Had a chance today to look through the proceedings of the upcoming conference Heap Leach Solutions 2014 scheduled in Lima, Peru for November 10 through the 13th, 2014. The paper that caught my eye and caused me to stop and read it is titled Leach Pad Cost Benchmarking. The authors are Mark E. Smith and Denys Parra of Anddes Asociados SAC, Peru. Two famous folk in the field of heap leach pads. You will have to wait for the proceedings to be published to get a copy, but for now let me quote from the paper. Here is the paper abstract: (more…)
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Geosynthetics Mining Solutions is the first ever conference to address the topic of the use of geosynthetics in mining. InfoMine is organizing the conference which will take place in Vancouver on September 8 to 11th, 2014. For my sins I am sort of leading the team organizing the conference. (more…)
The great news is that all is going well regarding the upcoming conference Geosynthetics Mining Solutions. The conference is to be held in Vancouver September 8 to 11, 2014.
We have sold out the sponsorships–so almost everybody that is anybody in the world of geosynthetics manufacturers, suppliers, and installers will be there. I am very grateful to them all. But most impressive is that many have teamed with consultants to write paper about the application of their products in mining case histories.
We have published the first list of papers. May change as more come in or, sadly, one or two drop out. But I think it is fair to say that we have an extraordinary set of papers, most of which include case histories new to me. In fact I am amazed and impressed at the variety of new applications to which geosynthetics are being put in the mining industry. Here are three that catch my attention:
- Rigid Inclusions for Embankment Support over Waste Phosphatic Clay by Ed Garbin, James D. Hussin, Jeffrey R. Hill
- GCLs in heap leach pads: state of the art and practice by T. Meyer and C. Athanassopoulos
- Use of an innovative geocomposite (paradrain) to build a reinforced 2H:1V slope using clay and silty soils for stormwater management pond by Ravin Nag, Jasmina Nikodinoska
In addition to a superb collection of papers with practical bent, we have the support of leading practitioners who will present keynote speeches on the work they are doing in geosynthetics in mining. You may have seen some of the adverts in recent magazines that list most of them. Due to an oversight on my part (I get old) we did not list Mark Smith. But here I wish to make amends. I have never met Mark, but I have read just about everything he has written and published on geosynthetics, and I know he knows his stuff better than the rest of us. I look forward to meeting him and hearing him talk.
On the Monday preceding the conference we have three short courses. Here the details
Course 1 – Geosynthetic Design Considerations for Heap Leach Pads – “Extreme Fill Loads on Geomembrane Liner Systems”
Timothy D. Stark, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Robert H. Swan, Jr., Drexel University, USA
Allan Breitenbach, Ausenco, USA
R. Kerry Rowe, Queens University, Canada
View the course outline
Course 2 – Introduction to Geosynthetics in Mining
Dirk van Zyl, Professor and Chair of Mining and the Environment, University of British Columbia, Canada
Sam Allen, Vice President, TRI Geosynthetics Services, USA
Terry Mandziak, P.E., Principal Consultant, Geotechnical Engineering, SRK Consulting (U.S.), Inc., USA
View the course outline
Course 3 – Horizontal Drainage, QA and QC: Cost Effective Strategies to Ensure Safe, Leak-Proof and Efficient Geosynthetic Lining Systems
Eric Blond, eng.M.Sc.A., Vice-president, SAGEOS/CTT Group, Canada
Arnaud Budka, ing., Project Director, Groupe Alphard, Canada
Pascal Saunier, P.Eng., Ing., Technical Director, Afitex-Texel Inc., Canada
View the course outline
This is the first conference specifically on the topic of geosynthetics in mining. And it promises to be great. Come join us and register now.
Today was the first of five days of events associated with the conference Paste 2014. One course today; two courses tomorrow; and then three days of papers and presentations. So last night out drinking with old friends come to the conference. Today a long ride around Vancouver with one who survived last night’s drinking–we lunched at The Bridges at Granville Island. And we explored all the things right & wrong with tailings management. And lost loves and failed marriages. In the sun and trees of a perfect summer day, who cares about these things. They are past and only the present and future count. (more…)
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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. (more…)
More is said about mine closure than is done about mine closure. Will they ever close Giant and Faro? I doubt it. Still if the topic interests you, here a few upcoming events. The InfoMine Mine Closure Conference in Belo Horizonte promises lots of information about mine closure in Brazil. Not many of us can get that far south or want to go that far south. Last time there was an InfoMine conference in Belo, there were riots and protests and the delegates were confined to the hotel. (more…)