Outside of the obvious environmental benefits of powering mines either partly or exclusively with renewables, Antofagasta, CEO, Iván Arriagada outlines some of the lesser known benefits and whether there are potential economic upsides for mining operators.
In this interview, Gavin Yeates breaks down digital transformation, and what this translates to in the mining sector, as well as highlighting the need to move to a more automated streamlined operation if mines are to remain competitive.
CEO of Fortescue Metals Group Elizabeth Gaines discusses the importance for Australia to be international competitive on tax rates, especially when considering China’s Belt and Road initiative and the unprecedented investment opportunity this represents.
Drones are becoming an integral tool in the data collection cycle to manage a mines efficiency, safety and streamlining operations, but is the outlay of drone ownership or contract services balanced by the results? In this whitepaper, Airobotics provides insight into how mine operators can utilise automated drones to their advantage.
Ahead of his appearance at IMARC, Goldcorp President and CEO, David Garofalo discusses how Goldcorp is increasing gold production, reducing costs and growing gold reserves whilst also being recognised as a leader in corporate social responsibility and sustainability.
With most existing ERP Software not meeting the asset and project management needs of mine operators, this whitepaper by IFS delves into the critical need for integration of software across the business, and outlines the key steps that executives should take when reviewing ERP Software options.
How does the mining industry avoid the predictability, productivity & performance issues of the recent past? A CEO’s checklist in a commodity upswing
With the industry ready to build again and a predicted investment increase of 9%pa until 2022 in mining, McKinsey & Company have identified nine core actions – spanning mindsets, management approaches and technical systems – that can help companies avoid past mistakes as they build anew.
In this interview Monash University’s Dean of Engineering, Elizabeth Croft details the new technologies such as automation and robotics that will shift the way mines operate. Questioning who will operate the mines of the future, where there is a greater need for cross-functional skill sets and an entrepreneurial mindset.
Creating a workplace where women and men have equal power, status and opportunities within the mining industry
Gender equality has been gaining momentum publicly, but what are global companies doing to trigger fundamental and long-lasting change? In this interview, Newmont CEO Gary Goldberg gave IMARC an insight into the organisations’ specific measures that they have taken, as well as touching on other social, environmental activity.
This report from The Economist Intelligence Unit, commissioned by Telstra, investigates digital transformation across 11 industries in 45 centres of commerce around the world, including mining, manufacturing, financial services, education, logistics and transport, retail, oil and gas, media and broadcasting, agribusiness, professional services and utilities.
How can investors find a healthy balance between investing in precious metals, fiat currency and cryptocurrencies?
With gold rising by 8% over the last year, and bitcoin offering a speculative return potential as well as the risk of crashing to zero; Jordan Eliseo, Chief Economist of the ABC Bullion analyses the investment strength and potential of precious metals, fiat currency and cryptocurrencies and how investors can achieve a healthy balance if investing in all three.
CEO of the International Council of Mining and Metals, Tom Butler highlights the critical need for the mining industry to show that the mine of the future is distinctly different from the mine of the past – not only to garner community acceptance, but more importantly to attract and retain the next generation of mining graduates.
PhotonAssay: Is this a more efficient, environmentally sound and commercially viable alternative for analysing Gold?
Gold assay levels have traditionally been analysed via a labour-intensive and hazardous process, however Chrysos Corporation have been developing an alternative approach which presents rapid and accurate gold analyses in a non-destructive manner, with the potential for commercial operations to move away from conventional methods like fire assay.
In this interview Professor Elizabeth Croft, Dean of Engineering at Monash University highlights the critical need for a shift in the strategies undertaken to encourage math and science involvement from a young age, as well as re-framing the conversation in a more socially and environmentally responsible light.
BHP Billiton Chief Commercial Officer, Arnoud Balhuizen, speaks to IMARC about predicted commodity growth as a result of the electric vehicle revolution and the risks that trade policy pose to the business.
Building on their 2015 report that predicted a technology-enabled transformation of the mining industry, McKinsey & Company provide an updated perspective on how digital technology, for example advanced analytics, robotics and semi-autonomous equipment, is leading to meaningful operational improvements and productivity increases.
Innovative industries and the digital environment: How confident are industries in their digital transformation?
Digital transformation can enable companies to improve operational efficiency and optimise costs; as well as disrupt existing industries. This report by The Economist Intelligence Unit, commissioned by Telstra, analyses the confidence levels in the local digital transformation environment across 11 different industries; and uncovers the significant challenges they currently face.
This report investigates mining industry confidence in the digital environment. It is part of the Connecting Commerce study by The Economist Intelligence Unit, commissioned by Telstra, which explores digital transformation across 11 industries in 45 centres of commerce around the world.
