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Snap Lake had groundwater problems before closure
Sunday, December 06, 2015
The Snap Lake diamond mine in the Canadian north was not only dealing with a downturn in the diamond market prior to a decision last week to shutter it; the mine also had a serious problem with groundwater. read more »
Snap Lake Mine to be put on care and maintenance
Friday, December 04, 2015
The De Beers Group of Companies today announced it has placed its Snap Lake mine on care and maintenance. The decision follows a review of the mine’s operation, particularly in light of current market conditions. 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 »
Technology gives new life to old mines
Monday, October 26, 2015
Sibanye Gold is driving new mining technology hard to unlock more than a million ounces of sterilised gold it could not otherwise mine, extend the lives of its mines and roll out into the platinum mines it is buying. read more »
Maptek teamwork and dedication key to safe rescue mission
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Teamwork, dedication and a commitment to safe practices were key ingredients in the ultimate success of the 2010 San José mine rescue. Maptek is proud to have been part of the monumental effort which culminated on October 14 when all 33 miners were safely above ground. read more »
South Africa’s Gold Miners Turn to Machines to Stay Afloat
Thursday, October 1, 2015
South Africa’s gold-mining companies are facing a question of life or death—and the answer is likely robots. 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 »
A Mining Technology That Saves Miners’ Lives
Tuesday, September 01, 2015
To better protect US coal mines from being crushed or pinned in confined underground spaces where large equipment is constantly in motion, MSHA will publish a proposed rule that calls for proximity detection systems on mobile machinery. 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 »
EasyM2M to launch underground wireless technology and iWristPhone for miners
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
In order to facilitate two-way communications between miners and officials of the control rooms at the surface, EasyM2M Technologies will introduce underground WiFi facility inside mines and wrist phones for miners to enable real time tracking. 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 »
Seafloor copper extraction better than traditional mining — report
Monday, June 01, 2015
A fresh study commissioned by Canadian seafloor miner Nautilus Minerals (TSX:NUS) shows than extracting copper from the seabed causes less disruptions to the environment and local communities than traditional mining, the company said. read more »
Sudbury tech firm employs 3D mapping in underground mines
Friday, May 15, 2015
A new Sudbury company hopes to make it easier for mines to use drones and autonomous vehicles underground thanks to 3D mapping technology. read more »
Tapping into Mine Water for Geothermal Energy
Thursday, April 02, 2015
Millions of miles of tunnels criss-cross the ground under old mining communities across the United States. Abandoned, falling apart and choked with water, the tunnels are often viewed as a dangerous legacy. But the water in these mines could actually be a major geothermal resource. read more »
This is what the world’s largest underground mine looks like
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
MINING.com toured Chile’s El Teniente mine, the world's largest underground copper operation and the sixth biggest copper mine by reserve size. Here are some photos. 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 »
Monarques Gold set to test new mining technology in Quebec
Monday, March 09, 2015
Gold-focused Monarques Gold Corp. will be testing new technology that it hopes will “revolutionize” the underground mining of narrow ore bodies at shallow angles. 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 »
Mining Sensor Data to Run a Better Gold Mine
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
In 2009, near the height of the financial crisis, mining company Dundee Precious Metals Inc. was faced with the prospect of falling metal prices—and $150 million of capital investments in Bulgaria. Rick Howes had to find a more efficient way to operate the Chelopech mine. 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 »
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 »
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 »
Sudbury group funded for mining canopy
Thursday, October 02, 2014
The Centre of Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) has received provincial funding toward the development of a canopy that will protect underground miners from falling rock. 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 »
First shale core samples drilled by South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Drilling began last week at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology for the first shale samples to be analysed in a range of advanced laboratory tests that could ultimately lead to enhanced energy production, carbon dioxide sequestration, underground hydrocarbon storage and waste disposal. read more »
First seabed mine to go ahead as Nautilus solves dispute with PNG
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Canadian seafloor miner Nautilus Minerals (TSX:NUS), which won the first lease to mine the ocean floor for gold and copper, said Thursday it has resolved a long-dragged dispute with Papua New Guinea. 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 »
BHP wants to build world’s largest underground coal mine
Wednesday, April 08, 2014
BHP Billiton (ASX:BHP), the world's largest diversified resources company, is getting its ducks in a row to build Caroona, a thermal coal mine that could become the world’s biggest underground operation of its kind, The Australian reports. read more »
Sugarloaf mine subsidence areas may be off limits for a decade
Thursday, April 03, 2014
A section of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area in New South Wales, Australia is expected to be closed to the public for more than a decade as authorities struggle to deal with threats to safety posed by mine subsidence damage.  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 »
Smart helmet detects gas, sends text messages and self-generates SOS alerts… What?
