Industry Terminology

This guide to Industry Terminology is provided as an introduction to language commonly used in the Mining and METS sectors.

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Accounts
The Account is accessible by Australian Tenders registers and subscribers. Having an account with Australian Tenders means that you can search for tenders/contracts, set up tender and contract alerts, save tender searches.
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Addendum
Additional information about a Request/Tender, provided to all registered potential respondents after the initial advertising date.
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Advertise
To make public announcement of a product and/or service in order to encourage people to respond, react (buy/use).
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Advertising
Advertising is a form of communication used to promote or sell something to potential customers about products and services.
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Angle of dip
The angle at which strata or mineral deposits are inclined to the horizontal plane.
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Anti-bribery and Corruption Policy
Economic crime, corruption, fraud, IP infringement, cybercrime and accounting fraud exist on a global scale presenting a very real threat to business processes, employee integrity, reputations of companies and the bottom line in virtually every sector. Mining companies require contractors and supplier to comply with anti corruption policies (usually available on their website)
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Approach to market - ATM
ATM refers to a business opportunity advertised on a tender portal. ATMs can be published as an open, prequalified or limited tender procurement method source.
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Apron Feeder
A feeder which transfers ore to the conveyors via a number of pans, or aprons, attached to a moving chain. The rate of the feeder is adjusted by varying the speed of the feeder.
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Aquifer
A water-bearing bed of porous rock, often sandstone.
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Attrition
Breakage of a small rock within a mill when it is trapped between two larger rocks that are moving in opposite directions.
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Award Notice
An email notice advising of the successful bidder. Sent at the Purchaser's discretion via an electronic system.
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Awarded
Awarded Tenders (Contracts) is the issue of an order or contract to a supplier because of a competitive tendering/bidding process.
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Azimuth
A surveying term that references the angle measured clockwise from any meridian (the established line of reference). The bearing is used to designate direction. The bearing of a line is the acute horizontal angle between the meridian and the line.
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B
Ball Mill
Grinding mill that uses steel balls as the primary source of grinding media.
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Batter
the inclined section of the wall between berms
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Bench
The flat surface that an excavator sits on while mining.
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Berm
The horizontal steps on the pit wall between batters, used to increase wall stability and catch rockfall.
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Best and Final Offer - BAFO
The detailed and fully priced offer submitted by a respondent for a contract, which represents their lowest price.
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Bid
The actual quote, tender, response document submitted by a Supplier interested in supplying goods and/or services.
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Bidder
A Supplier making a formal response to offer goods and/or services.
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Bit
The hardened and strengthened device at the end of a drill rod that transmits the energy of breakage to the rock. The size of the bit determines the size of the hole. A bit may be either detachable from or integral with its supporting drill rod.
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Borehole
Any deep or long drill-hole, usually associated with a diamond drill.
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Bornite
(Cu5FeS4) Higher grade copper ore than chalcopyrite, but lower grade than chalcocite. Typical mineralogy of 63.3% Cu, 11.1% Fe, 25.6% S
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Business Integrity
Acting consistently in accordance with a moral code - doing the right thing even when no-one is watching. Complying with all applicable laws, regulations, rules and orders relating to anti-trust and unfair competition trade practices.
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Business opportunity
Business opportunities can be defined in different ways as the term means different things to different people. Simple terms, a business opportunity involves the sale or lease of any product, service, equipment and so on, that will then enable the purchaser-licensee to begin a business.
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Butt
the toe of a drill hole. This is often where the detonators is placed in the hole, so future drill holes may be offset from previous butts in case of misfired explosive in the butt.
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Buyers
Also referred to as Purchasers or Procurers. Individuals who undertake transactional procurement and exercise purchasing responsibility for goods and services.
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COS
(Course Ore Stockpile) Refers to the stockpile produced from the output of the crusher
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Carbon Dioxide
A colourless, odourless, non-toxic radiative gas that is essential to plant and animal life. It is also emitted as a result of burning organic materials, including fossil fuels.
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Chalcocite
The most scarce source of copper, however the most profitable due to its high copper content. Typical mineralogy of 79.8% Cu, 20.2% S
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Chalcopyrite
(CuFeS2) The leading source of copper, however it is also the lowest grade copper ore with a typical mineralogy of 34.5% Cu, 30.5% Fe, 35% S
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Code of Conduct
The code that outlines how companies apply the principles and values that underly how they work and how they expect external stakeholders to work with them
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Collar
The term applied to the timbering or concrete around the mouth or top of a shaft. The beginning point of a shaft or drill hole at the surface.
