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Optimised Mine Operations

This half day workshop will exploit all aspects of the process to result in creating the optimal project value.

Date: Monday 29 October 2018

Time: 2:00pm - 5:30pm

Location: Melbourne Convention Centre

Economic impact can be achieved via coordinated approaches, including optimised mine operations.

Optimised mine operations exploits all aspects of the process to result in creating optimal project value. Collaborating with mining companies requires a comprehensive understanding of value from the miner’s perspective. This session aims to reveal drivers for value from miners' perspective, and give you a better undertaking of how value is created given complex and unique operating constraints.

Learn about:

  • the operational challenges facing miners today
  • leading practice in optimising mine operations
  • the approaches taken by other METS to negotiate some of the risk and uncertainty associated with operations
  • the solutions being developed by industry research partnerships.

This session will include presentations from industry leaders on optimising mine planning; case studies from the field, and lessons learnt.


David Moult Yancoal

David, CEng (Mining), MBA, FAusIMM, FIMMM, MAICD is an Independent Non-executive Director of Yancoal Australia Limited, director of Coal Services Pty Limited, Coal Mines Insurance Pty Ltd and Mines Rescue Pty Ltd and has more than 40 years of experience in the global mining industry.

David was the managing director and chief executive officer of Centennial Coal Company Limited from July 2011 to April 2017, then as a non-executive director of Centennial Coal from May 2017 until January 2018. He previously held the position of chief operating officer with Centennial Coal from January 1998 until June 2011. He was a global marketing manager, vice president and general manager of Joy Mining Machinery in the United States from January 1996 to July 1997 and Australia from July 1997 to December 1997.

He was previously Chairman of the Australian Coal Association Low Emissions Technologies Limited Board (ACALET), a director of The Minerals Council of Australia and a director (and past chairman) of the NSW Minerals Council.

Katie Hulmes General Manager Transformation and Readiness, Oz Minerals

With over 15 years’ experience in the civil construction and mining industries, Katie is a passionate advocate for promoting investment and support of regional communities. Throughout her career, Katie has held a range of roles across civil works, hydrogeology, engineering and environmental science. In her role as General Manager Transformation and Readiness, Katie leads future activity to manage technical and non-technical business transformation to challenge ways of working for OZ Minerals. Katie has an intimate understanding of the importance of environmental investment, social performance and the significance these activities play in any exploration, mining or engineering development of the future.

Brian Hall Principal Mining Engineer, AMC Consultants

Brian is a mining engineer with degrees in mining engineering and commerce from the University of Queensland. He worked for the Consolidated Gold Fields group from 1973 to 1982, at Mt Lyell in Tasmania and at the West Driefontein gold mine and the Black Mountain base metals operation in South Africa. From 1982 to 1994, he held various planning and operating management positions at Mount Isa Mines Ltd in North west Queensland.

Brian joined what is now AMC Consultants in Melbourne in 1994. He has worked in mine planning, design and scheduling, computer simulations of operations, technical audits, strategic reviews, feasibility studies, cut-off grade studies, and strategy optimizations in Australasia, Asia, Europe, and North America. During the last 15 years, Brian has specialized in the optimization of cut-off grades and strategic mine plans. He presents workshops on project evaluation, the theory and practical application of cut-off grades, and mine and business strategy optimization. He has authored the authoritative textbook, Cut-off Grades and Optimising the Strategic Mine Plan, published by the AusIMM in 2014.

Brian also lectures at Curtin University in Perth, where he presents a unit in the Master of Mineral and Energy Economics programme three times a year.

Brian officially retired from full time work earlier this year, but is still available for part-time provision of training, advice, and general grey-haired arm-waving.

Amy Lamb Principal Metallurgist Group Technical Services, MMG Limited

With over 22 years of experience within the mineral resource industry, Amy’s expertise spans technical and production management across multiple commodities and disciplines. A large part of Amy’s industry experience includes incremental and step change improvement implementations at large copper concentrators, including Kennecott Utah Copper, Oyu Tolgoi and Las Bambas. Her current role is Lead Metallurgist at MMG.

Gerald Whittle Whittle Consulting

Since 1999, Gerald has been the CEO of Whittle Consulting. In this role, Gerald undertakes optimisation studies and model design, business analysis, management reporting and client presentations. He conducts Strategic Assessments and Enterprise Optimisation studies for a range of major, midcap and junior mining companies. These studies have spanned almost all commodities, including pits and/or underground mining, complex minerals processing streams and marketing channels. As a recognised thought leader on mining optimisation, Gerald travels the world delivering Whittle Consulting Money Mining & Sustainability seminars. These seminars challenge conventional thinking and bridge organisational silos, revealing substantial opportunities for value enhancement for current or planned mining and minerals processing operations. A skilled communicator, Gerald brings together important lessons learnt in other industries including; Activity Based Costing, Theory of Constraints and sustainability considerations. His knowledge sheds new light on the unique challenges of business planning and optimisation for the minerals industry. Gerald is also a qualified accountant with over 35 years of international business experience in business planning, analysis and change management.

James Batchelor Superintendent Orebody Modelling, Roy Hill

James is a Camborne School of Mines Mining Geology Masters graduate and moved to Western Australia in 2006 to pursue a career as a Resource Geologist. Over the past 12 years he has had the opportunity to work on a wide range of geology and mining technology projects including Rio Tinto’s Mine of the Future and more recently the Roy Hill Iron Ore SMART Mine and Orebody Knowledge programs.

James joined the Roy Hill project in 2010, originally with Hancock Prospecting and with Roy Hill Iron Ore since 2012, and helped take the Greenfields project through to an operating Iron Ore mine. Most recently he has focussed on developing AI, immersive visualisation and analytical capabilities with Maptek Pty Ltd, a project that has allowed him to indulge his passions for both geology and technology. As well as his work with Maptek James also collaborates on multiple geological and mining technology projects both internal and external including Measurement Whilst Drilling, Geometallurgy, Advanced Downhole Geophysics and Data Science Training in conjunction with Core Skills. James is also competent person for the Roy Hill mineral resource and oversees the geological modelling and resource estimation team.

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