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Management of Mineral Resources: Creating Value in the Mining Business

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His approach is systematic, and he challenges some outmoded paradigms and rules of thumb. -- SciTech Book News, Sept 2002

The book is ... in a very readable form and can be referenced by both the industry practitioner and non-expert alike -- by David Tutton, Consultant Mining Engineer, Germany

This book should be in the hands of anyone involved in, or aspiring to, management...of the minerals industry. -- Paul E. Lunney, P.Eng, MBA Director, Business Development Noranda Inc.

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The industry’s strategy for coping with low profitability has focused primarily on controlling production costs. Despite mechanization, automation, and other technical improvements, the aggregate profitability of mining still falls far short of that realized by most other industries.

What appears to be lacking, contends author Juan Camus, is not additional technical knowledge, but rather sound management practices that utilize the existing knowledge base more productively. Management of Mineral Resources: Creating Value in the Mining Business aims to raise the level of mining profitability through better management—the process of generating plans and supervising their implementation.

This book is concerned with the analysis of some of the internal, controllable factors that influence mining production effectiveness. It combines the best thinking in mining and management so that practitioners can devise a concrete strategy for generating maximum shareholder value. Ideas in both of these areas have rapidly evolved in recent years, and this insightful text presents an authoritative review of the current state of the art.

A mass of published material exists, yet it is widely scattered—much of it in technical papers—and therefore not readily accessible. The thought-provoking material in this book has been selected, summarized, and presented by the author in a form that preserves the perspective of its relative importance.

Overall, the book puts forward a systematic approach for conducting the mining business, which challenges the many paradigms and rules of thumb that have been used in mining over the years.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (May 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873352165
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873352161
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,819,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 20, 2002
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"...the main question for the company is whether to exploit, sell, or hold the deposit for future use. Mineral resource management can be seen as the discipline that deals with the required activities to support and make this decision."
This book explains the why, how and who of this fundamental decision faced by mining companies. The author also explains why this should be of vital interest to governments, educational institutions and the struggling shareholders of mining companies. Consequently, this book should be in the hands of anyone involved in, or aspiring to, management at either the operating or corporate level of the minerals industry.
Juan P. Camus explains in plain language the theory and use of cutoff grade optimization techniques developed by people such as Kenneth F. Lane, author of the highly regarded book, "The Economic Definition of Ore". The foreword is written by Ken Lane, who lays a challenge for the next book on this fascinating and fundamental aspect of our industry.
The real-life examples, based upon Juan's personal experience, illustrate how these optimization tools helped create huge value from mineral resources. Following the successful application of these principles of optimization within Codelco, the CEO of the world's largest copper producer is quoted as saying, "In the past, we were doing things right, but it seems that now we are doing the right things." These "right things" contributed well over a billion dollars to Codelco's value and still hundreds of millions more for another large Chilean copper producer. Interestingly, the author points out that the techniques he advocates could apply in other industries.
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