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We offer a more complete range of training courses delivered on site to suit our client’s particular needs, providing access to individual Education and Training courses, or a combine a number of them in order to create a Employee Improvement Programme which can be completed on the client’s operation, over a period of time.

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Course Details
Type of TrainingDuration 
Practical using industry standard software 5 DaysEnquiry

This course has been designed for geologists and mining engineers involved with or are interested in becoming involved with mineral resource estimation for prospect evaluation, grade control or long-term planning.  The course requires a knowledge of geology and/or mine planning but does not require prior knowledge of geostatistics.  Participants should have computer skills associated with geology modelling, grade control or mine planning software.

The course requires the use of Microsoft Excel and geostatistical modelling software to complete the practical portion. Participants can bring their own commercial software or use ours, which will be provided for practical exercises.

Course Content

  • Introduction to modelling and its purpose.
  • Role and responsibilities of the mineral resource modeller.
  • Exploratory Data Analysis – Data Quality, Geology and Descriptive Statistics
  • Modifying Data-Domaining, Top cutting and Compositing
  • Spatial Relationships and Variography
  • Estimation Methodologies (Nearest Neighbour, Inverse Distance and Linear Regression-Kriging)
  • Choosing Estimation Parameters-block sizes and search neighbourhoods
  • Estimation
  • Validation
  • Classification
  • Documentation
  • Workflows for various commercial software or GSLIB.
Course Details
Type of TrainingDuration 
4 DaysEnquiry

Access to sampling and assay data of the highest integrity is key to evaluating and exploiting mineral resources and reserves.  The resource and reserve define the asset and companies rely on the quality and accuracy of the data used in processes, such as, resource and reserve estimates, classification of ore and waste, reconciliation of production to plan and mineral beneficiation.  Poorly defined procedures and actions have tremendous consequences.

To assist mine personnel maintain the integrity of the data, a robust QAQC system is a “must have” in any sampling/assaying programme and minimising the errors and faults that may occur throughout the stages of the assay process that eventuate in an assay value is essential.

Developed for geologists, mining engineers and metallurgists involved in maintaining and analysing sampling and quality control systems in mineral projects/operating mines, this course provides participants with an overview of sampling techniques, analytical methods used in the field or laboratory and quality control systems.  The intent is to help the participants understand the systems they work with.

Course Content

Sampling and Analytical Methods

  • Precision, accuracy & bias
  • Sampling Errors
  • Sample collection
  • Sample description
  • Sub-sampling & splitting
  • Laboratory Analytical Methods and Limits of Detection
  • Bulk Density determination

Quality Control Systems

  • Quality Control Concepts
  • Use of Standard Reference Materials as control points
  • Duplicates, Replicates and Referee Samples
  • Statistics and Control Charts
  • Setting up an appropriate Quality Control programme.
  • Reconciliation of assay results with sample descriptions
  • Commercial software vs Excel spreadsheets
Course Details
Type of TrainingDuration 
Classroom with practical activities 5 DaysEnquiry

Developed for geologists, mining engineers and metallurgists involved in maintaining and analysing sampling and quality control systems in mineral projects/operating mines, this course provides participants with an overview of sampling techniques, analytical methods used in the field or laboratory and quality control systems.  The intent is to help the participants understand the systems they work with.

This is followed by focus on grade control, complimenting the knowledge gained in the previous two courses.  The delegates will be exposed to industry “best practice”  procedures and techniques regarding sampling, data collection and modelling to minimise ore loss and increase profit margins.