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Collector
A chemical used to promote hydrophobicity of copper, allowing it to be separated from gangue during the flotation process.
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Competent rock
Rock which, because of its physical and geological characteristics, is capable of sustaining openings without any structural support except pillars and walls left during mining (stalls, light props, and roof bolts are not considered structural support).
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Compliance
Conforming to rules such as specifications, policy, standards, regulations or laws
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Composite Particle
Particles which are composed of two or more minerals.
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Composites
A material made up of two or more materials with different physical or chemical properties.
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Compression
The increase of stress levels on the rock to be crushed. When stress levels are high enough it causes the rock to fracture.
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Contract
A legally binding agreement entered into between a Purchaser and Supplier.
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Contract Variation
An addition or alteration to the terms of a contract that is mutually agreed by both parties to the contract
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Contract terms
A contractual term is "Any provision forming part of a contract". Each term gives rise to a contractual obligation, breach of which can give rise to litigation. Not all terms are stated expressly and some terms carry less legal gravity as they are peripheral to the objectives of the contract.
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Contractor
Respondent whose offer has been accepted by the Purchaser.
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Conveyor
An apparatus for moving material from one point to another in a continuous fashion.
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Copper to sulphur ratio
The ratio of copper particles to sulphur particles in a given ore body.
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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) refers to voluntary actions undertaken by mining companies to either improve the living conditions (economic, social, environmental) of local communities or to reduce the negative impacts of mining projects. By definition, voluntary actions are those that go beyond legal obligations, contracts, and licence agreements.
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Crib
A break time for operators, i.e. lunch.
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Crusher
A machine for crushing rock or other materials. Among the various types of crushers are the ball mill, gyratory crusher, Handsel mill, hammer mill, jaw crusher, rod mill, rolls, stamp mill, and tube mill.
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Crusher Gap
The region in which crushed material passes onto the conveyors.
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Crusher Mantle
The principle moving part of the crusher. Able to move up and down to achieve required crusher gap
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Crusher Spider
A support system for the crusher shaft.
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Cyclone
A conical chamber, which separates coarse and fine particles through the actions of centrifugal, force and pressure. The fine particles are directed to the overflow of the cyclone and the coarse particles are directed to the underflow.
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Cyclone Feed Pump
The pump that transfers ore to the cyclones for classification.
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Cyclone pack
A group of cyclones installed as a circular group and operated in parallel.
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Dashboard
Your homepage when you log into an e-procurement system. This provides options and links to the system features available to you.
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Debrief
A post-tender feedback process conducted by the Purchaser to unsuccessful bidders/respondents.
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Depth
The word alone generally denotes vertical depth below the surface. In the case of incline shafts and boreholes it may mean the distance reached from the beginning of the shaft or hole, the borehole depth, or the inclined depth.
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Detonator
A device containing a small detonating charge that is used for detonating an explosive, including, but not limited to, blasting caps, exploders, electric detonators, and delay electric blasting caps.
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Dilution
The contamination of ore with barren rock
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Dip
The inclination of a geologic structure (bed, vein, fault, etc.) from the horizontal; dip is always measured downwards at right angles to the strike.
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Direct Purchase
The procurement of goods and/or services by placing an order with the supplier of choice, without seeking other bids.
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Discharge Screen (Shenck Screen)
Removes any oversize material from the ball mill and recycles it to the SAG mill feed conveyor.
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Drainage
The process of removing surplus ground or surface water either by artificial means or by gravity flow.
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Drill
A machine utilizing rotation, percussion (hammering), or a combination of both to make holes. If the hole is much over 0.4m in diameter, the machine is called a borer.
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Due Diligence
The detailed process of reviewing and analysing the capacity of a bidding organisation to meet future contract performance requirements.
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Dump
To unload; specifically, a load of coal or waste; the mechanism for unloading, e.g. a car dump (sometimes called tipple); or, the pile created by such unloading, e.g. a waste dump (also called heap, pile, tip, spoil pike, etc.).
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E
E-Business Operations
Secure electronic systems specifically designed to allow Purchasers to conduct their procurement activities via the internet.
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E-Procurement
refer to E-Business E-tendering Operations
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E-tendering
Secure electronic systems specifically designed to allow Purchasers to conduct their procurement activities via the internet.
