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Finding new ways with engineering & construction 

“If you’re covering engineering and construction, you must speak to the Mining Misfits,” was how the introduction began.

The Mining Misfits, as they were originally named, now the Mining Mavericks, are a small group of business leaders in the mining and metals sector who want to make the industry better and more sustainable for everyone. Every month, Prime Contracts SolutionsJason Fearnow hosts a roundtable event with a pre-determined topic or challenge which the group dismantle and discuss.

Some of their recent discussions have centred around alternative execution models for large-scale capital projects, next generation leadership, improving owner-contractor relationships… You can see why they were recommended to me and, why I now recommend them to you.

If mining mega-projects float your boat then look up Fearnow on Linkedin, there are plenty of roundtable write ups on his profile page and I’ve linked one below to get you started. They are, quite frankly, a breath of fresh air in an otherwise slightly stale corner of the market.

I’ve spoken to a couple of the Mavericks for my interviews this month, so expect the content to be open, honest and different to what you’ve read before on this subject. The mining industry faces mounting challenges in the capital projects space but, rather than rushing to find solutions, let’s start by just talking about them. In time, the right answers will present themselves.

Enjoy the reading list below and hit me up with your own recommendations too. I’ve got a taste for this topic now!


Next month on The Intelligent Miner... new materials & manufacturing methods 

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This month, I've been reading...
Mining Mavericks: contractor incentives
As mentioned above, this paper details a recent roundtable discussion from the Mining Mavericks. Jason Fearnow and the crew explore how to realign contractor incentives with project needs and objectives    
E&MJ: Delivering mining's most challenging projects
A look at the current demand for brownfield plant expansion services and the challenges involved
Proudfoot: Drive more value from your capital projects post-COVID
Does what it says on the tin... here are five areas to prioritize to manage capital projects more effectively post-COVID
Ken Murray: The fundamental issue with failed mining projects
Consultant Ken Murray explains why project setup is so crucial yet often overlooked. Also... great photo
McKinsey & Co: Getting big mining projects right
I love a McKinsey article. This one's an oldie but still good, explaining interventions that can improve the odds of success on distressed projects
Deloitte: Mining capital projects - are you ready for the next investment cycle?
Again, not new, but a lot of the stuff around project confidence and delivery models still rings true
Turner & Townsend: Seizing digital opportunities to increase project control
Nice article on digital twins and their use in natural resources projects. Within, there's also a link to a good article on the use of BIM and digital engineering in the mining industry 
Hatch: How to ensure your new operation delivers its nameplate capacity 
An interesting blog post on operational readiness, commissioning and ramp up and why its so important to the success of new facilities
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