Our mining planning group thrives on quickly solving complex problems. We can complete a mine planning study and Ore Reserve for you that will stand up to a rigorous audit, or complete a comprehensive review of your mine plan to identify issues and opportunities.
Mining Advisory Services
With mining projects moving to lower grade, it is vital that every optimisation opportunity is identified. The mine plan is the centre of the project financial model as it ties together the various inputs and constraints from the mining value chain. An understanding of these inputs and a ruthless focus on the right value drivers allows optimal solutions to be developed to give your project the best chance at success.
Our global team of engineers have extensive experience in conducting technical studies, audits and providing advice in a diverse range of geological, mineralogical and physical environments. We cover all major reporting codes including JORC, SAMREC and CIM. We are focused on providing you with the best bottom-line outcome possible.
In-house Optimisation Tools
In addition to using commercially available software packages we have also developed custom in-house packages which help generate better mine plans faster. We continue to innovate constantly developing new tools that benefit you.
Mining Advisory Specialists
Allan is a mining engineer with over 35 years’ experience in underground mine design, planning and operations in Australia and Africa. During this time he has held senior technical and management positions. Since joining Snowden in 1996, he has consulted on a large number of mining projects in several countries. His areas of expertise include mining feasibility studies at all levels, underground mine planning and design, reserve estimation, mine operations management and project management. He has a strong capability in strategic planning and optimisation of underground orebodies.
Matthew is a mining engineer with over 20 years mining industry experience. Over this time he has been engaged in numerous projects at all study levels for a wide variety of commodities. These projects involved:
- pit, stockpile and dump optimisation and practical designs including backfill and in-pit tailings options;
- cut-off grade optimisation including blended products;
- tactical and strategic scheduling to balance combinations of maximising net present value, equipment and grade/ore type blends;
- equipment selection and productivity studies including haul optimisation;
- contract mining evaluations; and
- cost estimations.
Frank is a mining engineer with more than 25 years surface mining industry experience, with the last ten years in a consulting role. He has a strong analytical skill base with real-time mining data collection systems and mine optimisation, design, cost modelling and scheduling software.
His consulting expertise includes project financial analyses, Competent person sign-offs. His consulting work includes project management for iron ore, gold, bauxite and nickel laterite mining studies at the scoping, feasibility and prefeasibility level, Ore Reserve audits and specialised technical reports (NI 43-101, Chapter 18).
Chris has worked in the mining industry since graduating in 2006. Following his initial training with Rio Tinto Iron Ore in Australia, Chris moved to Snowden Consulting, initially in Australia then in South Africa gaining international mining experience of diverse projects including; Project management and completion of Scoping, Pre-Feasibility and Bankable Feasibility Studies, Independent Technical Reviews and Due Diligence studies for various ore deposits and providing on-site mine planning and mentoring to engineers at underground and open pit operations.
Chris then joined Discovery Metals in Botswana as a Senior Engineer implementing various projects including; Surpac mine planning software and training of Botswanan engineers, full site reporting systems, blast design reviews and the start-up of a new open pit.
Tarrant has 13 years of consulting experience; specialising in mining strategy selection and providing solutions to unique and/or complex mine planning problems. This is supported by a PhD in mine optimisation. He has been involved in over 200 studies in Australia, South America, North America, Africa, Europe, and Asia; across precious metals, base metals, industrial minerals and iron ore, and for both open pit and underground mining methods. As Global Manager of Snowden, Tarrant is responsible for the strategy and operations of the Snowden business. Tarrant is passionate about improvement and strategy; to find a better way to do things. His particular strengths are a focus on the global system, and ability to communicate complex concepts in a simple way to a range of stakeholders.
- 2016 Can the Theory of Constraints Guide the Next Wave of Mining Productivity Improvement? Elkington, T. AusIMM Bulletin August 2016
- 2016 Weathering the Perfect Storm: How Mining Consultants can Survive the Downturn, Elkington, T. AusIMM Bulletin April 2016
- 2014 Application of the Theory of Constraints to Strategic and Tactical Mine Planning, Finch, A. and Elkington, T. Strategic Mine Planning Conference 2014
- 2013 The Use of Geometallurgical Relationships in Process Route Selection and Mine Plan Optimisation for the Dutwa Nickel Project, Elkington, T. Lorenzen, L. and Czerny, C. Geomet 2013
- 2013 An Automated Approach to Generating Haul Roads, Hill, S., Bates, L. Bates, Cooper, A., Elkington, T. World Mining Congress
- 2013 Optimising a Combined Open Pit and Underground Strategic Plan, Roberts, B., Elkington, T. van Olden, K., Maulen, M. Mining Technology
- 2012 Caving Outline Optimisation, Elkington, T., Bates, L., and Richter, O., MassMin Conference 2012
- 2012 Real Options Value Optimisation, Elkington, T., and Gould, J., Project Evaluation Conference 2012
- 2012 Strategic Optimisation at Sierra Rutile – a case study in maximising project value, P Myers, T Elkington and S Wonday, Project Evaluation Conference 2012
Associate Executive Consultant
Phil Morriss has over 46 years of experience in open pit mining, including: 25 years of large open pit precious and base metals operations with Rio, BHP Billiton and Placer Dome in a range of technical and managerial roles in Australia, Papua New Guinea, South America and Africa; four years as General Manager then CEO of an International Mining Contractor operating in Ghana and Tanzania in Africa; and 17 years as an international mining and geotechnical consultant, and a specialist in-pit crushing expert.
Phil has a strong technical background which has included the publication of many papers on probabilistic rock slope stability, final pit wall blasting, trolley assisted truck haulage, contractor vs owner mining, and in-pit crushing and conveying (IPCC). He has also run workshops on pit slope stability (with Evert Hoek), managing mining contracts, understanding risk in mining, and IPCC. As a consultant, Phil managed the global mining division activities for the Snowden Group and expanded its international operations.
Matthew Jarvis is a Principal Consultant with Snowden, based in Johannesburg.
He is a mining engineer who headed up the Treasury and Corporate Finance function under the restructured South African Energy Coal business for South32. In addition to establishing the Treasury function, he was responsible for managing ongoing market and credit risk activities associated with commodity trading and other commercial activities, as well as leading the Business Evaluation team in Johannesburg. This team oversaw investment analysis and the review of major regional projects, business planning outcomes, commercial opportunities and overall regional portfolio management across Southern Africa.
Associate Principal Consultant
Doug is a Mining Engineer by training. He started his career at Teutonic Bore underground copper/zinc sublevel open stope mine in Western Australia in 1980 as a longhole production driller. Doug has worked in many facets of the mining industry since then, including drill & blast crew, shotfirer, shiftboss, mine planning engineer, mining production manager, processing production manager, fixed &
mobile equipment maintenance manager, supply chain manager & study manager across a number of commodities including iron ore, aggregates, coal, copper, gold & manganese mines.
He extended his experience into mining equipment supply and services on a global basis, including head of Trans4mine (customer applications optimization fitting the mine plan to the equipment including in-pit crushing & conveying assessments in surface mining and automated equipment assessments in underground mining) & Vice President of Mining Systems Products. This background has provided a strong global network together with an understanding of what works and what does not.