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Consulting Engineers News

Geology dept emphasises continued use of services in tough market

By: Dylan Slater     27th November 2015 The consistent and continual grading of orebodies can help guarantee a mine’s sustainability in a sector that is facing low commodity prices, says State-owned council for mineral technology Mintek mineralogy manager Nosiphiwo Nyamane.  

Laboratory solutions provider expands despite commodity price slump

By: Dylan Slater     27th November 2015 Laboratory solutions provider Tramecon is extending its service offering and warehouse capacity, in line with increased demand from the mining industry and despite the current industry slump brought on by the downturn in commodity prices.  

Laboratory solutions provider expands despite commodity price slump
NEW BLENDER Tramecon acquired a new 1 t blender enabling it to process larger amounts of reference material batches

Plan under way to prevent equipment failure, ensure reliable analytics

By: Dylan Slater     27th November 2015 State-owned council for mineral technology Mintek is implementing a five-year “grand plan” to replace existing equipment in its Analytical Services Division, in Randburg, thereby mitigating the risks of breakdowns and unavailability.  

Plan under way to prevent equipment failure, ensure reliable analytics
ANALYTICAL INSTRUMENT Mintek’s Analytical Services Division’s new inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry instrument, similar to this one, will be commissioned at the end of January

Blast design system aids risk management

20th November 2015 Using mining software, hardware and services provider Maptek’s blast design and management system, BlastLogic, mines can pre-empt blast-related risk and productivity issues through the instantaneous sharing and visualisation of operational data. “BlastLogic accelerates the process of creating and... 

Blast design system aids risk management
INTELLIGENT SOLUTION With BlastLogic, superior blast performance is achieved through fusing distinct data sets associated with mine planning, drill guidance, field surveys, load design parameters and post-blast evaluation to create a more intelligent blast design

Benefits of electronic detonation being realised

20th November 2015 Electronic detonators are fast becoming an integral part of effective mining processes across the world, says electronic initiation system designer DetNet marketing director Johann Smit. “[The benefits of] electronic blast [initiation] are being recognised worldwide,” he says, adding that using... 

Benefits of electronic detonation being realised
EASY TO USE The DigiShot Plus is an easy-to-use electronic initiating system primarily for use in surface blasting applications

Innovation needed to reduce blasting costs

20th November 2015 Blasting and mining companies should collaborate to find ways of performing blasts efficiently, says commercial explosives supplier AEL Indonesia technical manager Carlos Paz, noting that blasting projects should also be approached more innovatively to drive cost reductions. He adds that... 

Innovation needed to reduce blasting costs
BLASTING OPTIMALLY Electronic detonators play an important role in performing blasts in an efficient and cost effective way

Mechanised support solution enhances safety

By: Bruce Montiea     30th October 2015 Safety in the mining industry has to be the number one priority if South Africa is to be a world-class and globally competitive destination for mining investment, says underground safety support manufacturer M and J Mining shareholder Kuseni Dlamini. “Safety is and always will be critical in... 

Mechanised support  solution enhances safety
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS Last year’s mining industry strikes turned out to be a major cornerstone in the development of M and J Mining

Mining sector looking to automation to increase profits

By: Bruce Montiea     30th October 2015 Automation is becoming one of the leading focus points to increase profits in the mining sector, says automated robotic solutions company Robotic Innovations (RI) co-owner Marlyn Mostert. She says industrial robots can enable mines to run more efficiently and safely, as they are designed to... 

Mining sector looking to  automation to increase profits
DEPENDABLE Industrial robots can enable mines to run more efficiently and safely

Mining solutions provider promotes fog cannon

By: Nadine James     23rd October 2015 Environmental mining solutions provider FlowCentric Mining Technologies’ Rhino Evaporator dual-purpose fog cannon can suppress dust and also enhances the natural evaporation process by fracturing water into smaller size droplets. Owing to the high concentrations of dissolved heavy metals and... 

Mining solutions provider promotes fog cannon
RHINO EVAPORATOR. The dual purpose fog cannon is more cost effective than water treatment and works faster than evaporation ponds.

Hybrid power plant reduces mine’s operational costs

By: Nadine James     23rd October 2015 Energy solutions provider Cronimet Mining Power Solutions’ first megawatt-scale, solar-diesel hybrid power plant, at the Cronimet Chrome South Africa Thabazimbi openpit chromium mine, in Limpopo, has significantly reduced the mine’s diesel consumption, allowing for more effective energy... 

