Fresh Thinking by Snowden Optiro
Fresh Thinking by Snowden Optiro
Snowden Optiro
News and information from the world of geology and mining, Fresh Thinking by Snowden Optiro provides a new perspective on the industry and seeks to educate on best practice. www.snowdenoptiro.com Snowden Optiro Mining Advisory Consulting, Software and Training.
Technical Due Diligence for Geology and Mineral Resources
In this episode of Fresh Thinking by Snowden Optiro, our Managing Director Tarrant Elkington and Executive Consultant Michael Andrew discuss the topic of Technical Due Diligence and its role for geology and mineral resources. This podcast at a glance: 00:00: Tarrant introduces the episode and the speaker Michael Andrew  00:50: Mike provides a high-level overview of Technical Due Diligence for geology and mineral resources.  03:30: Mike talks about what he looks for when starting a Technical Due Diligence review.  05:50: The discussion turns to the priorities when all the data is organized and what elements are examined first. 07:15: Mike explores the best practices for validating a resource, including a check estimate. 11:30: The conversation shifts to exploring potential opportunities or upsides, challenging the perception of Due Diligence as solely a downside. 15:50: The importance of site visits in the context of Due Diligence is emphasized. 18:30: Tarrant wraps up the discussion. Join our experts as they explore this fascinating subject of Technical Due Diligence of the Fresh Thinking podcast. If you'd like to connect with Tarrant and Mike, please reach out to them at contact@snowdenoptiro.com.
Feb 18
19 min
51 - MIK Localisation - Gold Deposit
In this episode, Geology Consultant Dr. Gregory Zhang discusses the practical application of MIK Localisation for addressing complex data challenges, with a specific focus on a gold deposit.  This podcast video at a glance:  00:28 – Greg provides an overview of his expertise and background. 01:35 - Greg explains what MIK is. 02:00 – Greg explores the non-linear estimation methods and discusses when to use them. 03:30– Greg outlines the high-level workflow of MIK. 04:53 – Greg explains how to conduct MIK. 05:40– Greg provides tips about using MIK. 06:35 – Greg addresses the necessity of MIK. 08:25 – Greg explores the reasons for localising MIK. 08:54 – Greg discusses the details of localisation 10:08 – Greg covers validation tools for MIK 11:45 – Greg talks about a project where localised MIK was used. 12:38 – Greg discusses the reasons for the difference in the LUC and LMIK results. 13:50 – Greg provides a high-level summary of the LUC method. 14:55 – Greg addresses the question of whether grade control drillings are still needed since the estimated grades in the SMUs are already available.  If you'd like to connect with Gregory please reach out to them at contact@snowdenoptiro.com. This video podcast is also available as an audio podcast on @Libsyn, Stitcher, @Apple Podcasts, @Google Podcasts These podcasts are for those working in the mining industry.
Dec 14, 2023
16 min
50 - The Closure Problem–greater than the sum of its parts?
In this episode of Fresh Thinking by Snowden Optiro, join Anthony Cook, Product Manager for Supervisor, and Oscar Rondon, our Principal Geostatistician, as they unravel the intricate world of the 'Closure Problem' in geosciences — exploring its impact on various processes and highlighting its critical importance. This podcast video at a glance: 00:48 – Oscar gives a brief overview of what the closure problem is.  02:26 – Anthony explores the potential issues that can arise if the closure is not taken into account.  03:00 – Oscar gives his view on why the closure problem is not more commonly discussed, even though it has significant implications for various processes.  04:22 – Oscar offers his insights on how to overcome the closure problem.  05:13 – Oscar recalls a consulting project where Anthony faced challenges in reproducing correlations and addressing closure issues during multivariate simulations.  06:00 – Anthony talks about the tools used for this project.  06:40 – Oscar shares additional recommendations for listeners dealing with the closure problem. Catch this enlightening discussion on the Closure Problem in geosciences, featuring two industry experts. If you'd like to connect with Anthony or Oscar, please reach out to them at contact@snowdenoptiro.com. This video podcast is also available as an audio podcast on @Libsyn, Stitcher, @Apple Podcasts, @Google Podcasts  These podcasts are for those working in the mining industry.
