This article was written by Snowden’s Global manager, Tarrant Elkington. It is easy to forget, or take-for-granted, the foundation elements for your area of expertise. The blog looks at patient zero for mine optimisation. I was in a meeting many years ago working through some optimisation mathematics on the whiteboard with some colleagues. It looked something like this – please don’t worry about the detail. Midway through this review, my boss at the time saw one of our clients appear at a window and he jumped up, bringing him into the room. He pointed enthusiastically at the equations and said: “Look at this thing on the board… this is going to be a … Read More
Everyone is involved in optimisation in one way or another, but it is often ad-hoc. Could adding some structure and focus help you to achieve better outcomes? Click here to read more
If you are planning to invest in a mining company you might be interested in Snowden’s Principal Consultant, Jeremy Peters, insights as to contractor vs owner operator, read his article ‘Contractor vs owner operator – the price of everything and the value of nothing?’ here.
Part 4 of our Project Management series presents a simple method for planning your projects. Although first published in 2011, this article provides a number of helpful tips that can still be applied to projects today.
Part 3 of our Project Management series, first published by Snowden in 2011, looks at the importance of timing in project planning and knowing what should be done when.
Part 2 of our Project Management series, first published by Snowden in 2010, focuses on the importance of planning in a successful project. We have decided to republish this series to show that whilst technology has advanced, basic principles and processes are just as important when ensuring project success.
In 2010/11, Snowden ran a series of articles in our newsletter on Project Management. The focus of the series was to illustrate the practical use of project management processes, tools, and skills to achieve project success. We have decided to share this series with you as a reminder that whilst the tools and technologies may advance, the basic principles of project management will always remain the same.
What differentiates a good technical expert, and a great technical expert? To us at Snowden, the answer is Economic Intelligence.
Planning to mine a deposit from both open pit and underground (sometimes at the same time) is complex. Part two of our article on Optimising Open Pit to Underground Cut-over discusses the three typical approaches to determining the cut-over point.
The value added by a good pit design is often latent in terms of quantification, because you will never know the savings in cost that were achieved. We believe that pit design should be done by an expert and this article explains why.