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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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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…)

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The title of this posting translates as Mine Water and Chemical Balance Analysis.  Today, EduMine posted at this link the Spanish language version of what has become a rather popular online course. (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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Today I was sent this link.  It is to a site where people ask questions and commenters provide answers.  I find most such sites silly and this is no exception.  Although the question is profound: (more…)

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Today we took the grandkids to the beach, Huntington Beach, and I snoozed in the sand as they played in the waves and built sand-castles.  Then we went for ice-cream and bought the grandson a new Trek bicycle. Before that I finished a book by Norman Fenton and Martin Neil Risk Assessment and Decision Analysis with Bayesian Networks.  It opened my eyes to ways of doing risk assessments and making decisions in mining situations.  I have not hitherto seen the use of Bayesian Networks in a mining context, and truth to tell, still have not. (more…)

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Today we had day one of the EduMine webcast on Fundamentals of Mine Water Management.  I am the sole presenter and this gives me an opportunity to put my personal stamp on the topic.   The webcast participants, who come from as far away as Switzerland, Chile, Australia, the Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut, peppered me with questions.  A great number of insightful and intelligent comments and questions.  The one that stands out is the statement by a participant from a regulatory agency who noted that they demanded of a recent request for mining permits that the mine proponent submit, as part of the application package, a complete Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA).

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There is no limit to the future of geosynthetics in mining.  Right now almost fifty percent of geosynthetics are sold to mines.  I predict the percentage will increase.  Why? (more…)

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Today was the first of three sessions of the EduMine webcast on heap leaching.  We continue tomorrow and Wednesday.  The webcast is well attended with people from as far away as the Congo and Brazil and as close as Burnaby, BC just east of Vancouver. (more…)

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The conference on Heap Leach Facilities is upcoming in September.  I have read all the papers as part of the review processes.  Many are very good and opened my eyes to issues and solutions I had not hitherto stumbled on.  If you work in the field of heap leach facilities, this is the conference for you. Maybe!  This week a senior person from a large mining company told me that all discretionary travel is banned as they try to save money and pay dividends.  Only the person who promoted the writing of the paper will be allowed to travel to the conference–the rest must stay at home. (more…)

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