Insight and Opportunities in Professional Development and Training for Mining

Sustainable Waste Water Management for the Energy and Mining Industries

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Regardless of world market conditions, to win, sustain, and maintain the right to mine is all about sustainability. Waste water management is emerging as the pre-eminent sustainability issue within the global energy and mining resource industries. We’ve recently launched updates for Ralph Gunness’ online course, Sustainable Waste Water Management for the Energy and Mining Industries. This course provides a basic knowledge and understanding of water management tools and strategies related to coal bed methane water, LNG water, oil shale water, coal mining, natural gas extraction,

Updated Online Course: 360° Mining

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We’ve recently launched author updates for the online course 360° Mining. This course will teach you what is current, topical, and important in today’s mining scene. In short, you will quickly achieve street smarts in mining! The course addresses the key players and the relationships in mining between commodities, mines, companies, people, finance, suppliers, education, regulations, risks, and more. Several links to additional sources of information are included in the course. We hope you will find 360° Mining so useful that it will become your

Mount Polley and Samarco: What Can We Do to Reduce the Chances of Another Tailings Disaster?

It has been two years since Mount Polley and nearly a year since Samarco. It has become apparent that Mount Polley had both design and management issues, while the jury is still out on the causes of failure at Samarco. So what has the industry done so far to reduce the chances of another tailings disaster? Recommendations regarding better site investigation procedures, and stricter adherence to tailings management procedures are obvious steps in the right direction. A more significant move in the right direction might

Updated Online Course: Environmental Awareness for Resource Planning

Environmental Awareness for Resource Planning

We’ve just launched author updates for Ralph Gunness’ online course, Environmental Awareness for Resource Planning. This is an introductory course on environmental awareness and the issue of sustainability with respect to resource projects. The course is aimed at all levels of management, from supervisor to senior management. Topics covered include: sustainability best practices, legal requirements, and corporate environment management. The long-term impacts of operations on local communities should be carefully considered. Sustainability means considering the economic, environmental, cultural, and social aspects in the development of

New Spanish Online Course: Conciencia ambiental en la planificación de recursos

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We’ve just launched a new online course in Spanish, Conciencia ambiental en la planificación de recursos by Ralph Gunness! This is an introductory course on environmental awareness and the issue of sustainability with respect to resource projects. The course is aimed at all levels of management, from supervisor to senior management. Today, sustainability is the key to the future success of mining. The long-term impacts of operations on local communities should be carefully considered. Sustainability means considering the economic, environmental, cultural, and social aspects in

Professional Development Fills the Knowledge Gaps in Mining Left by Universities

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In a recent interview published by CIM Magazine, George Demopoulos of McGill University laments the shift away from metallurgy programs in the mining and materials curriculum (see Separating Sciences, CIM Magazine, June/July 2016). In his words … “grooming young materials engineers is becoming more challenging … creating a crisis of competence and a divide between the traditional metallurgical industry and the universities of today”. This is but one symptom of the modern trend at universities to streamline their curricula in the interests of cost-saving. There

EduMine Rankings and Demographics

The following rankings and demographics are based on records and analytics from 2015. Top 10 countries by visitor statistics … Canada: 15% United States: 14% South Africa: 6% India: 5% Australia: 5% Peru: 4% United Kingdom: 4% Mexico: 3% Brazil: 3% Chile: 3% Age: 61% of EduMine visitors are less than 35 years of age. Gender: 46% of EduMine visitors are women. Browser: Chrome is the most popular browser. Device: 26% of EduMine visitors use mobile or tablet devices. Course category rankings by certifications for

New Online Course: Real Options in Mining

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We’re pleased to announce the launch of Real Options in Mining! This course shows how the uncertainty (possible variability), which can be both negative (risk) and positive (opportunity), may be used to generate additional value by incorporating flexibility to accommodate changing conditions into a mining project. This course covers modern project appraisal techniques with a view to increasing expected value. Traditional mining project appraisal, discounted cash flow (DCF), typically involves the use of static variables that remain unchanged across project life and the use of

Tailings Risk Webcast Demonstrates the Global Reach of Webcast Training

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The recent live webcast Risk Assessment and Decision Making for Mine Geowaste Facility Management had four presenters from three different countries and 22 delegates from 11 countries. It demonstrated the power of the Internet to disseminate specialist mining knowledge to even the remotest mining community. The course examined recent findings from the Mount Polley tailings facility failure, and outlined the risk assessment methods that can be used to prevent future tailings disasters. Practical techniques for the management of mine geowaste facilities using risk assessment methods

Are You Getting Real, Sustainable Value from Your Training?

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We forget 70% of what we have learned within 24 hours unless we use it in some way. This principle of modern learning psychology is illustrated by the figure below which presents what is known as the Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve (see Use It or Lose It by Art Kohn (2015)). Despite the general acceptance of this principle, mining companies continue to spend millions of dollars on training programs from which most of the knowledge will be forgotten in a matter of days. The principle applies