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Canadian Arctic readies for world’s largest new diamond mine opening
Tuesday, December 08, 2015
Only days after diamond giant De Beers announced it was shutting down its Snap Lake mine in the Northwest Territories, Canada’s Arctic region has received some relieving news, as a new operation in the area, the world’s largest diamond mine, is almost ready to begin production. read more »
Mining skills not keeping up with technology
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Mining education is not keeping up with technology, says professor Fred Cawood, director of the Wits School of Mining Engineering. He was responding to Moneyweb questions relating to Gold Fields’ CEO Nick Holland’s suggestion that in the mine of the future mechanisation was not only necessary for the industry’s survival, but inevitable. read more »
Two Aussie mines start moving all their iron ore with driverless trucks
Monday, October 19, 2015
Mining technology slipped into a higher gear this week with the announcement that the first two mines to start moving all their iron ore using remote-control technology just went online in the Pilbara iron ore belt of Western Australia. read more »
The role of digitisation in propelling mining firms into a new era
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Mining firms today are facing a barrage of challenges that only a concerted focus on digitisation can address. Across the broad range of ferrous, non-ferrous and precious metals, commodity prices remain subdued and are unlikely to enter any new growth cycles in the near future. read more »
New technology on mine sites could reduce the number of deaths from collisions
Monday, September 14, 2015
New technology, some of it borrowed from the aviation industry, could make mines safer. That includes GPS systems, radars, eye scanners, and electromagnetic fields. read more »
Australia and India create new coal technology centre
Wednesday, September 02, 2015
Curtin University and the Indian School of Mines will partner to establish the Australia-India Joint Research Centre for Coal and Energy Technology. read more »
Drones take flight at mining sites across Western Australia to improve safety and efficiency
Tuesday, September 01, 2015
The mining industry in Western Australia is enlisting the help of drone technology to drive efficiency and safety in their operations. The use of the technology started with driverless trucks, trains and drills, and is now focussed on the benefits of unmanned flying objects. read more »
Australian laser scanners keep vigilant eye on open pit miners under constant threat of wall collapse
Monday, August 17, 2015
A laser scanner used by forensic police to examine crime scenes has now been employed to keep open pit miners safe from collapsing walls. read more »
Laser mapping system allows Australian gold operation to accurately measure wall movement at depth
Tuesday, August 04, 2015
Consolidated Mining & Civil Pty Ltd (CMC) has acquired a Maptek Sentry monitoring system, primarily for use at Havilah Resources Limited’s Portia gold mine in South Australia. The Sentry solution is an active monitoring system for tracking movement and notifying stakeholders about potentially unsafe areas of an open pit operation. read more »
New industry program offered free of charge to capitalise on energy productivity opportunity
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Productivity is the current catch phrase for the mining industry, and energy productivity has a large role to play. A declared policy priority for leading governments, improving energy productivity is about increasing the economic value added per unit of energy used and dollar of energy purchased. read more »
Nevermind the machines how about paying attention to the minerals?
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
MineSense is carving out a niche by providing richer, real-time data looking at ore and waste that flows through a mine's operations. Andrew Bamber, CEO of the Vancouver-based mining supplier that was founded in 2008, says his company is unique in getting companies to more closely monitor minerals. read more »
Australian workers are starting to have their brains monitored in the workplace
Friday, July 03, 2015
Data from caps worn by workers is used to alert them when they are likely to fall asleep. Workers at several Australian mining companies are already using the technology read more »
Setting sights on ‘invisible’ mining
Monday, June 22, 2015
In-situ recovery is a new and largely untapped frontier that could improve environmental performance and change the economics of mining. read more »
GroundProbe releases new pit monitoring radar
Thursday, June 18, 2015
GroundProbe has released its new slope stability monitoring radar for pit mining, to increase safety by identifying slope instability, which will also boost mining productivity. read more »
Hi-tech takes mining to a new level
Tuesday, June 09, 2015
The irony of one of the world’s oldest and most primal industries — getting hard stuff out of the ground — being aided by the latest, cutting-edge and largely intangible technology, 3D "immersion" training, is not lost on Andreas Cambitsis, director and co-founder of Cyest Corporation. read more »
Using satellites to move millimetres of earth
Friday, June 05, 2015
