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Responding to the rising cost of mine infrastructure: Mine Operations Summit

Brad Jones

Brad Jones22 June 2012 - At the Mine Operations Summit, Aurecon in house expert Brad Jones will run a full day post conference workshop on responding to the rising cost of infrastructure for mine development.

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures indicate that the past 12 years have seen the capital costs surrounding mining infrastructure increase by 30% to over 70% of total project cost.

Today, infrastructure dominates mine capital costs and risk. The workshop will discuss mine feasibility studies led by enabling infrastructure. This approach incorporates the process plant design into the study as one of several specialist packages including power plants, transport, accommodation and water that will drive more accurate project costing.

The workshop will cover:

  1. The rising cost of infrastructure and why it is occurring 
  2. The implications and challenges in developing new mine development projects 
  3. Supply chain infrastructure planning
  4. Integrated approach for mine development
  5. Enterprise wide project planning
  6. Whole of life cycle considerations
  7. Statutory planning and approvals
  8. Engineering approaches to developments
  9. Asset management


Brad said: “Benefits for clients adopting mine feasibility studies led by enabling infrastructure will include reduced and more certain project costs, lower requirements for electricity and water, leading to more sustainable mines, and staged delivery of infrastructure in line with more accurate project lifecycle scheduling.”

The Mine Operations Summit focuses on enhancing productivity through operational excellent. It will take place at the Shangri-La Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia, from 25 -28 June 2012.

Aurecon is one of the world’s top engineering and specialist consultants on mining infrastructure with global expertise in the planning, design and construction management of world class material handling facilities and supporting infrastructure.

About Brad Jones
Brad Jones is a highly regarded EPCM specialist with over 35 years of experience in senior executive positions in the mining and infrastructure industry. He has demonstrated track record of successful project delivery across a variety of client and contractor groups both in Australia and Asia.

As a direct result of working for both owners’ and implementation teams, Brad brings a comprehensive understanding of the capital expenditure delivery lifecycle process; from leading studies through to construction management of many large infrastructure projects for some of Australia’s major mining and resource organisations.

If you would like to attend, please visit the conference website.

Find out more about our expertise in mining infrastructure.

Alternatively you can also contact Brad directly on the details below.

Brad Jones
Client Relationship Executive  
T +61 7 3173 8169
M +61 427 564 592


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