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CONGRATULATIONS GERCO & FIX!

What a pleasure I had this week to empower these energetic gentlemen from Kolomela mine in RPMGlobal's HAULSIM simulation package. The training was conducted on their own dataset, meaning they now have a live model that they can use when they go back to the mine. For Gerco and Afikile (better known as "Fix") the objective of using HAULSIM is to calculate the truck requirement for the mine's week plans. The discreet event simulation (DES) capability of HAULSIM allows very complex mining systems to be accurately simulated and scenarios tested. Congratulations gentlemen and keep up the good attitude!

CORPORATE GROUP TRAINING & COURSES - SURPAC!!

Have a group of employees that need basic training in terms of mine planning software? Or perhaps a refresher course to get those rusty skills oiled up? Or perhaps professional development is the next step for your employees... Be it as it may, the School of Rock prides itself as a preferred service provider in terms of empowering your group of individuals to tailor-made requirements. Kindly click on the link below for particulars: "https://www.schoolofrockmining.com/group-training-and-courses" Alternatively, send me an email at: "info@schoolofrockmining.com"

10 BIGGEST MINING EXCAVATORS – LIEBHERR R9800!!

Built by Liebherr in 2008 at their Colmar factory, France, this machine is ranked as the world's third biggest hydraulic excavator. With a shovel attachment, it weighs in at 810 tonnes, 800 tonnes with just the backhoe. Its undercarriage measures 10.84 meters long and it shovel and backhoe capacities are 42 cubic meters. Maximum crowd and breakout forces for its shovel at 3,900 kN and 2,395 kN respectively. The backhoe has digging and breakout forces of 1,760 kN and 1,980 kN. The machine is powered by two 16 cylinder Cummins QSK60 diesel engines producing 4,000 hp and 1,800 rpm. It can also be powered by two 12 cylinder MTU diesel engines generating 3,820 hp at 1,800 rpm - "Interestingengine

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 COAL MINE OF THE WEEK – BLACK THUNDER!!

The Black Thunder coal mine in the Powder River Basin, Wyoming, US, is a surface mine spread across 35,700 acres. Owned and operated by Arch Coal, it was estimated to contain 816.5Mt of recoverable coal reserves as of December 2018. The surface mining complex consists of seven active pit areas and three loadout facilities. The produced raw coal is directly shipped via the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe and Union Pacific railroads. Black Thunder produced 71.1Mt of raw coal in 2018, compared to 70.5Mt in 2017. The coal produced by the mine is shipped to the customers via the Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific railroads - "Miningtechnology.com" To view the mine in Google Maps, kindly

HAULSIM PRODUCTIVITY SIMULATIONS!!

Are you 100% confident that your Excel calculations are correct in determining fleet numbers? Are your roads accurately set-up in terms of stop signs, single carriage areas, steep gradients, single-bay dumps? What happens when you have congestion in your pit, how does Excel cater for that? With the HAULSIM simulations you can set up your site accurately to generate realistic results in terms of fleet numbers. The simulations allow you to run a host of possible scenarios, to ensure you understand the flex of your loading & hauling system, and better prepare for possible surprises. Doing a little homework now might just save you years of agony when things don’t pan as out as hoped, and more im

MINING ROCKSTAR OF THE WEEK – NEPHRITE!!

Jadeite and nephrite are materials that have both been called "jade" for thousands of years. Jade is a cultural term used for a very durable material that has been fashioned into tools, sculptures, jewellery, gemstones, and other objects for over 5,000 years. It was first used to manufacture axe heads, weapons, and tools for scraping and hammering because of its toughness. Then, because some specimens had a beautiful colour and could be polished to a brilliant lustre, people started to use jade for gemstones, talismans, and ornamental objects. Although most people who think of jade imagine a beautiful green gemstone, the material occurs in a wide variety of colours that include green, white,

MINE SCHEDULING!!

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 (OPMS & SMS) 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!

DO YOU KNOW YOUR BOTTLENECKS??

Attended Whittle Consulting's Integrated Strategic Planning seminar and I was blown away by the value to be had in the existing value chain from resource to market. If I try to explain it I might just end up confusing you, so I urge you to kindly have a look at the YouTube clip - I'll let the pro's do the talking... This might just be what your mine needs!!

MINE DESIGN!!