Sep 13, 2023
7 min
49 - User Perspectives on Supervisor and Isatis Software
In this episode of Fresh Thinking by Snowden Optiro, join Anthony Cook, Product Manager for Supervisor, and Oscar Rondon, our Principal Geostatistician, as they dive into the world of Supervisor and Isatis software from a user's perspective. Discover how they leverage these tools in their resource estimation studies. This podcast video at a glance: 1:00 – Oscar discusses with Anthony his extensive experience using Isatis during his career in the petroleum and mining industry. 2:18 – Oscar explores Anthony's insights on using Supervisor. 2:53 – Anthony shares the components in Supervisor that he frequently relies on and why. 3:17 – Oscar delves into the features of Isatis. 4:18 – Learn how practitioners are utilizing Supervisor, as Anthony, a Product Manager, offers his observations. 5:05 – Anthony and Oscar discuss their user experiences with Isatis and Isatis Neo. 6:06 – Oscar and Anthony speculate on the future, considering the powerful software available within the Datamine family. Could we expect one product that combines the best of both? Don't miss this insightful conversation about Supervisor and Isatis software, featuring two industry experts. Tune in now to gain valuable perspectives on their practical applications in resource estimation studies. If you'd like to connect with Anthony or Oscar regarding Supervisor or Isatis software, please reach out to them at contact@snowdenoptiro.com. This podcast is also available as an audio podcast on Libsyn, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts. This podcast has been specifically produced for those either working in or associated with the mining industry.
Sep 5, 2023
7 min
48 - Data transparency across the mine value chain
In this episode of Fresh Thinking by Snowden Optiro, Ian Glacken, Executive Consultant at Snowden Optiro talks with Rayleen Hargreaves, Principal Consultant and Reconcilor Product Owner about the importance of data transparency across the mine vale chain, for achieving effective reconciliation. Both Rayleen and Ian are passionate advocates for continuous improvement via reconciliation across the entire mining value chain. This podcast video at a glance: 1:06 – How would you define data transparency and why is it important in the mining industry? 4:53 - What types of data are typically collected along the mine value chain? \ 6:53 - What are some of the challenges associated with achieving data transparency across the mine value chain? 9:05 How can mining companies ensure that their data is transparent and accurate? 10:45 What do you think are the benefits of data transparency for the mining industry? 12:10 Rayleen flips the last question to ask Ian what he sees as potential risks associated with poor data transparency and inaccurate reconciliation in the mining industry. 13:54 Is a picture or a map of the Mine Value Chain important as part of the transparency? If you would like to speak to either Ian or Rayleen about Reconciliation and/or Reconcilor, here are their contact details: Ian Glacken ian.glacken@snowdenoptiro.com Rayleen Hargreaves rayleen.hargreaves@snowdenoptiro.com This podcast is also available as an audio podcast on Libsyn, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts. This podcast has been specifically produced for those either working in or associated with the mining industry. contact@snowdenoptiro.com snowdenoptiro.com
Jul 3, 2023
15 min
47 - DOM: Declared Ore Mined
In this episode of Fresh Thinking by Snowden Optiro, Rayleen Hargreaves, Principal Consultant and Reconcilor Product Owner discusses Declared Ore Mined (DOM) with Ian Glacken, Executive Consultant with Snowden Optiro. What is the meaning of DOM, where does it fit in reconciliation, and what are the pros and cons of using DOM as one of the cornerstones of mine reconciliation are some of the topics discussed in this episode. Both Rayleen and Ian are passionate advocates for continuous improvement via reconciliation across the entire mining value chain. This podcast at a glance: 1:16 How do you define DOM and how does it fit into the Mine Value Chain? 2:17 Why do you think that some mines or companies choose to use DOM and other companies use recalculated or factored mill figures? 3:24 What are the issues with stockpiles and DOM?  Does it depend upon where the stockpiles are?  How should we decide which stockpiles should be included in the DOM calculation? 5:24  Are there better options than using DOM? What does that say about the ‘boundary’ between the mine and the plant? 6:50  How are the reconciliation figures handled in Reconcilor? 8:30 Would you incorporate the stockpile delta in the mine figures or mill figures when designing a reconciliation system? If you would like to speak to either Ian or Rayleen about Declared Ore Mined and/or Reconcilor, here are their contact details: Ian Glacken ian.glacken@snowdenoptiro.com Rayleen Hargreaves rayleen.hargreaves@snowdenoptiro.com This podcast is available as an audio podcast on Spotify, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Libsyn
