Ignatov & Company Group - Mining - ForesightWe provide Foresight services in Mining since 1998 – with emphasis in Market & Industry, Technology, and Problem-Specific Foresight.

ICG uses a wide range of the Foresight techniques – such as expert panels, Delphi method, strategic analysis/planning methods (SWOT, PEST, STEER, EPISTEL, etc.), brainstorming, scenario analysis and planning, causal layered analysis (CLA), morphological analysis and cross-consistency assessment, relevance trees, systems engineering, etc.

We have partner relations with natural resources ministries, coal industry ministries, geology survey authorities, licensing authorities, stat offices, Custom Offices, environmental control bodies, etc, several large state-run and private mining holdings, suppliers of mining machinery, etc. We have abilities to make expert interviews in local languages.

To overcome foresight methods' major limitations (such as ignoring of the minor opinions frequently presenting the “creative” approach not shared with the majority of the experts; experts’ “conformism”; organizational challenges at large expert group management, etc.) we actively use such advanced methods as chaos theory, catastrophe theory, tensor analysis, graphs theory, game theory, case based reasoning (CBR), genetic algorithms, etc. in our Foresight projects.

Here is what we can cover as related to the foresight in Mining markets:

  • Coalmining
    • Thermal coal
    • Coking coal
    • Coal washing (enrichment)
  • Metal ores
    • Iron (magnetite, hematite, pyrrhosiderite, siderite, chamosite, limonite, etc.)
    • Aluminium (bauxite, aluminosilicate, alunite, nepheline, etc.)
    • Barium (barite, celestine, witherite, mackayite, etc.)
    • Beryllium (beryl, chrysoberyl, herderite, phenacite, bertrandite, etc.)
    • Bismuth (bismuthine, bismuthite, bismalith, joseite, cosalite, etc.)
    • Cadmium (chalcopyrite, chalcocite, smithsonite, zincite, sphalerite, galena, etc.)
    • Calcium ores (calcite, karstenite, anhydrite, fluorite, fluorspar, etc.)
    • Cesium (lepidolite, pollucite, biotite, etc.)
    • Chrome (chromite, chromspinelide, magnochromite, chrompicotite, alumochromite, olivine, peridot, etc.)
    • Cobalt (cobaltpentlandite, cobaltine, cobaltite, skutterudite, etc.)
    • Copper (native copper, chalcopyrite, chalcocite, chalcosine, etc.)
    • Hafnium (zircon, hafnon, baddeleyite, etc.)
    • Lead (galena, cerussite, chalcopyrite, pyrite, barite, etc.)
    • Lithium (spodumene, triphane, lepidolite, etc.)
    • Magnesium (magnesite, brucite, bischofite, dolomite, carnallite, etc.)
    • Manganese (pyrolusite, hausmannite, brucite, manganite, etc.)
    • Mercury (cinnabar, sphalerite, metacinnabarite, vermilion, etc.)
    • Molybdenum (molybdenite, scheelite, wulfenite, molybdite, jordisite, etc.)
    • Nickel (niccolite, pentlandite, pyrrhotite, pyrrhotine, millerite, chalcopyrite, etc.)
    • Niobium (niobite, columbite, loparite, pyrochlore, etc.)
    • Potassium (sylvine, sylvite, sylvinite, carnallite, etc.)
    • Rhenium (molybdenite, rheniite, dzheskazganite, etc.)
    • Rubidium (lepidolite, rubicline, carnallite, sylvite, sylvinite, spodumene, triphane, etc.)
    • Strontium (wollastonite, apatite, celestine, celestite, strontianite, donneyite, etc.)
    • Tantalum (tantalite, betafite, sphene, loparite, pyrochlore, ilmenorutile, etc.)
    • Tin (cassiterite, stannolite, stannine, stannite, magnetite, ilmenite, etc.)
    • Titanium (ilmenite, rutile, loparite, anatase, titanite, perovskite, etc.)
    • Tungsten (ferberite, huebnerite, wolframite, scheelite, etc.)
    • Vanadium (descloizite, vanadite, vanadinite, nontronite, ilmenite, rutile, etc.)
    • Zinc (sphalerite, zincite, wurtzite, spiauterite, barite, chalcopyrite, pyrite, galena, etc.)
    • Zirconium (zircon, baddeleyite, monazite, catapleite, eudialyte, etc.)
  • Precious metal ores
    • Native gold (primary and alluvial)
    • Gold ores
    • Native silver
    • Silver ores
    • Native platinum (isoferroplatinum, tetraferroplatinum, etc.)
    • Platinum ores (dunite, tilaite, troctolite, sperrylite, cooperite, clinopyroxene, etc.)
    • Native palladium
    • Palladium ores (pyrite, chalcopyrite, pyrrhotine, olivinite, clinopyroxene, etc.)
    • Native rhodium
    • Rhodium ores (pyrite, chalcopyrite, pyrrhotine, laurite, etc.)
    • Native iridium
    • Iridium ores (pyrite, chalcopyrite, pyrrhotine, dunite, iridosmine, osmiridium, etc.)
    • Native ruthenium
    • Ruthenium ores (pyrite, chalcopyrite, pyrrhotine, etc.)
    • Native osmium
    • Osmium ores (pyrite, chalcopyrite, pyrrhotine, dunite, etc.)
  • Metalloid ores
    • Antimony (antimonite, galena, berthierite, tetradymite, stibnite, etc.)
    • Arsenic (arsenopyrite, mispickel, dalarnite, arsenblende, auripigment, etc.)
    • Boron (borax, boracite, hydroboracite, inderborite, colemanite, etc.)
    • Germanium (sphalerite, chalcopyrite, coal, germanite, etc.)
    • Tellurium (chalcopyrite, chalcocite, chalcosine, hessite, savodinskite, etc.)
    • Selenium (chalcopyrite, chalcocite, chalcosine, galena, pyrite, etc.)
    • Silicon (silica, quartz, silicates)
  • Precious stones
    • Raw diamonds
    • Other precious stones
    • Semiprecious stones
    • Decoration stone (malachite, lazurite, rock crystal, etc.)
  • Industrial minerals
    • Cryolite ores
    • Halite (rock salt)
    • Sodium Chloride
    • Basalt
    • Natural abrasives (pumice stone, emery, natural corundum, etc.).
    • Vermiculite
    • Gypsum
    • Feldspar
    • Fluorspar
    • Leucite
    • Limestone
    • Syenite
    • Pegmatite
    • Dolomite
    • Natural quartz
    • Graphite
    • Construction sand
    • Talc ores (steatite) and crushed talk
    • Mica ores, mica powder, muscovite, phlogopite (amber mica)
    • Quartz sand
    • Chrysotile-asbestos and amphibolite asbestos
    • Bitumen
    • Kaolin
    • Refractory clays
    • Sulfur (native, pyrite, chalcopyrite, sphalerite, barite, Glauber's salt, etc.)
    • Pyrite (mundic)
    • Pyrrhotine (magnetic pyrite)
    • Barite
    • Fluorite
    • Magnesium sulfate ores (kieserite, epsomite)
    • Other
  • Raw materials for fertilizer
    • Apatite
    • Phosphorites
    • Nepheline and apatite-nepheline ore
    • Phosphate
    • Carnallite
    • Sylvinite
    • Crude potassium salts
    • Other