Tools that automate the grade are gaining wider acceptance, says Alex Docherty, director of technology at Finning. Using graders out-fitted with SITECH's positioning software, precise road construction is possible. The results are jobs that require less hours and have higher quality standards. read more »
The growing importance of communication technology in mining
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Connectivity, real-time data delivery, collaboration and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications are critical technological pillars for the global mining industry. read more »
Rio Tinto launches big data Analytics Excellence Centre to drive productivity improvements
Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Rio Tinto will begin mining big data at its world-first Analytics Excellence Centre to significantly enhance equipment productivity across its global operations. The Centre will assess massive volumes of data captured by the array of sensors attached to Rio Tinto’s fixed and mobile equipment read more »
US regulator rolls out online tools to track mine violations
Thursday, February 26, 2015
The US Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has launched two online tools to track safety violations commonly associated with mining deaths. read more »
Apps for mining and planning
Friday, February 20, 2015
The mobile devices technology revolution is having a significant impact in the minerals sector, and its only just begun. read more »
2014 Survey U.S. Metal and Industrial Mineral Mines Wages, Salaries and Benefits
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
I have just received the CostMine 2014 Survey Results for U.S. Metal and Industrial Mineral Mine Salaries, Wages, and Benefits. First a look at the impact on wages of working for a small mine as compared to working for a large mine. read more »
Program to 'unearth' technology and innovation in mining looks to recruit young tech start-up companies
Tuesday, January 06, 2015
The Australian mining industry is facing a $1 billion loss over the next decade if it doesn't invest more in technology and innovation. That's the impetus behind a tech start-up program called Unearthed read more »
The use of mobile technology for maintenance, safety and environmental inspections
Tuesday, January 06, 2015
The scenario is well known…on a regular basis, maintenance, environmental and safety people walk the mine areas (facilities, processing, tailings, water streams) for inspections or rounds. read more »
REPORT: Hitachi to Employ Nissan's Situation Awareness Technology in Mining Trucks
Monday, January 05, 2015
In a new era of mining equipment, Hitachi is set to employ Nissan Motor’s around view monitor (AVM) and moving object detection (MOD) technology to its haul trucks and hydraulic excavators working at large open-pit mines. read more »
GE Mining: Battery-Powered Technology of the Future
Monday, November 24, 2014
GE, which operates through a variety of segments such as Energy, Technology Infrastructure, and Capital Finance, has been leading the mining industry into a safer, cleaner and quieter future. read more »
De Beers market share set to pick up on Canadian mine opening
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Anglo American’s (LON:AAL) De Beers could see its share in the diamond market recover after the company starts mining at its Gahcho Kué operation, located in Canada’s diamond-rich North West Territories. read more »
TOP 10: Mining Innovations to Look Forward To
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Automated tunnel borers, revitalized excavators, X-ray diffraction equipment, alternative energy, autonomous mine site infrastructure, and more read more »
BlastLogic addresses the drill and blast challenge
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Maptek BlasLogic enhances safety and productivity and allows operations to achieve continuous improvement by integrating drill and blast routines. read more »
Some facts about the Mount Polley Mine
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
An outline of some basic facts about the Mount Polley mine and the recent tailings pond spill by Bernard von Schulmann, a BC-based land use consultant who has focused on Crown land public issues for 20 years. read more »
2014 Canadian Mine Salaries, Wages, and Benefits
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Just published by CostMine is the 2014 Survey Results – Canadian Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits. read more »
Vale chooses Immersive Technologies for operator training center solutions
Thursday, July 17, 2014
After a thorough evaluation of operator training solutions, Vale Ferrous Business has chosen to implement a training center utilizing solutions from Immersive Technologies. The training center, located in Brazil, will be developed in several phases and includes multiple high fidelity training simulators. read more »
Make way for more driverless trucks: BHP
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
In an attempt to boost productivity and cut costs, Australia-based BHP Billiton (ASX: BHP) is expanding the use of the driverless trucks from its Pilbara iron ore mines to New South Wales and Queensland coal mines. read more »
Robots set to work the mines of the future
Friday, April 11, 2014
Mines without miners? Not quite. Still, a technology boom in robots, drones, driverless trucks and unmanned trains is beginning to reshape one of the world's most labour-intensive industries read more »
Rio Tinto walks away from massive Pebble copper-gold project
