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December 2017
Emerging risk: mine closure and rehabilitation
An outline of the risks and opportunities for companies, investors and regulators in relation to rehabilitation and provisioning Recently, there has been significant increase in concern by investors and regulators over the levels and adequacy of bonds held for mine rehabilitation. But are these concerns just alarmist and associated with recent bad publicity and market volatility? If poorly managed, mine closure and rehabilitation represent a significant and material risk to companies, Read More
December 2017
Demystifying personal brand for resources professionals
The importance of building and maintaining your own personal brand Perhaps the best way to start explaining what personal brand is, and why it is important, is by sharing a personal anecdote. I once stepped into an elevator with a famous musician. I was startled and managed a smile and a nod to him as we stepped inside. My wife, oblivious to this person’s fame, said ‘Hi!’ and followed up with some elevator small talk. As the musician disembarked at his floor and the doors shut, I Read More
December 2017
The new AusIMM Chartered Professional Program launching January 2018
AusIMM Chartered Professionals: Competent, current and qualified resource industry leaders We are excited to announce the relaunch of the AusIMM Chartered Professional Program. The revised program will ensure a streamlined member experience and continued recognition of our Chartered members as leading professionals in the global resources sector. Chartered Professionals demonstrate an ongoing commitment to professionalism that is valued by employers, staff, clients, regulators and the Read More
December 2017
Innovation in mining and mineral recovery
This article is based on the AusIMM Hunter Region Branch Jameson Distinguished Lecture that was delivered by Robin Batterham in August 2017 There can be no doubt that Graeme Jameson is one of Australia’s great innovators. The impact of his work is measured in billions of export dollars as well as contributing to more sustainable mining. How do some pull off such great achievements and others not? It is worth exploring this in some detail. First up, we should note that innovation is Read More
December 2017
Climate impacts for mining: risk, materiality and actions
With appropriate life cycle planning, many of the challenges for mining operations presented by climate variability can be better understood and mitigated For those in the mining industry who are not directly involved in planning and response to our highly variable climate, it only takes a quick read of quarterly, half-yearly, or annual reports from the country’s mining companies to realise the materiality of climate variability. One may read of missed financial targets due to Read More
December 2017
Recommended practices for battery electric vehicles
Why GMSG and CMIC’s latest guideline is a key tool for the resources industry As mine operators are forced to move deeper underground to collect precious ores and minerals, and regulations around diesel particulates and carbon monoxide emissions tighten, the operating costs on properly cooling and ventilating mines safely for personnel will only increase. Innovation in batteries and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) have advanced to the point where commercial trucks, cars, trains and Read More