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There is still time to join us for the upcoming EduMine webcast Advanced Tailings and Mine Waste Facility Design, Operation, and Closure.  Here is the link to the course.

Even if you have taken other courses before conferences, or the other EduMine webcast on Introduction to Tailings, or our previous Advanced Tailings courses, I know you will find interesting and exciting information, perspectives, practices, and case histories in this new course.

We have completely renovated the materials.  First we feature, on each of the three days of the webcast, a series of talks by Christian Kujawa, Robert Cooke, and Ian Hutchison on these topics:

  • Conventional tailings.
  • Thickened tailings.
  • Filter pressed tailings.

Christian and Robert are with Paterson and Cooke—they are leading consultants in making, transporting, and distributing tailings.  They have put together a great series of presentations on thickeners, cyclones, pipes conveyors, and the details of making and working with thickened, paste, and filtered tailings.  Their presentations will put you at the cutting edge of technology and practice in the production, transport, and distribution of all types of tailings.

Ian Hutchison is with SLR—he and his colleagues are experts in the design, construction, operation, and closure of tailings facilities.  They have assembled a suite of new case histories from North America, Australia, and South Africa.  Most are new to me—and I follow the topic pretty carefully.

I will come in from time to time to talk of theses new topics:

  • Risk assessment and decision-making for tailings management.
  • Dam safety inspections and evaluations.
  • Case histories on new project that I am working on–I am particularly proud that Nyrstar are permitting me to talk of closure planning for the Myra Falls mine here in BC.

In addition I will present summaries of the best new papers to be presented at the upcoming conference Paste 2014.  I have read all the papers and here I present a preview of those that impressed me most.  Time permitting, I will also talk about papers to be presented next week in Brazil at the conference on Mine Closure.

Lawrence Charlebois will spend an hour or so on that most difficult set of tailings topics, namely rheology, beaching, and Optimized Seasonal Deposition of polymer amended tailings.  For polymer amendment works.  I know that.  It just needs a bit of bold field application and the oil sands folk will be seen as heroes.

In short, this is a great opportunity to come up to speed with the newest & best in tailings.  Come join us and advance your knowledge & career by hearing from the most knowledgeable & experienced in the field.  I look forward to meeting & talking with you.  And it is a hell-of-a-lot cheaper than those expensive conferences where you fall asleep through dull presentations by amateurs.

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I have no data to support the opinions I write of in this posting.  So please do your own research before deciding, panicking, or acting on anything said below. Today I was outside smoking in the damp rain when my smoking companion said that he had just surveyed the salaries of mining geoscientists (geologists and geotechnical engineers).  He noted that it appears that salaries for such folk are, on average, higher in Canada than in the USA. (more…)

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This posting is prompted by things I have seen, heard, and thought on trips to remote mines in the Canadian Northwest Territories, Mexico, Guatemala, and the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile.  Nothing I write is specific to only one mine or generally applicable to all mines.  Each has it own characteristics and issues.  But they are remarkable similar, so let me lump them in one posting. (more…)

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Some years ago a young reader of this blog contacted me and asked the following:

You might remember me; I think I commented on your post  Should I become a mining engineer?  I explained how I had applied to study at the Camborne school of mines but was unsure.  I was reassured on my choice thanks to your post.  Would I be in demand as a mining engineer? I don’t know how easy it is to find work as a mining engineer; are such privileges guaranteed? (more…)

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Here is a comment posted on this blog today.  It is posted to the section on About Me and the Blog.  That is a pretty obscure posting, although some do look at it to check if I am genuine. (more…)

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What is a blog?  What is an on-line newspaper?  At this link is the EduMine blog/newspaper.  It answers neither question, but poses them with force.  It also provides an interesting resource on ideas, opinions, and news about on-line learning.   Here for example is a recent posting that I find interesting: (more…)

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From that inestimable team, the father-son Obonis of Riskope, here is what I got in today’s email.  I repeat most of it.  I edit to smooth & personal prose as their Italian dialect leads to bumps in easy reading.  I copy here as I think the suggestions they make for finding a job in mining or anywhere else, are worth disseminating.  Let me know what you think. (more…)

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Here from an Australian mining site, a piece that is funny, sad, and downright wrong all at the same time.  The author has some writing skills, but no insight or factual skills. (more…)

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This posting is prompted by a casual discussion today with a person I like and respect.  She pointed me to the website of Employment Office.  The opening statement on their website is this: (more…)

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The BC  Northwest Community College, School of Exploration & Mining is to be congratulated on a superb set of courses offered in 2014.  Lori Knorr sent me this list:  (more…)

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