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An Introduction to Modelling Metal Project Finance serves as an introduction to the critical issues associated with the debt financing of mining projects. The aims and objectives of project financing are discussed with an overview of the steps leading up to application. The course is aimed at professionals throughout the mining industry and assumes a basic appreciation of the main financial parameters. Logical guidelines on how to construct a preliminary level cash flow model of project finance are provided, with descriptions of the major input variables. Nickel and platinum are used as example commodities with which to demonstrate the principles of modelling project finance. A background discussion on the technical aspects and major costs involved in developing a large-scale open pit nickel mining project is followed by a step by step guide to the development of a financial model of the project using the financial modelling software tool IC-MinEval. Similarly, background discussion on platinum mining is followed by a step by step guide to developing a financial model of an underground platinum mining project using IC-MinEval. The workbooks generated by IC-MinEval are also included as downloadable spreadsheets for each worked example. A case example is included from Prof. Buchanan's book, Metals and Energy Finance (2018). Authors Prof. Dennis Buchanan Dr. Mark Heyhoe Prof. Tim Shaw   Duration: 10 Hours Access: 90 Days Category: Financial Level: Cross train Version Date: January 10, 2019 Read More

Sound decision-making is essential for success in business, and a sound grasp of ethics is vital to sound business decision-making. This course explores ethical concerns in the mineral exploration and mining industries, and the consequences of poor ethical decisions on business, industry and reputation. This course covers the following topics. Morals, Ethics and Ethical Viewpoints Human Rights and Ethics in the Developing World Environmental and Ecological Ethics Decision-Making Codes of Ethics, Laws, and Corruption Solving Ethical Problems Authors Michael Gannon   Duration: 15 Hours Access: 90 Days Category: Leadership Level: Specialize Version Date: November  Read More

This is a practical course that provides a review of blasting theory and blasting products, and emphasizes the design, assessment and optimization of blasting practices. The course focuses on drilling and blasting as it is applied in surface mines and quarries. Design methodology for safe and efficient blasting is provided. Monitoring and assessment to improve blast performance and reduce blast vibrations are discussed and examples of optimization programs are provided to illustrate the process. Topics are presented in an applied manner and address the impact of blasting on mine design and overall mining efficiency. Topics covered by the course include: Explosives and Charging Systems Initiating Devices and Systems Production Bench Blasting Overbreak Control and Secondary Blasting Damage Control Safety and Accident Prevention This is a premium course which has been peer-reviewed by a committee appointed by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME). Authors Dr. Alan Cameron Bill Forsyth P.Eng Dr. Tom Kleine   Duration: 30 Hours Access: 90 Days Category: Mining Level: Specialize Version Date: April 14, 2002 Read More

Bulk sampling, the costly process of taking very large samples, is part of the general procedure for the exploration and evaluation of a mineral deposit. Often the bulk sample will be a composite of material from development drifts and raises. Ideally, drift rounds or other portions should be selected from geological mapping and prior sampling, handled separately, and should be stored temporarily on a pad for sampling if not directly processed. The bulk sample will consist of these components and will take into account the geological continuities. The appropriateness of the bulk sample will be related to its source, to the variability of the deposit, to the deposit morphology, and to anticipated problems. The final objective is to obtain the quantitative information required for the quantitative evaluation of the deposit in a formal feasibility study; the objective is a production decision that leads to a profitable operation. This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the topic, including the application of bulk sampling in a project exploration / evaluation context, the nugget effect and other statistical issues, planning a bulk sampling program, grade verification and metallurgical testing. Authors Dr. Alastair J. Sinclair   Duration: 12 Hours Access: 90 Days Category: Exploration Level: Specialize Version Date: October 3, 2011 Read More

Common Rocks, Minerals and Ores is a short (non-certification) course and reference for beginners in geology and mineral exploration and for others who require the basics of rock and mineral identification. It provides participants with a means of practicing identification and classification of common rocks and minerals in the field. The course is enhanced by integration with the Dictionary of Mining, Mineral and Related Terms. Authors Dr. Glenn B. Stracher   Duration: 1 Hour Access: 90 Days Category: Mining Level: Introduce Version Date: January 7, 2011 Read More

Este curso tiene por objetivo ayudar a quienes desean leer e interpretar los estados financieros de una compañía financiera. Se asume que el lector no tiene una educación formal ni experiencia en contabilidad, pero posee un interés general en el negocio con una tendencia hacia la minería. Además, este curso está más dirigido a gerentes e inversionistas que a contadores. Analizamos los estados financieros en busca de su organización, contenido de información y limitaciones. En resumen, usted no aprenderá sobre prácticas contables, débitos ni créditos, sino que verá datos numéricos y descripciones narrativas preparadas por compañías mineras. Usted aprenderá a usar varias herramientas analíticas. En este curso se emplean ejemplos ficticios e informes publicados reales para ilustrar varios conceptos. Al final del curso (Apéndice) se incluye un breve glosario y una fuente de información adicional. Este curso cuenta con seis temas principales, separados en tres Partes. Parte 1 Introducción a la contabilidad y a los informes financieros El estado de posición financiera Parte 2 El estado de pérdidas y ganancias Parte 3 El Estado de flujo de efectivo El Estado de cambios en el patrimonio Notas y herramientas analíticas Authors Alain Duncan Duration 7 horas Access 90 Days Category Leadership Level Specialize Version Date 29 de mayo de 2014   Read More

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