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Electronic Tender Box (ETB)
A fully secure online version of a physical tender response box.
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Electronic means
Any method of communication or provision of information using electronic technology.
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Elevator pitch
it is a short, 1 to 2 sentence statement that defines who you work with (target market) and the general area in which you help them.
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Entrainment
The entrapment of one substance by another, one of the mechanisms of NGS recovery where very fine particles are carried out to the concentrate with the water.
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Evaluation Criteria
Standards of judgement, and ranking of importance, used to assess offers and compare alternatives put forward by respondents to a Request.
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Exploration
The search for mineral deposits and the work done to prove or establish the extent of a mineral deposit. Alt: Prospecting and subsequent evaluation.
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Explosive
Any rapidly combustive or expanding substance. The energy released during this rapid combustion or expansion can be used to break rock.
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Expression of Interest (EOI)
Identifies potential suppliers interested in, and capable of, delivering the required goods or services. Potential suppliers are asked to provide information on their capability to do the work. It is usually the first stage of a multi-stage tender process.
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F80
The 80% passing size of the feed.
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Face
The exposed area of rock which is currently being excavated.
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Factor of safety
The ratio of the ultimate breaking strength of the material to the force exerted against it. If a rope will break under a load of 6000 lbs., and it is carrying a load of 2000 lbs., its factor of safety is 6000 divided by 2000 which equals 3.
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Fault
A slip-surface between two portions of the earth's surface that have moved relative to each other. A fault is a failure surface and is evidence of severe earth stresses.
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Filtration
The process of removing moisture from the concentrate, whilst washing the filter cake to remove impurities.
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Flitch
The volume of material that is excavated by an excavator in one pass. For example, a 12m bench might be excavated in three 4m flitches.
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Flocculant
Chemicals used to promote the joining of suspended particles in liquid, forming bigger particles which are then able to be more easily filtered, or removed via sedimentation.
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Flotation
The process of extracting copper from gangue due to the hydrophobicity of the copper particles.
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Flotation Cell
Two types of flotation cells are commonly used within the flotation process; Conventional cells, Which use air blowers to force air down the agitator shaft to the rotor and stator to form the bubbles and froth in the cell (externally aspirated), and naturally aspirated cells in which feed slurry is pumped through nozzles into an air chamber where air is entrained in the slurry forming bubbles.
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Fracture
A general term to include any kind of discontinuity in a body of rock if produced by mechanical failure, whether by shear stress or tensile stress. Fractures include faults, shears, joints, and planes of fracture cleavage.
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Frother
A reagent used in the flotation process to increase bubble stability allowing the froth to travel over the lip of the cell and into the collection launder.
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Gangue
The valueless or unwanted components of an ore deposit.
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Geologist
One who studies the constitution, structure, and history of the earth's crust, conducting research into the formation and dissolution of rock layers, analysing fossil and mineral content of layers, and endeavouring to fix historical sequence of development by relating characteristics to known geological influences (historical geology).
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Geotechnical engineering
The branch of engineering that specializes in assessing the stability and strength of soil and rock materials, as well as groundwater conditions. With regard to mining, geotechnical engineering principles are used to determine the appropriate design of mine features such as pit walls, tunnels, and earthen embankments.
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Girth Gear
Responsible for rotating the mill shell.
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Goods
Articles of trade; wares; merchandise; services to be supplied under a contract.
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Grinding
The process of further reducing rock size after the initial crushing. Prominent hill grinding circuit consists of a SAG mill and a ball mill.
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Grinding Media
Steel balls added to the mill to assist in the grinding of the ore.
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Ground control
The regulation and final arresting of the closure of the walls of a mined area. The term generally refers to measures taken to prevent roof falls or coal bursts.
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Haulage
The process of transporting material from the loading unit (i.e. Excavator, loader) to the dump or stockpile.
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Heave
The swelling of rock mass due to blasting and fragmentation.
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Hopper
A bin or funnel that is loaded from the top and which discharges through a door or chute at the bottom.
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Hydraulic
Of or pertaining to fluids in motion. Hydraulic cement has a composition which permits it to set quickly under water. Hydraulic jacks lift through the force transmitted to the movable part of the jack by a liquid. Hydraulic control refers to the mechanical control of various parts of machines, such as coal cutters, loaders, etc., through the operation or action of hydraulic cylinders.
