AMC at MINEX Russia 2019

AMC Consultants (AMC) returns to MINEX Russia and celebrates the one-year anniversary of our office in Moscow. The conference will take place 8-9 October in Moscow. Led by Mark Chesher, Technical Director – Moscow, our team will open this year’s MINEX with a masterclass on using data to advantage.

Our presenters will cover the diverse uses of digital twinning, the role of established reconciliation principles, and the combination of benchmarking and digital modelling. This masterclass is the fifth installment of what has been a very well-received masterclass series that has brought experts from AMC’s global offices to Moscow.  To complement the masterclass, Mark Burnett will also present on Geology 4.0 at the Mining Goes Digital session in the Main Forum.

AMC will again have a booth at the conference and will treat visitors to a demonstration of our desktop digital twin. All those presenting will be available at our booth so drop by booth #21 to discuss any topics of interest and to drop in your business card for a chance to win a premium bottle of Australian wine.


Tolstoy Hall, Tuesday 8 October 2019, 9.00 – 10.30 AM

Join us to find out how you can best use your data!

Presentation 1:Diverse Uses of Digital Twinning by Mark Chesher

A mining and mineral processing operation is a complex chain of interlinked activities from drill rig to final products such as concentrates, metal anodes or blended feeds for blast furnaces. This paper discusses various applications of digital twins for these operations and presents a case history for using a digital twin to improve forecasting of copper and gold recovery.

Presentation 2: Expanding the Role of Established Reconciliation Principles by Mark Burnett

Avoiding the most common errors observed in the mining reconciliation process can help in developing systems for ensuring quality data as a base for models in all areas of mining and processing. This paper analyses some case histories with recommendations and suggestions on how to avoid pitfalls in the future.

Presentation 3: Combination of Benchmarking with Digital modelling by Bruce Gregory

Developing realistic production and cost models provide important guides to manage operations. Collecting production data at every stage of an operation provides the basis for modeling the current situation in a mine. But what about the future? Benchmarking helps to fill the gap so that predictive models have a sound basis.

Summary and conclusion by Mark Chesher

PRESENTATION IN THE MAIN FORUM: Geology 4.0: The final bow? by Mark Burnett

Pushkin Hall, Technical Session 2: Predictive Modelling of Mineral Exploration Targets

Wednesday 9 October 2019, 2.30 – 2.45 PM

Join Mark Burnett to learn about some of the emerging technologies that will impact on how geologists operate and the skills that they will have to acquire in order to survive and thrive in the scenarios outlined by the World Economic Forum’s scenario studies “Mining & Metals in a Sustainable World 2050” and “The Future Availability of Natural Resources: A New Paradigm for Global Resource Availability”.

Since Klaus Schwab introduced (and popularized) the concept of the “Fourth Industrial Revolution“ in 2016, there has been increased speculation on how emerging technologies will disrupt the mining industry. In a short period of time we have seen the introduction and testing of fully autonomous haulage systems, the roll out of the Internet of Things (IOT) as well as the rapid advance of “big data analytics “in the exploration and production environments.

In the author’s experience, most geologists operate under the belief that they will not be replaced by any of the disruptor technologies that are currently under development, a belief that may not be valid.

Mark Chesher

Technical Director – Russia

Mark is a mining engineer with more than 35 years’ experience in the mining industry. Mark has broad experience in planning and management of gold and base metal (aluminum, nickel) operations. He has been responsible for Ore Reserve reporting, equipment selection and specification, pit design, scheduling and budgeting and operations management.

Mark has managed feasibility studies in Russia (for Polyus Gold International and MBC Resources), Australia and other countries (including Mozambique, Finland, Eritrea and the Central African Republic) for gold, platinum, base metals, uranium, magnetite, phosphate, and mineral sands projects. He has also conducted operational reviews and valuations at a number of operations. Mark is a Competent/Qualified Person for reporting Reserves for projects according to JORC and CIM standards.

For the past five years, Mark has focused on projects in Russia and moved to Moscow in 2018 to represent AMC in Russia on a full-time basis. This enables him to better understand the needs of Russian clients and ensure results satisfy the agreed objectives.

Mark Burnett

Principal Geologist

Mark is a geologist with more than 25 years of experience in the mining industry. He has had extensive exposure to the mining value chain, including early-stage exploration projects, shaft sinking, operational mines, mergers, acquisitions, and asset disposals.

Mark’s primary areas of expertise are in geology, technical reviews, due diligence, resource estimation review, mineral resource management, mentoring, and training. He has worked on a wide variety of deposit and mineral types, covering a wide range of commodities and deposit styles.

An experienced manager and consultant, Mark has a demonstrated history in the mining and metals industry and master’s degree in Mineral Resource Management. Mark is well respected in the industry with numerous requests to present, mentor and teach as well as advise and guide clients.

Bruce Gregory

General Manager, Perth

Bruce is a mining engineer with almost four decades of experience in mining. His primary expertise is in open-pit mine planning and management, equipment selection, valuations, project management and cost estimation. His broad experience within the mining industry includes management of feasibility studies and mining operational improvement.

Since joining AMC in 1996, Bruce has reviewed and advised more than 50 mining operations and participated in the development of AMC’s OPMincost cost estimation system.

He has extensive underground and open-pit operational and planning experience at technical and managerial level. In consulting he has focused on open-pit feasibility studies, operational improvement, open-pit cost estimation, mining contracts, equipment selection and valuation.

As AMC’s Global Practice Leader of Business Improvement, Bruce has overseen the recent extension of AMC’s Benchmarking service into the Online Mining Intelligence service which supports mine managers in their improvement programmes on a monthly basis. Bruce is also the General Manager of the Perth office and holds a degree in mining engineering, a diploma in financial management, and a first-class mine manager certificate.