Insight and Opportunities in Professional Development and Training for Mining

Achieving the ROI of Mine Training

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With few exceptions, the return on investment for training is generally difficult to quantify, particularly in dollar terms. Clearly identifying the objectives and establishing a means of confirming achievement will improve both the effectiveness and confidence level of a training project and, at the least, give an indication of the return on investment. As a simple example, if the objective of training is concerned with improving the safety of a mining operation, then achievement would be measured in terms of a subsequent reduction in the

Updated Online Course – Estimating Costs for Mining Prefeasibility Studies

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We’ve updated Otto Schumacher’s online course Estimating Costs for Mining Prefeasibility Studies. This course introduces the methodologies of mining cost estimating and prepares users to complete a credible estimate. The course focuses on itemized cost estimating methods in the context of a mine plan. The update includes new review questions, up-to-date costing information from CostMine, and consideration of cost estimates as integral to discounted cash flow analysis and the NI 43-101 process. For more info, see the course page.

EduMine Subsidizes Licensing of its Courses to Educational Institutions

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EduMine has a policy of subsidizing the licensing of its online courses to educational institutions with mining programs. To date, 23 institutions have taken advantage of this policy. There is a global shortage of qualified, experienced faculty with which to develop appropriate curricula at mining schools around the world. One solution to this is to involve industry specialists in the curriculum wherever possible. Unfortunately, these specialists tend to have limited availability. This can be overcome by persuading them to make their specialized knowledge available as

Professional Development and Training Statistics on EduMine

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A World Leader Did you know that EduMine is the world’s leading provider of training and education to the mining industry today? Our clients, students and partners choose our online platform for professional development, as a mining resource library, and for training purposes. Below are several interesting EduMine statics that demonstrate EduMine’s growth, and usage: There are over 6,000 active students today Over 21,000 individuals have enrolled since 2005 Nearly 7,000 individuals have completed one or more courses with EduMine 16,000 courses have been completed

Updated Online Course – Geotechnical Data Collection for Excavation in Rock

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We’ve just launched an exciting update from EduMine Author James Mathis. Geotechnical Data 1 – Rock Fabric and Structures, and its companion course Geotechnical Data 2 – Rock Material Properties, replace and expand upon the original course Geotechnical Data Collection for Excavation in Rock by the same author. Geotechnical Data 1 – Rock Fabric and Structures provides practical guidelines and procedures for collection of relevant geotechnical data by stereonets, cell mapping, core logging, and reduction of data for rock mass classification purposes. Geotechnical Data 2

Sustainable Development in the Minerals Industry (SDIMI)

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The discussion regarding impacts of the minerals industry on communities and the environment is a critical, continuous, and ever evolving topic. The goal of SDIMI is to highlight solutions and benefits of sustainable development in the industry. SDIMI 2015 brings together engineers, government officials, researchers, technical experts, and non-governmental organizations, creating a collective group of mineral professionals who evaluate the challenges of developing and implementing sustainable practices in the mineral extraction industry. The 7th SDIMI conference is being held at the University of British Columbia,

EduMine Review Board Provides Governance of Educational Quality and Practice

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The EduMine Review Board has a maximum of fifteen members drawn from industry and academia. Meet the members here. The Review Board’s function is to provide educational governance focused on course quality and delivery of service within the context of the EduMine mission: To deliver accessible professional development, training and technology to the worldwide mining community at an affordable price, with emphasis on distance learning and collaboration with educational institutions and professional associations, to enrich the mining education and training experience. The Review Board is

Quality Control of Geochemical and Assay Samples: Updated Online Course

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We’ve just launched comprehensive updates to Quality Control of Geochemical and Assay Samples, written by Dr. Alastair Sinclair and Asger Bentzen. This practical course is concerned with the principles, procedures and tools for quality control of geochemical and assay samples on a mineral project. It addresses a variety of procedures designed to fulfill the requirements of NI43-101 to define and monitor the quality of geochemical and assay values that are the basis of deposit evaluation. Quality Control of Geochemical and Assay Samples is aimed at

FQM Establishes Online University to Develop Future Leaders

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First Quantum Minerals (FQM) is one of the world’s leading copper producers with mines and development projects in Zambia, Mauritania, Finland, Turkey, Australia, Spain, Panama and Peru, and a total workforce of more than 13,000. FQM has established First Quantum University to realize the full potential of its future leaders and support its bid to become one of the top five copper producers in the world. According to a survey by Stratum of more than 900 mining professionals, less than 24% of mining companies have

The Bottom Line Impact of Training and Development

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The survey Training Out of the Recession was conducted by The Economist Intelligence unit. While tough economic times have prompted companies to reduce training budgets, executives surveyed say that enhancing developmental programs will actually produce dramatic bottom-line payoff over time. Citing key findings from the research: “The right training not only leads to increases in productivity, but at least a 20% jump in profits. Skills training is not just a growth issue, but a vital component for companies to surviving a recession. The challenge is

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