We have just finished the InfoMine Conference on geosynthetics in mining. I think it was a success although I had better await the evaluation forms before coming to definitive conclusions. The proceedings will be available through the InfoMine e-Store at this link. In my opinion, this is a magnificent collection of papers on a topic that has long cried for detailed, focussed attention. For the use of geosynthetics in mining is different to the use of geosynthetics in landfills and other civil engineering application. The mining projects that involve the use of geosynthetics are orders of magnitude larger than any other category of projects. The challenges are greater: there are few precedents; there are no substantive regulations; and the consequences of use and misuse are greater. (more…)
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Spent today stuffing the bags to be handed to the over 150 delegates to next week’s conference here in Vancouver on Geosynthetics Mining Solutions 2014. I also went through the volume of proceedings. We have some amazingly interesting papers on aspects of geosynthetics use in mining new to me. There is still time to join us on Tuesday if you push hard. (more…)
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…)
Received the following by email. Not sure where it originated, or how widely it has been circulated. All these words remind me of growing up on a mine in South Africa. We used them all in common speech. So sad they cannot now be used by us to color or talk. Still you may enjoy. Sommer so! (more…)
Planning for the upcoming conference Geosynthetics Mining Solutions 2014 is well advanced. As the above news items attest, there is great interest in geosynthetics and this conference will focus on the use of geosynthetics in mining. We have many fine sponsors and a great slate of papers—with more still on their way. Please to be able to tell that Mike O’Kane and his folk at O’Kane Consultants have promised two great papers on the use of geosynthetics in the covers of closed mine waste disposal facilities. (more…)
Words cannot capture a day of intense impressions. Yet let me try. Go east of Lima into the hills (as I did today) and see this:
- Tailings clinging to the steep hills in defiance of gravity.
- A mine closed by the government to perfection. They know what they are doing!
- Filter-pressed tailings transported fifty kilometers up 1000 m elevation to a new disposal site — economically?