Friday, February 14, 2014
The dream of any Health and Safety manager and probable every mine worker is about to hit the market. A Spanish company is introducing in Chile a mining helmet that incorporates advanced systems of sensors and communication tools guarantee to locate missing miners and save lives. 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 »
Rio Tinto partners with CRCMining on block caving technology
Friday, January 31, 2014
Rio Tinto has partnered with CRCMining, Newcrest, and Elexon Electronics to develop cave flow tracking systems for use in block caving operations. read more »
Satellite imagery able to detect surface deformation caused by mining
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
University of Cape Town (UCT) PhD graduate Dr Jeanine Engelbrecht has asserted in her thesis that microwave imagery captured from earth-orbiting satellites is able to measure deformation caused by underground mining. 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 »
Digging deep for deep mining
Thursday, January 23, 2014
The Centre of Excellence in Mining Innovation wants to go deep -- as in more than 2.5 kilometres below the surface -- and on Wednesday, got a strong hand in getting there. read more »
Old law blocking less toxic mining technology
Friday, December 13, 2013
Amending an outdated small-scale mining law is necessary to allow the government to use clean technology for this sector of the metals industry, experts and industry stakeholders said at a University of the Philippines (UP) Baguio forum recently. read more »
How a Canadian mining company put a Wi-Fi network underground
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
It took industrial-strength protection to get a wireless network into cold, dirty environment. That didn’t deter Toronto’s Dundee Precious Metals from building an underground Wi-Fi network at its Chelopech copper and gold mine in Bulgaria to better monitor personnel, vehicles and ore. read more »
High-tech mining jacket a wearable warning system
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
A team of university graduates in Chile has developed a potentially life-saving jacket to be worn by miners deep underground. Inspired by the rescue of more than 30 Chilean miners in 2010, the jacket is equipped with technology that transmits a miner's vital signs in real time and sends out warnings when conditions become dangerous. read more »
U.S. scientists a step closer to finding evidence of dark matter in former gold mine
Thursday, October 17, 2013
A U.S. team of researchers hunting for dark matter in a former gold mine in South Dakota, may be getting closer to a major breakthrough in their study after they spent most of their daylight hours in the underground lab over the summer. read more »
North England old mines may hold key to cheaper energy
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Abandoned mines in the county of Cumbria, North West England, could be used to provide clean, cheap geothermal energy to nearby communities. read more »
RST Goes Underground With New Geosorb Technology
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
LEADING Australian dust management and soil stabilisation company Reynolds Soil Technologies (RST) is heading underground, with their latest technology providing a cutting-edge solution for water-based slurries formed in underground mines. read more »
Adopting New Mining Technology: Finding a Balance Between Leading and Bleeding
Friday, May 24, 2013
The mine of the future is coming. It will be digital, more constrained, and it will require a greater investment in leading edge technology. read more »
Bombardier Implements Train Control Technology at Swedish Iron-ore Mine
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Sweden-based international iron-ore mining, processing and trading group Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara AB (LKAB) on Tuesday reported that it had inaugurated the deepest new production level, the seventh main level, at the world's largest underground iron-ore mine, in northern Sweden. read more »
Air Supply on Demand: New ventilation technology provides airflow when and where it is needed
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Many existing mine ventilation systems are often based on a “set and forget” mentality – a mine will set its systems for maximum airflow and keep them that way throughout the day. It is assumed that if air needs to be provided somewhere, it needs to be there all the time. But why provide air to areas that are not being actively used? read more »
Mechanisation Still Far Off for South Africa's Platinum Mines
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Rising wage costs and strikes have revived the arguments in favour of automating South Africa's loss-making platinum mines, but weak prices for the metal and tough conditions underground mean mechanisation remains a distant prospect. read more »
An Expanded Role for Cap Lamps
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Cap lamps can now play a critical role in improving the way that mines communicate, collaborate and operate. The new Genesis cap lamp from Northern Light Technologies (NLT) is the first purpose built cordless lamp to house a tracking tag read more »
Miners take "rail-veyors" and robots to automated future
