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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.

Professional Development Fills the Knowledge Gaps in Mining Left by Universities

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

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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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The Right Training Can Reduce the Impact of Mining on Communities

A number of mining companies have experienced costly delays due to community opposition and conflict. A case in point is Newmont Mining Corporation, the world’s 2nd largest gold miner, which is walking away from its $5 billion Conga copper and gold project in Peru after a year of relentless community opposition (see Community opposition forces Newmont to abandon Conga project in Peru, MINING.com, April 2016). A study by the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at the Sustainable Minerals Institute in Brisbane has determined that

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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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CIM Partners with SME and EduMine to Provide High Quality Professional Development for Members

Montreal, Quebec, April 28, 2016: The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) is very proud to announce that it is partnering with EduMine – a leading provider of online training and education to the mining industry – in the roll-out of a premiere online professional development program to be offered to its members through a dedicated CIM “campus.” “During our strategic outreach there was a very clear ask from the CIM membership for high-quality professional development courses, especially those that enable online participation,”

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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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Read Our Interview with EduMine’s Latest Management Certificate Graduate!

EduMine would like to congratulate our most recent graduate Bernard Fortuin, who completed the Management Certificate Program for Mine Superintendent (Surface)! We wanted to learn more about Bernard, including what drew him to a career in mining, and to the program. Name: Bernard Fortuin Company: South32 What attracted you to a career in mining? What attracted me to the mining industry were the outstanding job prospects, and the learning and development opportunities within the field. I enjoy being involved in an industry filled with good

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Tailings Facility Assessment Should be Included in an NI43-101 Report

A recent posting on this blog examined the role of the NI43-101 report in providing information about a mine to prospective investors. As recent failures of tailings facilities have proved, failure of the tailings facility may significantly affect the share value of a mine or its mining company. The share value of BHP may have been reduced by as much as five billion dollars as a result of the Samarco failure. Thus it is reasonable to ask: should an NI43-101 report contain information about a

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Better Instrumentation Requires Better Skills in Mineral Processing

A recent article in CIM Magazine (October 2015) titled “A Measure of Control” describes how better instrumentation and a drive for efficiency are making big changes to the way mineral processing plants are run. When commodity prices were strong and rising, mining companies could afford minor inefficiencies in their plants. That is rarely the case in these days of lower-grade deposits, lower metal prices and economic pressure from every direction. There has been significant progress in automated instruments recently. These measure crucial parameters in the

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