Rayleen is a mining geologist with over 20 years’ experience in the mineral resource industry and has been with Snowden for 12 years in various roles. After working in technical geological fields, Rayleen is now leveraging off her strong geological domain expertise and applying it to mining software as the Product Owner of Snowden’s Reconcilor product. Rayleen also provides a leadership role within Snowden’s software Research and Development team, ensuring delivery of software features and functionality that meets the needs of key customers.
Rayleen was recently in Mongolia leading the implementation of Reconcilor.
Q: Can you explain mine metal reconciliation in a few sentences and what Reconcilor does?
A: Mining reconciliation involves comparing various measures of mining to what is being produced. This is extremely important as funding for mining is based on the estimated grade and tonnage accuracy. Reliable reconciliation across the mine ensures that the valuation of the mineral assets is accurate.
Q: You have spent much of your career focused on improving the mine metal reconciliation process. What motivated you to specialise in this area?
A: Working in mining reconciliation is the equivalent of being a “Metal Accountant”. As a Reconciliation specialist, I am constantly looking at numbers in the appropriate context and highlighting any variances and trends to assist professionals in making decisions. It’s enabling people to make those decisions that provides the motivation to always be looking for improvements in the mining process through reconciling the estimates against the actual numbers. Oh and let’s be honest, I do find working with numbers much easier than words!
Q: What is the most satisfying aspect of your role?
A: I’ve always felt included in the teams that I have worked with from the mine through to consulting. Working with experienced professionals and operators on the mine provided me with invaluable training in how to deal with people across all levels. Now, it’s the trusted relationships I make with our customers and being involved in defining their decision making process.
Q: You’ve been in Mongolia for a week now – what have you seen and what impressions have you come away with?
A: Mongolia is high, cold and dry landlocked country between Russia and China. With nine months of the year in sub-zero temperature, I have been fortunate to coordinate trips in the short summer that is has. The culture of Mongolia has been heavily influenced by the Mongol nomadic way of life, quite the opposite to what I observed on site. The logistics and scale of the mine’s operation are huge. The mining camp was a little different to those we have in Australia, with Ger lodging available and you have never seen anything like 4000 people streaming into and out of a dining hall in a one and a half hour block! But it works, and very efficiently, I might add.
Q: What are your best memories from starting out on mine sites over 20 years ago?
A: Landing at Mt Keith a remote Western Australian airstrip, mid-February straight from Melbourne. It was striking; red, hot and dusty with the airport a basic tin shed. I thought to myself “What have I got myself into?” I’ve never looked back. I have worked with some amazing men and women over the years and not once have I felt like I didn’t belong or questioned that decision many years ago to take Geology as my fourth Science subject at Uni.
Q: What woman inspires you and why?
A: I have had many women and men over the years inspire me to push the boundaries. My favourite quote from Amelia Earhart is “The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” My most recent experience in Mongolia with the Superintendent Surface Mine Geology at the Mine is doing just that. Softly spoken with her own way of just getting things done, gaining respect and appreciation from those working with her.
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