This report investigates oil and gas industry confidence in the digital environment. It is part of the Connecting Commerce study by The Economist Intelligence Unit, commissioned by Telstra, which explores digital transformation across 11 industries in 45 centres of commerce around the world.
This infographic summarises key findings for the mining industry, in the Connecting Commerce study by The Economist Intelligence Unit which analyses the confidence levels in the local digital transformation environment across 11 different industries.
Ahead of his presentation on the global energy revolution at IMARC, we spoke to Copperbank Executive Chairman Gianni Kovacevic about which battery metals are winning in the electro-mobility shift, the impact of Chinese demand and his predictions on the next exciting projects.
The digital age has changed the game. McKinsey & Co outline in this report that while outsourcing is nothing new to energy and materials companies and in some cases even critical to capture the potential of new technology, they must do so without giving away the keys to the business.
Mining in Zimbabwe – should mining and investment companies be cautiously optimistic in this post-Mugabe era?
With a freshly signed 4.2bn deal to develop a platinum mine and refinery, and President Emmerson Mnangagwa declaring the country “open for business”; the prospect of an invigorated mining sector after years of underdevelopment, alleged corruption and economic decline has some asking – is a mining surge on the horizon for Zimbabwe?
The mining industry is falling well below the global average of Overall Equipment Effectiveness, and mines are finding it harder to maintain last decade’s productivity level. Is there a way to utilise the Industrial Internet of Things, big data analytics and human-machine interaction to optimise resource extraction and production? This article by Endress+Hauser highlights some key observations and challenges when utilising Industry 4.0.
With the latest ABS data showing the increased pace of Australia’s economic growth was mainly driven by exports of mining commodities, what does Australia need to do to to meet this sector growth? In this whitepaper submission, AusIMM outlines key recommendations that the Australian Government should uptake as part of the Resources 2030 Taskforce, including building workforce supply, developing national pride and enhancing professional codes.
Gold grade is a profitability driver for a mine; lower ore grades have a significant impact on production costs. This report by MiningIntelligence analyses the highest-grade operating gold mines in the world. For a more accurate comparison, the gold mines have been separated into underground and open-pit operations, as these mining methods utilize different techniques and equipment. Where possible, by-product cash cost indicators have been omitted.
This case study looks at how the Boréalis Application successfully implemented its community engagement strategy in Vietnam, tracking the resettlement of several villages, building strong relationships with the communities and maintaining social license to operate.
This report by MiningIntelligence analyses which mining companies were the leaders of capital raising in 2017. Listing out the top 5 producers, builders, developers and explorers as well as the total values of capital that was raised within that period.
In this report OceanaGold details their commitment to exceeding sustainability and operational targets, as well as their growth strategies moving forward. The report provides details on OceanaGold’s investments into social programs, in-kind support and community infrastructure, as well as their environmental and health and safety performance.
The challenges of transitioning the Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) function to a business partner model
The growing trend towards re-organising HSE functions that are failing to effectively engage with internal customers can have substantial cost savings as well as huge potential gains in efficiency and effectiveness. This whitepaper by ERM describes the challenges that the HSE function faces in the transition from high-cost service providers, to engaged and aligned business partners.
This case study looks at how the Boréalis Stakeholder Engagement software successfully improved Agnico Eagle Mines’ ability to evaluate social performance, build stronger relationships with the communities and optimised their stakeholder engagement activities.
The electric vehicle (EV) revolution and the growing need for energy storage has seen a dramatic increase in price for the two key battery commodities – lithium and cobalt. These recent price spikes have raised concerns regarding the long-term supply availability of these commodities. In this report, McKinsey & Company explore a number of assumptions that have a high likelihood of occurring as well as the implications associated with each.
This eBook takes a holistic view of the mining operation and how we can take a small footprint approach. It includes expert insights on the vision for sustainable and successful mining operations using social and environmental data to improve decision making and highlights key technologies impacting the tailings and water management space, two areas in need of innovation for a sustainable future.
Mapping the massive network of tunnels that give miners underground access to mineral ores is an expensive and time-consuming process, but new optimisation software, inspired by the complexity of the microchip, could save the industry millions. This whitepaper explores how network optimisation work was applied to the design and planning of complicated, underground tunnel networks.
Over the past year, McKinsey & Company have identified several indicators of different aspects of the global mining sector’s performance, now confirming that it is turning around after the dark days of 2014, 2015, and early 2016.
Mines of the future, along with expansions of our current mines, need to be smarter in design planning for the mine’s entire life cycle, right from inception. Plant and mine must be designed cohesively with their connectivity driving production optimisation and efficiency of operations, whilst achieving the minimal possible impact on the local environment. This eBook includes insights on what’s coming next in the world of mine and plant design.
After spending a few weeks in Chile and getting a feel for the mining landscape and visiting several mining operations, Austmine highlights that the innovation and collaboration focus which has been prominent in Australia is also alive and well in Chile.
