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Business Optimisation, Performance and Improvement

Course commences 30 October 2023

PD Hours

Business Optimisation, Performance and Improvement

Course commences 30 October 2023

PD Hours

Harness strategy optimisation, cut-off grade expertise and identification of optimal performance measures to maximise mine project value while reducing risk.


Quick facts

Duration Delivery Course Type 2023 Intake PD Hours Language
20 hours
5 weeks
100% online
Short course
30 October 2023
Up to 20

Course overview

AusIMM’s Business Optimisation, Performance and Improvement Short Course covers value maximisation and de-risking mining projects through good strategic decision making and high performance, exploring both key drivers of value in mining projects as well as understanding of better strategic risk management.

Identify strategies for success when facing commodity price shifts, exploration upside, squeezed margins and myriad other market and operational factors

Gain actionable insights into developing an optimised strategy for a mining project and the performance measures that can be put in place to align the operations with strategic intent so the business goals are achieved – with guidance on balancing the trade-offs between the long-term business goals and short-term production targets.

Learn practical knowledge that you can apply immediately to enhance your project’s outcomes:

  • project evaluation basics
  • strategy optimisation
  • cut-off grade theory and practice
  • key performance measures and reporting
  • recent developments in new technologies and innovations
  • how to conduct benchmarking and implement continuous improvements

Help your project deliver more value

Strategy optimisation, cut-off grade, and balanced key performance measures are not well understood in the industry - but they have a major influence on the overall financial performance of a mine throughout its life. Gain the knowledge you need to drive successful outcomes that align with business goals and operational realities.


Business improvement skills to accelerate your projects – and your career

Gain exposure to industry trends and how other players in the field are approaching similar challenges. Get the know-how to better identify the business transformation concepts that can deliver results for your project or site.

  • Strategic optimisation of mining projects to identify the best strategic options including but not limited to cut-off grades, production capacity, mining and ore processing methods, that deliver the business goals.
  • Cut-off grade selection and its importance on understanding trade-offs between risks and rewards.
  • The development and reporting of key performance measures to align mine operations with strategic intent and enable high performance.
  • The role of new technology and innovation in mine performance and operational excellence.
  • An overview of benchmarking and the continuous improvement process.



Course pricing

A discount of 10% is available for groups of 5 or more participants from the same organisation who enrol for the same course intake in a single booking. This discount will be automatically applied at checkout.
Price is inclusive of 10% GST
Associate membership and enrolment bundle
Price is inclusive of 10% GST
Price is inclusive of 10% GST
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Enrolments now open

Course commences 30 October 2023

Learning objectives

  • Describe the steps required to undertake a robust business optimization process to identify the right strategy that delivers the business goals.

  • Identify the impacts of cut-off grade selection on business strategy, value and risk.

  • Explore the mining process and how monitoring the right key performance measures can balance the achievement of long-term strategic goals with short-term business targets.

  • Recognise the impact recent technological advancements and innovations have had on mine performance and their future potential.

  • Develop an effective benchmarking programme to identify improvement opportunities.

  • Discuss how to undertake improvement initiatives planning to realize the impacts of continuous improvement.

Course structure

The five-week course is a collaborative, hands-on online learning experience, taking learners approximately 20 hours to complete. Please note the live sessions are not mandatory, the virtual classroom will be recorded and available on the same day for participants who are unable to attend the live event.

Course content includes:

  • Live virtual classroom (with replay available)
  • Additional resources and readings (case studies, videos, articles)
  • Workplace activities and peer discussions
  • Group discussion forums
  • Learning activities in the form of short test questions

Earn digital credentials

Showcase your studies, validate your knowledge

Verify your new skills and knowledge with a digital badge that you can add to your LinkedIn profile, email signature, intranet, or any other online account.

Your badge links to a detailed outline of the course, showcasing and validating your new skills in a format that employers and colleagues can easily access and trust.

Who should attend?

Mining executives, senior managers, and technical personnel
The course will contain insight into both value maximization and de-risking mining projects through good strategic decision making and high performance.

Mining professionals who want to better understand strategy optimization and the key value drivers of mining projects

Enrolments now open

Course commences 30 October 2023

Module 1

Business optimisation

Virtual classroom
Thursday 2 November
12.00 pm - 12.45 pm AEDT

Module 2

Performance measurement, monitoring and reporting

Module 3

Technology and innovation

Module 4

Benchmarking and continuous improvement

Virtual classroom
Thursday 23 November
12.00 pm - 12.45 pm AEDT

Course facilitators

All programs have been developed in consultation with leading organisations in the mining industry, subject matter experts and community leaders to ensure you gain the latest knowledge and develop relevant skills to accelerate your career.

Andrew Hall

Andrew Hall

Director/Executive Lead - Advisory, AMC Consultants
Andrew Hall is a mining engineer and consultant with more than 28 years’ experience in feasibility studies, due iligence, project evaluation, strategy optimisation, and operational improvement, spanning a wide range of mining and ore processing methods, and materials’ handling systems world-wide.

His specialities include: open pit mine planning, underground mine planning, feasibility studies, due diligence, project management, cost estimation, benchmarking, business improvement and transformation, project evaluation, and public reporting.

Andrew holds a Masters in Mineral Economics and a Diploma in Project Management. He is a Fellow and Chartered Professional (Mining) of the AusIMM, and a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Andrew is also a current member of the JORC Committee.

Derek du Preez

Advisory Lead - Business Transformation, AMC Consultants
Derek is an accomplished underground and open-pit mine operations management and development specialist with 29 years of experience in mining operations spanning the Americas, Australasia and Africa.

Prior to rejoining AMC in April 2023, Derek was a Senior Associate Director with Deloitte Consulting (Pty) Ltd in the Operations Transformations service area and recognised as a subject matter expert and thought leader in digital transformation in the mining and metals sector.

Derek was a member of Trevali Mining Corporation’s Group Leadership Team and acted as key technical resource to the Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer, and Executive Management team. He was accountable for the safe and profitable operation of all mining, processing, port, haulage, and other general services activities. He was also responsible for leading and managing the technical portfolio in Trevali.

Before joining Trevali in July 2019, Derek was the Director, Digital Transformation with Vale Canada where he defined the future vision for digital transformation, developed a roadmap to maximize business value, and coordinated and delivered the digital transformation program across the base metals business.

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