Monday, April 07, 2014
Global miner Rio Tinto (LON, ASX:RIO) said on Monday it is pulling out of the polemic Pebble Mine copper and gold project in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska, by giving away its 19.1% percent stake in Northern Dynasty Minerals (TSX:NDM), the owner of the huge deposit. read more »
Real-time mapping technology to transform mining industry, says visiting expert
Thursday, April 03, 2014
One of the world’s leading mining geospatial experts is in Australia to advise resources companies on how cutting-edge mapping technology could change the future of the industry. read more »
New Equipments and Technologies for Open Pit Mines Surveys
Monday, March 03, 2014
CAM2 (group of FARO Technologies, Inc.) & Gexcel present the Italian event “New equipments and technologies for open pit mines survey” in order to show the benefits coming from the new hardware and software technologies and from the integration between laser scanner and GNSS/Total station data. read more »
Missouri S&T offers nation’s first Ph.D. in explosives engineering
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Missouri University of Science and Technology has been approved by the Coordinating Board of Higher Education to offer the nation’s first Ph.D. in explosives engineering. The new doctorate will help the university fill critical shortfalls in government and industry. read more »
Five key ways technology can help mining companies survive and prosper
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
With the mining industry facing more challenging conditions, companies are looking very closely at their operations and working out how they can improve them to boost productivity. read more »
Top 10 mining trends for 2014 - Innovate or bust
Monday, January 27, 2014
Prolonged market volatility is forcing miners to change the way they operate, making tough strategic changes in a bid to remain viable. Releasing its sixth annual Tracking the Trends report, Deloitte global mining leader Phil Hopwood explains read more »
First Solar unveils diesel-replacement strategy for African mines
Friday, January 24, 2014
Thin-film solar company First Solar is aggressively pursuing build operate and own (BOO) fuel-replacement projects in the global resources sector and is offering miners the prospect of displacing diesel through the use of increasingly cost-competitive solar energy. read more »
New mining course for women at the College of the Rockies
Thursday, January 16, 2014
A three week training program is being offered by The College of the Rockies, Fernie Campus, in partnership with Teck. The goal of the program is to introduce women to the types of careers available within the surface coal mining industry. read more »
Satellite for Tracking West Africa’s Mining Vehicles
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
With little or no cellular coverage in remote regions, mining companies have limited options for tracking and monitoring their fleets of vehicles. read more »
Global leaders join CEEC’s Board
Monday, December 02, 2013
CEEC International Ltd welcomed three new directors to the Board at its recent Annual General Meeting. Maryse Belanger, Mary Stewart and Ivan Mullany bring diverse skills and global expertise to CEEC’s leadership team. read more »
Canadian Diamond Mine Gets Green Light
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
A government and aboriginal review board has approved the Gahcho Kue proposed diamond mine in the Northwest Territories. The Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board concluded that the "project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental impacts" but has recommended government approval of the plans, subject to measures and follow-up programs. read more »
Hydraulic Mining: Not Your Everyday Pressure Washer
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Even though it has been around for quite some time, hydraulic mining is still being used to move sediment or dislodge materials. The origins of this technique have been dated as far back as Ancient Rome. read more »
Kennecott Planned for Imminent Slide Months in Advance
Friday, April 12, 2013
With the use of technology and careful watching, damage caused by the slide at Kennecott's Bingham Canyon Mine was minimized before it even happened. read more »
Bingham Canyon Mine Slope Failure
Friday, April 12, 2013
A massive slope failure has occurred at the open pit of the Bingham Canyon Mine in Utah. Nobody was hurt: the mine had been monitoring movement and when deformation increased from 1 mm a day to 5 mms day they pulled out all workers. read more »
Laurentian Creates First Research Chair in Open-pit Mining
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The Bharti School of Engineering at Laurentian University in Sudbury will establish Canada’s first Research Chair in Open-Pit Mining, with the support of a significant investment from Canadian mining firm IAMGOLD Corporation. read more »
Mining Mayhem: Photos of Mining Mishaps & Accidents
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Not sure how I missed the blog Mining Mayhem for so long. It is well worth your time to go take a look. A glorious collection of photographs of mining accidents and mishaps, mostly of trucks and other mining equipment. read more »
Satellite Communications - After Lightning Strikes
Monday, September 10, 2012
