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Spent today in a course on Covers in Cold Climates.  The course is part of the seminar to follow tomorrow and Wednesday on the same topics.  Arranged by InfoMine, it is being held in Whistler, which is a nice, but not spectacular place to have a conference—I prefer Banff or Vancouver.   For the Fairmont Chateau Whistler is a pale reflection of those other grand hotels with the Fairmont name: a bland and ugly exterior that replicates in cheap detail the features of the hotel in Vancouver that it tries to emulate. (more…)

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Most engineers have no idea what the strength of a soil or tailings implies.  Let me write a little about the physicality of soil and tailings of a given strength. (more…)

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I have some “I am sorries” to say.   I do this publically here as it gives me the opportunity to convey interesting information that may interest you. This is a story of the perils of blogging: no deep research before penning a posting.  And the dangers of just writing too much, too fast, for too many friends who lean on me to produce text for their websites. (more…)

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The promise of results from risk assessments is as seductive as the picture above.  The results are as fuzzy and fantasy-based as the picture above.  But doing risk assessments is as much fun as it would be to be a participant in the scene above.  Let me explain. (more…)

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One hundred and twenty one abstracts have been approved for the upcoming conference Paste2014.  The conference will be held in Vancouver September 8-11, 2014, and a record attendance is anticipated.  Here, to whet your appetite and encourage you to come, is a review of some of the abstracts and papers that will be presented. (more…)

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The keynote address at today’s Tailings and Mine Waste 2013 conference was delivered by A.G. Kupper of BGC Engineering.  She made some amazing statements.  I wonder if she is fully aware of the implications of what she said. To me the statement with most import is that before an oil sands tailings facility can be de-licensed as a dam, it must be turned into a landform that will respond to long-term forces as does the natural surrounding landscape.  Until then the mine is on the hook. (more…)

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While the news and bloggers debate Anglo pulling out of the Pebble Mine, I faced a more mundane task: cleaning boots much muddied by sticky clay. (more…)

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Today I got onto site–past the security apparatus designed to deal with the normal, that is a contractor come to work and produce.  Being an idle consultant not wishing to pick up things, break or make things, and not wishing to drive big 350 trucks or ship hazardous waste, but merely to observe and opine, I finally got in via a simple, yet seldom used procedure. (more…)

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In previous postings I ve written about salaries and executive compensation as gleaned from the CostMine 2013 Survey Results Canadian Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits.  Here are some wages at Canadian mines as reported in the 2013 Survey.  (more…)

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More from the CostMine 2013 Survey of Canadian Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits.  This time we look at the annual salaries (in thousands of Canadian $) for mainly engineering types in Canadian mines.   Some country-wide averages:

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