Miners saw the dust settle at long last in 2016, after a pulverizing downturn ground the industry to a virtual halt. Today, after years of pulling back on investment, exploration and human resources, the worlds largest mining companies are ready to move ahead. They have cut debt, strengthened balance sheets and taken necessary impairments. In the process, these players have found themselves in step with an awakening global demand for most commodities, and they have watched their credit ratings rise and valuations grow. This year will be all about assessing options and making the right corporate decisions to sustain the market optimism that these events have unleashed.