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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…)

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Today I got onto site–past the security apparatus designed to deal with the normal, that is a contractor come to work and produce.  Being an idle consultant not wishing to pick up things, break or make things, and not wishing to drive big 350 trucks or ship hazardous waste, but merely to observe and opine, I finally got in via a simple, yet seldom used procedure. (more…)

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Categories are constructs of our imagination.  We define categories to aid our thinking, analysis, and decision-making.  It is easier to respond immediately if a stimulus fits a preconceived category, than to analyze afresh.  A rustle in the brush fits the definition of the category “Tiger in the woods; the tiger could kill us; therefore flee.”   Why analyze the situation to decide that the wind is merely blowing through the trees and making a nasty sound? (more…)

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I am in Santiago, consulting on a new project, trying to help make a decision about alternative mining and waste disposal methods.   (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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The journal of the scientists and engineers division of the National Groundwater Association, is called simply enough groundwater.  No capitals that I can find.  The contents are learned and often obtuse.  Here is the abstract of a paper Rationales Behind Irrationality of Decision Making in Groundwater Quality Management in the January-February 2012 issue.  It does not deal with mining, but the ideas and conclusions are too relevant to too many situations in mining to be passed-over lightly. (more…)

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