On 24/06/2021 the WIMnet Northwest group hosted a networking event, our first one in 2 years due to COVID restrictions. I'm pleased to say the event was a great success with 15 attendees on the night from various mining companies in the area, with one of our highest number of attendees coming from Boggabri Coal.
We saw some new faces at this event, who were welcomed with open arms. Also, the return of our Northwest regulars gave everyone the chance to catch-up with old friends and make new ones over finger food and drinks. The event inspired some ladies to join our Northwest committee, which is encouraging to our current committee members and will bring fresh ideas for gatherings to the group.
We thank everyone for attending and hope to see you all at our next event, which will be coming up this spring.
Upcoming Tech talk – 18 August - Armidale
Our annual tech talks in Armidale resume after COVID restrictions. This year Red River Resources Ltd will present on gold recovery at the recently re-opened Hillgrove Mine. There will also be a talk on the history of the original Rio Tinto Mine in Spain.
When: Wednesday 18th August.
Where: Wicklow Hotel, Armidale.
More details and registration invitations will be sent out soon.
Upcoming Jameson Distinguished Lecture – 11 November - Newcastle
In Person Event - Thursday 11 November, 5:30pm - 8:00pm
The 8th Annual Jameson Distinguished Lecture will be held at Newcastle Museum.
Topic: Gekko and innovation – lessons learnt from COVID-19.
When COVID-19 hit, the local medical community looked to Gekko to design ventilators as a back-up plan. Gekko design and projects team realised that their core competencies and capabilities, developed over 25 years in the mining supply sector, were ideally suited to this challenge.
Technologically Gekko’s world class capability in hydraulics, pneumatics and control systems meant it could design a unit from first principles using a very limited supply chain and creating new components where necessary.
Speaker: Sandy Gray, Co-founder and Technical Director of Gekko Systems
When: Thursday, 11 November 2021, 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Where: Newcastle Museum, McIntyre Theatrette, 6 Workshop Way, Newcastle
Cost: AusIMM Member $0.00, Non-Member $0.00
Included: Refreshments – will be available prior to the address.
More details and register here.
Consulting Practice Webinars
Hunter Region Branch members have been presenting some of the webinars in a current series. The Consulting Practice webinars form part of a series of six webinars across the topics covered in the Minerals Consultants Handbook (MCH). The six webinars cover three topics each, encompassing all 18 topics in the Handbook.
The first three webinars are available through the video library on the AusIMM website. The next two presentations will be made available in coming months. The final two webinars can be accessed through the conferences and events portal on the AusIMM website after dates have been set.
The first webinar dealt with the broad issues for establishing and managing consulting practices and businesses, in particular with reference to the specific issues in the mining sector, current practices, trends and challenges of consulting generally across the mining sector.
The second webinar dealt with the broad issues for business operations, including issues relating to business planning, financial matters and risk management. Each presenter focused on specific issues in the mining sector and current practices, trends and challenges of consulting generally across the mining sector.
The third webinar dealt with the consultant and client relationship.
The fourth webinar occurred in late May and covered reporting and technology issues. Hunter consultants from GPPH & Associates presented the two technology chapters. The topics were: Chapter 9 Reporting; Chapter 11 Mining Technology Software for Consultants; and Chapter 17 Information Technology Issues.
The final two webinars are currently being organised and will also feature presentations from Hunter consultants.
Webinar 5: Disputes and Liability - Find out more and register here.
Webinar 6: Competent Practice