Our mining clients demand constant reliable communication. Typically a manufacturer offers a minimum 12 month warranty, but in spite of this, we still harangue our clients to buy two of everything. read more »
MICROMINE implements Pitram at Gold Fields' Damang
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
MICROMINE, is pleased to announce the successful implementation of Pitram Optimum at Gold Fields’ Damang gold mine in Ghana. Pitram, MICROMINE’s mine control and management reporting solution, will help the operation increase production, reduce costs, and improve safety and business intelligence capabilities. read more »
The Clean Mining Alliance Spreads Good News
Monday, June 25, 2012
The Clean Mining Alliance, based in Vancouver, Canada, is a new international trade association dedicated to raising the profile of cleaner mining initiatives. read more »
Photographs of a Russian coal mine
Thursday, May 10, 2012
"Presenting another awesome series of photographs by Vadim Mahorovym, of a coal mine in Kiselevsk – a small mining town near Novokuznetsk which is operational since 1917." read more »
Innovation in Mining: A New Book from PDAC and the Mining Assocation of Canada
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
At this link you will find a fascinating book put out by the Mining Association of Canada and the PDAC. It is called 100 Innovations in the Mining Industry. read more »
BCGS New Publications
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Use of Portable XRF in evaluation of Rare Earth Element-bearing Phosphate Deposits; A KML file to Display Producing Mines in British Columbia at Any Range or Point of Time in the Last 160 Years; Using Regionated KML Files to Display the Status of a Large Number of Mineral Occurrences in British Columbia; Using Regionated KML Files to Speed up the Display of a Large Number of Regional Geochemical Survey Sites in British Columbia read more »
Monday, January 23, 2012
Geological Fieldwork 2011; Exploration and Mining in British Columbia 2011; Mines and Mineral Exploration Overview 2011; Operating Mines and Selected Major Exporation Projects; Poster Highlights read more »
USGS Data - Global Multi-resolution Terrain Elevation Data 2010 (GMTED2010)
Thursday, December 01, 2011
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) have collaborated on the development of a notably enhanced global elevation model named the Global Multi-resolution Terrain Elevation Data 2010 (GMTED2010) that replaces GTOPO30 as the elevation dataset of choice for global and continental scale applications. read more »
On seismic signals from landslides – new research
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
See a massive rock avalanche in action somewhere up in Alps and learn how to read seismic recordings to be able to detect this kind of events. read more »
If it can't be grown, it must be mined - Arizona Mining Association
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
A beautiful history of mining in Arizona - from Apaches to the lonely prospector and his burro and to modern copper mines. read more »
Mining one day, tourism eventually: BHP
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
BHP Billiton's Olympic Dam project, set to be the world's biggest mine, could have a second life as an outback tourist attraction when it closes. read more »
Amendments to NI 43-101 – “Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects”
Friday, June 10, 2011
On April 8, 2011, the Canadian Securities Administrators (the CSA) published in final form amendments to National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects and its related form of technical report and companion policy (NI 43-101).  read more »
Esri and DOI Introduce Landsat Data for the World
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Working in close collaboration with the US Department of the Interior (DOI), Esri is pleased to announce the release of Landsat image services. These provide access to almost four decades' worth of Global Land Survey (GLS) Landsat data developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and DOI's US Geological Survey. read more »
California Earthquake Fault Zone Maps
Thursday, February 10, 2011
The index map identifies all Official Maps of Earthquake Fault Zones delineated by the California Geological Survey through December 2010 under the Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zoning Act. Individual Earthquake Fault Zone Maps can be viewed on screen. Digital image files (pdf) and Geographic Information System files (GIS) of individual maps can be downloaded by selecting a specific quadrangle map. read more »
History of Explosives and Blasting
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
In the US and Canada alone, blasters use more than 6 billion pounds of explosives and 75 million detonators per year. Coal mining accounts for two-thirds of consumed explosives of which more than 80% of it is ANFO. read more »
Monday, February 07, 2011
GeoVisionary is the result of a collaboration between Virtalis and the British Geological Survey. Combining a powerful data engine with a virtual geological toolkit enables geoscientists to visualise, analyse and share large datasets seamlessly in an immersive, real time environment.  read more »
A History of Coal in Europe
Thursday, February 03, 2011
The Timber Crisis; The Fuel of Last Resort; Medieval Coal and Coal Mining; The Prejudice against Coal; Renaissance Coal Mines; Coke; Wagon ways, Steam Engines, Canal Building and Coal ...
