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Project Management

Project Management

Projects from a few thousand dollars to over a billion all need to be managed.  Knowing what to do and what not to do is key to success. These are some of my experiences (often learned the hard way) on project managment.

Developing a Mining Project:  When outside experts can help.

Scope and the Project: Project managers are always fighting scope creep due to cost, but there are some other issues to consider.  Scope creeps impact on safety and how cutting scope can actually raise costs.

Tools of Project Managment: In managing a project you need to have a good handle on how well the project will perform, how well it is perfomring, and how well it did.  VIR is a good tool to evaluate project alternatives.  Dynamic budgeting is a good tool for seeing how well you are doing.  Comparing your budget to actualls allows you to see how well you did.

Estimating a Project:  A key part of any project is preparing a good and reasonable estimate.  While not extremely difficult, it is tedious and very time consuming.  But not doing it correctly can be very painful later, especially in the pocket book.

Thoughts on Managing a Project: From 40 years of project work in mining, petro-chemicals, and industrial operations some thoughts on managing projects from both sides of the table. Having been (and still am) a project manager for both the owner and for the engineer/contractor, I can state that the view is very different depending which side of the table you are on.

Why Mining Projects Go Bad: Mining projects have some special reasons to not go as well as planned.


MIke Albrecht, P.E.

o   40+ years’ experience in the mining industry with strong mineral processing experience in precious metals, copper, industrial minerals, coal, and phosphate

o   Operational experience in precious metals, coal, and phosphate plus in petrochemicals.

o   Extensive experience performing studies and determining feasibility in the US and international (United States, Canada, Mexico, Ecuador, Columbia, Venezuela, Chile, China, India, Indonesia, and Greece).

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