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Hydrocarbon
A class of compounds containing hydrogen and carbon formed by the decomposition of plant and animal remains, including coal, mineral oil, petroleum, natural gas, paraffin, the fossil resins, and the solid bitumens occurring in rocks. Gasoline is a mixture of hydrocarbons
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Impact
Breakage of ore within a mill where a small rock is broken by a collision with a larger rock.
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In situ
In the natural or original position. Applied to a rock, soil, or fossil when occurring in the situation in which it was originally formed or deposited.
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Indemnity
A legal principle holding that the individual being recompensed under an insurance policy should be restored to the approximate financial position he or she was in prior to the loss.
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Initial Expression of Interest - IEO
When high value public sector contracts (tenders) are advertised, they usually start with asking parties interested in bidding to write and express their interest in bidding.
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Intellectual Property
A generic term for non-physical property rights such as patents, trademarks, design, confidential information, copyrights, and know how.
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Invitation to Register Interest - ITRI or IRT
ITRI provides an opportunity for contractors and suppliers to provide information about the goods and services they supply that may be relevant to the project/work.
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Invitation to Tender - ITT
The paper or electronic documentation issued to organisations invited to tender for a contract. Typically, it includes a background, rules of tender, contract specification, questions or information required and a draft contact.
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Invitation to Treat - ITT
In simple terms an ITT is an invitation to another person to make an offer to contract. An invitation to treat is an invitation for customers to submit an offer and indicates a willingness to deal.
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Isamill
A type of grinding mill in which ceramic media is added to a mill containing rotating discs in order to further grid material removed by a set of cyclones.
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Jameson Cell
A type of naturally aspirated cell which is used to clean the froth after the initial extraction through the rougher cells.
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Joint
A divisional plane or surface that divides a rock and along which there has been no visible movement parallel to the plane or surface.
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Late tender
A tender received after the specified closing date.
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Liberation
The separation of valuable minerals from the gangue.
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Load
To place explosives in a drill hole. Also, to transfer broken material into a haulage device.
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Local Businesses
A company which provides goods or services to a local population. Though most often used when referring to a locally-owned business, the term may also be used to describe a franchise or corporate branch operating within a local area.
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Local Communities
A group of interacting people sharing an environment
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MIBC
Methyl Isobutyl Carbinol. A type of frother used in during the flotation process.
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Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
A document which is used to record the intentions of parties in a less formal way than a conventional contract document, it is not legally binding unless it specifically states that it is intended to be enforceable in the courts.
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Mentorship Programs
Mentorship is a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person.
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Mill Liners
Sacrificial steel sections inside the mill shell, which are replaced at regular intervals. The liners are designed to wear while protecting the shell of the mill.
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Mill Load
The amount of material inside the mill. Can refer to ore and/or grinding balls present.
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Mill Power
Identifies the power output of the mill. Measured in MW.
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Mineralogy
The mineral properties for a given ore body.
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Mining Engineer
A person qualified by education, training, and experience in mining engineering. A trained engineer with knowledge of the science, economics, and arts of mineral location, extraction, concentration and sale, and the administrative and financial problems of practical importance in connection with the profitable conduct of mining.
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Misfire
The complete or partial failure of a blasting charge to explode as planned.
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Nitrogen oxides (NOx)
Formed when nitrogen (N2) combines with oxygen (O2) in the burning of fossil fuels, from the natural degradation of vegetation, and from the use of chemical fertilizers. A significant component of acid deposition and photochemical smog. The primary source of nitrogen oxide emissions is automobile exhaust.
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Non Sulphide Gangue (NSG)
The particles which do not become hydrophobic under the influence of collector.
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Notification
An email notice of tenders that match one or more of a subscribers search filters (profiles) within an e-procurement system.
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OSA
On Stream Analyser. Takes on-line measurements of the copper, iron, solids, and flow rate of a stream, as well as the overall copper recoveries of selected streams.
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Offer
Also referred to as a bid or response. The Suppliers offer to supply the requested goods and/or services.
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Open/Public Tender
The process of a Purchaser publicly inviting offers to supply required goods or services.
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Overburden
Layers of soil and rock covering a coal seam. In surface mining operations, overburden is removed prior to mining using large equipment. When mining has been completed, it is either used to backfill the mined areas or is hauled to an external dumping and/or storage site.
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P80
The 80% passing size of the product.
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PSI
Particle Size Monitor. Provides an on-stream measurement of particle size distribution in slurry samples.
