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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.

eLearning Deals with the Practical Realities of Training at Mines

Training at mines is impacted by a number of issues, principal among these being … the rate of change and complexity of technology high staff turnover workforce diversity measuring the effectiveness of training The discussion below deals with how eLearning contributes to a successful, sustainable training program in the context of each of the above issues. Dealing with complexity and rate of change of technology Training is all about preventing accidents, saving lives, and ensuring business success … i.e. about ensuring sustainability in a world

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Sustainable Waste Water Management for the Energy and Mining Industries

Regardless of world market conditions, to win, sustain, and maintain the right to mine is all about sustainability. Waste water management is emerging as the pre-eminent sustainability issue within the global energy and mining resource industries. We’ve recently launched updates for Ralph Gunness’ online course, Sustainable Waste Water Management for the Energy and Mining Industries. This course provides a basic knowledge and understanding of water management tools and strategies related to coal bed methane water, LNG water, oil shale water, coal mining, natural gas extraction,

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Updated Online Course: Environmental Awareness for Resource Planning

We’ve just launched author updates for Ralph Gunness’ online course, Environmental Awareness for Resource Planning. This is an introductory course on environmental awareness and the issue of sustainability with respect to resource projects. The course is aimed at all levels of management, from supervisor to senior management. Topics covered include: sustainability best practices, legal requirements, and corporate environment management. The long-term impacts of operations on local communities should be carefully considered. Sustainability means considering the economic, environmental, cultural, and social aspects in the development of

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New Spanish Online Course: Conciencia ambiental en la planificación de recursos

We’ve just launched a new online course in Spanish, Conciencia ambiental en la planificación de recursos by Ralph Gunness! This is an introductory course on environmental awareness and the issue of sustainability with respect to resource projects. The course is aimed at all levels of management, from supervisor to senior management. Today, sustainability is the key to the future success of mining. The long-term impacts of operations on local communities should be carefully considered. Sustainability means considering the economic, environmental, cultural, and social aspects in

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Metal Mining Discharges – Impacts and Controls

Collaboration between engineers and scientists with respect to prospecting, design, development, permitting, operation, and closure of mines is key to reducing environmental impact and ensuring the future of a vital and profitable metal extraction industry. Dr. Frances Solomon’s engaging and timely short course, Metal Mining Discharges – Impacts and Controls, aims to encourage environmentally-sensitive mining practice by educating mining engineers and environmental professionals about the impacts of metals on fish, other aquatic species, and human health. This 2-day short course will be held in Vancouver,

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Still Time to Register for Small Gold Mining Is (Can Be) Beautiful

Our last webcast of 2013, Dr. Marcello Veiga’s Small Gold Mining Is (Can Be) Beautiful, starts next Monday. Dr. Veiga’s webcast explores and integrates the technical, environmental, social, and political aspects of artisanal and small-scale gold mining, creating a holistic view for policy makers and entrepreneurs. The course will cover the bad and good aspects of artisanal and small-scale gold mining and will stress the techniques that can be used to transform an artisanal processing plant into an organized and clean small operation. This webcast

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Small Gold Mining Is (Can Be) Beautiful

Dr. Marcello Veiga’s upcoming webcast, Small Gold Mining Is (Can Be) Beautiful explores and integrates the technical, environmental, social, and political aspects of artisanal and small-scale gold mining, creating a holistic view for policy makers and entrepreneurs. The course will cover the bad and good aspects of artisanal and small-scale gold mining and will stress the techniques that can be used to transform an artisanal processing plant into an organized and clean small operation. This webcast will take place 25 – 27 November 2013, and

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Coming in November – Small Gold Mining Is (Can Be) Beautiful Webcast

Each year, environmental and social issues become more complex and more pronounced in the global mining industry. All mines face these issues, regardless of the geographic location, cultural situation, and economic circumstances. It is crucial that you know what these issues are and how you should interact with them. Dr. Marcello Veiga’s upcoming webcast, Small Gold Mining Is (Can Be) Beautiful explores and integrates the technical, environmental, social, and political aspects of artisanal and small-scale gold mining, creating a holistic view for policy makers and

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Upcoming Webcast: Small Gold Mining Is (Can Be) Beautiful

Each year, environmental and social issues become more complex and more pronounced in the global mining industry. All mines face these issues, regardless of the geographic location, cultural situation, and economic circumstances. It is crucial that you know what these issues are and how you should interact with them. Dr. Marcello Veiga’s upcoming webcast, Small Gold Mining Is (Can Be) Beautiful explores and integrates the technical, environmental, social, and political aspects of artisanal and small-scale gold mining, creating a holistic view for policy makers and

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Establishing and Maintaining a Social Licence to Operate in Mining

When a mining project loses its social licence to operate, people lose their jobs, and investors lose their money. Our upcoming webcast Establishing and Maintaining a Social Licence to Operate in Mining focuses on the strategic management of socio-political risk—from identifying the location, severity, and causes of socio-political risk in the project’s stakeholder network, to understanding the principles for mitigating risk, to specific community initiatives and programs that meet multiple risk reduction criteria simultaneously, such as those advocated in corporate social responsibility and sustainability charters

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