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Metals and Mining

By adopting superior project management practices, the mining and metals industries can reach new heights in production, efficiency, safety, and sustainability. Our team is ready to elevate your project's value, assisting in selecting and prioritizing your portfolio.

Maximizing Efficiency and Performance: Impact on Mining and Metals Industries

Ricardo Vargas has globally supported numerous mining and metals organizations in selecting, implementing, and optimizing project and program management solutions for complex projects like expansion projects, production, and other operations. With a background in Chemical Engineering, a master’s in industrial engineering, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Ricardo brings valuable sector-specific experience.

How Our Services Can Benefit Your Organization:

  • Risk Management: Our enterprise risk management process identifies and mitigates project risks, including geological, environmental, health and safety, market, and operational risks, minimizing costly delays or unexpected expenses.
  • Quick Wins® Approach: We employ the Quick Wins® approach to project planning, aiding the mining and metals industries in planning, executing, and concluding projects efficiently and effectively.
  • Portfolio and Programs: Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors are increasingly vital in the mining and metals sectors, influencing the environment, societal well-being, and corporate governance quality. Diversifying operations and investments helps mitigate risks and ensure steadier returns. A Gartner report indicates that 83% of executives acknowledge direct short- and long-term value from their sustainability program activities. Ricardo Vargas has refined a mathematical model based on the Analytical Hierarchy Process over 18 years. This model allows for the comparison of projects across various success metrics, from large-scale construction to innovative marketing initiatives.
  • Change Management: The mining and metals industries have witnessed significant technological advancements, including automation, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), 3D printing, and virtual/augmented reality. These technologies enhance productivity, mitigate risks, and improve safety. We assist your organization in developing a change management plan to implement new technologies, increasing competitiveness in the market.

Our Clients in Metals and Mining Industry

Vale
Vallourec
Samarco Mineração
Gerdau
ELUMA
CSN - Cia Siderúrgica Nacional
Alcoa
All clients

What Kind of Support can we provide to you in the Metals and Mining Industry

Project Management

Use of AI and Machine Learning to Leverage Project Performance

Ricardo was a pioneer in the use of Artificial Neural Networks to predict project behaviour. In 2015, he published the paper Applying Neural Networks and Analogous Estimating to Determine the Project Budget. In 2018 he founded with partners PMOtto, the first chatbot to employ machine learning to help manage projects and utilize project management software.

We can leverage machine learning to help your organization with:

  • Sentiment analysis
  • Task prediction
  • Project status trend analysis
  • The use of productivity AI assistant
  • Resources allocation to address team experience and knowledge
  • Financial forecasting and market crisis analysis
  • Fraud detection
Agile and Business Agility

Agile Project Management

Change your organization’s mindset and operating model with an agile makeover that helps you adapt and respond to a constantly shifting business environment.

True agile practices are based on strong team collaboration that allows organizations to test their challenges and react fast.

We can help you:

  • Build an internal case for agile transformation
  • Establish leader buy-in and commitment
  • Trigger behavioural change among employees
  • Design a Lean-Agile lifecycle and roadmap
  • Apply Scrum Principles to all complex projects
  • Optimize value streams and execution
  • Create retrospective planning and execution
Project Management

Quick Wins® for Accelerated Planning

Imagine going from nothing to complete in 3 weeks! Our industry-leading Quick Wins® methodology can be used to structure and execute a project when circumstances do not allow for a normal planning process.

This can provide your organization with a tremendous competitive edge when project completion represents the difference between leading and following industry trends.

Quick Wins® can help guide:

  • Status assessment
  • Team planning and composition
  • First version definition
  • Design and implementation of a communications plan
  • Contingency process implementation
  • Identification of risk triggers
  • Project-specific leadership training and coaching
  • Support through to project operation
Enterprise Risk Management

Enterprise Risk Management

Using the latest mathematical simulations and machine-learning algorithms, we can help your organization develop a predictive system to monitor for the inflection points in your industry – and the opportunities that accompany them – that many of your competitors may overlook.

We can help you deal with:

  • Scenario planning and environmental scanning
  • Risk thresholds definition
  • Risk triggers
  • Risk database development
  • Simulation modeling
  • Bayesian estimates of intangible benefits
  • Modeling of financial reserves
  • Risk performance indicators definition
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act requirements
Crisis Planning and Response

Crisis Planning and Management

We can help your organization respond to both external and internal crisis.

This can include both proactive preparations and contingency plans to minimize damages in the aftermath of a crisis.

Our expertise can assist with:

  • Pre-crisis planning
  • Crisis trigger mapping
  • Crisis room design and implementation
  • Emergency Response teams
  • Impact assessments
  • Critical Response implementation
  • Media and stakeholder communication
Change Management

Change Management Consulting

We can support your change management journey, from initial assessment to workforce transformation and readiness for change.

We can help you address:

  • Change readiness assessment and budgeting
  • Identification of change drivers and sponsors
  • Workforce engagement and transformation
  • Stakeholder mapping
  • Communications planning
  • Human resource management
  • Promotion of psychological safety
Project Management

Project Maturity Assessment

Our extensive experience in project, program and portfolio management can help your organization diagnose problems and plot a path to better performance.

Services include:

  • Project maturity diagnosis with Axelos P3M3®
  • Competency and stakeholder mapping
  • Overall improvement in planning and execution.

Do you want to improve your Metals and Mining Industry infrastructure?

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