 38-30 in favour of Beşiktaş Mogaz. read more

SKOPJE WANTS EHF CL CROWN Sanja Damnjanovic to ŽRK Vardar

Sanja DamnjanovicZRK Vardar Skopje ← Previous Story Jorge Maqueda to RK Vardar! Next Story → 32.271 vote for the WORLD YOUNG HANDBALL PLAYER 2014/2015 The new citizen of the Macedonian capital, Skopje, is Serbian left back Sanja Damnjanovic! One of the best left backs in women’s handball agreed contract with the ambitious ŽRK Vardar Skopje, the team who wants to climb at the TOP of European handball after two third places at the Women’s EHF Champions Leafue F4.The 28 year-old Serbian girl played last two seasons for Viborg HK, where she came from RK Podravka Koprivnica. read more

No public inquiry into Omagh bombing

first_imgTHERE WILL BE no public inquiry into the 1998 Omagh bombing, Northern Ireland’s Secretary of State announced today.Theresa Villiers said she arrived at the decision not to instigate the probe as she does not believe there are sufficient grounds to justify a further review.The MP had been considering a proposal by the Omagh Support and Self Help Group for a full, cross-border investigation.“First and foremost, I wish to express my sincere sympathies to the survivors of this horrific atrocity and the families of those who died,” she said in a statement. This was not an easy decision to make and all views were carefully considered. I believe that the ongoing investigation by the Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland is the best way to address any outstanding issues relating to the police investigation into the Omagh attack.The Real IRA bomb killed 29 people (including a woman pregnant with twins) in the Tyrone town on 15 August 1998.The Omagh Support and Self Help Group and Amnesty International have campaigned for a public inquiry as families believe there are many questions about the attack that remain unanswered.Villiers has offered to meet them again to explain her decision further, adding that she hopes the ongoing police investigation will bring justice.Her department said that there was a divide among survivors and families about a public inquiry, with some offering support for one, while others believed it could cause them “considerable trauma”.“All these views were weighed against other factors, including the series of previous inquiries into the Omagh bomb and the current investigation by the Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland.”Earlier: Victim of The Troubles: We are living scars on societyOne year on: Hillsborough families left ‘dismayed’ by lack of progressPics: Remembering the Omagh bomb that killed 29 people 15 years ago todayMore: Amnesty International joins calls for Omagh inquirylast_img read more

Former Kildare boss Kieran McGeeney breaks his silence

first_imgh/t Kfmradio Kildare (Fan Page)The urinals in this Mayo bar have an interesting new re-design>Dublin’s Kevin McManamon and 10 other great sporting super subs> In order to draw a line under the last few weeks I feel it is in the best interests of Kildare football to release a statement so everybody can move on and get things in place for next year.I would like to thank everybody who has helped me over the last few years.A special thanks to all the people who have worked tirelessly in the back ground especially Julie Davis, Hugh Campbell, Tom Murphy, Danno Keely and Morgan O’Callaghan. To those that stood on the sideline with me, Jason, Damien, Niall, John, Aidan and Paul, I have learned so much from all your input as have the players with whom you worked. To the medical staff , Danny, Noel and David who have worked so hard to keep the players on the pitch and in a healthy frame of mind I thank you for all your hard work. Thank you to all.A special mention for all the people in Club Kildare, especially Pat, Dermot and June, who put in so many hours behind the scenes .They raised valuable funds in such a difficult economic time. Your help will never be forgotten by the players or the management.To the supporters it has been an absolute pleasure to be part of this journey over the last six years. Thank you for all your support both in the good days and the bad, your passion for football has been matched only by your generosity and kindness towards the whole Kildare county set up. To the clubs I would like to say thanks for all your support and your work in developing the young (and not so young )players so that they were in a position to line out for their county and proudly represent their clubs.Finally, I want to emphasise to all the players that it has been an honour to stand beside you and to work with you. Although we never got the silver ware we hoped for I know that it was not for the lack of effort or desire. There has been a lot of changes over the last twelve months and I really believe with the emergence of new talent alongside the experience and ability that exists in the squad means its only a matter of time before Kildare achieve what they have been working towards.Ní neart go cur le chéileKieran Mc Geeney FORMER KILDARE BOSS Kieran McGeeney has broken his silence, thanking fans for their support in a statement released tonight.McGeeney had been expected to appear on RTE’s Second Captains show this evening, only to pull out at the last minute.And the coach, who was recently ousted from his post as manager of the county in controversial circumstances, said:last_img read more

Photo Cliffs of Moher meet the Milky Way

first_imgTaken by photographer Damien Stenson yesterday at around 10.30pm.For more like this, check out Damien’s Facebook page.Update: It was actually taken on September 21. And just to be clear, it’s the moon setting, not the sun.PHOTOS: The sun sets over Ireland>For more, follow @dailyedge on Twitter and like The Daily Edge on Facebook.last_img