Jack Caldwell - Mining Engineer - Robertson GeoConsultants

Just received word of another conference on tailings to be held in 2013. The new one is the First International Seminar on Tailings Management. It is planned for 28 to 30 August in the Sheraton Hotel in Santiago, Chile.

This new series is organized by Gecamin, Conferences for Mining. Here is how they describe themselves:

Founded in 1998, Gecamin organizes highly technical, international seminars and conferences that focus on generating interdisciplinary collaboration within the mining industry.

Here is how they describe their new venture:

Increases in tailings produced by mining along with the growing volume of deposits pose new challenges. Thus, tailings disposal has become a crucial process as it often determines the feasibility of mining projects. Efficient design and operation of tailings deposits are also key issues for optimal water management in the mining industry.

They nicely capture the key issues of modern tailings facility design and operation: increasing tailings volumes, project feasibility, and optimal water use.

This new conference joins a crowded conference calendar for those interested in tailings. I estimate you could spend at least a full month in 2013 attending conferences on tailings; and you could travel around the world while doing so.

You could start the conference travel by going to Lima, Peru from the 15th to the 17th of April 2013 to attend the conference on Mine Water Solutions in Extreme Environments. This conference is not strictly on tailings, but tailings play a major role in mining solutions in extreme environments and many papers deal with the issues.

Next is the 16th International Seminar on Paste and Thickened Tailings, aka Paste 2013 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil from 17th to 19th June.

Then there is the conference series that started it all, namely Tailings & Mine Waste. The 2013 edition of Tailings & Mine Waste starts on the 3rd of November at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alberta. I will surely go to that one as it is easy to get to and a lovely place to be.

Finally there is sure to be another International Oil Sands Tailings Conference 2013 in December 2013 in Alberta. That is a fun conference, but a cold and dreary place to be.

I am also told we may have a seminar on covers for tailings and mine waste rock sometime in mid-year in Whistler. Stay tuned for more news on that one.

So that makes nearly six weeks of conference and seminar attendance on the topic of tailings in 2013 alone. You can go to more if you cast your net a little wider. Try Heap Leach 2013 from 23rd to 25th September in Vancouver, BC for starters. Or the Global Mining Water Management Initiative 2013 on January 30-31 in Las Vegas - now that could be fun.

By now my head is spinning with travel opportunities. So I desist from deeper comment and leave you to decide if you are going to work, play, learn, travel, or study full-time in 2013. Let us know how you decide.