This infographic summarises key findings of the Connecting Commerce study by The Economist Intelligence Unit, which analyses the confidence levels in the local digital transformation environment across 11 different industries.
Why is the oil and gas sector falling below the global average for confidence in digital transformation?
This infographic summarises key findings for the oil and gas industry, in the Connecting Commerce study by The Economist Intelligence Unit which analyses the confidence levels in the local digital transformation environment across 11 different industries. This infographic highlights why the overall industry confidence is below the global average, despite the oil and gas industry ranking highly in many digital transformation subcategories.
2017 Whitepaper Library
It may have become something of a cliché in the industry that the best quality mining assets are located in higher-risk jurisdictions, and vice versa. But is there any truth to this view? This report aims to shed the light on this issue, and gold – the favoured investment commodity around the globe – has been selected as the target metal.
People have been reluctant to invest in innovation early stage ventures due to large downside risk and little investor protection. To combat this issue the Federal government with bi-partisan support recently introduced new investment incentives for investors in early-stage innovation companies from 1 July 2016, with the aim of aligning our tax systems with a culture of entrepreneurship and risk-taking in the Australian economy.
Mining Intelligence highlight mine automation over the past five years by Rio Tinto and BHP and report the potential risks of automation and its long-term affects on the mining industry.
Mining Intelligence can help your appraisers answer this question, and many others, during your next merger or acquisition deal. Offering third party due diligence consulting services to provide quick property evaluations for early exploration to pre‐feasibility stage projects.
Snowden outline how using different analysis tools including cost driver analysis, revenue loss analysis, throughput analysis and variability analysis can enable you to find more mining project value in less time.
Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) have been traded on the ASX since 2002, with their assets under management in Australia growing 28% over the last 12 months. ETFs offer a low cost method for investors to receive the same benefits of an equity index. As with all investments, there are advantages, disadvantages and risks with using ETFs. This article addresses some of the risks.
ASIC aims to support confidence in our capital markets by proactively regulating IPOs, To ensure that ASIC is regulating IPOs in an evidence-based manner ASIC looked at the experience of institutional and retail investors in making decisions about IPO investment.
There is more to finding the right managed fund than last year’s return. With hundreds of funds available it is important to have a planned approach to assess your options, Perpetual Investments have outlined five steps to choosing a managed fund
Selecting stocks in the small cap space (exASX200) should not always focus on value, as value can be confused, overused, misleading and irrelevant with respect to share market opportunities. Dean Fergie outlines his processes for selecting stocks that will deliver a significant positive overall return over time.
White & Case recently conducted a mining and metals survey where they uncovered if now is the time for private equity to invest in the mining sector, if mining equities are expected to outperform as well as the shifts in how the financing needs of mining and metals players are being met.
With miners staging a recovery on equity markets and China concerns easing, growth is back on the agenda. But the recovery is not without its challenges and uncertainties, this article looks at Trump’s presidency and infrastructure promises and if it will have a material impact on global demand for commodities in 2017, as well as what is required for the mining industry to pivot from balance sheet repair to investing in growth before looking at what will be the next hottest commodity in 2017.
Miners find themselves in the spotlight once again as the perceived sins of the past return to haunt management teams soon to be swimming in cash— so what should management teams be doing if they want to avoid a high-profile tussle with an activist investor?
Mining Intelligence have developed a comparative analysis of the participating mining companies at IMARC. The analysis shows asset coverage by region, development status and commodity exposure enabling investors to review as investment opportunities prior to arriving at IMARC.
Pinpoint Communications has carried out some research into the use of GPS tracking for vehicle fleet management in Australia. This research complements an industry study by ACA Research about the adoption of telematics technology in the domestic market.
Further advancements have led to the advent of vehicle telematics, a complete fleet management solution incorporating a wide array of electronic and computer technology inside vehicles. Pinpoint Communications report on the four trends in fleet management technology that seem more than likely for 2017.
Costs are an inherent aspect of evaluating, advancing and generating profits from any mining property. They often make or break projects and are typically the final stop before “go/no go” development decisions are made. InfoMine’s Brad Terhune outlines strategies for acquiring make-or-break cost data.
Mining has become the most dynamic and diverse sector for renewable energies in the world. Just in the last month, renewables presented three new world record cases funded by the mining industry. This report looks at how the market can be summarised in 4 major blocks presented the Business & Power Flow Quadrant (BPFQ) managed by the two main variables, power flowing off the mine and power flowing into the mine.
A study comparing comminution circuits featuring High Pressure Grinding Mills (HPGR) and stirred mill technology to conventional SAG Mill-Pebble Mill-Ball Crushing (SABC) circuits for the Huckleberry Mine showed significant efficiency gains for the HPGR circuits.