I am addicted to origami–the purest form of engineering. Take a square piece of paper and turn it into a plane that flies. That is the final challenge. (more…)
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Words cannot capture a day of intense impressions. Yet let me try. Go east of Lima into the hills (as I did today) and see this:
- Tailings clinging to the steep hills in defiance of gravity.
- A mine closed by the government to perfection. They know what they are doing!
- Filter-pressed tailings transported fifty kilometers up 1000 m elevation to a new disposal site — economically?
Last Saturday night we went to Bard on the Beach to watch The Tempest. First a supper on the grass beneath the trees: wine; bread, sushi; and a whole roast chicken eaten with gusto and more wine. And an avoidance of the rain that threatened and then came in gusts during the performance. (more…)
The past week at a mine in Honduras. Too many impressions to record right now. So a few photos instead.
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Day one of the conference Paste 2014. Actually the actual conference begins tomorrow. Today there were short courses and meeting of friends and fellow travellers on the mining journey. The most beautiful was a lovely lady from Brazil who is studying at the university of British Columbia for a semester and will be a mining engineer in a year or two. We chatted over lunch and if she is, as I believe she will be, the future of mining, the profession is in good and beautiful hands. (more…)
Today was the first of five days of events associated with the conference Paste 2014. One course today; two courses tomorrow; and then three days of papers and presentations. So last night out drinking with old friends come to the conference. Today a long ride around Vancouver with one who survived last night’s drinking–we lunched at The Bridges at Granville Island. And we explored all the things right & wrong with tailings management. And lost loves and failed marriages. In the sun and trees of a perfect summer day, who cares about these things. They are past and only the present and future count. (more…)
Lesson learnt: in all O&M tailings management manuals put in a requirement to observe the penstock more carefully when tailings discharge water is not going through it—look carefully to see if water from another source is exiting the pipe and find out why.
This is a new lesson learnt. This is something I had not before now thought of. But on the basis of what I saw and did today, a necessary action.
Add it to your O&M manual.
Here are some pictures of this situation:
If you have a penstock and seek to know more, contact me.
More than twenty-five years ago, I spent six months in Oak Ridge, Tennessee opening the Jacobs Engineering office. Then we won a job that required me to move to Pasadena, California. This week I am back in the state and see much change. Highway 40 from Oak Ridge to Knoxville was a quiet road. Now it is continuous commercial development and an eight-lane freeway. The weather is still perfect and the people still have that wonderful can-do attitude.
Those miners I have been with this week are so American. Their attitude is always: that is a great idea–we can do it; but here is a better idea–what do you think?
So we leapfrog from issue, to question, to idea, to analysis, to solutions. And the outcome is a positive advance based on mutual agreement.
Did you know that Tennessee is a mining place? One of the largest producers of zinc concentrate? Some of the mines are one-hundred and more years old. Of course there is still some coal mining, but I know little of that. As the picture above shows, natural gas is a thing I thought not off way back then.
The food is great: meat and sauces, fries, and sweet tea. Then there are those many variations of Jack Daniel’s that I cannot get elsewhere. Right now I type to the tune of Winter Jack: “A seasonal blend of apple cider liqueur & Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey.” Magnificent. No wonder mining is so smooth.
I am told the regulators are great people to work with.
So the mines advance with the usual issues to be dealt with: too much vegetation in waterways & spillways; seepage through rock embankments; tailings pools too close to dikes; the threat of hurricane-induced probable maximum precipitation; and the New Madrid earthquake that makes this a region where seismic stability analyses are no deal and a big deal.
Spent this past week in Quebec looking at mines. This brought us to Rouyn-Noranda and food at Bistro Jezz.
The food at this little place on a quiet side-street is magnificent: the best I have tasted in many a year of travel to distant mines.
Take a special trip to this restaurant if you seek and relish good food. Subtle flavours, beautiful presentation, unusual dishes. Words cannot capture the beauty of fine food in a simple setting.
Here are some photos from this trip.
I am not a meeting person. I fall asleep in meetings as the committee queens pontificate. Worse: I grow irritated as the bobbing heads proffer opinions about things they know nothing about. Even worse: I get into inane arguments with egos that see this as a contest of gladiators. (more…)