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Panel Contracts
Contractual arrangements with more than one supplier to supply future goods and/or services within a specified value range or specialism. Often a standing offer for a specified period with agreed rates but without guaranteed volumes.
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Permit
As it pertains to mining, a document issued by a regulatory agency that gives approval for mining operations to take place.
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Policy
A policy is a deliberate system of principles to guide decisions and achieve rational outcomes. A policy is a statement of intent and is implemented as a procedure or protocol.
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Positioning statement
A factual statement that explains what you do, your differentiation from the market and who you do it for.
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Prequalification
Prequalification, or contractor prequalification, represents the minimum quality, financial, safety, environmental and management standards that a client requires contractors to have in place before they are allowed to quote for specific jobs and undertake work on behalf of that organisation.
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Prequalification Audit
A site audit to verify that existing processes and qualifications are legitimate. In particular, they assess competency, training, and safety of staff and contractors, risk and safety management and environmental management.
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Pressure Filter
A filter in which pressure is used to clamp plates together in order to capture solids whilst removing liquid.
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Price
The price element of an offer or bid made in response to a Purchasers request for goods and/or services.
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Primer (booster)
A package or cartridge of explosive which is designed specifically to transmit detonation to other explosives and which does not contain a detonator.
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Privacy Statement
A privacy policy is a statement or a legal document (in privacy law) that discloses some or all of the ways a party gathers, uses, discloses, and manages a customer or client's data. A company may also require suppliers to adhere to privacy requirements relating to the activities and information they have access to during the contracted period.
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Private/Select Tender
Tenders advertised to selected suppliers by invitation only. Not advertised on a public basis.
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Procurement
The entire process for obtaining all classes of resources (human, material, facilities and services). It can include planning, design, standards determination, specification writing, preparation of quotation and tender documentation, selection of suppliers, financing, contract administration, disposals, and other related functions.
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Procurement Plan
A project management tool that provides a framework for procurement. The procurement plan outlines the key issues that both determine and impact on the procurement strategy and method adopted.
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Procurement Portal
A website provided to a Purchaser (third party) for the management of online procurement.
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Procurement Process
The step-by-step process for the planning, establishment and contract management of small and large acquisitions.
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Profiles
A collection of geographical and industry categories and/or subcategories filters selected by an e-procurement notification subscriber which determine the types of tenders distributed by the notification service.
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Public Authority
A department of the Public Service of the State and an agency, authority or instrumentality of the Crown in right of the State.
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Public Tender
Tender advertised to the public market.
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Purchasers
Also referred to as procurers. Any organisation that releases or advertises a request to purchase goods and/or services.
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Quotation/Quote
Refers to a document in the form of an offer to supply goods and/or services; usually in response to a Request for Quotation.
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ROM Pad
The Run Of Mine Pad - the place where all ore is stockpiled prior to being fed into the crusher.
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Reference Number
This is the system generated reference number for a tender. (e.g. RFX number in Tenderlink)
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Registration of Interest (ROI)
This is similar to an Expression of Interest (EOI) in that it is used to identify suppliers interested in, and capable of, delivering the required goods or services. Potential suppliers are asked to provide information on their capability to do the work. It is usually the first stage of a multi-stage tender process.
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Request
The documentation utilised for Requests for Tenders, Requests for Proposals or Expressions of Interest.
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Request for Application (RFA)
Notice that grants are available to fund certain types of programs. RFAs usually released by a government agency or non-profit organisation and usually outline what types of programs are eligible, what the expectations are and how applications are submitted and reviewed.
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Request for Information (RFI)
A written or electronic request for information to gain a more detailed understanding of the supplier market and the range of solutions and technologies that may be available. It may be used to develop documentation for a future tender.
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Request for Quotation (RFQ)
A written or electronic process of inviting offers to supply goods and/or services involving simple documentation. This is usually, but not always, distributed to a limited number of potential suppliers. Generally for items and services involving lower risk and purchasing sums.
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Request for Tender (RFT)
A written or electronic process of inviting offers to supply goods and/or services. An RFT can follow an RFI or EOI process and will usually include documentation detailing the specific requirements of the Purchaser. This may be distributed on a public/open basis, or by way of a private invitation to a selected/private group of potential suppliers.
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Requirements
The requirements specified by Purchasers. These are used to evaluate bid responses.
