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TALPAC-3D ONLINE TRAINING!!

The TALPAC-3D Online course provides flexible and convenient training on the core features of RPMGlobal's TALPAC-3D solution. Participants will learn how to simulate productivity and cost of equipment, through pre-configured workshops designed around real-life scenarios. The learning outcomes of the course are: [if !supportLists]· [endif]Navigate around the software [if !supportLists]· [endif]Access the product’s help [if !supportLists]· [endif]Create and update a mine haulage simulation [if !supportLists]· [endif]Import data into the simulation [if !supportLists]· [endif]Understand the equipment library [if !s

MINERAL PROCESSING METHOD OF THE WEEK - ELECTROSTATIC SEPARATION!!

The electrostatic method separates particles of different electrical charges and, when possible, of different sizes. When particles of different polarity are brought into an electrical field, they follow different motion trajectories and can be caught separately. Electrostatic separation is used in all plants that process heavy mineral sands bearing zircon, rutile, and monazite. In addition, the cleaning of special iron ore and cassiterite concentrates as well as the separation of cassiterite-scheelite ores are conducted by electrostatic methods - Encyclopaedia Britannica.

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"

MINE PLANNING BASICS FRIDAY – SWELL!!

My kind associate Kenn Smart allowed me to use this graphic from his collection of BASICS of EARTHMOVING booklets. In mining today, it is vital to know loose volume to move and loose density in order to calculate LOAD & HAUL as well as PUSH & SUPPORT fleet sizing and numbers. This will get you to cost per tonne. Have a look and do please feel free to comment...

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 – TOPAZ!!

Topaz is a rare silicate mineral with a chemical composition of Al2SiO4(F,OH)2. It is best known for three things: 1) being one of the world's favourite coloured gemstones; 2) being "mineral number 8" in the Mohs Scale of Hardness; and, 3) being a birthstone for the month of November. Topaz obtains much of its popularity from its beautiful colours and its status as a birthstone. Natural topaz colours include rare and valuable yellow, orange, pink, red, purple, and blue. The most affordable and frequently purchased is blue topaz that has received its colour from treatment. In 1812, Friedrich Mohs developed a set of 10 standard minerals that could be used to assign a relative hardness to miner

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 COPPER MINE OF THE WEEK - ESCONDIDA!!

Escondida copper mine in the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile is currently the world’s largest copper mine by reserve. The mine contained more than 32 million tonnes (Mt) of recoverable copper reserves at the end of 2012. Escondida is also the world’s largest copper producing mine – in the financial year ending June 2013 output stood at 1.1Mt, accounting for about five percent of global copper production. BHP-Billiton operates the Escondida mine, holding 57.5% interest. Other stakeholders include Rio Tinto (30%), a Japanese consortium headed by Mitsubishi (10%) and the International Finance Corporation (2.5%). The mine has been in operation since late 1990 and is currently one of the ten dee

ONLINE 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"

WORLD'S TOP 10 BULLDOZERS - KOMATSU D375A-6 BULLDOZER!!

With a displacement of 23 litres using Komatsu’s SAA6D170E-3 engine, the D375A-6 reigns as the world’s seventh largest bulldozer. It has a fuel tank of 1200 litres, and a maximum speed 15.8 km/h. The maximum power rating is 474kW (645 hp)/1800rpm, and the working weight is 72 tonnes - Mega Machines.

ONLINE 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"

MINERAL PROCESSING METHOD OF THE WEEK - GOLD CYANIDATION!!

For every tonne of ore that is mined, only a very small amount (about 5 g) of gold is extracted. A number of different methods can be used to separate gold from its ore, but one of the more common methods is called gold cyanidation. In the process of gold cyanidation, the ore is crushed and then cyanide (CN−) solution is added so that the gold particles are chemically separated from the ore. In this stage of the process, gold is oxidised. Zinc dust is then added to the cyanide solution. The zinc then takes the place of the gold, so that the gold is precipitated out of the solution - Siyavula.

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 – TITANITE!!

Titanite is a rare titanium mineral that occurs as an accessory mineral in granitic and calcium-rich metamorphic rocks. It is a minor ore of titanium and a minor gemstone known as "sphene." Titanite's diagnostic properties are its crystal habit, colour, and lustre. Its monoclinic crystals are often wedge-shaped or tabular-shaped. Its typical colour range is yellow, green, brown, and black. Pink, orange, and red specimens are rare. Titanite has a resinous to adamantine lustre that is rarely seen in other minerals. It has one of the highest dispersions of any mineral - significantly higher than diamond. Titanite is also pleochroic. Transparent specimens might show its three trichroic colours.

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 COPPER MINE OF THE WEEK - CANENEA!!

Cananea, also known as Buenavista copper mine, located in Sonora, Mexico, is the world’s second biggest copper mine by reserve. The open-pit mine was estimated to contain 26.874Mt of copper reserve as of December 2012. A total 200,000t of copper was mined from the pit in 2012. Opened in 1899, Cananea is one of the oldest open-pit mines in North America and is currently owned and operated by the Southern Copper Corporation (SCC), a subsidiary of Grupo Mexico. The mine extracts the porphyry copper deposit lying within the southern Cordilleran region. The ore is refined at an on-site concentrator, which has a milling capacity of 77,000 tonnes per day (tpd). The concentrate output is transported

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

WORLD'S TOP 10 BULLDOZERS - CATERPILLAR D10T!!

The Cat D10T is currently the eighth largest bulldozer in the world. In 1978, it was the world’s largest, followed by the development of the N, R, and the current T-type. The D10T has a 12-cylinder engine for the Cat C27 ACERT. The D10T is rated at maximum power of 493kW (671 hp) / 1800rpm, and has a working weight of 66 tonnes - Mega Machines.

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...

MINING METHOD OF THE WEEK – RILL-CUT STOPING!!

Rill cut, or rill stoping, as shown at B in the figure below, has the principal advantage that when filling is used it can be run down through a raise at the apex of the stope and will fill the stope without shoveling. Its disadvantages, on the other hand, are as follows: When waste filling is run in from the raise it has a sloping surface which makes it difficult to keep ore and waste from mixing, and is unhandy for men to work. Raises must be put in at frequent intervals, and the added cost of these raises may exceed the cost of spreading the filling in a flat-back stope. Ore chutes must be carried up through the filling, and the timber used in their construction cannot be recovered. This

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