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Company helping mines to effectively identify mineable resources

By: Bruce Montiea Geological consulting company Gemecs is assisting exploration companies and mines with the successful identification of potential mineable in situ resources using geological modelling, says company marketing director Nico Denner. He explains to Mining Weekly that Gemecs uses geological modelling... 

Consultancy enables miners to remain profitable

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

Consulting engineers encouraged to take nontraditional approach

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

Economics, market analysis crucial for effective feasibility study

By: Bruce Montiea 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

Effective wastewater treatment crucial

By: Bruce Montiea Wastewater treatment works at mines must provide a competitive solution for their capital expenditure and operating expenditure, says water treatment plants designer and developer Degrémont South Africa mining business development manager Andy de Bruin. He says Degrémont works with engineering,... 

Effective wastewater treatment crucial
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BRINGING OUT THE COPPER Codelco is one of the global mining companies benefiting from Degrémont’s wastewater treatment services

Focus shifting to operational improvement

By: Bruce Montiea Owing to ongoing commodity price pressure, many larger feasibility studies have been replaced by operational improvement and smaller opportunity assessment studies over the past few months, global consulting and technology company Deswik has found.  Deswik consulting manager John Buffington tells... 

Focus shifting  to operational  improvement
DESIGNING FOR EFFICIENCY Deswik enables mines and exploration projects to make design changes and update their schedules immediately to effectively deal with operational challenges

Innovation needed to remain relevant in changing environment

By: Bruce Montiea 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 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
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ORCHESTRATING SURVIVAL Consuting engineers can assist mining companies in surviving difficult conditions by reviewing their plans and providing realistic advice

Mount Peake feasibility study started

Australian resource company TNG earlier this month appointed mining services consultancy Snowden to complete the feasibility study (FS) needed to bring its Mount Peake titanium, vanadium and iron polymetallic project, in Australia, into production. Geotechnical drilling has already started with... 

Mozambique graphite project DFS awarded

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.... 

Project feasibility study for Golpu under way

By: Bruce Montiea 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

Ukwazi

Gauteng-based independent and focused mining engineering services provider Ukwazi supplies services to any size of operation, from small mines to large-scale operations moving one-million tons of material a day. Ukwazi specialises in mine design, mine planning as well as mine engineering and... 

Ukwazi

Efficient rosters help mines to maximise employee time

By: Bruce Montiea An optimised employee roster increases a mining operation’s productivity, reduces labour costs, satisfies employee and union needs, meets regulatory requirements and ensures a healthy workforce, says customised roster solutions provider Shiftwork Solutions Africa manager Andrew Harding. Harding... 

Efficient rosters help mines to maximise employee time

DRA sharpens focus on international expansion

By: Mariaan Webb From a modest start 30 years ago as an electrical control and instrumentation company, DRA has morphed into one of the continent’s largest project management and engineering enterprises with operations in Africa, North America, Europe and the Pacific. It is to these international markets that the... 

DRA sharpens focus on international expansion
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DRA CEO Paul Thomson

Education at the heart of DRA’s corporate social investment

By: Mariaan Webb Recognising the need for a constant supply of well-qualified, locally educated graduate engineers and scientists to recruit from, DRA has placed education at the heart of its corporate social investment (CSI) programme, with 26 local nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) benefiting from its... 

Maintenance specialist upbeat about 2014 contract renewals

By: Mariaan Webb Outsourced plant operations and maintenance specialist Minopex, a member of the DRA Group, has been awarded three contract renewals in 2014, which MD Gerhard Hendriksz says is indicative of the value-add service that the company offers. 

Mining division expanding again

By: Mariaan Webb DRA Mining – a division offering specialised mining services and total mining service solutions – is bouncing back after the South African mining industry took a knock in the post-Marikana environment. 

Mining division expanding again
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DRA director responsible for the mining division, Neale Goddard

Mining downturn threatens to erode local talent pool

By: Mariaan Webb Slow growth in the South African mining industry is threatening to erode the availability of critical skills in the local industry, as experienced engineers turn to other emerging and faster-growing industries for work opportunities. 