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
In an office trailer parked outside a mine shaft in northern Ontario, operator Carolyn St-Jean leans back in her chair and monitors a machine loading nickel-rich ore into rail cars deep underground. 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 »
Vale Puts a Breakthrough in Mining to the Test in Sudbury
Monday, August 13, 2012
The electrically powered Rail-Veyor could change what it means to be an underground miner. By the beginning of 2013, Vale's Copper Cliff Mine 114 Orebody Demonstration Plant in Sudbury will be complete. read more »
Robots to Ensure High Safety Standards in Latin American Mines
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Scientists around the world, including in Canada, are currently developing robots that can anticipate and prevent mining accidents, such as the dramatic entrapment of 33 Chilean miners in the Atacama Desert in 2010. 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 »
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 »
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 »
Raise boring machines
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Raise boring, as a technique or system of driving raises (vertical or near vertical holes) continues to gain in popularity due to its many important advantages over conventional methods. 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 »
Underhand Cut and Fill Mining in the U.S.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Underhand cut and fill mining methods are used at the Lucky Friday, Stillwater, and Galena mines in the western US in an effort to safely mine in difficult ground conditions and as a primary mining method where access below the ore is limited. read more »
The Treadwell Gold Mines of Alaska,
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
John Treadwell, famed founder of the Treadwell Gold Mines, was a California carpenter with 12 years' experience in placer and lode mining in California and Nevada before he landed in Alaska in 1881. read more »
Water problems associated with undersea coal mining
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Coal mining under the sea has been carried out in many different parts of the world. The first consideration associated with undersea mining or for that matter under bodies of water or under sub-surface aquifers, is to ... read more »
Kensington Mine, Southeast Alaska
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
We travelled from Juneau to the Kensington Mine in Southeast Alaska. Here is a pictorial record of that journey. I thank Coeur Alaska for taking us to the mine. 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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AMEC Awarded Oyu Tolgoi Underground Mining Project in Mongolia
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
AMEC, the international engineering and project management company, has been commissioned by Oyu Tolgoi LLC to undertake the feasibility study for Lift 1 of the underground Hugo North block cave operation of its copper and gold mining project in Mongolia. 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 Unveils Latest Innovations in Automated Underground Design for Gemcom Surpac
Monday, October 04, 2010
Gemcom Software International Inc. today announced it has released an updated version of its Advanced Underground Design module for its Gemcom Surpac geology and mine planning software. 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 »
33 Trapped Chilean Miners
Thursday, August 26, 2010
The story of the 33 Chilean miners is by now well known. Trapped below ground; a long wait as those on surface bore down to them; a small passage through which they are receiving food read more »
Canadian Mining Events from 1604 to 1943
Thursday, August 12, 2010
... and Historical Tables of the Mineral production of Canada read more »
Pre-mechanized longwall mining of coal
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Miners were able to remove almost all the coal from a section, either by leaving small remnant pillars or building packs to hold the roof in place, while that coal was removed. By retreating the face back towards the shafts, the overlying roof rock was then allowed to collapse into the void left by the coal removal.  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 »
Narrow Vein Mining - Case Study
Monday, July 19, 2010
Benefits of mechanized narrow vein mining: Low mining cost per ounce; Low tonnage to break, haul and mill; High grade per tonne; Floor of drive preserved ... read more »
Closure of Remote Historic Underground Mines in Desert Environments
Monday, July 05, 2010
Geotechnical solutions were developed for closure of two historic underground borate mines in the deserts of California: the old Borate Mine located in the Mojave Desert and the Lila C. Mine near Death Valley. read more »
Sandvik and Gemcom Announce Collaboration Agreement on Technology for Underground Mining
Monday, June 14, 2010
Gemcom Software International Inc. today announced that they have signed a Collaboration Agreement with Sandvik Mining and Construction to develop a system and interface for monitoring underground mobile mining equipment.  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 »
U.S. Coal mine fatalities since 1970 map