Course Content

Sampling and Analytical Methods

  • Precision, accuracy & bias
  • Sampling Errors
  • Sample collection
  • Sample description
  • Sub-sampling & splitting
  • Laboratory Analytical Methods and Limits of Detection
  • Bulk Density determination

Quality Control Systems

  • Quality Control Concepts
  • Use of Standard Reference Materials as control points
  • Duplicates, Replicates and Referee Samples
  • Statistics and Control Charts
  • Setting up an appropriate Quality Control programme.
  • Reconciliation of assay results with sample descriptions
  • Commercial software vs Excel spreadsheets

Grade Control Techniques & Modelling

  • The grade control process
  • Mapping and logging
  • Survey control
  • Grade control sampling and quality control systems
  • Trenching, core, RC samples and blasthole samples
  • Assaying and Bulk density
  • Grade control modelling
  • Costs and cut-off grades
  • Selectivity and Ore / waste definition
  • Dig plans
  • Mark outs
  • Blast movement
  • Stockpile management
  • Procedures and database management

Grade Control Techniques & Modelling

  • The grade control process
  • Mapping and logging
  • Survey control
  • Grade control sampling and quality control systems
  • Trenching, core, RC samples and blasthole samples
  • Assaying and Bulk density
  • Grade control modelling
  • Costs and cut-off grades
  • Selectivity and Ore / waste definition
  • Dig plans
  • Mark outs
  • Blast movement
  • Stockpile management
  • Procedures and database management

 

Course Details
Type of TrainingDuration 
Practical using industry standard software 5 DaysEnquiry

Geological Data Management

Training is focused on the capture of soil sampling and drilling data into a secure database, which includes standardised data validation and QAQC to be run on the data, ensuring a consistent level of data acceptance. Trainer will train the Qualified Person to review and lock-down the records ensuring that unauthorised changes cannot be made to the data, post approval by the Qualified Person.  The training guides the user through the process of inserting samples, dispatching samples, importing assay results and finally the analysis and presentation of data.  This data is then be used as input to data modelling packages.

Course Details
Type of TrainingDuration 
Practical using industry standard software 5 DaysEnquiry

Foundations of Resource Modelling

This is a course designed for users with little or no previous experience in  software.  It aims to provide the user with an understanding of the basic functions of the software including: project, file and data management, processing of drillhole data and viewing, formatting and displaying of data. It also demonstrates the capability of the string tools, creation of wireframes and finally an introduction to block modelling.

Course Details
Type of TrainingDuration 
Practical using industry standard software 5 DaysEnquiry

This course has been designed for geologists and mining engineers involved with or are interested in becoming involved with mineral resource estimation for prospect evaluation, grade control or long-term planning.  The course requires a knowledge of geology and/or mine planning but does not require prior knowledge of geostatistics.  Participants should have computer skills associated with geology modelling, grade control or mine planning software.

The course requires the use of Microsoft Excel and geostatistical modelling software to complete the practical portion. Participants can bring their own commercial software or use GSLIB which will be provided for practical exercises.

Course Content

  • Introduction to modelling and its purpose.
  • Role and responsibilities of the mineral resource modeller.
  • Exploratory Data Analysis – Data Quality, Geology and Descriptive Statistics
  • Modifying Data-Domaining, Top cutting and Compositing
  • Spatial Relationships and Variography
  • Estimation Methodologies (Nearest Neighbour, Inverse Distance and Linear Regression-Kriging)
  • Choosing Estimation Parameters-block sizes and search neighbourhoods
  • Estimation
  • Validation
  • Classification
  • Documentation
  • Workflows for various commercial software or GSLIB.
Course Details
Type of TrainingDuration 
Practical using industry standard software 5 DaysEnquiry

Resource Estimation for Stratified Deposits

Create Stratified resource models using raw borehole information.  Includes import and validation of data, correlating seams, fault modelling as well as classifying and reporting the resources by quality and seam.

Course Details
Type of TrainingDuration 
Classroom with practical activities5 DaysEnquiry

This course provides a short history of and context to the regulations (JORC, 43-101, SAMREC) along with the primary reference materials used in the reporting of Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves.  It includes exercises in reviewing reports and press releases, writing portions of a report, filling out Table1 (JORC or SAMREC) and guidelines on personal responsibility and professional ethics.

