Insight and Opportunities in Professional Development and Training for Mining

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

Improving the ROI of Training and Development

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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 a version of the Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve (Kohn (2015)). Despite the acceptance of this principle, training organizations continue to spend billions of dollars knowing full well that most of the knowledge learned will be forgotten in short order. This article highlights ways in which we can improve the return on our investment in

Companies Need to Attract, Develop and Retain Talent as They Climb Out of the Mining Recession

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The best companies realise that talent…more so than capital or technology…is a scarce resource at large companies today and poses one of the most significant barriers to growth (The Economist Intelligence Unit). As companies increasingly rely on knowledge workers, the ability to source, develop, and retain talent at all levels becomes a critical differentiator. This ability will become increasingly important within the mining industry as we climb out of the current recession and the demand for talent increases exponentially. Companies that strategically prepare for this

Thank You All

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Last week was a great week for EduMine and we would like to take a moment to express our appreciation to all that have made our success possible! On May 11th EduMine’s founder and VP, Simon Houlding was awarded the Vale Medal at the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM’s) annual conference in Montreal, an honor that is presented as a mark of distinction and recognition to the person who has made a meritorious and practical contribution of outstanding importance to the mining

EduMine’s Simon Houlding awarded Vale Medal at CIM 2015

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EduMine is proud to announce that Simon Houlding was awarded the Vale Medal for Meritorious Contributions to Mining, an honor that is presented as a mark of distinction and recognition to the person who has made a meritorious and practical contribution of outstanding importance to the mining and metallurgical industry of Canada. Simon, EduMine’s founder and VP, received the prestigious medal at Monday night’s gala dinner held at the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM’s) annual conference in Montreal. In 1999 Simon joined

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