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
U.S. mine disasters map 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 »
Euro copper
Monday, December 07, 2009
In the Lubin area of southwest Poland,KGHM Polska Miedz comprises three underground mines (Lubin, Rudna and Polkowice-Sierszowice), in the Legnica-Glogow sedimentary copper basin of southwest Poland, an Ore Enrichment Division (OED) and two copper smelter/refinery complexes.KGHM’s resource base, covering an area of some 468 km2, is the largest known copper deposit in Europe and one of the largest in the world.  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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
WVU Dedicates Simulated Underground Mine for Training
Monay, October 19, 2009
West Virginia University today dedicated a state-of-the-art, simulated underground coal mine for training new and experienced miners. read more »
Coal-mining Hazard Resembles Explosive Volcanic Eruption, Study Shows
Friday, October 02, 2009
Worldwide, thousands of workers die every year from mining accidents, and instantaneous coal outbursts in underground mines are among the major killers. But although scientists have been investigating coal outbursts for more than 150 years, the precise mechanism is still unknown. 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Pyrophoricity of PRB coals - considerations for coalbed methane development
Friday, April 03, 2009
Natural coal fires along coal outcrops in the Powder River Coal Field or Powder River Basin have occurred throughout the more recent geologic history of the area. Researchers using modern fission-track dating techniques on the baked and fused rock associated with ancient fires have dated in-place coal burn areas as old as middle Pliocene ... read more »
Crandall Canyon Revisited
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
A review of a 2009 SME session on coal mine bumps and what happened in Utah at the Crandall Canyon coal mine in 2007.  read more »
Rapid Mining According to Rio Tinto
Thursday, February 26, 2009
A review of the 2009 SME conference session on rapid mining comparing tunnel advance rates in the civil and mining industries.  read more »
Underground Tailings Disposal
Monday, February 02, 2009
Here is an interesting discussion of underground disposal of tailings at the Doris North Project: Tailings is often disposed of in underground mines as backfill to provide ground or wall support read more »
Paste Backfill Bulkhead Failures and Pressure Monitoring at Cayeli Mine
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
The following piece is repeated from an AMC Consultants newsletter. I post it here in its entirety as, in my opinion, it deals with a significant technical approach of interest to all involved in underground mine backfilling. read more »
Giant Inflatable Airbag Designed to Seal Off Transportation System Tunnels in Emergencies
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
The researchers from WVU's College of Engineering and Mineral Resources have designed a giant inflatable airbag they believe has the potential to seal off tunnels to help prevent the spread of smoke, toxic fumes, gases or flooding read more »
New Zealand Coal Mine H&S Update
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
New Zealand has an estimated six underground coal mines and three underground metaliferous mines. In the period 1 January 2000 to 31 December 2005 the New Zealand Department of Labor received 51 notificaitons of serious harm to employees working in underground mines. read more »
Wings Iron Ore
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Mining Plus is “technical people servicing the mining industry.” They hail from Australia, but now are involved in re-starting an iron ore mine in Missouri. read more »
Ventilation Book By Malcolm McPherson
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
The most-readily-available book on ventilation is one by Malcolm J. McPherson called "Subsurface Ventilation and Environmental Engineering" read more »
TWP Consultants
Friday, August 22, 2008
TWP promises “complete solutions for the mining and mineral industry.” With 1,500 people in Johannesburg and elsewhere all the way to Australia, they probably can deliver. read more »
Senator McCain and Mining
Thursday, June 05, 2008
U.S. Sens. Jon Kyl and John McCain have introduced legislation for the third year in a row that would allow a new copper mine to be developed over a huge mineral deposit outside Superior, Arizona. read more »
Paste Fill Fences
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
The Red Lake Mine in eastern Ontario currently does nearly sixty percent of its mining using overhand cut and fill, twenty-five percent using underhand cut and fill, and about fifteen percent using pillar recovery. read more »
Compromise Reached Between Mining Company and Conservation Groups
Monday, April 21, 2008
An accord was reached between conservation groups and mining interests, ending an 18-year effort to stop the development of a large gold mine on Buckhorn Mountain in north central Washington State. read more »
Pillar Software
Monday, March 10, 2008
Two software codes from NIOSH that are in the news. They were used to analyze conditions at the Crandall canyon Mine prior to the disaster that killed 6 miners and 3 rescue workers. 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 »
