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Online Integrated Strategic Planning Seminar

Whittle Consulting seminars are now online. Due to COVID-19 we have re-developed, adapted and upgraded our Integrated Strategic Planning seminar to a live, interactive & online format, delivered over 4 consecutive half days

Gerald Whittle announces launch of Online Seminars


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Presented by Whittle Consulting

Whittle Consulting are the leaders in the field of Integrated Strategic Planning. Since 1999, Whittle Consulting has conducted over 180 Whittle Enterprise Optimisation studies for mining companies worldwide. These studies have repeatedly improved the economics of a mining project or operation from 5% – 35%, and in many cases substantially more. These results are achieved even after conventional mining optimisation techniques have already been applied.


Integrated Strategic Planning is regarded as best practice in the mining industry. The Online Seminar comprehensively explains the philosophy and methodology behind Whittle Integrated Strategic Planning. It includes an explanation of the processes involved and the benefits derived from developing a Whittle Enterprise Optimisation model.

Effective long term planning can enhance the value of a minerals business from 5% – 35%, and in many cases substantially more. The seminar explains the 10 distinct Steps in a Whittle Enterprise Optimisation model including: pit/underground, phases, mine schedule, cut-off, stockpiles, blend, processing, product mix and specification, logistics and capital. When applied simultaneously these Steps produce extraordinary results. Important new techniques and concepts for the mining industry are also explored. These theories include Activity Based Costing (ABC) and Theory of Constraints (TOC). The end result is a powerful analytical approach to decision making across all aspects of a mining operation or project. The seminar is equally applicable to both open pit and underground mines.

Introducing insights that are sometimes counter intuitive, Gerald Whittle’s engaging and challenging workshop will:

  • Introduce you to the Integrated Strategic Planning process
  • Provide refreshing insights into how mining companies generate cash, and why they so often fail to do so
  • Describe in detail the simultaneous optimisation of the whole value chain: mining, mineral processing, logistics, production and capital
  • Explain planning and optimisation with geological uncertainty and volatile metal markets
  • Operational and cost modelling techniques for optimisation
  • Theory of Constraints for mining
  • Implementing an effective planning process
  • Provide examples of how the process is being used around the world and the results being achieved.


Gerald Whittle – CEO, Whittle Consulting

As the CEO of Whittle Consulting, Gerald has worked in the mining industry for over 20 years. A recognised thought leader on mining optimisation, Gerald has presented the Integrated Strategic Planning seminar to over 5,000 delegates worldwide. A qualified accountant and an experienced CFO, he has over 40 years in business planning, analysis and change management.


“It is no exaggeration to say that the techniques presented constitute one of the most significant innovations that I have seen in almost 30 years of experience in the mining industry.“

Peter Knights – Professor of Mining, University of Queensland.

Who should attend this Seminar?

Over the past decade the seminar has been attended by over 5,000 senior mining executives, geologists, mining engineers, process engineers, metallurgists, logistics managers, department, divisional and project managers, institutional mining fund investors, financial analysts and project financiers.

Ideally senior managers across all business disciplines from the one company should attend together, as the seminar presents the benefits of cross-functional collaboration. In our online seminar, managers from different locations can easily participate together in the virtual seminar space. Attendance is often the final step in deciding whether to embark an Enterprise Optimisation study, or the first step in doing it. In house seminars can be also be arranged online upon request.

Note: This is not a software course but a strategic mining integration and optimisation learning experience.

Upcoming Integrated Strategic Planning

Seminar Dates

Each seminar is delivered over 4 consecutive half days (4 hours per day).

Seminar DatesTimezone 
28 September - 1 October 202113:00-17:00 EDT UTC-4 (Toronto time)
Suitable for North, Central & South America (also accessible in the evening in Africa & Europe)
Start times: Vancouver 10:00am, Denver 11:00am, Lima 12:00pm, Toronto 1:00pm, Santiago & Sao Paulo & Buenos Aries 2:00pm, London 6:00pm, Johannesburg 7:00pm, Moscow 8:00pm
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11 - 14 October 2021
12:00-16:00 AEST UTC+10 (Brisbane time)
Suitable for Australasia
Start times: Almaty 8:00am, Jakarta 9:00am, Perth 10:00am, Tokyo 11:00am, Brisbane 12:00pm & Melbourne 1:00pm
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25 - 28 October 202111:00-15:00 BST UTC+1 (London time)
Suitable for Europe, Africa & the Middle East (also accessible in the early morning in the Americas & the evening in Australasia)
Start times: Santiago & Sao Paulo & Buenos Aries 7:00am, Accra 10:00am, London 11:00am, Johannesburg 12:00pm, Moscow 1:00pm, Dubai 2:00pm, Jakarta 5:00pm, Perth 6:00pm, Brisbane 8:00pm, Melbourne 9:00pm
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13:00-17:00 EST UTC-5 (Toronto time)
Suitable for North, Central & South America (also accessible in the evening in Africa & Europe)
Start times: Vancouver 8:00am, Denver 9:00am, Lima & Toronto 11:00am, Santiago & Sao Paulo & Buenos Aries 1:00pm, London 4:00pm, Johannesburg 6:00pm, Moscow 7:00pm
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Watch our 45 minute introductory WEBINAR

Not sure if the 4-day seminar is for you? Our 45-minute online introductory webinar provides a high level overview of the Whittle Integrated Strategic Planning approach. In the webinar, Gerald Whittle, CEO of Whittle Consulting, explains what is covered if you attend our online 4-day Integrated Strategic Planning seminar.

To watch a previously recorded webinar CLICK HERE

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