Conceptual and Scoping Studies
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Our services offerings cover from Project conception to beneficiation:

  • Resource definition
    • Target identification
    • Exploration
    • Resource estimate
  • Project evaluation
    • Concept/scoping
    • Pre-feasibility
    • Feasibility
  • Mine Construction Phase
    • Detailed design
    • Project execution
    • Operational readiness
  • Mine Production Phase
    • Build up
    • Steady State
  • Mine Closure
    • Production decline
    • Rehabilitation and closure

Project Initiation

Initiation is the first phase of the project lifecycle. This is where the project’s value and feasibility are measured. Project managers typically use two evaluation tools to decide whether or not to pursue a project:

  • Business Case Document – This document justifies the need for the project, and it includes an estimate of potential financial benefits.
  • Feasibility Study – This is an evaluation of the project’s goals, timeline and costs to determine if the project should be executed. It balances the requirements of the project with available resources to see if pursuing the project makes sense.

Teams abandon proposed projects that are labelled unprofitable and/or unfeasible. However, projects that pass these two tests can be assigned to a project team or designated project office.

Project Planning

Once the project receives the green light, it needs a solid plan to guide the team, as well as keep them on time and on budget. A well-written project plan gives guidance for obtaining resources, acquiring financing and procuring required materials. The project plan gives the team direction for producing quality outputs, handling risk, creating acceptance, communicating benefits to stakeholders and managing suppliers.

The project plan also prepares teams for the obstacles they might encounter over the course of the project, and helps them understand the cost, scope and timeframe of the project.

Define Project

A project is temporary in that it has a defined beginning and end in time, and therefore defined scope and resources.

And a project is unique in that it is not a routine operation, but a specific set of operations designed to accomplish a singular goal. So a project team often includes people who don’t usually work together – sometimes from different organizations and across multiple geographies.

Execute Project

Monitoring and control are sometimes combined with execution because they often occur at the same time. As teams execute their project plan, they must constantly monitor their own progress.

To guarantee delivery of what was promised, teams must monitor tasks to prevent scope creep, calculate key performance indicators and track variations from allotted cost and time. This constant vigilance helps keep the project moving ahead smoothly.

Project Closure

Teams close a project when they deliver the finished project to the customer, communicating completion to stakeholders and releasing resources to other projects. This vital step in the project lifecycle allows the team to evaluate and document the project and move on the next one, using previous project mistakes and successes to build stronger processes and more successful teams.