This 1-day course has been specifically designed for non-miners working, investing, financing or associated with the mining industry – who need to understand the key fundamentals about the mine cycle. The course takes you from exploration through to mine closure.
You will learn about: the key geology concepts; drilling and sampling; resource estimation and classification; how a mining company takes a project through to a mining reserve; how to interpret company reports on their mineral resources and exploration results; the mining cycle for underground and open pit mines; the basics of capital and operating costs and how they are incorporated into project valuation; pre-feasibility and feasibility studies; mine planning to optimise production; mine closure; and of course the key terminology of the mining industry.
This course has an 8 PD HOURS AusIMM rating.
The course attendees will:
- Gain a greater understanding of the entire mine cycle
- Learn about the operational practices of the mining industry
- Understand and interpret the frequently used terminology
- Have a clear understanding of the key fundamentals and concepts of geology and mining
- Appreciate the importance of drilling and sampling
- Learn about resource estimation, classification and the writing of the reports according to the reporting codes
- How to understand and interpret company reports
- Learn about the different mining methods and understand the principles of mine design and planning
- Learn about the basics of capital and operational costs and how they are incorporated into project valuation
- Gain an understanding of pre-feasibility and feasibility studies
- Learn about mine closure and rehabilitation
Mark Drabble B.App.Sci. (Geology) University of Technology (Sydney), MAusIMM, MAIG
Mark is a geologist with more than 25 years’ experience in due diligence studies and Mineral Resource audits, underground and open pit production, resource development, resource estimation, consulting and geological management at operational and corporate levels. Mark has extensive experience in WA gold, nickel, manganese and chromite grade control, mining, resource development and due diligence audits, along with consulting work in Mali, Tanzania, Ghana, Mozambique, Southeast Asia and Saudi Arabia. Mark’s career has been focused on production geology and the mining of structurally complex mineral deposits. As Geology Manager for Sons of Gwalia and Consolidated Minerals Mark was responsible for operational performance from a number of operations and commodities, along with reconciliation, reporting, resource development, long term project planning and cost control. As a consultant Mark has carried out due diligence audits, mineral resource estimation and sign-off, reconciliation reviews, grade control studies and high level corporate presentations.