The International Quality & Productivity Centre (IQPC) is hosting a two-day conference on mining project planning and evaluation, May 30 and 31 at the Hotel Grand Chancellor. Feasibility studies are very important as the success of a mine often depends on the accuracy of the study undertaken before commencing the project. The main focus of the conference will be on preventing cost and time blow-outs and inaccurate resource estimation, issues which many feasibility studies fall victim to. Speakers include: Paul Currie – manager mining; principal mine planning engineer, GHD; Ken Brinston – project manager, Atlas Iron; Matthew Longworth – chief operating officer, Heron Resources; Mike Freeman – project manager mineral and title services division, Department of Industry and Resources; Steve van Barneveld – general manager engineering services, Sedgman Ltd (QLD); Tony Willmot – project director Dawson alliance, Anglo Coal (QLD); Prof Bruce Hebblewhite – mining engineering lecturer, University of NSW; and Goran Galic – senior associate, Minter Ellison. Registration costs $2,419 for the conference only and up to $4,597 including workshops. For more information contact IQPC on 02 9223 2600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.