61 episodes

In this podcast, we discuss, educate and talk about industry news and hot topics, company reviews and live interviews with mining professionals and leading figures in the mining industry.

Introducing your host Rob Tyson, Founder and Director of Mining International, a
leading recruitment and headhunting agency based in the UK specialising in mining
across the global. We source and discover new talent to fill those difficult or
challenging vacancies our clients have.

Dig Deep – The Mining Podcast Podcast Rob Tyson

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In this podcast, we discuss, educate and talk about industry news and hot topics, company reviews and live interviews with mining professionals and leading figures in the mining industry.

Introducing your host Rob Tyson, Founder and Director of Mining International, a
leading recruitment and headhunting agency based in the UK specialising in mining
across the global. We source and discover new talent to fill those difficult or
challenging vacancies our clients have.

    A Focus On Tailings – with Brian Ulrich

    A Focus On Tailings – with Brian Ulrich

    In today’s episode we interview Bryan Ulrich, the Vice President of the Geotechnical Division at Stantec, a company providing a wide array of services (engineering, design, project management etc) that begin at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships across a range of sectors including mining.

    Bryan specialises in tailing, and in this podcast we talk about tailings and why it has become big news in recent times, as well as the lessons that can be learned. We also discuss how tailings management has changed over the years, and talk about some of the challenges faced by companies in tailing management.

     

    Are you going to the upcoming Indaba Mining Conference 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa from the 3rd – 6th February?

     

    The event is one of the world’s biggest mining events where professionals in the mining industry where you can meet like minded people and peers to connect with. There will be special key note speakers from some the top CEO’s of the biggest mining companies in the world so it’s a great environment to learn new technologies, make connections and develop your overall mining knowledge and awareness of the industry.

     

    I have a special offer for all listeners to the podcast because as a media partner to the Mining Indaba you will receive a 10% off your delegate pass by using the code – DigDeep10.

     

    So follow this link and purchase your ticket:https://www.miningindaba.com/Page/register

     

     

     

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    Mine Tailings occur when the ore is crushed and pulverised; the metals of interest are extracted, and the leftover pulverised material is called Tailings. Tailings are transported as a wet slurry to a facility and are almost wet.
    Tailings are of great interest to anyone with a geotechnical background as it involves many of the pursuits that make up the geotechnical course of study.
    A major issue in the Tailings sector is that it is essentially a waste product, and people are reluctant to invest in a waste product. Therefore, technologically, it is slow to grow, and does not benefit from investment.
    As yet, there are not clear factors linking Tailings projects that collapse, but Brian is confident that there must be a link, and that it must be data driven.
    Improvement in Tailings should be based around risk and risk-analysis. Innovation, also, will drive Tailings forward, especially using polymers for binding.

    .BEST MOMENTS

    ‘I had a rock collection like lots of little kids do’

    ‘You can more or less live the dream as a geotechnical engineer if you love Tailings’

    ‘Keep building the buttress’

    ’It’s the innovators who will solve the problems of tomorrow'

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

     

    Dig Deep – The Mining Podcast on iTunes

    Please book your ticket to the upcoming Indaba Mining Conference 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa from the 3rd – 6th February 2020. 

    All Dig Deep listeners can receive 10% off tickets when you register with the discount code DigDeep10. You can purchase delegate tickets from  https://www.miningindaba.com/Page/register

    Hope to see you there in Cape Town!

    ABOUT THE GUEST

    Bryan also has his own podcast which you can find at https://anchor.fm/bryan-ulrich and which is also available on many platforms, including Apple. Bryan also writes interesting and informative blogs which can be found at http://www.bryanulrich.net/

    ABOUT THE HOST

    Rob Tyson is an established recruiter in the mining and quarrying sector and decided to produce the “Dig Deep” The Mining Podcast to provide valuable and informative content around the mining industry. He has a passion and desire to promote the industry and the podcast aims to offer the mining community an insight to peoples experiences and careers covering any mining discipline, giving the listeners helpful advice and guidance on industry topics.

