Here are two case studies I copy from the newly discovered website of element CMC, a Perth-based management consulting company serving the mining industry. I rather like the brief but informative format.

Case Study I

Situation

  • WA gold mine reporting high costs and inability to meet production targets
  • High employee turnover (44%)

Process

  • Optimise rostering arrangements to improve retention and morale
  • Review current cost saving ideas and production initiatives, assist with new ideas
  • Implement mine to mill process to improve production and quiality
  • Implement projects to increase production and lower cost structure
  • Adjust existing process (high stockpiles) to a just-in-time (JIT) process to reduce operating costs

Result

  • “I'd like to thank you guys for your assistance during the year. We're having a terrific final quarter and in the last 6 months have completely turned (our mine) around through our measured approach to cost cutting and recruitment, a very successful Drill and Blast QA/QC program and the Just-in-Time ore delivery strategy. Momentum played an important part in bringing those ideas and strategies to fruition.”
    Evaluations Manager

Case Study II

Situation

  • Base metal mine suffering low production
  • Inadequate mid and long term mining plans
  • Mining contractor/ client relations poor

Process

  • Project manage the reopening of an old mine
  • Review business planning processes/ recommend solutions
  • Review alterative and upgraded data capture and reporting processes/ recommend solutions
  • Review contract document and update to reflect current needs

Result

  • Reopening of old mine on schedule
  • New data processes capturing live data
  • Revised contract document/ contract management processes

Here is a link to some of their technical publications. Enjoy.