March 2015

Critical Inputs for Success in Exploration Projects

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Date: Friday, March 6, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM-9:00 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM-5:00 PM: Critical Inputs for Success in Exploration Projects
Location: Vancouver, BC CANADA
Presenter: Dr. Anoush B. Ebrahimi, P.Eng.
Credit: 7 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: $399.00 + GST = $418.95 until Feb 20, 2015

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $399.00 + GST = $418.95

Non-Member Price: $485.00 + GST = $509.25

Student Member Price: $242.50 + GST = $254.63

Member and EIT/GIT Late Price: $485.00 + GST = $509.25
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by February 20, 2015 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
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"Easy mining" doesn't exist anymore. It has become the norm to read about resources with low grades and small tonnages located in environmentally challenging remote areas -and that's just the beginning. In this new world, the goal of exploration projects goes beyond defining the resource. Exploration projects most often need to gather data and issue reports that explain more than just geology and resource models. Investors and regulators also want to know what other requirements and activities are needed to take projects to production-not to mention the risks.

This short course highlights critical inputs important to advancing exploration projects to production. The course tries to initiate a discussion among project team members on how to bridge exploration and post-exploration activities to turn resources into reserves with minimum risk of investment. It briefly explains different development stages of a mineral resource project from exploration to closure.  Concepts for discussion include:

  • The steps in mining studies: Scoping study, pre-feasibility study (PFS), etc
  • Data collection strategy
  • Mining methods
  • Strategic mine planning
  • Input parameters for and constraints on mine design along with their economic impacts
  • Fundamental concepts in mine design e.g. cut-off grade, metal equivalent, and dilution
  • An introduction to mine production scheduling and mill production rate determination
  • Basics of economic analysis and project evaluation and control points

Most of the topics include case studies and examples of real life projects.


This course will help you and your team achieve a number of objectives:

  • Learn how to streamline communication between geologists and mining teams
  • Become familiar with the procedures, terms, conditions, limits, and critical inputs of mine design
  • Develop  a better understanding of and ability to interpret technical mining reports
  • Become familiar with key mining terms and concepts
  • Understand certain mine design techniques
  • Become familiar with basic project evaluation techniques
  • And a discussion on exit strategy

Who should attend?

This course is intended for mid to senior level engineers, managers, and financial professionals including:

  • Geologists and non-mining engineers involved in mining projects
  • Managers of exploration and mining companies
  • Bankers, financial professionals, and investors
  • Project managers who are not familiar with mine design


Dr. Anoush B. Ebrahimi, P.Eng.

Dr. Anoush Ebrahimi, Principal Consultant at SRK Consulting (Canada) Inc., is a mining engineer who has worked in open pit mines, consulting companies, software companies, and universities. Anoush has 23 years of experience in mine planning and design. He has designed multiple open pit mines, small and large, in Canada and abroad, including copper, gold, molybdenum, poly metals, coal, manganese, phosphate, bauxite, and oil sands. He has worked on mining projects in various stages from conceptual studies to construction.  Dr. Anoush Ebrahimi is also an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia where he teaches surface mine planning and design.  

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