Course Content

  • History and Principles of Public Reporting of Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves.
  • Competent Person’s and Lead Competent Person’s Responsibilities.
  • Structure of the most commonly used reporting codes (JORC,43-101, SAMREC or other CRIRSCO aligned codes).
  • SEC, Form20F and Industry Guide 7.
  • Technical Reports, Press Releases, Websites and other forms of Public Reporting.
  • Reporting of Exploration Results.
  • Reporting of Mineral Resources without Mineral Reserves.
  • Reporting of Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves.
  • Updates of technical reports/press releases and follow-on (additional Studies) reports.
  • Formatting of Figures.
  • Table1 (JORC/SAMREC)
  • Writing Styles and Terminology,
  • Competent Person’s Statements and Certificate
Course Details
Type of TrainingDuration 
Classroom with practical activities5 DaysEnquiry

This course presents participants with an insight into for better grade control techniques and the application of reconciliation as a quality control and oreflow management tool.  The course introduces the mining value chain, measurement points along the chain, reconciliation between points in the value chain and between periods in the Life-of-Mine.   Exercises provide examples of calculations in the reconciliation process.

The course includes one day at the start of the course for the trainer to visit the mining operation in order to understand the approach used by the grade control and reconciliation team.

Course Content

Grade Control Techniques & Modelling

  • The grade control process
  • Mapping and logging
  • Survey control
  • Grade control sampling and quality control systems
  • Trenching, core, RC samples and blasthole samples
  • Assaying and Bulk density
  • Grade control modelling
  • Costs and cut-off grades
  • Selectivity and Ore / waste definition
  • Dig plans
  • Mark outs
  • Blast movement
  • Stockpile management
  • Procedures and database management

Mine Reconciliation

  • Mining value chain
  • Reconciliation as a quality control tool.
  • Ore flows, risk assessment, sampling
  • Measurement points in the value chain, standard reconciliation nomenclature
  • Point to Point Reconciliation, geology, mine, plant, transport – data and calculations
  • Period on Period Reconciliation – data and calculations
  • Reconciliation systems and software tools for data management and analysis.
Course Details
Type of TrainingDuration 
Practical using industry standard software3-5 DaysEnquiry

3D Geotechnical Mapping

To identify geotechnical structures and create Stereonets and Rose diagrams for data analysis

Course Details
Type of TrainingDuration 
Practical using industry standard software5 DaysEnquiry

Foundations of Geology and Mine Design Software 

This is a course designed for users with little or no previous experience in  software.  It aims to provide the user with an understanding of the basic functions of the software including: project, file and data management, processing of drillhole data and viewing, formatting and displaying of data. It also demonstrates the capability of the string tools, creation of wireframes and finally an introduction to block modelling.

Course Details
Type of TrainingDuration 
Practical using industry standard software 5 DaysEnquiry

Strategic Open Pit Mine Planning

This course focused on the use of Industry Standard Software as a strategic mine planning tool, giving delegates the skills needed to optimise resource models for open pit mining projects.  The main objective of this training course is to demonstrate how to apply economic attributes to the resource model to generate optimised pit shells and maximizing the Net Present Value (NPV) of the project

Course Details
Type of TrainingDuration 
Classroom with practical activities ? DaysEnquiry

In re-development

Course Details
Type of TrainingDuration 
Practical using industry standard software 5 DaysEnquiry

Open Pit Mine Design

How to use an optimal pit shell generated in open pit optimization software to create a pit design using various methods. Training will then focus on how to apply the software to design and evaluate mining units within the pit design, in a logical and detailed way.

Course Details
Type of TrainingDuration 
Practical using industry standard software 5 DaysEnquiry

Open Pit Mine Design for Stratified Deposits

Includes Open pit mining methods, mining designs, equipment and terminology

Course Details
Type of TrainingDuration 
Practical using industry standard software 5 DaysEnquiry

Open Pit Mine Scheduling

The main objective of this training course is to create a short term schedule by designing a series of mining blocks and applying logistical constraints to it such as haulage routes, equipment availability and efficiency as well as dump and plant positions, therefore creating a short term schedule aligned to the medium term plan

Course Details
Type of TrainingDuration 
Practical using industry standard software 3-5 DaysEnquiry

Open Pit Drill and Blast Design

Includes strip mine cast blasting, blasting methodology, burden and spacing optimisation, etc.

