Recently on LinkedIn I noticed a discussion from a member of an Australian/New Zealand consulting group about developing an on-line community for undertaking free peer reviews of new resource estimates and technical reports. The objective was to help the mining industry improve on their standards, consistency, and quality of resource estimates and the supporting technical reports.
RSC are steadily compiling a Dropbox library of technical reports that can be accessed via a searchable map on their web site at this link. The map functionality is quite unique and interesting. Check it out – there are many global projects already listed on the map.
The proposed peer review concept is not described on the web site but was part of a LinkedIn discussion, which now seems to be deleted from LinkedIn. The goal is (or was) to develop a team of pre-approved volunteer mineral consultants that would review the various technical reports for accuracy and compliancy. The list of comments would then be complied and would generate a ranking to be provided back to the original author and/or the mining company. The hope is that such on-going peer reviews would help improve the quality of technical work.
Via LinkedIn, they were seeking out volunteer reviewers and had numerous people interested already. My understanding is that they were planning to start a trial run of the system within the next few weeks, however seeing the article gone from LinkedIn, the idea may have been put aside. Nevertheless the searchable map is still there and it is an interesting way to see what project developments are occurring in the mining industry.