Mining downturn threatens to erode  local talent pool
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DRA CEO Paul Thomson

New Oman office already bringing in leads

By: Mariaan Webb Having already established a strong foothold in sub-Saharan Africa, Johannesburg-headquartered  

New Oman office already bringing in leads
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DRA COO Michiel van Niekerk

Refurbished winders attractive alternative

By: Mariaan Webb Refurbishing existing mine winders remains a popular practice in the mining industry, with DRA’s specialist consultant winder systems team reporting that the majority of its clients choose refurbished equipment where possible, owing to significant cost and time savings. 

Refurbished winders attractive alternative
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DRA director responsible for the winder systems business, Graham du Plessis

40 years of technical excellence, 40 more to follow

By: David D‘ Oliveira Multidiscipline consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting is celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year, “commemorating a period highlighted by global expansion and technical excellence”, enthuses SRK Consulting chairperson Roger Dixon. “The expansion of the group, since it was... 

40 years of technical excellence, 40 more  to follow
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ALCHEMY SIGNING Anglo American Platinum’s Alchemy initiative seeks to facilitate real and sustainable community development

Cost management services secured for town resettlement project

By: David D‘ Oliveira Cost engineering and construction economist consultancy Mandla Mlangeni Quantity Surveyors (MMQS) is providing cost management services for JSE-listed Kumba Iron Ore’s Dingleton town-resettlement project, in the Northern Cape. The residents of Dingleton – a small town near the iron-ore miner’s... 

Large mining projects under pressure as capital strategies are reviewed

By: David D‘ Oliveira Much has changed in the mining industry in the last two years, with large capital projects coming under pressure as major mining houses review their capital strategies, project delivery and consulting services provider WorleyParsons RSA CEO Digby Glover tells Mining Weekly. He adds that whereas a... 

Merger details to be discussed at extraordinary general meeting

The details of metallurgical engineering company MDM Engineering’s merger with global engineering and construction company Foster Wheeler will be announced at an extraordinary general meeting (EGM), which is expected to be held early next month. Subject to the approval of the merger by MDM... 

Mining consultancy celebrates ten years

By: David D‘ Oliveira Centurion-based medium sized mine consultancy Ukwazi will this year celebrate its tenth anniversary, says director and principal mining engineer Jaco Lotheringen, who tells Mining Weekly that the company has developed into a sustainable and reputable mining engineering consultancy over the past... 

SA consultancy acquired

German consulting and engineering company DMT has completed a majority holding acquisition of South Africa-based Kai Batla Minerals Industry Consultants. The acquisition, completed in March, supports DMT’s global growth strategy in the natural resources and infrastructure sectors. Kai Batla is... 

UK subsidiary relocates

Project management services company Tenova Mining & Minerals announced in February that group subsidiary Tenova Delkor UK will be relocating its business to Tenova Takraf’s global headquarters in Leipzig, Germany. As from June 1, Tenova Delkor’s business activities will be conducted and managed... 

Wastewater treatment specialist offers expertise to consulting engineers

By: David D‘ Oliveira International water-treatment plant specialist Degrémont has made itself available to advise South African consulting engineers on the issue of mining-focused wastewater treatment solutions, Degrémont South Africa GM Remy Jaffray tells Mining Weekly. “We conduct regular meetings with consulting... 

Wastewater treatment  specialist offers expertise  to consulting engineers

Company is confident about merger

By: Gia Costella Mineral process engineering and project management firm MDM Engineering reports that its merger with Australia-based resource-sector services company Sedgman’s wholly owned subsidiary, Sedgman Africa Investments, is progressing. The company says that the proposed $109-million merger, which was... 

Consultancy faces industry challenges

By: Gia Costella Consulting engineers in mining are facing many challenges in the market, says internationally recognised consultancy firm SMEC head of Gauteng office David Gertzen. “The challenges include a depressed economic climate, labour issues, high labour costs and an uncertain mining environment. Many... 

Consulting engineering firms finalise merger

Consulting engineering, project management and implementation firms Hatch and Goba last month announced that the two businesses have finalised their merger and will now operate as one entity, under the name Hatch Goba. The new entity, which forms part of the global Hatch group, is a... 

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