    Rob is the Founder and Director of M

    • 36 min
    Marketing And Mining – with Adam O’Leary of Encite International

    Marketing And Mining – with Adam O’Leary of Encite International

    In this episode, we talk to Adam O’Leary who is President and Owner of Encite International, a full-service, boutique marketing and advertising agency based in Denver, Colorado, who are committed to building great brands and strategic marketing plans and often work with Mining companies to promote their brand, products and services.

    This is an informative, invaluable episode for all mining professionals who wish to understand more about how branding and marketing in the mining works and how important it is in building a mining company. We talk about how mining companies can improve their marketing and branding, and how mining can improve its image overall. We also discuss how video is used in marketing and how you can effectively market big ticket items.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    Many industrial companies, including mining companies, believe that marketing is not as essential part of their plan. Since their product is often not generally available to the public in the traditional way, mining companies see marketing as unnecessary. 
    Adam has learned over time that this viewpoint is incorrect. Mining companies also need to communicate with their audience or customer base, and they need measurable results.
    Traditional sales techniques do work in mining, such as phone calls, sales pitches and meetings etc. But there are more efficient methods of reaching a wider audience in a swifter way.
    When marketing big-ticket items that sometimes run into the millions of dollars, it’s important to remember that there is no point-of-sale. There is no impulse-buy factor to consider. Brand awareness and consistency are the factors that instead drive sales to people who are already in the market for such goods.
    Mining needs to work hard on improving its environmental image. Putting together an efficient programme that displays prominently its ability to embrace recycling and geographical regulations, is the keystone to improving its perception.
    Video production is something that Encite have been working in more when it comes to mining. The approach so far has been to make the industry seem more personal and personable. It’s all about humanising the sector.

    .BEST MOMENTS

    ’Since they’re not selling traditional products, they tend to look at marketing as an unnecessary tool’

    ‘Relationships in the mining industry are very important’

    ‘It all comes back to those brand attributes you’re trying to communicate’

    ‘Video is something that’s very much an opportunity for the mining industry'

     

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

     

    Dig Deep – The Mining Podcast on iTunes

    Encite International - https://www.enciteinternational.com

    Adam O’ Leary LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/adamoleary/

    adam@enciteinternational.com

    ABOUT THE HOST

    Rob Tyson is an established recruiter in the mining and quarrying sector and decided to produce the “Dig Deep” The Mining Podcast to provide valuable and informative content around the mining industry. He has a passion and desire to promote the industry and the podcast aims to offer the mining community an insight to peoples experiences and careers covering any mining discipline, giving the listeners helpful advice and guidance on industry topics.

     

    Rob is the Founder and Director of Mining International Ltd, a leading global recruitment and headhunting consultancy based in the UK specialising in all areas of mining across the globe from first world to third world countries from Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia. We source, headhunt and discover new and top talent talent through a targeted approach and search methodology and have a proven track record in sourcing and positioning exceptional candidates into our clients organisation in any mining discipline or level. Mining International provides a transparent, informative and trusted consultancy service to our candidates and clients to

    • 36 min
    The Intelligence of Technology – with Liv Carroll of Accenture

    The Intelligence of Technology – with Liv Carroll of Accenture

    In this episode we interview Liv Carroll - Senior Principal at Accenture focusing on Accentures digital applied intelligence and transformation within the mining industry. 

    Liv’s background is in geology and over time he has moved into Applied Intelligence to generate value for clients through definition, adoption & strengthening of innovation and sustainability strategy; advanced analytics & machine learning; and improved operating models.

    We talk about the key drivers of the mining industry today and how technology can address contemporary business needs. Liv discusses attributes of successful companies rather than those that flounder, while giving us an insightful account of where mining will be in 10 years.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    When Liv graduated, no mining concerns were taking people on due to falling prices. Liv took a lateral step and joined a UK based consulting firm, working with aggregate players.
    The UK government knew early that it was wise to invest in mineral products for the future.
    Institutional investors and now taking a very keen interest in how companies are affecting the environment and the social fabrics of mining projects.
    Data shows that in 2018, mining was still unable to achieve zero fatalities. This needs to change.
    Liv and the mining industry in general are doing their best to study and engender positive human behaviour in order to deliver new technologies to support it.
    It is important to contribute time and energy into making mining a better industry, and a healthy, nurturing place for the next generation of miners. Those who have gained experience have a collective responsibility to help others move up the ladder.