May 18, 2023
10 min
46 - Reconciliation and Moisture
In this episode of Fresh Thinking by Snowden Optiro, Rayleen Hargreaves, Principal Consultant and Reconcilor Product Owner discusses Reconciliation and Moisture with Ian Glacken, Executive Consultant with Snowden Optiro. Both Rayleen and Ian are passionate advocates for continuous improvement via reconciliation across the entire mining value chain. This podcast at a glance: 0:57 Why is moisture or contained water important in reconciliation? 3:32 Is there a reason some companies ignore the moisture factor? 6:36 Could we just take the moisture measurements at the plant? 8:56 How can we get a better mine moisture measurement? 11:15 How should we handle moisture across the reconciliation work flow? If you would like to speak to either Ian or Rayleen about Reconciliation and/or Reconcilor, here are their contact details: Ian Glacken ian.glacken@snowdenoptiro.com Rayleen Hargreaves rayleen.hargreaves@snowdenoptiro.com
Aug 10, 2022
14 min
45 - Reconciliation vs Rescaling
In this episode, Rayleen Hargreaves, Principal Consultant and Reconcilor Product Owner discusses Reconciliation versus Rescaling with Ian Glacken, Executive Consultant with Snowden Optiro. Both Rayleen and Ian are passionate advocates for continuous improvement via reconciliation across the entire mining value chain. This podcast at a glance: 1:05 Definition of reconciliation 2:07 What is the differrence between reconcilation and rescaling 6:20 The pros and cons of rescaling data 8:55 Is there a commodity group leading the charge in best practice reconciliation or is it being driven from a company level? 10:45 Is there a value in rescaling data when different sources, like Sub-level caves, block caves and stopes are involved in feeding material to the plant during the month? If you would like to speak to either Ian or Rayleen about Reconciliation and/or Reconcilor, here are their contact details: Ian Glacken ian.glacken@snowdenoptiro.com Rayleen Hargreaves rayleen.hargreaves@snowdenoptiro.com
Jul 28, 2022
15 min
44 - Reconcilor 20 Year Anniversary
To celebrate the 20-year Anniversary of Reconcilor, Rayleen Hargreaves our Reconcilor Product Owner chats to Craig Morley Anglo American’s Head of Mining Geosciences and Reconciliation about the key roles they have played in the genesis, development and roll out of the reconciliation software Reconcilor. Prior to joining Anglo American, Craig was with Snowden for 18 years and it was during this time that Reconcilor was born. Here we are 20 years later and Reconcilor is working its magic on 31 mine sites around the world. This podcast at a glance: 1:22 Introduction 1:22 What led to the development of Reconcilor? 2:32 What are the most important features that were developed during your time at Snowden? 2:40 Automation of data capture 4:06 Prognostication – predicting the future 4:39 What is the most asked question about how Reconcilor works? 4:27 How did you get Reconcilor recognised globally? 7:45 What do you think is the most meaningful feature of Reconcilor? 9:37 How does Reconcilor differ today from how it was in the past - and now looking into the future? 12:00 Where has Reconcilor taken you around the world – where to next? If you would like a demonstration of how Reconcilor works and how it could help your mine site, please contact Rayleen Hargreaves: contact@snowdenoptiro.com Snowdenoptiro.com  
Jul 13, 2022
15 min
43 - IPCC - Inpit Crushing and Conveying - Part 2
IPCC offers economic and environmental gains for mining companies. In this part 2 of a 2-part podcast series, Tarrant Elkington, Snowden Optiro's General Manager talks to IPCC expert Phil Morris about the technical details, applications and benefits of IPCC. This episode at a glance: 0:49 Types of IPCC: Pit rim/out-of-pit crusher - Fixed IPCC - Semi-mobile IPCC - Fully-mobile IPCC 3:22 Most suitable applications according to mine complexity 5:04 Possible to get rid of all trucks? 6:00 When looking for savings - retrofit and mine planning 7:54 Benefits of IPCC for both retrofit and at initial mine planning 12:01 Desktop study a useful indicator 12:46 Greatest technical challenge of IPCC If you would like to discuss the application of IPCC for your mine site or would like more information, please contact either Tarrant Elkington or Phil Morris: contact@snowdenoptiro.com Snowdenoptiro.com
May 23, 2022
15 min
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