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BOOK NOW FOR SEPTEMBER!!

Take control of your career and get empowered by these mine planning courses. Companies want their employees to do the job using software, and this is exactly the exposure you get when you create a mine design and schedule during these courses. For your convenience, there is an online booking facility to secure your spot and avoid disappointment: "https://www.schoolofrockmining.com/book-online" Alternatively send me a mail at: info@schoolofrockmining.com and I’ll gladly assist!

CONGRATS TO THE PRIZE WINNERS!!

A big congratulations to Fikile for winning the prize for the best mine design, and Zuko for the best mine schedule. These guys really put their heart and soul into the course this week, as well as the rest of the group. I wish you guys all the best in your careers and future endeavours! Special thanks to the Mining Engineering department of the University of Pretoria for their facilities, as well as Trimble and RPMGlobal for the educational software licences!

BLASTING INTO THE FUTURE!!

For those of you who weren't able to install Deon's blasting programme on your computer, have a look at his YouTube video. It illustrates what you can expect from the programme, which is a portion of the information from the blasting ticket curriculum, on your very own computer... To install the programme, kindly click on the link below... "https://drive.google.com/open?id=1xD-rPlftR-fHcGAYT2wegI5LVtdCSA_3" Alternatively send Deon a mail: deondupreez079@gmail.com He's a super friendly chap and makes the best coffee in the west!!

MINING ROCKSTAR OF THE WEEK - DIAMOND!!

Diamond is a rare, naturally-occurring mineral composed of carbon. Each carbon atom in a diamond is surrounded by four other carbon atoms and connected to them by strong covalent bonds - the strongest type of chemical bond. This simple, uniform, tightly-bonded arrangement yields one of the most durable and versatile substances known. Diamond is the hardest known natural substance. It is also chemically resistant and has the highest thermal conductivity of any natural material. These properties make it suitable for use as a cutting tool and for other uses where durability is required. Diamond also has special optical properties such as a high index of refraction, high dispersion, and high lus

ONLINE MINING COURSE FOR SCHOLARS, NON-GRADUATES OR NON-DIPLOMATS!!

Don't have a university degree or diploma, but want to further your career in mining and hit that next promotion...? Don't have the means to travel to a far-off location to complete a mining course...? Or maybe you're a scholar and want to study Mining one day, but you have no clue what Mining is about...? Then consider the Mining for Non-miners course. The course was developed by the friendly people at RPMGlobal, one of the global leaders in mine planning software. The guys at RPMGlobal used their incredible breadth of knowledge to develop an on-line course, that is available for 365 days once downloaded. The course covers the whole mining industry spectrum from geology, mine planning, min

SHOWCASE GOLD MINE OF THE WEEK - PUEBLO VIEJO!!

The Pueblo Viejo mine located around 100km north-west of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic is currently the fifth largest gold mine in the world. Pueblo Viejo’s contained gold reserve as of December 2012 stood at 25Moz (302.9Mt grading 0.083oz/t gold), including approximately 3.888Moz of proven and 21Moz of probable gold reserves. The mine is owned and operated by Pueblo Viejo Dominicana Corporation (PVDC), which is a joint venture between Barrick Gold (60%) and Goldcorp (40%). The open pit mine exploits gold resources from two major oxide deposits, namely Monte Negro and Moore, as well as from three other small deposits. Pueblo Viejo was brought into commercial production in January 2

MINE DESIGNERS HARD AT WORK!!

The chaps are intensely concentrating on their mine designs, not even realising their being watched by eager spectators...

ON THE TOPIC OF HAUL TRUCKS…!!

Slightly behind already on this year’s budgeted tonnes…? You have catch-up strategies in place, but your team is not convinced that it will work…? One of the strategies might be pulling in that spare excavator, but will your truck fleet cope with the additional loading capacity…? With years of experience with RPMGlobal’s HAULSIM package, allow me to help you run a calibrated simulation of your mine’s actual loader fleet, truck fleet, road network, infrastructure, maintenance strategy, and irregular stoppages. HAULSIM allows you to run scenarios and make an informed decision based on facts, and not just hoping for the best…

DAY 1 KICKS OFF WITH SCHOLARS!!

Day 1 of the Mine Design course commenced today at the university of Pretoria. During our regular visit to the Virtual Reality centre at the mining department, we were joined by future mining engineers of our country as the department had its open day to grade 9, 10 & 11 pupils. It sure seemed that the technology in mining that was showcased did its job in keeping the youth interested and excited. Well done to the Tuks team!

MINING DUMP TRUCK MONDAY - TEREX MT 6300!!

The Terex MT 6300AC, introduced by the American manufacturer Terex in 2008, is also an ultra-class mining dump truck with a payload capacity of 400t. The vehicle was rebranded as Bucyrus MT6300AC, following the acquisition of the mining equipment division of Terex by Bucyrus in 2010. Terex MT 6300AC became a part of Caterpillar’s Unit Rig line after Caterpillar’s acquisition of Bucyrus in 2011. The gross operating weight of the vehicle is 660t. The body of the truck is 7.92m in height and 14.63m in length. The vehicle is equipped with a four-stroke diesel engine, with 20 cylinders powering an AC electric alternator, which in turn supplies power to the electric motor fitted at each side of th

BOOK NOW FOR SEPTEMBER!!