    .BEST MOMENTS

    ‘I’ve always been a fan of consulting’

    ‘They will withdraw investment if they feel that it doesn’t come up to scratch’

    ‘the technology is just the delivery method. The data is key’

    ‘Where are we at? Do we need to change course?’

    ‘It’s always good to have a plan, but know that you can adjust if you need to’

    ‘You need to be involved in the organisation’

    ‘It gives me such great pleasure to see others thriving’

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

     

    Dig Deep – The Mining Podcast on iTunes

    Liv Carroll LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/livcarroll/?originalSubdomain=uk

    Accenture - https://www.accenture.com/gb-en/insight-resources-digital-transformation-future-mining

    Accenture Twitter - https://twitter.com/accenturemining?lang=en

    ABOUT THE HOST

    Rob Tyson is an established recruiter in the mining and quarrying sector and decided to produce the “Dig Deep” The Mining Podcast to provide valuable and informative content around the mining industry. He has a passion and desire to promote the industry and the podcast aims to offer the mining community an insight to peoples experiences and careers covering any mining discipline, giving the listeners helpful advice and guidance on industry topics.

     

    Rob is the Founder and Director of Mining International Ltd, a leading global recruitment and headhunting consultancy based in the UK specialising in all areas of mining across the globe from first world to third world countries from Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia. We source, headhunt and discover new and top talent talent through a targeted approach and search methodology and have a proven track record in sourcing and positioning exceptional candidates into our clients organisation in any mining discipline or level. Mining International provides a transparent, informative and trusted consultancy service to our candidates and clients to help them develop their careers and business goals and objectives in this ever-changing marketplace.

     

    CONTACT METHOD

    rob@mining-international.org

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-tyson-3a26a68/

    www.mining-international.org

    https://twitter.com/MiningConsult

    https://www.facebook.com/MiningI

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Rob Tyson Meets Rob Tyson?! of Peel Mining

    Rob Tyson Meets Rob Tyson?! of Peel Mining

    In this first episode of 2020, we interview Rob Tyson (no I’m not interviewing myself!), Managing Director of Peel Mining Ltd, an Australian company focused on exploring and developing precious base metals resources in New South Wales, Australia. Peel Mining is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and is continuing to build shareholder value by recognising, enhancing and developing undervalued mineral resource assets and which has three base and precious metals projects in NSW.

    We chat about how Peel Mining is developing assets in Cober, NSW, the discoveries they have made, exploration in the Cobar Basin, and what makes the area special. Through their success, Rob and Peel have been awarded the AMEC Prospector Award. We discuss what makes them unique, their project criteria and what lies in the future for the company and in the Cobar region. We conclude by seeing how the exploration and geology sector is developing in Australia.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    The Cobar basin region is an area with a strong mining pedigree, which was attractive to Peel. 
    The main formations in the Cobar region are pipe-like, and stretch all the way to the centre of the earth. The highest grade copper mine in Australia is local to the area and stretched down almost 2km below the surface.
    Companies are more keen to invest in their own exploration projects instead of funding junior miners to find them on their behalf.
    Batteries and electric vehicles are set to drive up the demand, and the price, of copper, of which there does not seem to be enough right now.
    Rob’s advice to aspiring geologists is to make sure their CV is up to date and looking attractive, and then get it in front of as many people as possible. People don’t mind being approached, and opportunities are there.

    .BEST MOMENTS

    ‘It’s the only job I know where you get paid to go camping’

    ‘There’s a lot of low-grade opportunities in South America’

    ‘The biggest issue is making sure you’ve got the right people’

    ‘Hopefully the commodities market is firm over the next twelve to eighteen months. It’s fits and starts’

    ‘Keep getting your CV out there!’

