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The Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM) has just sent me the preliminary program for the May 6 to 9 conference in Edmonton. Here are the papers on sustainable mining: (more…)
SME is over and now we have time to slip the CD of Preprints into the computer to read the technical papers. The sad part is that most of those who presented talks did not bother to prepare a paper. And no provision has been made to collect, disseminate, or archive their PowerPoint presentations. So all that hard work and hot air is lost.
Of the technical papers that do appear on the CD of Preprints, the most intriguing is entitled Climate Change Risk and Impact Assessment for Global Diversified Mining Group.
The paper describes “a project undertaken for a multinational mining company to examine the physical risks from climate change across its international business operations. The study addresses 163 components of the business including operating sites (mines, smelters, and refineries), key transportation routes (road and rail) and port links.” Almost sounds like Rio Tinto, although the paper does not tells us which mining company commissioned the study.
This morning’s session on Coal Bumps and Seismicity gave us some background to the Crandall Canyon disaster. Fisrt a magnificent presentation by J Whyatt on a review of case studies presented in 1958 at an SEM Bump Symposium. He re-read the papers from 1958 and noted that almost everything that happened in Utah had been noted and very-nearly predicted. If only those responsible for the Utah coal mine had bothered to read the 1958 SME papers, nine people would still be alive.
Rapid construction is the key to success in mining. Alan Moss of Rio Tinto heads up the research part of Rio TInto in Vancouver. In a fine speech this morning at the SME conference he told us how a program he is managing is succeeding in find new ways to drive drifts faster and more cost-effectively so that block caving can begin sooner. Here is the abstract of his paper:
A number of very large scale underground mines are in various stages of development. A common characteristic is the need for many kilometers of development of drifting prior to production start. Even a small increase in the drifting rate can have enormous economic consequences. The Rio Tinto program to increase development rates is discussed.
Is what Mary Poulton and the Mining Engineering Department in Tucson doing, the future of on-line mining education? What she and her faculty are doing is this: with a gift from industry they are videoing most lectures and putting them on-line. Currently only registered students can access the on-line video courses. But she tells me that you, as a member of the general mining public, could register as a special student and access these courses.