Hybrid power plant reduces  mine’s operational costs
HYBRID SOLAR-DIESEL POWER PLANT. Photovoltaic systems are easily integrated into existing diesel generated power supply sytems

Swedish ventilation software company eyes local market

By: Dylan Slater     16th October 2015 Sweden-based automation and control hardware and software solutions company Gefa System is aiming to collaborate with an underground-mining company in South Africa to pilot its ventilation systems software.  

Swedish ventilation software company eyes local market
VENTILATION CONTROL Arctic Vent Control is suitable for use in the harsh African mining environment, which is characterised by hot, dry and dusty conditions

Mine orders two additional chillers as it reaches 1 700 m depth

By: Dylan Slater     16th October 2015 Limpopo-based copper miner Palabora Mining Company (PMC) acquired two additional 3 500 kW York CYK compound centrifugal chillers in December 2014 from diversified technology company Johnson Controls Building Efficiency.  

Mine orders two  additional chillers as it reaches 1 700 m depth
CHILLER COMMISSIONING TEAM The team responsible for commissioning of the chillers

Conveyor belt downtime can harm bottom line

By: Bruce Montiea     2nd October 2015 Conveyor belt downtime is often taken lightly by belt experts, shift bosses and foremen, despite the potential harm it can cause to a company’s production and bottom line, says mining consultation, conveyor belts and underground machinery maintenance company Dazoforce Mining and Construction CEO... 

Conveyor belt downtime can harm bottom line
MAINTENANCE STRATEGIES Dazoforce developed a three-volume series of conveyor belt maintenance reference books

Miners advised to protect conveyors against lightning

By: Bruce Montiea     2nd October 2015 Mining conveyors are prone to being struck by lightning, owing to the vast area they cover, says earthing systems, lightning, surge and overvoltage protection specialist Advanced Lightning Protection financial manager Lee-Anne Chapman. Chapman explains a lightning bolt as “basically a large... 

Miners advised to  protect conveyors  against lightning
FORCE OF NATURE Lightning is an unpredictable force of nature, which is a constant danger to structure, electronic equipment and human life

Ivanhoe awards DRA feasibility study contract for Platreef

By: Natalie Greve     30th September 2015 Multidisciplinary engineering group DRA has been awarded the contract to undertake a feasibility study (FS) on TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines subsidiary Ivanplats’ Platreef platinum-group metals, gold, nickel and copper project, in the Bushveld Complex. The award of the feasibility study followed DRA’s... 

Heavy lifting and logistics company aims for mining market

By: Dylan Slater     25th September 2015 Global heavy-lifting, heavy-haulage and logistics company Mammoet is aiming to break into the mining industry with its comprehensive logistics offering, coupled with its traditional heavy-lifting and ability to move heavy equipment, says local branch Mammoet Southern Africa (SA). 

Heavy lifting and logistics  company aims for mining market
INTACT HAULAGE Mammoet is able to transport intact dragline machines using its self-propelled modular transport units

Zambia sustains investment appeal, but requires fiscal stability and certainty

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th September 2015 Zambia remains an attractive mining investment destination, says mining consultancy The MSA Group, pointing out that in the ‘Fraser Institute Annual Survey of Mining Companies: 2014 Investment Attractiveness Index for Africa’ report, Zambia ranked third, behind Namibia and Botswana. This ranking... 

Zambia sustains investment appeal, but requires fiscal stability and certainty
ACTIVE ROLE The MSA Group has been involved in exploration company Intrepid Mining’s Kitumba project since 2006

Apprenticeships key to pumps industry growth

By: Nadine James     11th September 2015 Pumps are a niche market – the only way for the industry to develop and compete internationally is, therefore,  to provide training and safeguard skills, says Southern African Pump Systems Development Association (Sapsda) chairperson Gareth Langton. He recommends that pumps companies should offer... 

Apprenticeships key to pumps industry growth
GARETH LANGTON The Sapsda chair believes that while the pumps industry is stable, training apprentices is the future

Water technology provider opens ECape branch

11th September 2015 Global water technology provider Xylem earlier this month opened a new facility in Port Elizabeth extending the company’s service offering to its customer base in the Eastern Cape. This move is in line with Xylem’s commitment to provide world-class pump and water solutions to customers within... 