     

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

     

    Dig Deep – The Mining Podcast on iTunes

    Rob Tyson - Peel Mining LinkedIn - https://uk.linkedin.com/in/rob-tyson-9bb8638

    Peel Mining - http://www.peelmining.com.au

    ABOUT THE HOST

    Rob Tyson is an established recruiter in the mining and quarrying sector and decided to produce the “Dig Deep” The Mining Podcast to provide valuable and informative content around the mining industry. He has a passion and desire to promote the industry and the podcast aims to offer the mining community an insight to peoples experiences and careers covering any mining discipline, giving the listeners helpful advice and guidance on industry topics.

     

    Rob is the Founder and Director of Mining International Ltd, a leading global recruitment and headhunting consultancy based in the UK specialising in all areas of mining across the globe from first world to third world countries from Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia. We source, headhunt and discover new and top talent talent through a targeted approach and search methodology and have a proven track record in sourcing and positioning exceptional candidates into our clients organisation in any mining discipline or level. Mining International provides a transparent, informative and trusted consultancy service to our candidates and clients to help them develop their careers and business goals and objectives in this ever-changing marketplace.

     

    CONTACT METHOD

    rob@mining-international.org

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-tyson-3a26a68/

    www.mining-international.org

    https://twitter.com/MiningConsult

    https://www.facebook.com/MiningInternational.org

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC69dGPS29lmakv-D7LWJg_Q?guided_help_flow=3

    • 32 min
    A Conversation with Ivan Bebek of Auryn Resources

    A Conversation with Ivan Bebek of Auryn Resources

    In this episode, we chat to Ivan Bebek, Executive Chairman and Director at Auryn Resources, a technically-driven, well-financed junior exploration company focused on finding and advancing globally significant gold, silver and base metal deposits. The Company has a portfolio approach to asset acquisition and has seven projects, in Canada & Peru.

    Ivan is an entrepreneur in the mining/exploration sector with over 22 years’ experience with a strong ability to finance, monetize and advance exploration assets into the development stage. We chat about Ivan's successful trading career before starting an exploration company and bringing together an experience team with a proven track record to find some of the world’s biggest discoveries and development them into Tier 1 asset. With a market cap of around $180 million (CAD), up 45% year to date (Dec 2019), Ivan talks about the company’s future and why it could be an attractive stock for investors.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    Ivan credits his mentors with helping him to realise his own potential, the rules of the trade and the founding and significance of mining projects.
    Africa raise royalties from 3.5% to 5%, and release corporate taxes which made initial mines in Ghana unprofitable, and so Ivan and his team were forced to expand and improvise.
    Through experience, Ivan has learned to be aggressive, to work harder, to buy more and to shop harder for good assets in bad markets when they’re being ignored.
    Mines are becoming harder to find, supply is an issue on the copper side, plus there’s a rising demand for vehicle electrification, and these factors make Ivan and his projects hugely sought after, and in a marvellous position to assert their dominance.
    Auryn want to attract investors who want to be part of longer term opportunities, or as Ivan calls them, “longer term thinkers”
    Auryn has three major opportunities within its portfolio; a technical team well versed in gold, a strong scientific background, and an ability to self-finance.

    .BEST MOMENTS

    ‘I found a lot of interest in my own world in working on the other side of the business’

    ‘Every successful person you meet has likely learned from other successful people’

    ‘Go against the grain when things are going cheap’

    ‘Our shareholders are one of our biggest weapons’

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

     

    Dig Deep – The Mining Podcast on iTunes

    Ivan Bebek LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/ivan-bebek-73038763/?originalSubdomain=ca

    Auryn Resources - https://www.aurynresources.com/corporate/directors/ivan-bebek/

    ABOUT THE HOST

    Rob Tyson is an established recruiter in the mining and quarrying sector and decided to produce the “Dig Deep” The Mining Podcast to provide valuable and informative content around the mining industry. He has a passion and desire to promote the industry and the podcast aims to offer the mining community an insight to peoples experiences and careers covering any mining discipline, giving the listeners helpful advice and guidance on industry topics.

