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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!!

Reigning as the 6th biggest dump truck in the world, and at more than 30 feet wide, the 960E-2 would occupy more than three lanes if it was allowed to travel on a conventional motorway. Length: 51.18 ft Height: 24.17 ft Width: 31.50 ft Power: 3,500bhp Payload: 326.6 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...

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"

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!!

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"

MINING ROCKSTAR OF THE WEEK – PHLOGOPITE!!

Phlogopite is an aluminosilicate mineral of potassium and magnesium, and a member of the mica group. Phlogopite usually ranges in colour from yellow to brown to reddish brown. Its colour can be helpful in distinguishing it from other mica minerals. Phlogopite and muscovite are the only two mica minerals that are used commercially. Phlogopite is most commonly found in metamorphic rocks. An ideal condition for phlogopite formation is when a dolomitic limestone or a magnesium-rich limestone, with some clay content, is subjected to hydrothermal metamorphism. The result is typically one of the following: scattered flakes and small crystals of phlogopite throughout the rock; concentrations of phlo

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"

SHOWCASE COAL MINE OF THE WEEK – HEI DAI GOU!!

The Hei Dai Gou or Heidaigou, an open-pit coal mine also located in the middle of Zhungeer coal field in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of China, is estimated to contain 1.5 billion tonnes of recoverable coal reserves. The mine is located 150km south-west of the Ordos city and has a planned mining area covering 42km². Shenhua Group is the owner and operator of the mine. Hei Dai Gou has been in production since 1999 and is China’s first coal mine to use AC-powered Walking Dragline. It produces low-sulphur and low-phosphorus coal. The designed annual raw coal output of the mine is up to 31Mt - "Mining-technology.com". To view the mine in Google Maps, kindly click on the link below... "ht

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"

TOP 10 LARGEST DUMP TRUCKS QUICK FACTS!!

Reigning as the 7th biggest dump truck in the world, and second largest in the Caterpillar range, the 795F can stand almost 50 feet tall when its skip is tilted. Length: 49.70 ft Height: 23 ft Width: 31 ft Power: 3,440bhp Payload: 313 metric tonnes "theSun.co.uk"

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"

WORLD'S BIGGEST ELECTRIC ROPE SHOVELS - P&H4800XPC!!

Quick facts: Nominal payload of 122.5 mt (135 st) Nominal dipper capacity of 65.7 to 70.3 m3 (86 to 92 yd.3) Ideal for three-pass loading of 400 st (360 mt) ultra-class haul trucks Adaptive Controls technology Direct-drive crowd with integral fleeting sheave to help eliminate boom jacking Optimized boom design for improved maintenance access A full suite of service products and consumables are available, including wire rope, GET, crawler shoes and more Mechanical upgrades, repair and rebuild services are available worldwide - "home.komatsu"

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

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!!

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 – ORTHOCLASE!!

Orthoclase is a feldspar mineral with a chemical composition of KAlSi3O8. It is one of the most abundant rock-forming minerals of the continental crust. Orthoclase is most widely known as the pink feldspar found in many granites and as the mineral assigned a hardness of "6" in the Mohs hardness scale. Orthoclase has several commercial uses. It is a raw material used in the production of glass, ceramic tile, porcelain, dinnerware, bathroom fixtures, and other ceramics. It is used as an abrasive in scouring powders and polishing compounds. It is also cut as a gemstone. An adularescent gem material known as moonstone is an intergrowth of orthoclase and albite - "Geology.com".

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!

SHOWCASE COAL MINE OF THE WEEK – RASPADSKAYA!!

The Raspadskaya mine in the Kemerovo region of the Russian Federation is the biggest coal mine in Russia. Raspadskaya’s proved and probable coal reserves were estimated to be 1.34 billion tonnes as of December 2018. The Raspadskaya mining operation consists of two underground mines, namely Raspadskaya and MUK-96, and one open-pit mine called Razrez Raspadsky. Coal Company Raspadskaya is the owner and operator of the mine. Coal mining at Raspadskaya was started in the late-1970s. The mine produces 100% coking coal. The production totalled 12.7Mt in 2018, increasing by 11% from 11.4Mt in 2017 - "Miningtechnology.com" To view the mine in Google Maps, kindly click on the link below: "https://goo

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