Water technology provider opens ECape branch
LOWARA E-NSC PUMP One of the products available at the new Xylem branch in Port Elizabeth

South African pumps association restored

11th September 2015 After much consideration and identification of the significant needs within the  South African pump industry, six key member companies have decided to reactivate the South African Pumps Manufacturers Association (Sapma). The six companies, namely KSB, Grundfos, SPP Pumps, Franklin, Sulzer and... 

South African pumps  association restored
Photo by Duane Daws
LORRAINE SMART In business in general, experience is lost owing to retirements, emigration or other staff changes within the companies or industries

Preheater technology makes smelting projects efficient

By: Bruce Montiea     4th September 2015 The shortage of electricity supply in South Africa and the associated increase in electricity prices have resulted in a severe downturn in the country's furnace industry, with many smelting projects being put on hold, says high-capacity furnace and smelting plant company Tenova Pyromet sales and... 

Preheater technology makes  smelting projects efficient
EFFICIENT ENERGY USE Multiple Preheater Technology directly addresses mines’ needs to reduce their electricity consumption

Mines advised to place new focus on innovation and technology

28th August 2015 The mining industry is “far behind” in terms of using technology and innovation to deal with industry-related challenges such as dropping ore grades, high-energy costs and lack of reliable energy supply, says bespoke mining enterprise software engineering solutions developer Stone Three Mining... 

Mines advised to place new focus  on innovation and technology
FROTH SENSOR Stone Three Mining Solutions optimises mineral processing plants through machine vision based smart sensor technology

M&R holds line on resources-focused strategy despite commodity meltdown

By: Terence Creamer     27th August 2015 Engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) says it has no intention of shifting its strategy away from the international natural resources market, notwithstanding the prevailing weak climate for commodities and a bleak immediate outlook. Speaking to investors on Thursday, CEO Henry... 

M&R holds line on resources-focused strategy despite commodity meltdown

Software to enhance project NPV

3rd July 2015 Australia-based business enhancement company Whittle Consulting Limited (WCL) in June signed a contract to supply strategic mineral company Largo Resources with its Enterprise Optimisation software suite to develop a new operational pit design on Largo’s Maracas Menchen vanadium mine in Bahia... 

Software to enhance project NPV
LIBERATING VALUE Mine enhancement leads to increased profit margins

Gold still main exploration commodity

By: Kimberley Smuts     26th June 2015 Gold remains the main commodity of interest for the exploration industry, accounting for 43% of exploration budgets in 2014, says mining and environmental consulting services company The MSA Group principal consultant Mike Robertson. He notes that, since the mid-1970s, gold exploration... 

Gold still main  exploration commodity
EXPLORATION CONTINUES Gold remains the main commodity of interest for the exploration industry

More miners seeking contractor support for short-term planning 

By: Bruce Montiea     22nd May 2015 An increased number of mining companies are seeking support from contractors for short-term tactical planning, as opposed to only long-term, strategic and life-of-mine planning, says opencast and underground mining consultant Sound Mining. However, Sound Mining director Vaughn Duke warns against... 

More miners seeking contractor support for short-term planning
Sound Mining director Vaughn Duke talks about the nature of outsourcing in the South African mining industry.

Enterprise resource planning vital to the mining industry’s future

8th May 2015 With commodity prices under pressure, the future of mining depends on accessing real-time information to enable quick management decisions, says project management software company Syspro. 

Enterprise resource planning vital to the mining industry’s future
Photo by Bloomberg
PROFITABLE FUTURE In the current price environment mining companies need to focus on high production to spread fixed costs

Mine planning requires comprehensive approach

By: Dylan Slater     8th May 2015 Integrating mine planning with mine operations and mine safety into a complete package for a life-of-mine solution is the best way in which mining companies can overcome volatility in the industry, says US-based technology company Hexagon Mining. 

Mine planning requires comprehensive approach
MINE PLANNING SOFTWARE As the mining industry explores and mines more complex deposits, the MineSight software grows accordingly to accommodate the complexities

Information management solutions ensure control of mining operations

8th May 2015 Mining equipment, tools, services and solutions provider Sandvik Mining’s advanced automation solutions can significantly increase mine productivity and safety, while lowering the total cost of asset ownership, the company says. 