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Reserve
That portion of the identified coal or mineral deposit resource that can be economically mined at the time of determination. The reserve is derived by applying a recovery factor to that component of the identified resource designated as the reserve base or proven reserves.
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Respondent
Someone who has submitted a bid response or offer in response to a Request.
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SAG Mill
Semi-Autogenous Grinding (SAG) Mill. A type of grinding where the rock itself is the main grinding medium.
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SAG trommel
Removes grinding media and any oversized rocks from the milled ore.
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SEX - Sodium Ethyl Xanthate.
A type of collector used during the flotation process. Most commonly used collector at Prominent Hill.
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SaaS: Software-as-a-Service
A business application delivered via the internet.
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Scats
Any oversized rocks and/or steel balls removed from the milled ore.
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Services
The whole of the services, tasks, work and requisites to be supplied, rendered, provided or performed by a contractor under a contract and any variations provided for by the contract, and includes all and any goods, materials, plant, machinery or equipment supplied, provided or used by the contractor in performance of the contract.
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Skills transfer
Identifying opportunities to utilise or upskill employees across a range of tasks to provide greater sustainability of employment
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Slip
A fault. A smooth joint or crack where the strata have moved on each other.
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Social Licence to Operate
The social licence to operate (SLO) refers to the level of acceptance or approval by local communities and stakeholders of mining companies and their operations.
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Specification
Sets out details of the performance required under a contract.
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Subcontractors
A subcontractor is a person who is hired by a general contractor (or prime contractor, or main contractor) to perform a specific task as part of the overall project and is normally paid for services provided to the project by the originating general contractor.
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Subsidiaries
A subsidiary, subsidiary company or daughter company is a company that is owned or controlled by another company, which is called the parent company, parent, or holding company. The subsidiary can be a company, corporation, or limited liability company. In some cases, it is a government or state-owned enterprise.
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Sump
The bottom of a shaft, or any other place in a mine, that is used as a collecting point for drainage water.
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Supplier
The person or organisation seeking to supply goods and/or services in response to a Purchaser request. Some / many companies differential that a contractor provides services whilst a supplier provides goods and equipment.
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Supplier Code of Conduct
The Supplier code of conduct sets out expectations of suppliers, their subsidiaries and subcontractors. Companies may elect to not work with or cease to work with suppliers who do not meet these expectations.
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TSF
Tailings Storage Facility
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TSF Spiggots
Discharge points for the slurry into the TSF.
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Tender
A document in the form of an offer to supply goods and/or services, usually submitted by a supplier in response to a public or selective invitation such as a Request for Tender (RFT).
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Tender Box (Physical)
A secure location within which tenders, offers, quotations or bids are placed.
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Tenderer
A party submitting a tender in response to an RFT.
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Thickener
A circular tank where thickening occurs due to gravitational separation. Contains a raking mechanism which is used to move thickened slurry to the discharge.
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Thickening
The removing of water from slurry. Performed via settling of solid particles.
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Toe
Impact zone of the mill where the media and ore fall onto itself to promote impact.
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Total contract value
The estimated total value of the contract for the entire life of the contract, including extensions.
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Tram
Used in connection with moving self-propelled mining equipment. A tramming motor may refer to an electric locomotive used for hauling loaded trips or it may refer to the motor in a cutting machine that supplies the power for moving or tramming the machine
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Tramp Metal Magnet
A large magnet used to remove ferrous metals in the feed, to avoid damaging equipment downstream.
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U
 
Unique Selling proposition
is a statement about what makes you and your company different from other vendors.
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Unique Value Proposition (UVP)
A clear statement that describes the benefit of your offer, how you solve your customer's needs and what distinguishes you from the competition.
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Validity period
The period of time for which a bid will remain open for consideration and acceptance by the Purchaser.
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Value Proposition
a clear statement of the tangible results a customer gets from using your products or services.
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Values
Core values are the fundamental beliefs of a person or organisation. These guiding principles dictate acceptable behaviors and ways of working.
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Verbal Quotation
A verbal process of inviting offers to supply goods and/or services involving a limited number of potential suppliers.
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Waste
That rock or mineral which must be removed from a mine to keep the mining scheme practical, but which has no value.
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Workings
The entire system of openings in a mine for the purpose of exploitation.
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Written quotation
A written or electronic process of inviting bids to supply goods and/or services involving simple documentation and a limited number of potential suppliers
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Xanthates
The major component in the SEX collector used throughout the flotation process.
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Z