Simon Houlding

Simon Houlding is Vice-President of Professional Development for InfoMine Inc., responsible for EduMine, the professional development division which provides learning and training programs to the global mining industry. He is a practicing professional engineer and author.

Training for mining has moved to a new level

EduMine's mining campus just became a lot smarter, with expanded training content that covers the mining workforce and delivery by an LMS platform designed for mining.

Projected worker shortages will increase the requirement for on-demand training

Where are we going to find these workers? The short answer is that we are not going to find them in mining.

Mount Polley and Samarco: What can we do to reduce the chances of another tailings disaster?

Recommendations regarding better site investigation procedures, and stricter adherence to tailings management procedures are obvious steps in the right direction.

Tailings Facility Assessment Should be Included in an NI43-101 Report

Failure of a tailings facility may significantly affect the share value of a mine or its mining company

Recent Tailings Failure at Samarco a Reminder of the Need for Proper Training

The Mount Polley failure in Canada, in 2014, and the tailings facility failure at the iron ore mine at Samarco in Brazil in November 2015, are fresh reminders of the need for proper training in all aspects of design, operation and management of tailings facilities.

NI43-101 Reporting Issues and the Need for Professional Development

There is increasing demand in the mining industry for raising the standard of NI43-101 reporting for mining projects.

Negative impacts of water usage in mining are avoidable with proper training

While mining has historically affected its surrounding environment, advances in technology and changes in water management techniques mean that many negative impacts are now avoidable.

Cutting staff increases the need for training

While companies cut, employers in the resource and mining industry have expressed concern over growing skills shortages.