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Live today on EduMine is a new course: Introduction to Groundwater Modeling for Mines and Mining.  The authors are myself and Bernard Brixel.  Murray Fredlund and his folk at SoilVision contributed good computer models. (more…)

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Risk analysis is the identification of an activity (or a group of activities in a project), and its evaluation in terms of occurrence and associated damages. In short it is the science of risk, and thus, today in the face of an increasingly analytical world we strive to apply scientific principles to better understand the potential implications of the decisions we make. (more…)

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Today we were contacted by a vendor who came looking for our opinion on his product, and whether we thought it would be of use in the mining industry. Sometimes it can be easy to discern whether something will have any value to a miner, yes or no, quite simple. Other times it can be more difficult, and you wonder if hindsight will render its use obvious and maybe you deserve a bit of a kicking for being so closed minded. (more…)

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We have just downloaded hundreds of pages of papers, theses, and blog posting on Uncertainty Analysis in groundwater analyses for mining projects.  (more…)

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This is a story of a time before computers; before groundwater conceptual models, numerical models, baseline models, and predictive models; before groundwater model calibration, verification, or sensitivity analysis.  This is a story of a time when there was no such thing as a professional geohydrologist, hydrogeologists, or groundwater modeller.  (more…)

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Today I went to HR Block and had my taxes calculated.  It is a disaster: I owe lots and the total taxes I paid is more than the average Canadian salary.   I am seriously considering selling up and moving to Las Vegas.  And stopping working.  Why work to merely pay great sums to the government that squanders the money on frivolous pursuits?   I could blog away at no cost to anyone; to no income to me; and to no taxes to a far-distant gobbler and distributor of my earned income. (more…)

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Conceptual models are key aspects of mine modelling, analysis, and decision making.  With our limited thinking ability, we need concepts, or models, of reality before we can fully comprehend, understand, and mentally manipulate reality.  (more…)

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