Course Details
Type of TrainingDuration 
Practical using industry standard software 5 DaysEnquiry

Strategic Underground Mine Planning

How to rapidly evaluate the potential reserves within a deposit by computing realistic mining shapes (stope shapes), taking into account the orebody geometry, mining dilution parameters and other operational constraints.  Optimised economic mineable stope shapes for a range of criteria are analysed to derive a strategic decision to be used as the basis for detailed mine design.

Course Details
Type of TrainingDuration 
Practical using industry standard software 5 DaysEnquiry

Underground Mine Design

To create an underground mine design using the software’s toolbox of processes for mine design, sequence and scheduling. Focus will be placed on how to create quick scenario analysis which is applied from long to medium term planning. Trainees are taught to connect the design with the scheduling and apply practical mining constraints (e.g. resource availability; equipment capabilities) to set production targets

Course Details
Type of TrainingDuration 
Practical using industry standard software 3 DaysEnquiry

Underground Ring and Explosive Design

This course has been designed to teach delegates the tools and methodology needed to design, edit and display underground blasthole layouts, taking into account the physical limitations of the drill rig, the drilling excavation and the designed production ore stope to be mined. It will also show the delegate how to generate reports for both drilling and charging information.

Course Details
Type of TrainingDuration 
Classroom with practical activities? DaysEnquiry

In re-development

 

Course Details
Type of TrainingDuration 
Classroom with media2 DaysEnquiry

In re-development

Course Details
Type of TrainingDuration 
Classroom with practical activities 2 DaysEnquiry

Carbon Footprint Analysis

Industries and companies continuously examine their efficiencies in terms of the availability and utilisation of physical resources.  This 2-day course teaches the steps to conduct a carbon footprint assessment in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and the ISO 14064.

A mining-related example will be compiled by applying the Carbon Accounting Methodology, and the exercise will be continued with an overview to different types of Carbon Markets (mandatory and voluntary) available and Trading Mechanisms (command-and-control and market approaches).  Carbon Management and Reporting methods will be discussed with the perspective of social costs.

The latest information on the local (South African, Australasian, European, American, etc.) contribution to carbon emissions and national policies and frameworks for carbon taxation, based on carbon emission targets will be presented.  There is no software involved, but the participant is required to have a working understanding of MS Excel.

 

 

Course Details
Type of TrainingDuration 
Classroom with practical activities 2 DaysEnquiry

Environmental Economics

The aim of the 2-day Environmental Economics introductory course is to explore the quantitative economic principles and management of environmental resources and associated policies, in the context of mineral economic activities.

The fundamental link and quantitative balance of these resource extremes, namely mineral and environmental, is presented based on the circular flow model, and through case studies of market failures and full/social costs of transactions (private costs and external/environmental costs).

The theory and practise of the benefit-cost analysis is presented based on a typical mining project, from demand and willingness-to-pay perspectives, damage and abatement costing, and economic efficiency for mining activity problems.

 

Course Details
Type of TrainingDuration 
Classroom with practical activities 3 DaysEnquiry

Energy Management

This three-day introductory course discusses the significance of the Energy Crisis and its relevance to mining and processing activities.

Energy efficiency/optimisation can contribute a significant percentage to solving energy shortages. A traditional energy audit and energy management recommendations, as an undeveloped approach, targets only 10% of the consumption.  A comprehensive active energy management system gives visibility and context for targeting known and revealed challenges, and for continuous improvement.

The Energy Management course provides delegates with the essentials regarding:

  • Conducting an energy audit
  • Compiling audit reports based on energy codes, standards and protocols
  • Energy purchasing, accounting and benchmarking
  • The importance of electricity rate structures based on an economic analysis
  • Life cycle costing of energy supply, demand and consumption.

The basics and lessons learnt in energy recommendations for utilities (power, water, gas), lighting basics and illumination system improvements, electric motors, operational and production scheduling, maintenance programs and project commissioning will be discussed through qualitative and quantitative examples.  There is no software involved, but the participant is required to have a working understanding of MS Excel.