The program runs from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day. Breaks are scheduled in the morning and afternoon, and a continental breakfast is available each day before class. All attendees must check in at the Registration Desk on the first day of the program. Check-in opens at 7:30 AM.
- Course Introduction
Course objective – to take participants through the project management process, from defined mineral resource to operating property. Class Tools - Project Management for Mining book; Notebook of Information
- Building the Foundation
Underscores the prerequisites for a successful project start; i.e., ethics, governance, and a management buy-in/approval process
- Studies and their Purposes
Starts with a comparison of the differing work efforts for the separate project studies, leading to a rationale for each study, from scoping evaluation to feasibility, emphasizing the real function of each study
- Societal Acceptance and Risk Management
Stresses the need for community and regulatory approval and the identification, management and mitigation of risk
- Scope Definition Drivers
Clarifies usage of the various levels of schedule and the differing classifications of budget. This module also covers how to derive contingency and why the project focus should always be construction driven
- Project Execution Plan (PEP)
Discusses the important role of the PEP and how it needs to be developed in conjunction with the studies
- Project Setup
Presents the organization of the project and the project team, along with selection of the project delivery entity and the service provider(s)
Introduces the kickoff process (and its relevance to other project stages), followed by a discourse of the key project facets that need to be handled in each of the engineering, procurement and construction phases
Highlights the absolute necessity for project controls, including reports, progress reviews, QA/QC protocols, and document handling
- Operations Readiness
Depicts the activities that need to timely happen during project execution for development of operational capability by turnover point
- Project Completion
Explains the components of precommissioning, commissioning, start-up and ramp-up that allow the project to smoothly hand over the constructed facilities to Operations. Clarifies the "completion" definition.
- Project Closeout
Sets out the turnover and closeout activities (including lessons learned) that permit project team demobilization. Discussion of project pitfalls.
- Course Wrap-up
Closes out the course. Utilizes an open discussion of real mining project case studies to facilitate participant debate and course reflection.