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CEED cements nine year relationship with Downer EDI Mining

With a business and reputation built on their ability to accurately estimate costs associated with operating and maintaining their plant, Downer EDI Mining is vigilant about having access to the most up to date cost profiles for all equipment.
Downer EDI Mining is one of Australia’s leading contract miners providing cost efficient mining solutions.

Downer EDI Mining - one of their mobile fleet, onsite 
 One of Downer EDI Mining's mobile fleet - on-site

Since 2001, the company has developed a Lifecycle Costing model for their mobile mining equipment and annually, they update the model - assisted by a CEED student.  In 2010, they recruited final year UQ Mechanical Engineering student, Adam Saleh.

Justin Pearson, Senior Plant Estimator for Downer EDI Mining Pty Ltd and Adam’s industry supervisor said that working with final year students was all about bringing fresh ideas and approaches to the table.
“We look to the university students to bring some of the newer thinking from university into the business. 

We value the work that students complete.  As with Adam’s project, the most up to date and accurate cost profiles are essential for use in the tendering process and do contribute to business outcomes,” said Justin. 

Adam’s project focused on developing Whole of Life (WOL) cost models for all major mobile plant at Downer EDI Mining. The project was split into three main areas of investigation; Cost Escalation, Parts & Labour; and Buckets & Bodies (B&B) including Ground Engaging Tools (GETs).

Adam said that although the project methodology was well established, this review did bring some refinements to the process and for him was a great learning experience. “This project showed me an area of engineering that I wasn’t that aware of,” said Adam. 

“It was an interesting process and it certainly gave me an appreciation of how important cost estimation is for a company that owns machinery on this scale.”

 Downer EDI Mining - another example of their equipment fleet

A scale, he added that he only really appreciated once he went out to mining sites. 
Working on this CEED project was about getting hands-on industry experience and I had the chance to really apply my own thinking to the project.  The company was very supportive of my efforts.”

As a testament to the successful partnership, Downer EDI Mining has employed many of the eleven CEED students they have hosted on projects over the years. 
In 2010, this also includes Adam as he will continue working with the company on a part-time basis until the end of the year.


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