360° Introduction to the Mining Industry

360° Introduction to the Mining Industry

Areas of Study: Mining

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This course covers what is current, topical and important in today's mining scene. In short, you will get a comprehensive overview of the mining industry.

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  • Audience Level:
  • New to Mining
  • Enrollment:
  • Required
  • Duration:
  • 10 hours

Course Summary


This course is for anyone who needs to interface with the mining industry: suppliers of equipment and services, government and regulators, administrative and support staff. In short, anyone who needs answers to questions like the following.

  • Do you know who Robert Friedland is? Or Ivan Glasenberg?
  • Do you know what Escondida is? Or where it is? Or Oyu Tolgoi? Or Grasberg?
  • What is NI43-101? … The Equator Principles? … Copiapo? … Bre-X? … PDAC?
  • What percentage of GDP in Australia is accounted for by mining and mineral processing?
If you complete this course, you will.

You won't learn everything about the technical aspects of mining, but you will learn what is current, topical and important in today's mining scene. In short, you will get a comprehensive overview of the mining industry.

And you will get links to sources of information where you can find everything else. We hope that you will find the course so useful that it becomes your gateway for information on any mining topic.

Course content has been updated to December 2017 mining industry news, events and, where available, information.

What You Will Learn About

  • Mining Commodities and Countries
  • Mines, Projects and Exploration
  • Mining Companies, Project Financing and Mining People
  • Mining Methods, Equipment and Suppliers
  • Mining Careers, Schools and Events
  • Regulatory Control, Potential Problems and Mining Scams
  • Mining Information Sources

Course Content

360° Introduction to the Mining Industry consists of 20 learning sessions of 30–60 minutes each with supporting figures and interactive course reviews. Course duration is equivalent to approximately 10 hours of viewing content.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss current, topical and important aspects of mining with confidence.
  • Appreciate the key players and the relationships in mining between commodities, mines, companies, people, finance, suppliers, education, regulations, risks and more.

Recommended Background

  • High school science.

Julian Houlding

Julian Houlding is Director, COO and CTO of InfoMine Inc.. He oversees worldwide operations and technology from InfoMine head office in his hometown of Vancouver, Canada. He has worked with InfoMine since 2001 and has served on the board of InfoMine since 2004. Julian’s business experience and training with InfoMine have provided a good understanding of the global resource industry, investment and finance. He oversees much of the product and service development for the mining industry, and plays a strategic role in the marketing and sales to mining companies and suppliers worldwide.

Julian has a natural strength in operations and logistics, and has a keen desire to innovate and improve. His engineering background provides the solid foundation for strategic and iterative business development. He has been involved with website and ecommerce architecture and development since the mid 90s.

Born and raised just outside of Durban in South Africa, he transferred to Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada) in 1995 to complete his Bachelors in Engineering. Julian grew up with software, programming and the Internet, and eventually graduated in 2001 with an engineering degree after working with several technology oriented companies in Vancouver, Canada, including Lynx GeoSystems (mine modeling), Dynapro (manufacturing automation), Motorola (cellular communications), Starvision (medical imaging) and Tantalus (ecommerce). Julian completed his thesis with distinction in robotics while working for Siemens in Munich, Germany.

Specialties: mining markets, mining information, business development, corporate operations, training, finance, investment, management, leadership, strategic planning, decision making, communication, organizing, project management, facilitation, budgeting, purchasing, innovation, information systems, internet marketing, online search, web systems, ecommerce, systems architecture, software development

Simon Houlding

Simon Houlding spent his youth in Zimbabwe, graduated with an MSc (Engineering) from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, worked in the South African mining industry for ten years, and has made Canada his home since 1976. He is a practicing Professional Engineer and member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, and a member of the CIM. In the 1980s he founded Lynx Geosystems Inc., where he pioneered the development of spatial modeling techniques for resource estimation and authored several books and numerous technical references on the subject.

In 1999 he joined InfoMine Inc. and founded Edumine to provide online professional development and training to the global mining community. Up to his retirement in 2017, he focused on promoting online learning as an effective platform for global dissemination of mining expertise in collaboration with industry and academia. Edumine is now the world's largest provider of online professional development and training for mining.

In 2015, CIM awarded Simon Houlding the Vale Medal for Meritorious Contributions to Mining. In 2018, he received the CIM Robert Elver Award for the Most Significant Contribution to the Mineral Economics Field.