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In Congo, Diamonds are Whose Best Friend ?
Monday, January 10, 2011
This was my first trip to Mbuji Mayi. I knew it as Congo’s city of riches: the diamond mecca of the country. But whatever I expected is not what I found. read more »
Placer deposits of the Yukon
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Historic placer mining areas in Yukon can be grouped into ten areas: Klondike; Sixtymile; Fortymile; Clear Creek; Moosehorn Range; Stewart River; Whitehorse South; Mayo; Dawson Range and Livingstone Creek. Each area has its own geomorphic setting and depositional history which is related to its glacial history.  read more »
Cayeli Mine Selects Micromine’s Mining Software Solution PITRAM
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Leading software and solutions provider, Micromine, has been contracted by Cayeli Bakir Isletmeleri, a subsidiary of Inmet Mining, to supply and install its mine production control solution, PITRAM, at Cayeli Mine in Turkey. read more »
Gemcom Delivers New Mine Scheduling Capabilities with Release of Gemcom MineSched 7.0
Monday, October 04, 2010
Gemcom Software International Inc. today announced it has released Gemcom MineSched™ 7.0, the latest version of its next generation scheduling software for surface and underground mines of all types and sizes. read more »
Canadian Mining Events from 1604 to 1943
Thursday, August 12, 2010
... and Historical Tables of the Mineral production of Canada read more »
Tsumeb Mine: A history of copper mining in Namibia
Friday, July 16, 2010
The first written report of copper being seen in the Tsumeb area was made in 1857 when the Rhenish Missionaries H. Hahn and J. Rath in the company of hunter-trader F. Green made an expedition to the north with the objective of meeting with Ovambo chiefs. On June 17 they camped East of Grootfontein at the foot of the Otjitjika Mountain where they met Ovambo traders carrying neatly woven palm-leaf baskets that contained copper ore from the Otavi Mountains. read more »
Red Dog Prepares to Tap a New Zinc Deposit
Thursday, June 17, 2010
The best view of Red Dog Mine, the world's second-biggest zinc mine, is from the west edge of the main pit. From there I could see down into the mine's past in the form of that main pit the size of a deep mountain valley. read more »
Coal to Remain Key U.S. Source of Electrical Power
Thursday, June 03, 2010
Committing U.S. electrical utilities to the "25-percent Renewable Electricity Portfolio Standard" (RES or RFS) mandating that, by 2025, the U.S. generates 25-percent of its electrical power from renewable sources is a futile, unwise misdirection of financial, human, and technological resources on a backward, impossible mission. read more »
Maxwell GeoServices Releases New Coal Database
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Maxwell GeoServices is pleased to announce the released of our specialised coal database. The Maxwell Coal Data Schema (CDS) was developed in conjunction with coal producers and our own coal industry specialist read more »
Geosoft announces 2010 software releases
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Canadian geoscience software company Geosoft has now announced the availability of its 2010 Software Release for geoscientists and exploration professionals. The release includes a number of claimed important advancements that improve access to data and information, make mapping and reporting tasks more efficient, and expand 3D subsurface capabilities. read more »
Understanding the types of aquifers in the Canadian Cordillera hydrogeologic region
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Groundwater is often viewed as a mysterious and challenging resource to manage as it is hidden underground. Generally, the only obvious sign of groundwater to the public is water flowing from a spring
or from a well. Where and how the groundwater got to the spring or well and how much is available are questions of interest when trying
to protect the resource.
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QP: What's your method?