Shaft Design
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
One of the better technical papers on the design of mine shafts is by Isadore Irvin Matunhire, previously of the Department of Mining Engineering at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and now working for TWP Consulting. 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 »
Giant Mine Ground Freezing
Monday, January 14, 2008
An extreme example of ground freezing to control groundwater pollution from a closed mine, is the Giant Mine in the Northwest Territories, Canada. read more »
New Mexico Ventilation Shaft
Wednesday, January 3, 2007
In the 2006 SME conference proceedings is a paper, Installation of a state-of-the-art ventilation shaft at a New Mexico coal mine by S. Bessinger of the San Juan Coal Company, T. Palm of Mencon, and A. Zeni of Shaft Drillers, Inc. read more »
Case Studies in Mine Management
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Here are two case studies I copy from the newly discovered website of element CMC, a Perth-based management consulting company serving the mining industry. read more »
Backfill Thesis
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Trent Weatherwax, a Masters student at the University of British Columbia, sent me a copy of his paper, A Conceptual Design of a Backfill System for Underground Preconcentration Facility. read more »
Structural Health Monitoring
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
I have always been fascinated by the underground mine headgear, or headframe as it is called in North America. Thus I was intrigued when Wardrop provided this brief Project Description entitled Structural Health Monitoring read more »
Wardrop Mine Dewatering
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
I have recently posted two EduMine courses: Surface Water Management at Mines and Groundwater in Mining. Here is something from Wardrop that I wish I had added to the course on groundwater. 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 »
Mine Backfill
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Available from the Australian Centre for Geomechanics is the Handbook on Mine Fill (2005). They sent me a copy and I have just spent a while reading it. Here are my impressions. read more »
Agapito and Huntington Mine
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Let me do something sure to be unpopular. Let me defend Bob Murray who owns the Crandall Mine in Huntington, Utah. read more »
CIM Backfill
Friday, August 10, 2007
Only the abstracts of the papers presented at Minefill 2007 –the 9th International Symposium on Mining with Backfill in Montreal are available to CIM members. read more »
Water Management in Backfill
Monday, July 30, 2007
Water management in hydraulic fill operations by M. Helinski and A.G. Grice is a paper presented in Montreal at the 2007 Mine Backfill symposium. read more »
Mine Ventilation Software II
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Here are a few of the codes you may choose to use to design, analyze, and operate you ventilation system. I include some information about the capabilities of each code 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 »
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
One of the benefits of writing for this site is the occasional really different and interesting contacts that pop up in the e-mail. Here is a summary of one of the most intriguing in a while. read more »
Friday, March 16, 2007
More useful news from a mining contractor. But first two quick confessions: (1) I had not previously known of them until (2) they chose to advertise on TechnoMine. read more »
Mining Reporter
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
How do you find your way around the never-ending stream of paper magazines devoted to the mining industry? At the 2007 SME I picked up two I had never seen before read more »
Total Robot Stations
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
David Cook writes in the December issue of Geotechnical News of Total Robotic Stations and Remote Data Capture in civil engineering construction. He defines a Total Robot Station thus read more »
Mining for the Future
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
There is no mining without human resources. People are ultimately what mining is all about. People to plan and run the mines. read more »
Grout Terminologies
Monday, March 05, 2007
Grout terminology is as specialized a language as any dialect or in-group-speak. Luckily for us the terminology is readily available at this link read more »
Stone to Nuclear
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Bomvu Ridge 40,000 years ago may have been the first large-scale underground mine anywhere. Australia well populated 60,000 years ago? read more »
Mine Flooding
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Ground freezing is on way to control the inflow of water to a mining operation. If flow quantities are low, it may be easier to pump from dewatering wells, of from the mine workings themselves read more »
Coal Mine Deaths
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
From the Charleston Gazette: Twenty-four West Virginia coal miners died on the job in 2006, the most in any single year for a quarter-century, according to state records.
