InfoMine’s section on mining technology & engineering recently added a new feature: Continuous Conferences. (I disclose that I sometimes work with them and want them to succeed.) Here are two pieces that I posted today. I post them here to make it easier for you to access them. (more…)
Posts Tagged ‘research’
A group of professors sat around a table in a glass-clad building and wondered why they are not involved in oil sands mining. They talked of getting funding for a new professorial chair—why does the oil sands industry not sponsor a chair at our university? They bemoaned the fact that none of their students wants to go and work at the oil sands mines. (more…)
When I was just a small kid, our school class was taken on a field trip to the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). Being the snotty cynic I was then (and probably still am) I was unimpressed. I could not fathom the potential benefit of looking at alternative wheat strains, or new electronic equipment to classify, register, and control people. (more…)
Arizona gets a new mining research insititute. We have been reading about this for the past few days hoping to find out what they will research. Here is one brief description:
Mary Poulton, lead researcher at the institute, has identified a wide range of projects to tackle, from water use to simulators for safety training to the feasibility of using mining sites for alternative-energy projects.
The Edmonton CIM conference came to a crescendo ending today with a session on backfill and a session on the impediments to progress in mining. The night before I was invited by a work colleague to the McDonald Hotel and its Harvest restaurant. This is one of those grand hotels built across Canada to provide rail-travellers luxury accommodation as they traversed the country. And we ate, drank, and laughed well.
At the dinner was a young man whose parents indulge in a taste like mine for 1970s style orange and green bathrooms. Seriously though, this young man is, in my opinion, one of those who will dominate the mining industry in the years to come: as much because of shining intelligence as urbane manners and a perfect-pitch sense of humor–afterall if it is not fun, why do it?