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

Lessons we can draw from the Samarco tailings dam failure

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First of all, it is good to be back with you blogging again. As some of you might know, I spent most of 2015 and the first seven months of 2016 as an Academic Mining Engineering Fellow at the US Securities & … Continue reading

What should we expect with the “gamification” of mine planning?

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This week’s edition of Mining Journal reports on the unveiling of Runge Pincock Minarco‘s yet-to-be-released mine planning tool Xecute at last month’s SAP Mining & Metals Forum in Darmstadt, Germany. Runge’s CEO Mr. Richard Mathews gave the Forum’s attendees  a … Continue reading