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Selecting an appropiate commodity price; Reporting multiple cut-off grades; Appropiate level of support for selecting a cut-off grade; Definition of a pre-feasibility study; Disclosing third party estimates. read more »
Roundup 2010: Mineral Deposits that Matter
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
The Gold presentation was delivered by Jay Hodgson - he looked into big gold deposits. Silver deposits that matter were presented by Bob Quartermain. Copper and the global copper industry were next and an excellent presentation was delivered by Michael Doggett. Mark Selby talked about strategic thinking in global copper supply and demand. read more »
Mine optimization
Monday, December 07, 2009
Big savings can be made on the bottom line. As companies get back to basics after the global financial crisis, mine and project planning return to the fore.  read more »
Northern Highlights
Monday, December 07, 2009
Since this focus last year, mining and processing suppliers the world over have gone through the wringer. Thousands of jobs have been shed from some of the major players and hopefully they have come through stronger and better. Going forward, the recovery in mining appears to have come sooner than many feared. read more »
More Mines in the North
Monday, December 07, 2009
One year can make a whole lot of difference. When last November we reported on the Nordic mining scene there was still a sense of the unknown in the financial crisis – that has since taken hold and now ‘calmed’. It has not affected the underlying strength of the mining industry in the Nordic region. read more »
Copper Town
Monday, December 07, 2009
MP 50 sees the road up to Freeport’s mill site undertaking some serious climbing into the Highlands before taking a break from its steadily climb and taking a dip into Tembagapura at MP68 (109.4 km at 1,871 m asl). The drive proceeds along the Darnell Ridge from MP 50 (80.5 km at 640 m asl) and climbs to the Hannekam tunnel at 2,325 m asl. Further up the road reaches 2,688 m asl at MP 64 (103 km). read more »
Mapping the way
Monday, December 07, 2009
Surveying is a vital discipline throughout the mining process – embracing exploration, mining and closure. GPS has been a boon to surveying but has many other related uses in making operations more productive and safer. read more »
Kazakhstan: A 'market economy'
Monday, December 07, 2009
With a Standard and Poor’s ‘investment grade' credit rating, Kazakhstan is considered a model transition economy, in overcoming the legacy of the Soviet centralized command economy.  read more »
Deeper open pits
Monday, December 07, 2009
Surface mines are always seeking to extract more from their existing ore bodies by going deeper, or steeper, or both. Doug Minchin, Director, Rock Australia notes that as well as open pit mines getting larger and deeper, slope design is becoming more aggressive with concomitant high risk in size of failures and consequences. "Slope Failure, even a small rock fall threatens the safety of personnel, plant and equipment, productivity and potentially overall mine viability." read more »
Scottish success
Monday, December 07, 2009
Scottish Coal is the largest coal producer in Scotland and the largest open-pit coal mining company in the UK. It produces some 4 Mt/y of coal from sites throughout Scotland, with its Broken Cross operation contributing around 520,000 t/y to this figure. The site covers an area of 610 ha, with the company extracting coals with calorific values of 23.4 Gj/t from this area. read more »
US coal peak production: Point and counterpoint
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Coal peak production has been a seriously debated topic for the past few years outside the coal-science community. "We hope to spur science-based discussions by membership of the coal geology and geology and health communities," said session co-chair Romeo Flores. 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 »
Managing Costs - Core Drilling
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Sometimes the smallest products can make the biggest impact. While they don't carry $1 million price tags like some of the high technology capital equipment available on the market, coring consumables represent incremental cost over the life of a project that can save or lose a drilling contractor hundreds of thousands of dollars in ... read more »
Supporting a remote mining fleet
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
The importance of the Sandvik operation headquartered in the city of Timika on the south coast of Papua (Irian Jaya),Indonesia, is such that it is an incorporated company, PT Sandvik SMC. This company was established purely for the Freeport business,which roughly splits 50/50 between underground and surface equipment. read more »
Steeling for a comeback
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
At the beginning of August, Macquarie Research described iron ore prices as being "in transition." Announcing "progress" in its 2009 iron ore price negotiations, BHP Billiton highlighted what it views as significant progress in the evolution away from iron ore pricing dominated by an annually negotiated benchmark price towards a "transparent" pricing system based on index (or spot pricing). 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 »
Viva Las Cruces
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
After an almost year-long suspension Las Cruces in southern Spain made the final leap into production in June. Daniel Gleeson examines a mine reporting contained copper of some 2,425 MIb, an estimated 15-year mine life and some exciting copper processing advances. read more »
The road to Grasberg
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Until Bechtel built the first road in the early 1970s, and Freeport Indonesia subsequently developed the area, subrivers were the only access inland to the foothills of the Jayawijaya mountain range on Irian Jaya that hosts what is arguably the greatest ore complex discovered in the world to date, the Grasberg and Ertsberg copper gold deposits. read more »
Kaftar Hona anthracite
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Saddleback Corp was formed in 2004 and then established Saddleback Gold Corp in Tajikistan. It has offices in central London and in Dushanbe, the capital city of Tajikistan. The objective of SGC has been to build a diversified mining and exploration company by securing interests in mining and exploration projects in Tajikistan with a focus on coal and gold. read more »
California Mining Investment Rules
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
A new mine in California is almost unheard of. We must take our hats off to Molycorp for the reopening of, dare we call it the “new?” Mountain Pass mine in California. 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 »
Human Error Prevention
Friday, August 07, 2009
Preventing human error can be the biggest contributor to the productivity, safety, and quality of any project. A new easy to read book can help you tackle the causes of human error and how to prevent them. read more »
Using Insects to Model Equipment Dispatching Systems
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Here's a novel approach to model an equipment dispatching system: use the swarming behaviour of insects! The dispatch of trucks and shovels is an important part of the success of an open pit mine. The following paper by Bissiri et al. introduces a new technique that uses insect swarming to model and simulate a dispatching system. read more »
Principles of Mine Planning
Monday, June 29, 2009
Principles of Mine Planning is a must-read for mining engineering and geoscience professionals and students. Some of the major topics covered in this book include the determination of technical factors in mine planning read more »
Mining salaries in Australia & New Zealand
Monday, June 29, 2009
Hays Resources & Mining published a new salary survey pertaining to the Australian mining industry: market changes, positions in demand, salary movements, changes to employer recruitment practices. read more »
Electronic Journal on California Gold Rush and Gold Mining
Thursday, May 14, 2009
The Sierra College Press has published an electronic journal on the California Gold Rush and Gold Mining. This eJournal is the latest edition of Snowy Range Reflections: A Journal of Sierra Nevada History and Biography. read more »
Coal through a microscope
Monday, May 11, 2009
If you think that coal is a boring black rock then you have never seen it through a transmitted light microscope. The microscope reveals coal's hidden beauty as well as its composition. read more »
Opal Mining & Prospecting in NSW
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
So you feel like going out for fire opals in New South Wales? Then you better behave ‘cause the Big Brother’s watching you. read more »
Truck Drivers
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Every mining magazine features a new article on new big trucks. But there is an aspect to the big truck photo scourge that we do not talk about. I refer to the folk who drive those big trucks.  read more »
Talvivaara Heap Leach
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
This case history of a new heap leach operation is courtesy of E&MJ, May 2008. They describe a new heap leach pad at the Talvivaara Mine in Finland read more »
The Berkeley Pit
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
The Mine Waste Technology Program at Montana Tech understandably enough focuses on the Berkeley Pit. Here are the reports they have produced on the pit read more »
Suncor Oil Sands Mining
Friday, April 4, 2008
At the SME meeting in Salt Lake City in late February 2008, I chanced into one of those presentations that justify conference attendance. This one was by Erik Jones talking about mine productivity initiatives at Suncor Energy’s Alberta operations.  read more »
Micromine’s Pit Optimisation Software
Monday, March 17, 2008
A recent study by Golder Associates has revealed that MICROMINE’s powerful Pit Optimiser is as high in usability and performance, as other leading industry-standard optimisation software such as Gemcom’s Whittle 4X optimiser. read more »
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
A newsletter that is worth looking at if you are into mining-related software is from QMASTOR read more »
Micromine Launches PITRAM 3
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Micromine, leading provider of mining and exploration software products and services, has announced that the highly-anticipated official global launch of PITRAM 3 will take place on 3 March at PDAC International Convention, Trade Show & Investors Exchange 2008. read more »
Fuzzy Logic in Mining
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
A new paper in the InfoMine Library is by Bascetin Atac of the Mining engineering Department of the Istanbul University. In his paper, A New Approach for Decision Making Based Genetic Algorithm in Mining Operations, he describes the use of fuzzy logic methods read more »
Aquifer Depressurization Management
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
This paper describes a fascinating case history: Management of Aquifer Depressurization System in Hazelwood Mine, Latrobe Valley, Australia by J. Fernando of International Power and D. Nag of Monash University. read more »
Liberty Mining Consultants
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Every so often a new company lists on InfoMine as a consultant. I generally examine the websites of these new listers. Here is one that caught my attention. read more »
Montana Mining Magazine
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
The best value for my mining money on the web right now is the new magazine called Montana Mining. Actually it is free for download. Governor Brian Schweitzer summarizes the current mining situation in the state in his opening editorial. read more »
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Filling old open pit mines with mining wastes has many advantages. I recognize there are many disadvantages too, mostly to do with the cost.  read more »
Groundwater Book
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Recent flooding of the shaft and underground mine workings at the Cigar Lake uranium deposit in Saskatchewan reminds us of the significance of groundwater in mining. read more »
Dust Calculations
Friday, March 09, 2007
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) e-publishes the definitive volume on how to calculate the quantity of dust from mine (and indeed all) unpaved roads, paved roads read more »
Adams Mine Landfill
Friday, March 09, 2007
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is intended to facilitate trade between Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Parts of the Preamble state that the governments of the three nations resolve via the agreement to read more »
Wind Power and Mining
Friday, February 16, 2007
Depending on your aesthetic sensitivities it is the most beautiful site in all the world or the ugliest. I refer to a large wind farm. read more »
Rawhide Mine Community Relations Plan
Thursday, February 08, 2007
A good example of a community relations plan as any I have come across is that for the Rawhide Mine in Nevada. This plan sets out what will be done from 2006 to 2010 at the now closed mine read more »
Aditya Birla Minerals and India
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
The moral of this story is that news reports and Annual Reports can tell the curious engineers and technicians amongst us interesting tales of the trials and tribulations of mining read more »
Madagascar Mining
Thursday, January 18, 2007
A summary of an article from the New Yorker, October 2, 2006:
Burkhard Bilger writes about the gem industry in Madagascar, which has some of the richest, and least exploited, gem deposits on earth
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Sand and Gravel Mining Permits in Pinal County, Arizona
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Sand and gravel mining in floodplains occurs nearly everywhere. If you want to mine sand and gravel in Pinal County, Arizona, you will need to comply with the requirements read more »
McArthur Mine
Friday, December 15, 2006
The McArthur Mine in Australia was in the news recently. I vaguely recollect reading reports of a controversy surrounding the mine. read more »
Unpaved Road Maintenance
Friday, December 01, 2006
Although the reference I describe here does not deal with mines, I consider the topic and the treatment worthy of reference by the civil and geotechnical engineer and miner read more »
Aventurine and the Sherpa Software
Friday, November 24, 2006
If you have not previously seen the Aventurine site, you have a treat awaiting you. If you need to estimate the cost of a mining activity, you have to get Sherpa software. read more »
Oil Sands Reclamation
Friday, November 17, 2006
Can we reclaim the oil sands operations? A pretty obvious question. Many, many answers. I surveyed 350 Google hits from the key words “oil sands reclamation.” read more »
Science Fair Project on Mining
Friday, November 17, 2006
Here is an example to hold before the kids. Here is an opportunity to show ‘em what can be done. Here is the piece to send them to when they ask for help with their homework. read more »
Jiri Open Pit Mine
Friday, November 03, 2006
Download the technical paper, the digital data, and the program input parameters for a new publication “An Open-Pit Coalmine Surcharged by Artesian Water Pressure”. This paper is downloadable from read more »
50-Year Perspective
Thursday, November 02, 2006
What will mining be like in fifty and five hundred years? We can only guess at five hundred, but for fifty, we can extrapolate current trends to venture a prediction. read more »
Canadian Natural Resources & Finning Trucks
Thursday, October 19, 2006
In 1989, Canadian Natural was an oil and natural gas company operating only in Alberta. They employed 9 people, produced about 1,400 barrels of oil equivalent per day and had a market capitalization of about $1 million. read more »
Suizhou Huawei Truck Manufacturers
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
The pictures speak for themselves: a full range of material transport and dump trucks. All from the Hubei Huawei Special-Purpose Automobile Manufacturing Company in Suizhou, China. read more »
Wednesday, August 2, 2006
Sparwood, British Columbia has a population of about 4,000, TRUCK-SHOVEL.COM (RW Consulting and Training Services) a consultant newly listed on InfoMine, and a short but fascinating history. read more »
Outokumpu & Grinding
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
There is plenty of interesting material on grinding in the Outokumpu Grinding Technologies Brochure. I quote & edit from their website to give you a bit of news about their successes read more »
Xstrata and McArthur River Mine
Thursday, July 27, 2006
News Item: The Northern Territory, Australia, government declared that the fate of one of the territory's largest mines now lies with its owner, Swiss giant Xstrata. read more »
Haul Roads Using Fly Ash
Monday, July 24, 2006
Oil sand mining and coal mining involves trucks with payload capacity of more than 300 tonnes and costing upwards of six million dollars. A good haul road ensures low vehicle operating and maintenance costs. read more »