Information management solutions ensure control  of mining operations
VEHICLE MONITORING Sandvik’s Equipment Monitoring product provides easy access to data on equipment use and condition

Single technology provider maximises project value

8th May 2015 Simplification of ownership, access to a single technical support helpdesk and streamlined workflows are key advantages of using a single technology provider, says mining hardware and software company Maptek. 

Single technology provider maximises project value
REPORT GENERATION Reports are generated to easily visualise mine progression

Consultancy enables miners to remain profitable

24th April 2015 Mines and mineral processing companies constantly have to find new ways of obtaining valuable metals from nearly depleted orebodies, while also dealing with challenges such as reducing project costs and adhering to strict environmental regulations. Consulting and process development company Hatch... 

Consultancy enables miners to remain profitable
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MINERAL PROCESSING Mines and mineral processing companies constantly have to find new ways of obtaining valuable metals from nearly depleted orebodies

Project feasibility study for Golpu under way

By: Bruce Montiea     24th April 2015 Project delivery and consulting services firm WorleyParsons started working on the feasibility study for the greenfield Golpu gold project, in Papua New Guinea, last month. The project is owned by the Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture (WGJV), one of three Morobe Mining Joint Venture (MMJV) entities, and... 

Project feasibility study for Golpu  under way
GOLPU PROJECT SITE WorleyParsons has started work on the feasibility study for the Golpu gold mine project, in Papua New Guinea

Mozambique graphite project DFS awarded

24th April 2015 Global multidisciplinary engineering group DRA earlier this month announced that it has been appointed as the lead study manager for the definitive feasibility study (DFS) of Australian mineral exploration and resource management company Triton Minerals’ Triton Mozambique Graphite (TMG) project.... 

Innovation needed to remain relevant in changing environment

By: Bruce Montiea     24th April 2015 Mining houses and consulting engineering firms that continue to conduct business the way they have always conducted it will become irrelevant in the ever-everchanging environment, says  project management and consulting firm Aurecon mining services leader Eduard Vorster. He tells Mining Weekly... 

Innovation needed to remain relevant in changing environment
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MOVING WITH THE TIMES The ever-changing mining environment requires companies to constantly reinvent themselves

Mining companies advised to invest in the future 

By: Bruce Montiea     24th April 2015 Despite tough conditions currently, mining companies should still invest in building their operations for the future, as “the cycle will eventually turn”, says consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting chairperson and corporate consultant Roger Dixon. He adds that it is important for a... 

Mining companies advised to invest in the future
SRK Consulting chairperson and corporate consultant Roger Dixon discusses the role that consulting engineers can play in a depressed mining environment.

Economics, market analysis crucial for effective feasibility study

By: Bruce Montiea     24th April 2015 An effective mining feasibility study must provide not only the results of a geological evaluation or the development of mine plans, but also an analysis of the market and the fundamental economics of a project, says provider of upfront studies for the minerals industry PEC Consulting. Therefore,... 

Economics, market  analysis crucial for  effective feasibility study
UNDER CONSIDERATION PEC Consulting can help its clients identify all the aspects that have to be considered when planning to expand an underground or surface operation

Consulting engineers encouraged to take nontraditional approach

24th April 2015 With government pushing for greater transformation and inclusivity in the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) sector, consulting engineers are being called upon to take a nontraditional approach to the implementation of major projects and to spearhead transformation... 

Consulting engineers  encouraged to take  nontraditional approach
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AT WORK A 'back to basics' approach is needed regarding the development of a generation of young talent black engineers, technologists and technicians

Ghana mining investments redirected to neighbouring countries

By: Pimani Baloyi     10th April 2015 Ongoing power provision challenges in Ghana, coupled with declining gold prices, have led to a decline in the start-up of new projects, the downsizing of many existing mining projects and the retrenchment of mineworkers in the gold- rich West African country, says multidisciplinary consulting... 

Ghana mining investments redirected to neighbouring countries
Photo by Bloomberg
IN NEED OF REVIVAL Ongoing power provision challenges coupled with declining gold prices, have led to a decline in the start-up of new projects and the downsizing of many existing mining projects in Ghana

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