I learnt today that Geoff Blight has passed away. I can pay tribute to him best by writing of those times I worked with him. He was a professor at the University of the Witwatersrand. He came in and took over when Professor Jennings died. I never had a lecture from him, so I leave it to others to record his lecture style and teaching abilities–both of which I was told were superb. (more…)
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Posted in About the news, Mining history, People, Tailings, tagged andy robertson, dust. control, geoff bligh, geoff blight, harry winters, kay pincock, mt tolman, robertson pincock, slimes dam, srk on November 9, 2013 | 3 Comments »
Today I rode up the trail between the trees & ferns dappled by sun & blue sky. After a long uphill climb with leg muscles screaming in pain, I came on the downhill section. Changing gears, I sped up and sped faster and faster down. Coming on a turn I have taken many times, something went wrong. (more…)
In the past, we have all done silly things at mines that constitute safety violations. Here I record a drilling program I worked on in 1981 and 1982 at the then-proposed Greens Creek mine in Alaska. I post with only minor edits what I found last weekend amongst some old papers in the attic. (more…)
Posted in British Columbia, Coal, consulting, Mining history, People, tagged andy robertson, call & nicholas, dave nicholas, failure probability, ned larson, Open Pit, rick call, slope, srk, steffen robertson and kirsten on April 27, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
Rummaging around in old papers this past week, I came across the yellowing paper of a type-writer-typed paper from 1982. I think I went to Edmonton to present the paper at the 4th Open Pit Operators Conference. I vaguely recall a small city perched on the edge of a river—not at all like the city now that it has spread across vast swaths of open country that was once field and nature. (more…)
Andy Robertson burst into the office to present his grand new company logo. That much I recall from the mid-1970s. He proudly explained that the two lines represented two soil or rock strata, and that the kind of inclined line represented a drill rig pushing into the strata, and the zig-zag of the strata represented the changes wrought to the strata by the expertise of Steffen Robertson and Kirsten. (more…)
Vail, Colorado was once a mining town. Now it is a Disney horror of fake Alpine buildings clinging to an image that is rooted in conspicuous consumption. To survive the off-season, all food prices are half-price.
The conference on tailings and mine waste is just ended and we have left this ski resort, newly informed on the state-of-the-art and practice of tailings management in mines world-wide. Here are some reflections on the state-of-things: (more…)
I have often warned agains investing in mining in South Africa. Julius Malema is the reason I have given in the past. But here are two more reasons.