Update: This blog was originally written in August 2015, but has been updated in June 2019.
A while ago (in 2015) 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.
Original RSC website
OPAXE (then called RSC) created a 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.
Originally they also proposed a peer review concept. The goal was to develop a team of pre-approved volunteer mineral consultants that would review the various technical reports for accuracy and compliance. The hope is that such on-going peer reviews would help improve the quality of technical work.
It appears that the peer review aspect has been discontinued. However currently, when viewing an individual project there is an input box that asks “I would like to anonymously report a compliance or data error issue with this report.“
The website also allows you to search for reports based on date, commodity, stock exchange, type of study, as well as other criteria.
If you are interested in the technical aspects of different mining projects in different jurisdictions, check out the OPAXE website. You can also still retrieve documents from the SEDAR site if you know the company you are looking for. Alternatively the company website itself usually includes links to all their technical reports.
Digbee website screenshot
In June 2019, a new website has come to my attention. It is called Digbee, at thedigbee.com. Its a new data and research platform where they match experts with mining feasibility studies to create objective reviews. The site is very similar to the OPAXE one.
In May 2019 Digbee launched with a free database of over 3,000 economic studies, displayed on an interactive map. In addition, they intend to offer a paid on-demand and independent analysis of published feasibility studies. Mining companies can contact Digbee to get their project added.