On Tuesday I was in yet another of those asinine arguments about what constitutes “perpetual” in mining and mine closure. I had heard all the arguments, smart and cynical, more than thirty years ago when we debated them on the UMTRA Project. But the pusillanimous arguments continue, for everyone has an opinion and wants to be heard. (more…)
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Posted in acid mine drainage, blogs, brandy, Church, consulting, Enviromental, environmental, Law (Mining), mining, Mining history, People, Reclamation, tagged bomvu ridge, chokia mounds, cover systems and mine closure, giant mine faro mine, mark logsdon, mine closure, Oil sands, perpetual, responsible mining, seminar on cold regions, sustanable mining, UMTRA. UMTRCA on December 5, 2013 | 3 Comments »
Today I had lunch with a person from DrainTube (Afitex Texel). He remarked on the paucity of skilled people in the industry of geosynthetics in landfills and mining. This set me thinking of jobs in mining that may require a knowledge of geosynthetics. So I went to CareerMine. Here is the essence of the first advert that I found for a job in Langhorn, Pennsylvania: (more…)
Posted in blogs, brandy, consulting, Geosynthetics, Geotechnical, Mining history, tagged Bidim, coletanche, conference, geosynthetic, geosynthetic mining solutions, geotextile, gypsum tailings, hy's, pond 5, railway club, richards bay, Suncor, wick drains on November 27, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
This past weekend I bought three quality sweaters. They cost me $19 each at the local Great Canadian Superstore. They bear the label Joe Fresh—you recall that is the label of clothes made at that factory that collapsed in Bangladesh killing many. I bought, presuming these sweaters were made elsewhere after the tragedy. (more…)
Posted in About the news, blogs, British Columbia, consulting, Mining history, People, tagged antifragile, NDP. prosperity mine, north shore news, professors, taseko, Vancouver on November 19, 2013 | 2 Comments »
The North Shore News is the local newspaper delivered free once a week to the front door. It contains a roundup of local news, adverts, and an occasional opinion of profundity. Here is a link to one. This opinion piece nicely summarizes the dichotomy and dilemma of British Columbia and those old people who protest on Sundays to fill an otherwise idle day. The editorial says: (more…)
A picture of a 1,000-year old earthen mound in Central America.
Goes to prove geotechnical structures can endure stable for at least that long.
Today I explained the differences between Failure Modes and Effects Analyses (FMEA), Value Engineering (VE), Multiple Accounts Analysis (MAA), and Risk Assessment (RA) to some unfamiliar with any of these tools to support engineering judgment as the basis for decision making. In so doing, I had to go back to basics and thus myself uncovered a new and deeper understanding of the basics. (more…)
Went to Victoria, BC this week to meet with regulators about a mine we are working for. Met with staff from the Ministry of Energy and Mines and staff from the environmental ministry. A great meeting. They were attentive to our presentations, asked penetrating questions, made intelligent comments, and impressed me. (more…)
A busy weekend and start to the week. And yesterday a long argument about terminology. We are preparing a closure plan for a mine. The regulations demand that we identify a range of alternative closure scenarios, define evaluation criteria, and then compare the alternatives. All standard procedure, for alternatives comparison, risk assessment, and decision making in general. (more…)
Posted in consulting, health and safety, Mining history, tagged bafokeng, edumine, failure modes, fmea, fundamentals of mine water management, permitting, risk assessment on October 23, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Today we had day one of the EduMine webcast on Fundamentals of Mine Water Management. I am the sole presenter and this gives me an opportunity to put my personal stamp on the topic. The webcast participants, who come from as far away as Switzerland, Chile, Australia, the Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut, peppered me with questions. A great number of insightful and intelligent comments and questions. The one that stands out is the statement by a participant from a regulatory agency who noted that they demanded of a recent request for mining permits that the mine proponent submit, as part of the application package, a complete Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA).