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An 'apatite' for radionuclides
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Sandia National Laboratories geochemist Mark Rigali and his colleagues are developing and deploying apatite-based technologies to protect groundwater at sites contaminated by radionuclides and heavy metals. read more »
Hexagon Mining launches MineSight QAQC
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Hexagon Mining has launched MineSight QAQC, a flexible, easy-to-use product to validate and determine the precision and accuracy of field samples. Field samples are arguably the most important part of the evaluation and design of a mine as incorrect assay information means flawed mine plans and the potential for huge financial loss. read more »
CSIRO collaboration to launch drilling analysis technology to slash exploration costs
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Technology spearheaded by the CSIRO that will slash the costs of exploration for new mines will soon hit the market. Called 'Lab-At-Rig' technology, it's literally that: a mini laboratory that analyses the mineral composition of drilling core-samples as soon as soon as they are collected at the drilling rig. read more »
Engineering firm focuses on tailings, backfill management
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
To the untrained eye, a visit to Kovit Engineering’s lab in Sudbury looks like a number of adults playing with combinations of sand, silt and water. read more »
Regional Federal Mining Lab Restaffing
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The only federal laboratory devoted to mining safety in the West, Spokane’s Mine Research Laboratory, is regaining 12 jobs stripped away in recent years. Two of the jobs have already been filled, and the rest are likely to be filled by fall. read more »
SGS Announces Expansion of Geochemistry Laboratory in Bamako, Mali
Monday, January 14, 2013
SGS is pleased to announce the expansion of our commercial geochemistry laboratory in Bamako, Mali. The Bamako facility is strategically located to service the growing regional demand for geochemical testing from the West African gold exploration and mining industry. read more »
Application of Colour Based Ore Sorting through Image Processing
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
In the InfoMine Library there is an interesting technical paper that explains how ore can be separated from waste material by using image processing techniques. read more »
SGS Begins Operation of On-Site Laboratory at Bomboré Project
Tuesday, July 03, 2012
SGS has commenced operations of an on-site sample preparation facility at Orezone Gold Corporation’s Bomboré gold project in Burkina Faso, West Africa. read more »
Argon Robotic Mining Specialists
Friday, May 04, 2012
If you’re looking to automate your minerals lab or your processing plant, Argon may be the solution for you. The company was founded in 2004 and is based in Western Australia. read more »
SGS Awarded Operational Contract for Oyu Tolgoi On-site Laboratory
Monday, April 23, 2012
SGS has been awarded the operational contract for the on-site laboratory at the Oyu Tolgoi mine in the Southern Gobi Region of Mongolia. This 3 year operational contract was awarded to SGS at the end of 2011. read more »
Hyperspectral core mapper
Thursday, December 08, 2011
Fast data acquisition, results displayed in minutes, output in various formats including 3D. I'd say good for large drilling programs like porphyry deposits. read more »
Exploration Sampling - International Mining magazine
Thursday, September 15, 2011
The collection of reliable samples from a mineral prospect or mine is an essential basis for the production of an accurate resource estimate, and for metallurgical test work.  read more »
SGS Announces New Multi-service Laboratory in Greater Vancouver Area, Canada
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
SGS will expand and consolidate its Greater Vancouver operations into a multi-service laboratory in the City of Burnaby, British Columbia. The new 63’000 square foot laboratory will merge three of the existing SGS facilities in the Greater Vancouver area. read more »
SGS to Open Commercial Geochemical Laboratory in Cochrane, ON, Canada
Thursday, March 03, 2011
SGS is pleased to announce the opening of a fully equipped commercial geochemistry laboratory in Cochrane, Ontario, Canada. The new Cochrane laboratory has been strategically located to service the growing needs of the minerals exploration industry in Ontario and Quebec. read more »
Hand-held, Portable XRF in Exploration for Carbonate-hosted Sulphide and Nonsulphide Pb-Zn Deposits
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Carbonate-hosted nonsulphide base metal mineralization is derived from sulphide deposits by supergene processes. In the field such occurrences can be described as ‘red ores’ or ‘white ores’... read more »
Wireless Underground Communication Networks (WUCNs)
Monday, July 19, 2010
Wireless underground sensor networks (WUSNs) create many interesting possibilities for new topologies. By their nature, most WUSN deployments will be three-dimensional topologies since underground communication will take place at a variety of depths. Creative topology design in these networks can promote power savings in the underground, inaccessible, power-limited devices comprising a WUSN.  read more »
Goce satellite views Earth's gravity in high definition
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
It is one of the most exquisite views we have ever had of the Earth. This colourful new map traces the subtle but all pervasive influence the pull of gravity has across the globe. Known as a geoid, it essentially defines where the level surface is on our planet; it tells us which way is "up" and which way is "down".  read more »
DOE-Sponsored Mississippi Project Hits 1-Million-Ton Milestone for Injected CO2
Thursday, November 05, 2009
A large-scale carbon dioxide (CO2) storage project in Mississippi has become the fifth worldwide to reach the important milestone of more than 1 million tons injected. As a result, it is helping to both further carbon capture and storage (CCS) as a mitigation strategy for global climate change and move forward G-8 recommendations for launching 20 projects of this type internationally by 2010. read more »
Soil Gas Hydrocarbon Exploration Method
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Employing a new geochemical technique developed by Actlabs, Golden Hope Mines has outlined a new highly prospective area at its FSG Area in Quebec, Canada. read more »
Cutting down carbon dioxide emissions in India’s coal sector
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
A recent study, commissioned by Christian Aid and written by researchers from the Universities of Surrey and Edinburgh, reveals the prospects for Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) technology in India. It examines whether CCS could be a suitable technology for cutting down India’s carbon dioxide emissions.  read more »
Mine analysis lab spends $22 million to keep pace with increasing demand
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Accelerating global demand for metal and minerals has moved British Columbia to the forefront of international mining research. ALS Laboratory Group, a long-time fixture on the B.C. mining scene, is celebrating the opening in North Vancouver of a new, $22-million facility that is the largest and most advanced rock and soil analysis lab in the world. read more »
The Coal Conundrum
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Coal is depended on for a variety of processes. Whether it's electricity generation, steel production or conversion into liquid fuels, it is a fuel on which our society is very dependant. Clean coal will take time and money before it can proliferate. In order to meet the demands that industry and society impose coal needs to be mined quickly and efficiently. read more »
Chemical optimisation and sustainability in flotation
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
The depletion of mineral resources associated with the cost and limited availability of water and energy is putting pressure on the industry to optimise its processes, especially concentration by flotation, Ricardo Capanema reports. read more »
Cost breaking
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Fragmentation within the mine is often overlooked as a critical element in the process and can be used to provide essential process control information. SPLIT digital fragmentation technology has been available for some time, with applications from the mine with post-blast analysis at the muck pile face through to the mechanical comminution circuit with ... read more »
CCS all about finding the ‘right rocks’
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
The Coal Tech 2009 conference, held on September 15-16th, hosted a range of presentations on technologies including carbon capture and storage (CCS); coal-to-liquids; underground coal gasification; and syngas.  read more »
Researchers Study Impacts of Coal Mining on Water Resources
Monday, August 31, 2009
As the federal government announces new plans to protect water resources, these research efforts are underway to provide objective scientific information to policy makers and to those involved in the debate surrounding mountaintop-removal and other forms of coal mining. read more »
Mercury-tainted fish found widely in U.S. streams
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Scientists have detected mercury contamination in every one of hundreds of fish sampled from 291 freshwater streams, according to a U.S. government study released on Wednesday. More than a quarter of those fish contained concentrations of mercury exceeding levels set by the Environmental Protection Agency for the protection of people who eat age amounts of fish, the U.S. Geological Survey report said. read more »
Online moisture analyser (for bulks such as iron ore or coal) easy to commission, calibrate and service
Friday, June 26, 2009
Callidan Instruments, the manufacturer of MoistScan®, has recently added remote access functionality to its range of online microwave moisture analysers. The MoistScan is now equipped with internet-based wireless connectivity making remote calibration and service easy and cost effective. read more »
Comminution Tests
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
If you need to test your mine’s ore as part of a comminution study, you can do no better than get a copy of SGS’s booklet Comminution Tests. read more »
NI 43-101 QA/QC
Monday, November 12, 2007
Armando Simon and Greg Gosson, both of AMEC, writing in the Sept/OCt 2007 CIM Magazine on quality control reporting requirements by the mining industry, note "AMEC’s experience with numerous recent audits and due diligence studies indicate read more »
Securing the Future and ICARD
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
If you are planning to go to Skellefteå, Sweden in June 2009, you had better act now. They are calling for abstracts of papers for the 8th International Conference on Acid Rock Drainage.  read more »
Cyanide Determination
Friday, September 28, 2007
The EPA/ASTM approved method for determination of total cyanide is based on liberating HCN from a sample acidified with the sulfuric acid using an hour long reflux distillation procedure. read more »
SGS Minerals Services opens new lab in Chita, Russia
Friday, September 14, 2007
SGS is pleased to announce the opening of a new geochemical and metallurgical facility in Chita, Russia. read more »
Gekko Systems Short Info Program - Part 6
Friday, August 24, 2007
This is the sixth of an eight week short information program that is intended to keep people in the mineral processing sector up to date with the developments at Gekko Systems. read more »
Energy Laboratories
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Where do you, as a uranium miner, go to get your testing done? I could find only SGS and STL on the web and other resources. read more »
Cyanide Determination Methods
Monday, July 23, 2007
In the Federal Register of April 6, 2004, there is a proposed new set of cyanide determination methods. We have just added to the InfoMine library a twelve page set of comments on the proposed determination methods read more »