Role of Professional Societies & Research in Developing a Sustainable Mineral Industry

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In August, I presented at the second WAIMM Annual Industry Conference. My talk was on the “Role of Professional Societies & Research in Developing a Sustainable Mineral Industry.” This was very similar to a talk I gave in the Dominican Republic … Continue reading

Discussion of Sustainable Mining Practices at SODOGEO 2017

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I was in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, March 15-17, 2017, at the 1st International Congress of Applied Geology at the invitation of the Dominican Society of Geology (SODOGEO). SODOGEO had asked me to speak about “Sustainable Mining Practices.” I added … Continue reading

SME 2017: Cautious Optimism, Emerging Tools for Community Engagement

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The 2017 SME Annual Meeting was held in Denver, CO February 20-22, 2017 with the theme “creating wealth in a cyclical world.” Anyone who knows the mining industry understands why SME chose the that theme this year. The mining industry … Continue reading

Computing Skills Required of Today’s Mining Engineer

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Recently, I was invited to give a series of seminars at Chongqing University, Chongqing, China. On December 14, I gave a seminar with the above title to a group of mining engineering undergraduate students. My hosts and I had agreed … Continue reading

Corruption, Mining & Sustainability

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This week, I read another damaging story about corruption involving mining companies and the Guinean Government revolving around Simandou, the vast undeveloped iron ore resource in Guinea. As you may know, there have been several allegations of corruption surrounding mining … Continue reading

How can we leverage big data technology to run efficient mines?

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This week, I had a conversation with a colleague that led me to think about how little we are using the available data at mines to facilitate better decision-making. And, consequently, how little advantage we take of the large amounts … Continue reading