February 2016
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February 2016
Social risk as an agent of change
Social risk in the mining sector is a legitimate business risk that must be managed strategically Mining has always been a risky business. From the gamble of finding a mineable deposit to the challenges of building and operating projects in inhospitable regions, there is risk every step of the way. In the late 20th century, mining companies became adept at managing the triumvirate of traditional risk (legal, financial and operating), building expertise to mitigate threats to project Read More
February 2016
Safe and certain
A safety improvement project, but also, more importantly, a common understanding to drive for certainty in our safety performance in our general business activity we routinely pull together work programs to manage costs and achieve production requirements. We schedule output, monitor daily and weekly performance against forecasted activity, identify issues and develop actions to correct underperformance. We are conditioned to set and achieve targets. At Solid Energy we have applied the Read More
February 2016
The Proactive Maintenance Data Management process
A modern approach to the maintenance paradigm Introduction Maintenance of mine sites’ largest capital assets is a non-negotiable requisite when it comes to optimising operations. Processing plant, rail and port operators are generally charged with this responsibility and are driven to realise maximum utilisation whilst ensuring costs are kept to a minimum. This is best achieved when an asset management strategy (AMS) is designed to be proactive, as opposed to reactive. One of the Read More
February 2016
Director and senior management accountability for workplace health and safety
Risk-based safety management systems supported by compliant behaviours provide the framework for operating healthy and safe workplaces Directors of boards and senior management are the primary drivers of success and are increasingly being held accountable for workplace health and safety (WHS) performance in legal jurisdictions and within corporations. A number of examples of the positive impact that corporate management can have on WHS culture and performance can be found in the Australian Read More
February 2016
Blasting approaches to decrease greenhouse gas emissions in mining
New approaches will need to be considered if mining companies are to achieve reductions in energy consumption and emissions The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference concluded in Paris in December 2015, bringing the issue of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to even greater public attention. The purpose of this article is to demonstrate how the mining industry can take a proactive role in reducing the intensity of its GHG emissions. It is drawn and partly reproduced from a paper Read More
February 2016
Resource recovery in space
Opportunities and challenges surrounding extraterrestrial mineral extraction and processing Asteroids contain an abundance of valuable resources. With the consumption of mineral resources on the rise, Earth’s mineral reserves are gradually becoming exhausted. Meteoroids have the potential to become a significant minerals resource (O’Leary, 1983; Anders and Grevesse, 1989). Within asteroids, valuable minerals are surrounded by gangue and it is the primary function of mineral processing to Read More