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News and information from the world of geology and mining, Fresh Thinking by Snowden Optiro provides a new perspective on the industry and seeks to educate on best practice. www.snowdenoptiro.com
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News and information from the world of geology and mining, Fresh Thinking by Snowden Optiro provides a new perspective on the industry and seeks to educate on best practice. www.snowdenoptiro.com
Snowden Optiro Mining Advisory Consulting, Software and Training.

    43 - IPCC - Inpit Crushing and Conveying - Part 2. Environmental and Economic gains

    43 - IPCC - Inpit Crushing and Conveying - Part 2. Environmental and Economic gains

    IPCC offers economic and environmental gains for mining companies. In this part 2 of a 2-part podcast series, Tarrant Elkington, Snowden Optiro's General Manager talks to IPCC expert Phil Morris about the technical details, applications and benefits of IPCC.
    This episode at a glance:
    0:49 Types of IPCC: Pit rim/out-of-pit crusher - Fixed IPCC - Semi-mobile IPCC - Fully-mobile IPCC
    3:22 Most suitable applications according to mine complexity
    5:04 Possible to get rid of all trucks?
    6:00 When looking for savings - retrofit and mine planning
    7:54 Benefits of IPCC for both retrofit and at initial mine planning
    12:01 Desktop study a useful indicator
    12:46 Greatest technical challenge of IPCC
    If you would like to discuss the application of IPCC for your mine site or would like more information, please contact either Tarrant Elkington or Phil Morris: contact@snowdenoptiro.com
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    • 15 min
    IPCC - Inpit Crushing and Conveying

    IPCC - Inpit Crushing and Conveying

    IPCC offers economic and environmental gains for mining companies. In this podcast, Tarrant Elkington, Snowden Optiro's Global General Manager talks to IPCC expert Phil Morriss about the  applications and benefits of IPCC.
    This episode at a glance:
    0:53 Introduction of Phil Morriss (yes, that's him laughing in the background!) 1:16 Phil explains what IPCC is 2:38 Benefits of replacing trucks with IPCC 5:17 Economic/Unit cost savings 7:17 Environmental benefits - carbon footprint reduction 8:48 Key drivers to get best benefits from ICC 14:36 Anything against using IPCC? 16:50 Future of IPCC and its application If you would like to discuss the application of IPCC for your mine site or would like more information, please contact either Tarrant Elkington or Phil Morris: contact@snowdenoptiro.com 
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    • 19 min
    Episode 41: Economics of Project Development

    Episode 41: Economics of Project Development

    In this podcast, Matt Mullins our Head of Advisory for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia talks about the economics of project development - honing in on the 7 fundamentals of project success.
    This episode at a glance:
    3:32 Strategic thinking, Pre-feasibility study and Feasibility study – any of these more important?
    6:36 The 7 fundamentals of project success
    9:32 Why are independent reviews so critical?
    11:32 The 4 prime metrics
    16:06 What rate of return to expect?
    Further reading:
    The Report Codes Listing rules of the Stock Exchanges AusIMM website: Guidelines for Technical Economic Evaluation of Minerals Industry Projects Contacts:
    Matt Mullins matt.mullins@snowdenoptiro.com
    Justine Tracey justine.tracey@snowdenoptiro.com
    Snowden Optiro website: https://snowdenoptiro.com/
    Professional development courses: https://snowdenoptiro.com/training/

    • 18 min
    Increasing productivity – a case study

    Increasing productivity – a case study

    This is the first podcast from Matt Mullins, our Head of Advisory for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia. In this podcast Matt talks about his experience with creating value through increasing productivity. Matt’s vast knowledge, experience and the skills that he’s gained in his 40+ years in the mining industry, offer us invaluable information.
    This episode at a glance:
    1:52 What are some of the big changes that you’ve witnessed over the past 40 years in the mining industry?
    6:00 Capital efficiency ratio – how do you use it and measure it?
    7:39 Was the decline in capital efficiency ratio recognised at the time?
    8:33 What are some warning signs for us to watch out for?
    9:53 How did you intervene?
    13:00 What are some of the key learnings?
    For more information:
    Eliyah Goldratt’s book, The Theory of Constraints
    Contact: matt.mullins@snowdenoptiro.com
    Link to a short bio about Matt: https://snowdenoptiro.com/team/matt-mullins/
    Snowden Optiro - Mining Advisory Consulting, Software and Training: https://snowdenoptiro.com/
    Snowden Optiro Training courses: https://snowdenoptiro.com/training/
     
     

    • 19 min
    39 - Part 2 of 2 – Multiple Indicator Kriging (MIK)

    39 - Part 2 of 2 – Multiple Indicator Kriging (MIK)

    This is the 2nd podcast in a 2-part series that covers Categorical and Multiple Indicator Kriging, which is an increasingly popular mineral resource estimation technique. In this podcast, Optiro's Geology Director, Ian Glacken discusses the use and abuse of these techniques in mineral resource estimation, with our podcast host Justine Tracey.
    This episode at a glance:
    1:00 Let's recap the concept of an indicator
    1.58 What are the circumstances where MIK is required?
    5.56 What are the key issues to be aware of?
    9.54 Why is MIK abused as an estimation technique?
    13.17 Where can we get more information?
    For more information:
    Rossi, ME, and Deutsch, CV (2014).  Mineral Resource Estimation.  Springer. A practitioners' implementation of indicator kriging. Authors: I M Glacken and P C J Blackney. Contact Ian Glacken for a copy: iglacken@optiro.com

    • 15 min
    38 - Categorical Kriging - what is it and when does it work? Part 1 of 2-part series

    38 - Categorical Kriging - what is it and when does it work? Part 1 of 2-part series

    This is the first podcast in a 2-part series that covers Categorical and Multiple Indicator Kriging, which is an increasingly popular mineral resource estimation technique. In this podcast, Optiro's Geology Director, Ian Glacken addresses the use and abuse of these techniques in mineral resource estimation.
    This episode at a glance:
    1:00 What are these two podcasts about?
    1:36 What exactly is an indicator?
    2:33 What is categorical kriging and where would I apply it?
    4:32 Could you use it in a more simple application? (Sub domaining out your low-grade zones within a domain)
    5:27 Have you seen categorical kriging used inappropriately?
    7:11 Can you explain how categorical estimation works?
    9:44 What are the key issues when using a categorical estimation?
    11:21 Is the approach ever overused or abused?
    For more information:
    Rossi, ME, and Deutsch, CV (2014).  Mineral Resource Estimation.  Springer. A practitioners' implementation of indicator kriging. Authors: I M Glacken and P C J Blackney. Contact Ian Glacken for a copy: iglacken@optiro.com

    • 13 min

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