With 30 years of professional experience, including senior roles with Finning (world's top Cat dealer), and PricewaterhouseCoopers' global mining group, I've solved problems by paying attention to the details:
M.G. CURRIE & COMPANY LTD.
Delivered on-site MARC contract audits in Africa for one of the world's largest mining companies. Audits considered current performance against global standards for maintenance costs, work force, availability and overheads. Also identified mutual actions that improved performance for both the mine and the MARC contractor.
Created an operating plan that consolidated maintenance management for five coal mines operating in the same region in western USA.
Created detailed life cycle cost-based mobile fleet budget for a 50 million BCM/year development in Alberta's oilsands for a major multi-national energy company.
It's difficult to get an objective opinion about mining fleets - suppliers have the knowledge but they also have a product to sell, and independent experts often aren't well versed in fleet assets.
There's a knowledge gap in mining today - smart young engineers have the technical skills but demographics have stripped the industry of experienced mentors.
Detailed cost data is hard to obtain because it's tough to assemble reliable information from multiple sources and dealers are legitmately concerned about providing estimates that end up being interpreted as guarantees.