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South African Gold Pirates
Monday, February 19, 2007
I copy and present this news report from the Washington Post Foreign Service because it is so bizarre and disturbing and there is absolutely nothing we can do about it except shake our heads. read more »
Thursday, February 15, 2007
The January 2007 Mining Magazine has a comprehensive article on Scaling to Shotcrete. An electronic version of the magazine is available on their site read more »
Roof Support Equipment
Thursday, February 15, 2007
If you had any doubts about the meaning of the multiplicity of terms used to hold up the roof of a mine, go no further than the Dywidag-Systems International site read more »
Room and Pillar Roof Support
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Here are ways to improve productivity in underground coal mines. The suggestions are well documented in a seminal paper Roof bolting and mining: are your cycles in tune? read more »
Underground Loading in Tight Spots
Friday, February 02, 2007
Not all underground trucks are made equally. This is particularly true when getting into those tight spots. This is the job of an ejector truck. 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 »
Sago and After
Friday, January 26, 2007
About eighty to ninety percent of TechnoMine’s readers are not in the USA and/or not involved in coal mining. Nevertheless, the outlines of the Sago mine story are there like the every present Greek Gods of yore read more »
AMC Consultants Publications
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Digging Deeper is a quarterly newsletter from AMC Consultants of Australia and England. I recommend you sign up for a free e-copy read more »
Grouting Confined Areas
Friday, January 19, 2007
The closest thing I’ve come to grout is a summer spent emptying bags of cement into a huge hopper, which was eventually transported to off shore North Sea oil rigs to be used by Halliburton on “cement jobs”. read more »
Grouting Course
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Grouting is difficult; but it will be much easier if you attend a course planned in Denver in April 2007. The course is for owners, engineers, and contractors read more »
BHP on Subsidence
Thursday, December 14, 2006
A quick and useful explanation of longwall mining and associated subsidence is to be found in two four-page information sheets put out by BHP Billiton. read more »
Stream Undermining
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Subsidence on underground mine workings can disrupt surface water flow and impact groundwater. This simple fact is brought home simply and starkly by a fine brochure from Hatch Mott MacDonald read more »
Vatukoula Mine, Fiji
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
There must be a story about the failure of mining technology lurking in this press release—or is it a story of human nature—or maybe a story of prudent business/politics? read more »
Keeping Underground Roads Smooth
Monday, December 04, 2006
The first thing that caught my attention about the PAUS Dinting Machine PSF 200, is the word “dinting” attached to its name. 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 »
Idaho Maryland Gold
Monday, November 20, 2006
The best news I have had today is that somebody is trying to reopen a mine in California. I have traveled often through the area and was talking to a friend who lives in Grass Valley. 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 »
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 »
China Health & Safety
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Any act that improves mine safety and saves lives is to be supported and learnt from. read more »
Sustainability Dialogue
Monday, September 11, 2006
On a late summer Sunday, I stopped my bicycle at the apex of the Lions Gate Bridge (Vancouver, Canada) and paused to take in the view and wave at the cruise ships as they cleared the bridge en route to Alaska. read more »
Slusher Mining
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Here is a short article about an underground mining method and/or piece of equipment used to move ores. read more »
New Engineering Company
Friday, July 28, 2006
Miller Engineering recently posted their name on the InfoMine consultants roster. I was intrigued by the range of their skills, namely mine, tunnel and construction dewatering systems read more »
Underground Document Storage
Monday, July 31, 2006
The use of worked-out underground mines to store documents? Does this represent progress? read more »
Artificial Ground Freezing
Thursday, August 17, 2006
The 2003 Geotechnical News paper Case Study: Thermal Analysis of Artificial Ground Freezing at the McArthur River Uranium Mine describes a case study of the engineering carried out to artificially freeze the underground ore body at the mine prior to read more »