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Simon Houlding was Vice-President of Professional Development for InfoMine Inc. He founded Edumine in 2000, and was responsible for this InfoMine division which provides learning and training programs to the global mining industry until 31 October 2017. He is a professional engineer and author.

In Memoriam: Rimas Pakalnis

It is with sadness that we report the recent loss of Dr. Rimas Pakalnis, professor in rock mechanics, mining consultant, and prominent Edumine author. As a professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC), he taught rock mechanics to hundreds of students and supervised dozens of Masters and PhD students. He was a champion of empirical methods for rock mechanics mine design, and he put his conviction and skills into practice around the world. As a consultant, he worked for many mining companies and contributed

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In Memoriam: Otto Schumacher

We are sad to announce that Otto Schumacher, Edumine online course author and short course presenter, passed away on September 27, 2018 at age 76 in Spokane, WA, USA. Otto worked as a mining engineer and geologist in underground mine operations for base and precious metals, and exploration projects for uranium and iron. He specialized in mining cost and economic analysis when he joined the U.S. Bureau of Mines as Supervisor, Mining Feasibility Analysis Group, where he was responsible for development of aspects of Bureau

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Edumine’s Simon Houlding Wins Robert Elver Mineral Economics Award at CIM 2018

Edumine is proud to announce that Simon Houlding was awarded the Robert Elver Mineral Economics Award. This honour is presented as a mark of distinction and recognition to the person who has made a significant contribution to the mineral economics field in Canada. Simon, co-founder of Edumine, received this prestigious award at Monday night’s gala dinner held at the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) annual conference in Vancouver. The inscription reads: In recognition of his many years of support to the industry

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Don’t Miss Our Upcoming Risk Management Webcast!

We’ve rescheduled our Best Practice Risk Management Tools and Techniques live webcast for April 4, 5, and 6, 2018! This course is intended for anyone wanting to learn about practical, best practice enterprise risk management techniques to identify, understand, and manage risk in mining. In this dynamic and interactive webcast, you will learn how effective risk management is designed and implemented both at a mine site, and in the corporate office. The tools and techniques discussed can then be tailored to your own requirements and

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New Online Courses – Leadership Development Series

We are pleased to announce the launch of the first two courses in the series, Leadership Development, by Elaine Cullen and Trudy Gallinger! Most of us strive to develop our careers and ultimately move up the career ladder. This also means that most of us will manage people. The workforce is changing, with many experienced people retiring, companies tapping into a global pool of talent, and a new generation of people with different values, expectations, and motivations coming in. To understand these differences in the

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InfoMine Gives Back with We Care Program

Earlier this year, InfoMine started We Care, a program where employees volunteer their time and make an impact together in the community. A core team of 4, including EduMine’s Principal Technical Writer, Beverlee Bishundayal, and Product Manager, Nina Albrecht, coordinate with charities and organizations that rely on volunteers’ help. We Care initiatives include: sorting food and clothing at local foodbanks and crisis centres, cooking food or hosting games at a summer BBQ for a women’s shelter, and helping out at a Christmas party hosted by

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EduMine: A Look Back from Retirement

We started EduMine 18 years ago in 1999. Our mission from the start has been to disseminate technology to the mining community around the world using the Internet as our platform. There were no LMSs (Learning Management Systems) when we started … we had to develop our own courseware template with a minimum bandwidth requirement to reach remote mining operations with poor Internet connections. We started EduMine with the support of Andy Robertson and InfoMine in 1999. With retirement a reality, it is appropriate to

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Learning Innovation in the Digital Age

McKinsey has recently published commentary on learning innovation in the digital age … with particular relevance to mining, as summarized below. Universities are struggling to adapt to lifetime learning. Degrees are a recognized credential … but not a great proxy for meaningful skills. Focus is shifting to “competencies” … i.e. “how well can you do the job?” rather than “what are your credentials?” The future of learning for mining is likely to be a basic engineering degree followed by a lifetime of programmed professional development

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New Online Course – Mine Planning 3 – Optimization

We are pleased to announce the launch of Mine Planning 3 – Optimization by Dr. Micah Nehring and Dr. Sean Shafiee! This course is the third in a set of three courses on Mine Planning. The third course introduces mathematical optimization concepts which often form the basis for many of the computerized planning tools that are commercially available today. It is important to understand how these tools work and the fundamental algorithms behind them to aid the mine planning process. The course covers common algorithms

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EduMine’s Continued Commitment to our Learners

EduMine’s mission statement is clear: “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 last few years have been extremely tough for the mining industry, with ripple effects to service providers, including training and education providers such as EduMine. It is motivating to read articles that indicate the “light at the end of the tunnel”

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