Insight and Opportunities in Professional Development and Training for Mining

Better Instrumentation Requires Better Skills in Mineral Processing


A recent article in CIM Magazine (October 2015) titled “A Measure of Control” describes how better instrumentation and a drive for efficiency are making big changes to the way mineral processing plants are run. When commodity prices were strong and rising, mining companies could afford minor inefficiencies in their plants. That is rarely the case in these days of lower-grade deposits, lower metal prices and economic pressure from every direction. There has been significant progress in automated instruments recently. These measure crucial parameters in the

Achieving Sustainable Improvement Through Behaviour Change


We’re pleased to announce the launch of Achieving Sustainable Improvement through Behaviour Change. This online course provides in-depth assessment of the various factors affecting quality, and outlines a rational path to implementing and sustaining Continuous Improvement (CI) programs suited for the mineral industry. Drawing on leadership and cultural issues that are critical to motivate individuals to fully participate in a CI program, the course offers practical suggestions on how to structure and sustain implementation efforts. For more info, see the course page.

Updated Online Course – Groundwater in Mining


We’ve just launched author updates for Jack Caldwell’s online course, Groundwater in Mining. This course focuses on groundwater theory and practice applicable to mines and the specifics of open pits, shafts, underground mine workings, heap leach pads, waste rock dumps, and tailings impoundments. For more info, see the course page.

Advanced Courses for the NI43-101 Qualified Person


NI43-101 is a securities law governing how issuers on a stock exchange disclose scientific and technical information about their mineral properties to the public. A 43-101 report must be prepared and signed by a “Qualified Person” (see Mineral Project Reporting Under NI 43-101) who: is an engineer or geoscientist with a university degree, or equivalent accreditation, in an area of geoscience or engineering, relating to mineral exploration or mining; has at least five years of experience in mineral exploration, mine development or operation, or mineral

Negative Impacts of Water Usage in Mining are Avoidable with Proper Training


While mining has historically affected its surrounding environment, advances in technology and changes in water management techniques mean that many negative impacts are now avoidable. Increasingly, mining companies are making efforts to reduce the environmental impact of mining and minimize the footprint of their activities throughout the mining cycle, including working to restore ecosystems post-mining. This is well-documented by an article on The use of water in mining has the potential to affect the quality of surrounding surface water and groundwater. In response to

New Online Course – Economic Geology 101

Economic Geology 101

Our new online course, Economic Geology 101, is for: beginners in exploration geology, people requiring a basic understanding of ore deposits, students, and anyone who is inquisitive about mineral deposits and how these form. The course covers an overview of major rock types, how processes in the geologic cycle relate to the formation of ore deposits, and characteristic deposit types that form for specific minerals. This course is based on the Geological Framework for the Business of Exploration and Mining, authored by David Groves, presented

New Online Course – Tailings Management by Robert C. Lo


The consequences of tailings storage facility failure are significant, and there have been several failures in recent years. It is the responsibility of anyone involved in the design, construction, operation or closure of a tailings facility to be fully cognisant of every aspect of tailings management. Robert C. Lo’s new online course, Tailings Management, takes a comprehensive look at all aspects of tailings management–from tailings generation and storage facility design through operation to closure and decommissioning. For more info, see the course page.

NI43-101 Reporting Issues and the Need for Professional Development


There is increasing demand in the mining industry for raising the standard of NI43-101 reporting for mining projects. This is well-illustrated by the article “When is a Mineral Resource not a Resource” by Rod Webster (AMC Consultants), published in the October 2015 issue of CIM Magazine. Following this, “CIM Definitions, Standards, Best Practices and NI43-101″ by Garth Kirkham (President, Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM) and Chair, CIM Best Practices Committee) was presented as a CIM Management and Economics Society Lecture in November 2015 in Vancouver.

Online Course Rankings for 2015


EduMine publishes these rankings at the end of each year to provide you with insight into which mining topics are considered most important and topical by our global mining audience. The following rankings are based on the number of registrations for certification for each of the listed courses: 1. An Introduction to Mining and Mineral Processing 2. Sustainable Development in Mining 3. Economic Evaluation and Optimization of Mineral Projects 4. Mine Project Economics 5. 360° Mining 6. Blast Design and Assessment for Surface Mines and

Updated Online Course – The Mill Operating Resource – 1: Ore Preparation

Mill Operation SAG Mill

We’ve just launched author updates for Ron Magill’s online course, The Mill Operating Resource – 1: Ore Preparation. This course is the first of two courses that serve as an essential resource for people who need to understand and operate the equipment used in mineral processing. For more info see the course page.