     

    Rob is the Founder and Director of Mining International Ltd, a leading global recruitment and headhunting consultancy based in the UK specialising in all areas of mining across the globe from first world to third world countries from Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia. We source, headhunt and discover new and top talent talent through a targeted approach and search methodology and have a proven track record in sourcing and positioning exceptional candidates into our clients organisation in any mining discipline or level. Mining International provides a transparent, informative and trusted consultancy service to our candidates and clients to help them develop their careers and business goals and objectives in this ever-changing marketplace.

     

    CONTACT METHOD

    rob@mining-international.org

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-tyson-3

    • 36 min
    The Will to Win Mentality – Interview with Stewart Dickson, CEO - Variscan Mines Limited

    The Will to Win Mentality – Interview with Stewart Dickson, CEO - Variscan Mines Limited

    Today we speak to Stewart Dickson, CEO - Variscan Mines Limited, a natural resources company focused on the development of high-impact base-metal projects who currently have projects in Australia, Spain and Chile. Stewart’s journey into mining isn’t the norm as he started off in the military so I was curious to know and understand how he got into the mining industry and learn how someone with a non-technical mining background can develop a career in the mining industry. 

      

    In this episode, we chat about what qualities are needed from people that are not from a mining background. We talk about the skills and experience Stewart has bought to the mining industry and his emphasis on teams, trust and cooperation which are so important in management today. We also cover risk and opportunity working in developing countries. 

      

    KEY TAKEAWAYS 

    An unconventional pathway 
    My career in the military provided me with a great foundation for working in the mining industry. 
    There are some common traits between the oil and gas mining industries and the military that allowed me to empathise with management teams. 
    These traits include being able to face up to a challenge whether technical, physical, political, intellectual and a willingness and desire to go out and achieve an objective or corporate intent irrespective of the circumstances.   
    It’s the will to win mentality and the ability and desire to see a project through from inception to completion. 

    Being non-technical 
    The nature of the industry, it’s multidisciplinary and complex, requires a comprehensive approach to situations, projects and opportunities. 
    Non-technical people benefit from not thinking in a particular way or are rigid because of expertise in a particular area. 
    You need to have the right people with the right skills in the right role 
    The role of the senior leader is to bring people together effectively to win or lose together as a team. 
    Good teams 
    You use the enriched experiences of those around you and what binds it together is clarity of intent, the unifying purpose needs to come from the leadership. Without commitment from leadership, the team will struggle to operate. 
    The key is clarity of intent everybody in the organisation knows what they are trying to achieve. 
    They know that whatever actions they take they are directed towards achieving the plan or purpose. 

    Leadership style 
    There is no right way or right pathway you have to be comfortable of your own strengths and weaknesses 
    There is no right way and if you try to be someone you are not it will not stand up in a stressful or complex situation 
    We are in a  hyper-connected world there will be times where you are looking at a physical situation with virtual aspects as well. 
    Trust your team you’ve hired and nurtured them. 
    If you apply this most of the time people pay you back hugely. 

     

    BEST MOMENTS 

    ‘It’s looking at situations in a 360 way’ 

    ‘You need to want to win with personal resilience and robustness along with the fortitude to deal with what comes in front of you’ 

    ‘In mining it’s all about the prevent phase - your social licence and engagement’ 

     

    VALUABLE RESOURCES 

    The Dig Deep Mining Podcast 

    Variscan Mining website 

       

    ABOUT THE HOST 

    Rob Tyson 

    Rob Tyson is an established recruiter in the mining and quarrying sector and decided to produce the “Dig Deep” The Mining Podcast to provide valuable and informative content around the mining industry. He has a passion and desire to promote the industry and the podcast aims to offer the mining community insight to people’s experiences and careers covering any mining discipline, giving the listeners helpful advice and guidance on industry topics. 

    Rob is the Founder and Director of Mining International Ltd, a leading global recruitment and head

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

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Great podcast!

This podcast offers valuable nuggets of wisdom from senior specialists on career development as well as perspectives on the influence of socio-political circumstances on mining organizations globally.

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Good content and very informative insight into the industry.

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5 Stars

Very important podcast. There is a big need to inform people on the inner workings of the mining industry, especially newcomers. Rob does a great job in achieving this!

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