A week in review. Most of the mining work I did was for a project that I dare not write about. I read hundreds of documents about a project that failed. And I tried to formulate the reasons why it failed. But, as I said, I dare not write about it. (more…)
Archive for September, 2011
Posted in acid mine drainage, decomissioning, environmental, Human relations and mining, Mining history, Reclamation, tagged andy robertson, mine closure, Pebble Mine, Witwatersrand on September 22, 2011 | 4 Comments »
The mine closure conference is underway in one of those tourist towns in the Rockies of Alberta. I am not there; somehow the event snuck up on me and I just could not bring myself to go to another conference where I would snooze unceasingly through dull talks in hushed and dark rooms. It is a liberating feeling to know that you have absolutely no desire to go to yet another conference. (more…)
A major report by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce is entitled What’s It Worth? The Economic Value of College Majors. The report is long, over 180 pages and covers degrees ranging from Agriculture to Social Sciences. Engineering is dealt with from page 110 to page 123. (more…)
No profound thoughts today. Just a collection of fun photos from recent travel.
Central City, Colorado and a view of the town and old mining activities in the background.
A fox on a mine site somewhere.
Colorful equal facilities at a mine remote from running sanitation.
Clay cracking and shadows of the curious.
A tailings impoundment in the far north.
A final acknowledgement to Gord McKenna who is by far the best photographer in the mining industry. I will never be as good as he is, but here are a few of my honest productions. No comments please.
Posted in British Columbia, consulting, Jobs and Salaries, tagged bhpbilliton, civil engineering, consulting, Goldcorp, hunter dickinson, jobs, navy, Pebble Mine, UBC, women on September 19, 2011 | 2 Comments »
On the plane from Seattle to Vancouver: she sat next to me; she was tall, and ginger, with the white skin and freckles of the perfect. She told me she is a geologist en route to a weekend with her boyfriend, also a geologist doing a masters at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in exploration geology on a scholarship from Hunter Dickinson. (more…)
No blog postings these past two weeks. I have been doing what miners do: working on mines. I have been doing what geotechnical engineers do: travelling to sites to see the soils & rocks. I have been doing what consultants do: going to far-away places to see, think, and advise. (more…)
(This is the painting of the martyrdom of Saint Lawrence–kind of like working in a consulting company.)
A long weekend of sun and friends with walks in the woods and to the Bard on the Beach production of The Merchant of Venice. In deep discussion with our friends who now live in Costa Rica, we argued about Mentoring in Mining (and other) Consulting. Her daughter works for one of those big international consulting companies that focuses on the mining industry and other geotechnical and environmental markets. Her ex-husband too used to work for the same company until he joined the big mining house in London, whence he now flies all over the world to control consultants. (more…)