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Volume 68    Issue 8

The human factors in the success of mineral processing projects

Mining Engineering, 2016, Vol. 68, No. 8, pp. 36-36
Man, Y.T.; Hughes-Narborough, C.; Smith, M.P.


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Money and reputation can be lost in bad projects. Causes of bad mineral processing projects include poor contract definition and purchase of equipment without adequate test work. However, the root cause of many of the problems that can lead to bad projects is not any inanimate object, bad weather or catastrophic natural event but the people working on the projects. Because the people are so critical to the success of a mineral processing project, one must have suitably qualified and experienced people (SQEP) in all key positions. Characteristics that define SQEP include people who have successfully executed projects of similar size before; have undertaken projects treating the same minerals and producing the same valuable products and people who are familiar with designing, operating and implementing the required technologies and unit operations. 



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