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Simon Houlding is Vice-President of Professional Development for InfoMine Inc., responsible for EduMine, the professional development division which provides learning and training programs to the global mining industry. He is a practicing professional engineer and author.

Calling Bullshit in the Age of Big Data

This course is a potentially useful tool for trying to make sense of mining news and reports! We might have seen through some of the worst mining scams like Bre-X Minerals and Southwestern Resources if this had been available in the past. The University of Washington in Seattle presented a one-credit course this spring on “Calling Bullshit in the Age of Big Data” with plans to expand it to a three- or four-credit course for the fall term. As stated on their website … The

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University of Concepción, Chile, Joins the Certificate in Mining Studies Network

EduMine and the University of Concepción (UDEC) in Chile have signed an agreement for the UDEC Department of Metallurgical Engineering to join the Certificate in Mining Studies program as both a CMS Mining School and a CMS Course Provider. The Certificate in Mining Studies (CMS) is a university certificate program, developed by EduMine, the Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and the Department of Continuing Education at UBC. The CMS continuing education program comprises short courses, live

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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

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Is Your Skillset Ready for an Industry Turnaround?

There are indications in the media that the beginnings of an industry turnaround may be over the horizon. For example … Miners spending again: $50 billion capex in five months CAT sales latest sign of mining improvement Iron ore price leaps to 10-month high Now is the time to review your skillset with a view to positioning yourself to take maximum advantage of the coming turnaround. Keep in mind that the recession has been so long that many in the industry have found jobs elsewhere

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Get the Best Possible Valuation of Your Mineral Property

Valuation of a mineral property can be a somewhat subjective exercise … a bit like real estate valuation but more so. Which is why there are a number of methods and a lot of averaging involved. It is also why the process has been open to questionable interpretation and occasional abuse in the past. It’s all about how you assign a value based on a few drill holes, core samples, assays, geological mapping, comparison with similar deposits, and so on. The Canadian Institute of Mining,

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You Can Earn More as a Miner but You Need to Specialize!

There have been several instances of salary surveys showing miners earn more than the average in related industries. The article Here’s how much Canadian miners are currently making is just the latest example. But why is this? Why do miners consistently earn more than their colleagues in forestry, manufacturing, finance and construction? The answer lies largely in specialization. Mining is a complex industry that demands a range of specialized multi-disciplinary skills in addition to basic engineering, such as ventilation, rock mechanics, metallurgy, mine planning, resource

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Improve Your Investment Skills with a Better Understanding of Mining Risk

Mining has always been a high risk investment, subject as it is to probabilities and uncertainties regarding mineral grade, deposit extent, metal recovery and the fluctuation of commodity prices. Compounding the risk is a perception of rising political risk in many of the key mining regions, based on political instability, civil unrest, economic volatility, security crises, corruption and geopolitical rivalries. The regions most affected include the Middle East, Central and South Africa, and South America (see Political risk seen on the rise in these key

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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

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How to Retain Young Professionals in Mining

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the current young professionals work group (up to age 35), commonly referred to as “millennials” or “Gen Y’ers”, spends an average of 1.8 years in a job before moving on. At any one time, 60% of this group are looking for new career opportunities while still employed. Career and lifestyle aspirations are even more important to them than pay or their relationship with their managers. In addition, millennials do not need to be highly dissatisfied with their

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