I have moved on from countries and companies. I have left (and re-entered) countries. I have left companies and joined the principals in other companies. I have, in a word, moved around. At 67, I spend no time cogitating on these past decisions. With so long a history of making decisions and moving on, I have so much to regret that I would go crazy thinking what would have been had I not made those many decisions. It is futile to regret a past decision that may have been the wrong decision. (more…)
Posts Tagged ‘andy robertson’
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…)
Posted in About the news, Mining history, People, Tailings, tagged andy robertson, dust. control, geoff bligh, geoff blight, harry winters, kay pincock, mt tolman, robertson pincock, slimes dam, srk on November 9, 2013 | 4 Comments »
I learnt today that Geoff Blight has passed away. I can pay tribute to him best by writing of those times I worked with him. He was a professor at the University of the Witwatersrand. He came in and took over when Professor Jennings died. I never had a lecture from him, so I leave it to others to record his lecture style and teaching abilities–both of which I was told were superb. (more…)
Posted in About the news, acid mine drainage, environmental, People, Tailings, tagged andy robertson, EPA, extreme environments, mine water solutions, Pebble Mine on April 30, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Just available at this link is the PowerPoint presentation made by Andy Robertson at last week’s conference in Lima, Peru on Mine Water Solution in Extreme Environments. As always, it is fascinating & provocative and informed by his deep understanding of the topic and his international experience looking at mines & tailings dams worldwide. (more…)
The following is an “article” that I repeat as is from a recent ACG newsletter. Andy Robertson of InfoMine and Robertson GeoConsultants wrote this. The “article” is at its simplest an announcement of an upcoming conference. But at its most complex this is a scary story of potential dragons let loose on the world to scare the populace into non-mining. Here is what he wrote: (more…)
Posted in British Columbia, consulting, Investing & Finance, Mining history, People, tagged andy robertson, data mining, hans von michaeles, InfoMine, investing on December 6, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in acid mine drainage, decomissioning, environmental, Human relations and mining, Mining history, Reclamation, tagged andy robertson, mine closure, Pebble Mine, Witwatersrand on September 22, 2011 | 4 Comments »
The mine closure conference is underway in one of those tourist towns in the Rockies of Alberta. I am not there; somehow the event snuck up on me and I just could not bring myself to go to another conference where I would snooze unceasingly through dull talks in hushed and dark rooms. It is a liberating feeling to know that you have absolutely no desire to go to yet another conference. (more…)
Posted in British Columbia, Coal, consulting, Mining history, People, tagged andy robertson, call & nicholas, dave nicholas, failure probability, ned larson, Open Pit, rick call, slope, srk, steffen robertson and kirsten on April 27, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
Rummaging around in old papers this past week, I came across the yellowing paper of a type-writer-typed paper from 1982. I think I went to Edmonton to present the paper at the 4th Open Pit Operators Conference. I vaguely recall a small city perched on the edge of a river—not at all like the city now that it has spread across vast swaths of open country that was once field and nature. (more…)