Take control of your career and get empowered by these mine planning courses. Companies want their employees to do the job using software, and this is exactly the exposure you get when you create a mine design and schedule during these courses. For your convenience, there is an online booking facility to secure your spot and avoid disappointment: "https://www.schoolofrockmining.com/book-online" Alternatively send me a mail at: info@schoolofrockmining.com and I’ll gladly assist!

NO MINING EQUIPMENT BACKGROUND??

The School of Rock and TurnAround proudly presents the first ever course of its kind - combining almost 70 years of experience in an interactive course that covers theory, practical application and software simulation of surface mining & earthmoving equipment. This course is about going back to the basics, the do's and don't's of equipment selection and application, and illustrating the benefits of correct equipment selection with the aid of RPMGlobal's HAULSIM software simulation package. The course is designed for mining engineers, mechanical engineers, equipment agents, foremen, as well as other equipment professionals. Come and experience what getting the basics right really means! For c

HELP YOUR BOSS - CREATE SCHEDULING OPTIONS!!

Battling with the software to set up a mining schedule? We all know the feeling... when you're losing precious time because of fighting the software instead of running iterations and scenarios... You will never have confidence in your schedule if you do not have 2 or 3 scenarios to test the flex of your system. Your superiors want a number of options, not just one answer. RPMGlobal's XPAC Solutions products allows you to do just that - run scenarios instead of suffering in silence. With almost a decade of open pit scheduling experience allow me to help you create options for your company, so you can make informed decisions, and understand the risks with confidence!

SHOWCASE GOLD MINE OF THE WEEK - BODDINGTON!!

The Newmont-operated Boddington gold mine located near Boddington, Western Australia, ranks as the world’s sixth largest gold mine. The mine contained a gold reserve of 18.6Moz as of December 2012, including 2.93Moz of proven and 15.67Moz of probable reserves. The open-pit gold mine first commenced operations in 1987 by extracting the shallow oxide ores up to 70m deep below surface. It was brought under care and maintenance in 2001. Commercial production from the Boddington gold mine was restarted in 2009, with an expected mine life of up to 20 years. The mine produced 724,000oz of gold in 2012. A project is being implemented to extend the mine life up to 2041 by exploiting additional gold r

IS YOUR PIT OPTIMISATION ADJUSTED FOR THE CURRENT ECONOMY??

The mining industry is notorious for its volatile nature as commodity prices fluctuate. History shows that it's the companies that can adjust to the market changes the quickest that lead the pack. Mining on a 5-year old mine design that was based on a Whittle shell all those years ago can mean you're either leaving value in the ground, or more detrimental, you're now mining in areas where profitability is going South... With almost a decade of Whittle open pit optimisation experience I can help you dust off that old Whittle model, and make sure your mine is set up to run at maximum profitability under current economic conditions... Doesn't hurt to make sure now does it...

ARE YOUR MINE DESIGNS SAFE??

How sure are you that your mine designs have the minimum number of switchbacks? Have you tested the impact of having one switchback less, how that reduces your strip ratio and down-the-line costs, not to mention the health & safety of your employees ...? What about your benches & stacks, do they honour the geotechnical slope angles to prevent slope failure...? Your ramp systems on your interim high-walls - do they tie up with your final design and serve as dual access for that rainy day when you need it most...? Difficult questions I know, but prevention is better than cure as they say. Using state-of-the-art mine design software and almost a decade of design experience, I can help you sleep

MINING DUMP TRUCK MONDAY - LIEBHERR T282!!

The Liebherr T 282C and Liebherr T 284 are two 400t payload capacity ultra-class haul trucks designed and manufactured by Liebherr. The trucks share the distinction of being the second biggest mining trucks with Caterpillar 797F and Terex MT 6300AC. Liebherr’s T 282C is the successor to the 360t capacity T 282B class mining truck. T 284, the latest class of trucks from Liebherr, shares many similar features with the T 282C. The gross weight of T 282C and T 284 is the same, at 661t. The overall length of the trucks is 15.69m. The overall width and the loading height are 9.679m and 7.42m respectively. The vehicles are equipped with a 20-cylinder diesel engine with a gross power output of up to

10 DAYS TO GO!!

Take control of your career and get empowered by these mine planning courses. Companies want their employees to do the job using software, and this is exactly the exposure you get when you create a mine design and schedule during these courses. For your convenience, there is an online booking facility to secure your spot and avoid disappointment: "https://www.schoolofrockmining.com/book-online" Alternatively send me a mail at: info@schoolofrockmining.com and I’ll gladly assist!

BASICS OF SURFACE MINING & EARTHMOVING EQUIPMENT SELECTION COURSE!!

The School of Rock and TurnAround proudly presents the first ever course of its kind - combining almost 70 years of experience in an interactive course that covers theory, practical application and software simulation of surface mining & earthmoving equipment. This course is about going back to the basics, the do's and don't's of equipment selection and application, and illustrating the benefits of correct equipment selection with the aid of RPMGlobal's HAULSIM software simulation package. The course is designed for mining engineers, mechanical engineers, equipment agents, foremen, as well as other equipment professionals. Come and experience what getting the basics right really means! For c

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