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

TOP 10 LARGEST DUMP TRUCKS QUICK FACTS!!

The 10th biggest dump truck in the world is the 794 C from Caterpillar, having been on the market since September 2016. It has the capacity to lift as much as 291 metric tons. Length: 50.72 feet Height: 26.30 feet Width: 32 feet Power: 3,500bhp Payload: 291 metric tons "theSun.co.uk"

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...

10 BIGGEST MINING EXCAVATORS – DEMAG H740 OS!!

Considered to be the fourth biggest excavator in the world, this impressive piece of kit has an operating weight of 744 tonnes. This beast has been operational since 1999 and was designed for the abrasive oil sands for KMC Mining, Canada. This machine has an impressive shovel capacity of 40 cubic meters and a breakout force of 2,320 kN. It is powered by two 16 cylinder CAT 3516B diesel engines spewing out 4,000 hp at 1,800 rpm - "Interestingengineering.com"

BOOK NOW FOR MARCH!!

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!

CORPORATE GROUP TRAINING & COURSES – PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT!!

Have a group of employees that need basic training in terms of mine planning software? Or perhaps a refresher course to get those rusty skills oiled up? Or perhaps professional development is the next step for your employees... Be it as it may, the School of Rock prides itself as a preferred service provider in terms of empowering your group of individuals to tailor-made requirements. Kindly click on the link below for particulars: "https://www.schoolofrockmining.com/group-training-and-courses" Alternatively, send me an email at: "info@schoolofrockmining.com"

CORPORATE GROUP TRAINING & COURSES – HAULSIM!!

Have a group of employees that need basic training in terms of mine planning software? Or perhaps a refresher course to get those rusty skills oiled up? Or perhaps professional development is the next step for your employees... Be it as it may, the School of Rock prides itself as a preferred service provider in terms of empowering your group of individuals to tailor-made requirements. Kindly click on the link below for particulars: "https://www.schoolofrockmining.com/group-training-and-courses" Alternatively, send me an email at: "info@schoolofrockmining.com"

MINERAL PROCESSING METHOD OF THE WEEK - MAGNETIC SEPARATION!!

Magnetic separation is based on the differing degrees of attraction exerted on various minerals by magnetic fields. Success requires that the feed particles fall within a special size spectrum (0.1 to 1 millimeter). With good results, strongly magnetic minerals such as magnetite, franklinite, and pyrrhotite can be removed from gangue minerals by low-intensity magnetic separators. High-intensity devices can separate oxide iron ores such as limonite and siderite as well as iron-bearing manganese, titanium, and tungsten ores and iron-bearing silicates - Encyclopaedia Britannica.

CORPORATE GROUP TRAINING & COURSES – OPMS/SMS!!

Have a group of employees that need basic training in terms of mine planning software? Or perhaps a refresher course to get those rusty skills oiled up? Or perhaps professional development is the next step for your employees... Be it as it may, the School of Rock prides itself as a preferred service provider in terms of empowering your group of individuals to tailor-made requirements. Kindly click on the link below for particulars: "https://www.schoolofrockmining.com/group-training-and-courses" Alternatively, send me an email at: "info@schoolofrockmining.com"

10 BIGGEST MINING EXCAVATORS – KOMATSU PC8000-6!!

Regarded as the fifth largest hydraulic excavator, the Komatsu PC8000-6 has an operating weight of around 710 tonnes. It comes with both shovel and backhoe attachments. This beast has a track length of 7.955 meters and an overall track width of 9 meters, its bucket size is 38 cubic meters. Arm crowd force and bucket crowd forces are 1,765 kN and 1,961 kN. Its maximum ground level reach of the bucket is 19.37 meters. This machine is powered by two 16 cylinder Komatsu SDA16B 160 diesel engines pumping out 4,020 hp at 1,800 rpm - "Interestingengineering.com"

CORPORATE GROUP TRAINING & COURSES - WHITTLE!!

Have a group of employees that need basic training in terms of mine planning software? Or perhaps a refresher course to get those rusty skills oiled up? Or perhaps professional development is the next step for your employees... Be it as it may, the School of Rock prides itself as a preferred service provider in terms of empowering your group of individuals to tailor-made requirements. Kindly click on the link below for particulars: "https://www.schoolofrockmining.com/group-training-and-courses" Alternatively, send me an email at: "info@schoolofrockmining.com"

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