A very old friend, now prominent in Australian mining spent the weekend with me. We drank expensive whiskey, which he paid for, and rode many miles on my bikes around Vancouver on a fine sunny fall day. We recounted stories of the old days in South Africa as young & inexperienced engineers and how we solved problems by gut feel rather than knowledge and computer models.
Now there is so much knowledge & experience, so many books & papers, so many conferences & meetings that we agreed we are almost overwhelmed. Yet we agreed that last week when confronted by a whole new set of issues, we are well able to fall back on gut feel — to be augmented by computer models — to address the issues.
“How do you document this and get it out to the new, younger engineers?” he asked.
I reminded him of the upcoming EduMine webcast entitled Advanced Tailings and Mine Waste Facility Design, Construction, Operation, and Closure. This courses follow on and expands on the excellent course by Todd Martin and Kimberly Morrison on Tailings Management 101.
I urged him, and I urge you, to consider attending. There is place. It will be fun. I and my fellow presenters will provide case histories, perspective, opinion, and news on the interesting, current, and future technologies and engineering of tailings, with some waste rock and heap leach pads included.
Come join us.