About this course…
Project Management for Mining is a 3-day practical course focused on the successful delivery of minerals industry projects. Primary emphasis is placed on major greenfield mine development, but the information presented is fully applicable to brownfield project undertakings.
The course teaches project management best practices, and how they are woven together from initial mineral resource identification on through the project stages of opportunity, viability, planning, execution, and completion, to delivery of a sustainable operating property. The course focuses on the key steps in each stage that must be properly executed to achieve project success.
Participants will be assigned to work on real issues faced by actual project managers in the field. Interactive case study discussions leading to valid solutions and practical usable tools are fundamental elements of the course.
This course is supported throughout by the Project Management for Mining handbook (included in each registration). This book, written by the two course directors and published by SME in 2015, comprehensively details the best practices for project delivery from across the full breadth of the minerals industry. The knowledge and guidance provided by the book applies to mine owners from junior minerals organizations to large mining companies, as well as to engineers, constructors, technical advisors and societal consultants. The wisdom imparted both by the course authors and from within the handbook provides a project management road map that significantly increases the likelihood of successful project delivery for course participants.
Who should attend?
This course is designed for individuals involved in planning, coordination, and execution of mining projects. Those who would benefit from the course include:
- Project personnel within a mining company, particularly those with leadership responsibilities for the overall management and delivery of a major mining project
- Project Managers and Directors
- Functional and area project leadership
- Project personnel responsible for managing project work
- Minerals engineers aspiring to be part of a project team
- Mining company leadership responsible for overseeing and/or managing the project team
- Mine operators who have to take delivery of the completed project, particularly those persons who must develop the operating team and interface with the project during the project planning and execution stages
- Project management leadership personnel from within engineering/procurement/construction management (EPCM) firms and/or engineering consulting community
- Field construction contractors, project system suppliers, and vendors
- Original equipment manufacturers
- Discoverers, developers, entrepreneurs who want their project built
Continuing education credit
Colorado School of Mines will award 2.0 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) to participants who complete this course.
A listing of the topics covered in the course is available. Learn more…
The course will be taught on the campus of Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado USA. Learn more…
Registration for the October 2022 session will open on July 1, 2022.
Course directors and instructors
The course directors are two hands-on, in-the-trenches mining project managers with decades of experience in successfully bringing some of the world’s most profitable mines into operation. Together the directors have over 80 years of experience in the mining business developing and operating properties. They have worked within owner organizations, EPCM companies, and engineering firms, and today serve as consultant advisors to a large cross section of the world’s major mining organizations.
Terry Owen is a leader in the delivery and operation of major mining projects with over 35 years of international experience. He has extensive experience handling complex, difficult projects in challenging remote locations. His background includes significant underground and open pit mine development and operations.
Robin Hickson is is a mining consultant with 50 years of experience from building and operating mines around the world. Today he provides expert advice and analysis to mining companies, engineering firms and financial institutions involved in the development, expansion and operation of surface and underground mines.
In addition, specialist key industry experts will serve as instructors for various aspects of the course.