Underground hard rock mining best practices (2hr breakfast session)

There have been significant technological advancements in underground mining equipment and practices in the recent past. Implementing Industry-leading practices can transform the performance of underground mines through:

  • Cost reduction.
  • Increased production.
  • Improved operational stability.
  • Improved safety and holistic safety culture embedding.

With the gap widening between industry best practice and typical performance, some miners are missing out on significant operational, fiscal and shareholder benefits.

Join internationally AMC’s Managing Director, Patrick Smith, for this breakfast seminar to find out more about best practices in underground hard rock mining.

Informed by AMC’s comprehensive benchmarking database of more than 100 global projects, Patrcik will cover:

  • Current benchmarking trends and insights.
  • The relationship between productivity trends and mine operating costs.
  • New and innovative mining systems and technologies.

Case studies of practices and technologies implemented to address productivity/cost improvements.


About the presenter

Patrick Smith is Managing Director at AMC Consultants, a leading independent mining consultancy providing services exclusively to the minerals sector. AMC works with its clients to plan new mines or improve the operations of existing mines, with a focus on achieving optimum output and return.

Patrick joined AMC in 2004. He was initially based in Perth, then transferred to Brisbane. Patrick was appointed General Manager of the Brisbane office in 2010, CEO of AMC in 2014, and Managing Director in 2015. Since joining AMC, he has worked on mining studies, technical reviews and valuations for projects in Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Patrick holds a degree in mining engineering and is a chartered professional of The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

With more than 30 years of consultancy and operational experience, he has significant expertise in the design and operation of open-pit and underground mines, including mine design, scheduling and budgeting, equipment selection and specification, ore reserve estimation, technical studies, and operations management. Patrick has broad expertise in gold, nickel, and mineral sands operations, in both planning and management roles.


In this interview, the author of the presentation for this TechFast BreakFast, Andrew Hall discusses ways of improving productivity, adding value, and increasing ROI.

The interview was recorded at the official opening of AMC’s Office in Singapore at the Singapore Exchange (SGX).

Click here to watch more interviews on AMC’s YouTube Channel.

In this breakfast seminar, geological risk expert, Justin Glanvill, will discuss Some of the key sources of geological and Mineral Resource risks, the impact on projects through publicly recorded examples, how risk is qualified through the use of reporting codes, and the potential future approaches to develop a more quantitative way of defining risk.

When: 8.30 – 9.30 AM | Monday 5 March

Where: Grotto Room, Marché Restaurant

Find out more