Distance Learning as a Platform for Disseminating New Ideas on Responsible Mining

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The fifth annual Global Exploration, Mining and Minerals (GEMM) Dialogue wrapped up just over a week ago in Vancouver. GEMM was sponsored by the Responsible Minerals Sector Initiative (RMSI) at Simon Fraser University. It was an excellent venue for discussion of new ideas and dissemination of feedback on new approaches in responsible mining.

A primary focus of the dialogue was on ways in which the success (or otherwise) of corporate social responsibility (CSR) could be measured and incorporated into the financial evaluation of a mineral project. Methods discussed varied from factors applied to the Net Present Value (NPV) of a project, to risk analysis techniques, to traditional accounting of the estimated costs of CSR. The only real consensus achieved was that the mining industry still has a long way to go in terms of recognition and implementation of CSR principles.

Despite the success of a venue like GEMM as a forum for dialogue, the dissemination of new ideas and approaches in responsible mining and their acceptance into corporate culture and practice is a slow and frustrating process. This is certainly aggravated by the remoteness and isolation of many frontline mining operations.

One of the ways in which dissemination and acceptance can be expedited is through distance learning. Online courses and live interactive webcasts on CSR-related topics, by respected mining institutions, are already available on the Internet and can readily be incorporated into minesite training programs. Examples include a recent live webcast titled Environmental and Social Conflict Resolution in the Resources Sector from the Sustainable Minerals Institute of the University of Queensland in Australia, a series of online courses based on e3Plus: A Framework for Responsible Exploration by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), and other CSR-related courses. Including courses like these into employee training programs is one way that mining companies can demonstrate their commitment and build a corporate culture of responsible mining.

Introduction to Crushing, Grinding and Flotation

Understanding the Basic Mineral Processing FlowsheetMarc Grondin’s upcoming short course Understanding the Basic Mineral Processing Flowsheet is designed to provide those new to the topic with an overall understanding of a typical copper/gold mineral processing circuit. This includes the basic concepts and principles, and an explanation of the operation of the major components likely to be used in such a process, from crushing and grinding to concentration by flotation.

This 2-day short course will be held in Vancouver, BC, Canada on June 19 & 20, 2014. For more info or to register, see the course page.

Upcoming Webcast: Advanced Tailings and Mine Waste

Advanced Tailings and Mine Waste Facility Design, Construction, Operation, and ClosureThere’s still time to register for the upcoming webcast, Advanced Tailings and Mine Waste Facility Design, Construction, Operation, and Closure. This webcast draws on 2013 and 2014 publications and conferences to address the production, transport, distribution, and management of tailings. The major sections include consideration of the total life-cycle management of: conventional tailings, thickened and paste tailings, and filtered tailings. Presenters Jack Caldwell, Ian Hutchison, Lawrence Charlebois, Robert Cooke, and Christian Kujawa have reviewed and revised the course material so that, even if you have attended previous webcasts on this topic, the new agenda, approach, and information will ensure that you develop new insights into the state-of-practice in tailings facility management.

This three-session webcast will be held 29 April – 1 May 2014, from 8:00 am to 11:30 am Pacific Daylight Time each day. For more details or to register, see the course page.

Online Course Revised: Practical Geostatistics 2000 – 2: Spatial Statistics

practical-geostatistics-2The second of Dr. Isobel Clark’s popular set of geostatistics courses has been revised! Practical Geostatistics 2000 – 2: Spatial Statistics is based on over 40 years of teaching to mining engineers, geologists, hydrologists, soil scientists, climatologists, plus the occasional geographer, pattern recognition expert, meteorologist, statistician, and computer scientist… Read more ›

Mining 101 Live Webcast

Mining 101Dr. Scott Dunbar’s webcast introduction to mining and mineral processing, Mining 101 is coming up! The course is designed for people who are new to the mining industry and for those who seek a broad understanding of mining processes… Read more ›

Metso Signs Training Agreement with EduMine

grindingThe following is a press release from EduMine that may be of interest to readers of the blog who are involved in mineral processing.

“Brian Knapp of Metso Minerals (Canada) Inc. and Simon Houlding of EduMine (the Professional Development Division of InfoMine Inc.) have signed an agreement under which EduMine will present their unique, award-winning, computer-based training (CBT) as online courses for the global mining industry… Read more ›

The Business Model for Mineral Projects is at Odds with the Concept of Social Responsibility


The fifth Global Exploration, Mining and Minerals (GEMM) Dialogue has just wrapped up in Vancouver. GEMM is sponsored by the Responsible Minerals Sector Initiative (RMSI) at Simon Fraser University… Read more ›

Upcoming Short Course: Open Pit Slope Design

Open Pit Slope DesignThis June we’ll be holding our Open Pit Slope Design short course, presented by Felipe Capdeville-Perez, Matthew King. The course begins with the fundamentals of slope design and then progresses from field data collection and QA/QC techniques through to the development of the individual component models that are used to define the geotechnical model… Read more ›

What’s New in Exploration at EduMine Online

Gold Exploration in Tropical LandscapesOver the last year, EduMine has made some significant additions to their online course catalogue in the field of exploration, geology and reserves… Read more ›

Rock Mass Characterization for Mine Design

Rock Mass Characterization for Mine DesignDr. Doug Milne’s popular short course Rock Mass Characterization for Mine Design has been scheduled for June 2014! This course will prepare mine staff to effectively gather geotechnical data, either from rock cuts, drifts, or core, and process the information for rock mass classification and rock mechanics design calculations… Read more ›

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