Mining by definition is a multifaceted industry with a sophisticated chain of operations, process intensive and strongly influenced by outward factors (from weather to commodities prices).
The mining industry by definition is a multifaceted industry
Besides thesis inherent challenges, I would like to point out other major challenges that are now the center of discussion within the mining industry. Thesis challenges include attracting fresh skilled workers, water management, regulations, and grade &, quality decline. For Part 1 of this blog, I’d like to commence by focusing on the workforce and the water challenges.
Aging workforce / Skilled people attraction
According to a latest SME (Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration) investigate “Emerging Workforce Trends ter the U.S. Mining Industry”, ter 2019 the industry will need almost 80,000 toegevoegd replacement workers due to retirement (total of 128,000 fresh positions will be required by 2019).
Another explore, from Professor Rick Honaker University of Kentucky – Department of Mining Engineering, indicated that universities are presently graduating 140 mining engineers vanaf year te the US. However, considering the retirement ratio and the potential mining future request, it will require 300 fresh graduates vanaf year to meet the market need!
To attract fresh professionals to the industry and motivate youthfull students to pursue an education ter mining entails a simultaneous treatment from different areas and partnerships ranging from technical teams, human resources, public relations, schools, suppliers, and R&,D. Te the end, the key objective for this industry is to present itself spil an attractive and titillating industry for career development.
Common worry amongst mining executives: The aging workforce and the challenge to attract fresh and skilled people
Water has always bot crucial for the mining industry and its importance is enhancing exponentially.
Spil volume reference, according to USGS an estimated Four,020 million gallons vanaf day wasgoed required for mining purposes (2005). This amount represents 1% of the total industry water usage.
Here are the top concerns about water ter mining:
· Availability: Some mines occur te areas under “water stress” (basically areas without slew of access to water resources). Some mining operations under water-stressed areas are already using sea water (via desalination plants) to overcome this challenge.
· Management: A water balance and/or simulation prototype can be fairly ingewikkeld to produce a zindelijk water management strategy, including keurig predictions. An interconnected system is needed spil models should account for consideration of the sources (ground water, surface water, public supply), finish water usage (process control, dust control, recycling, potable water) and outer factor patterns (hydrologic environment, evaporation, precipitation, snow melting).
· Critical areas: Subjects like tailings management and AMD (Acid Mine Ontwatering) deserve special attention and add complexity to any mining process with such operations.
Regulations: More rigorous regulations will ask for better water footprint monitoring, quality control reporting, contamination control and mine closure strategy.
The ultimate objective for any mine operation is to achieve the “water neutral mine” operation. A excellent place to get further information about the water neutral concept is the Australian CSIRO webstek.
Waste Water Treatment Plant (Detail)
Stay tuned for Part Two coming soon! Ter the meantime, I am very interested to hear your thoughts and opinions on thesis Two challenges of aging workforce and water.
For someone recently entered into the mining industry the article helped mij to understand a bit about the challenges facibning the industry. I would love however to hear more on what the industry is doing besides the pointers provided above
Hello Fabio,I’m suggesting you add ”Huge Capital Involvement” to the problems facing the Mining Industry, this singular problem is what is hindering mij from Injecting into the industry