Recent Articles

Why Mount Polley failed

Posted on August 29, 2014

Jack Caldwell speculates on why Mt. Polley failed by examining the satellite images.

Mt. Polley: Expert panel review

Posted on August 19, 2014

"I do not believe a better panel could be found."

Geosynthetics solutions in mining

Posted on August 12, 2014

On September 8 to the 11 2014, InfoMine is hosting the first international conference on Geosynthetics Solutions in Mining. Why a conference on geosynthetics in mining when there are other conferences on geosynthetics? Two reasons: first because geosynthetics in mining …

What caused the Mount Polley tailings pond failure?

Posted on August 5, 2014

“Whatever the facts, the failure casts a poor light on the industry, and makes all of our jobs more difficult in the future.”

Tsilquot’in Nation and BC Mining–Canada’s supreme court ruling

Posted on July 1, 2014

Almost everybody in mining that I talk to has an adverse opinion about the recent Canada Supreme Court ruling that the Crown has a duty to obtain First Nations or Aboriginal consent before mining on claimed land.   Opinions include: "Why invest in potential new mines in BC?  The natives will oppose—forever as far as investing […]

What it takes to be a mine manager at a fly-in, fly-out camp

Posted on June 1, 2014

I have not posted on this blog the past few days. The reason: I was at a fly-in, fly-out camp where the internet connection is sporadic and they do not make it easy to access spurious blogs.

Paste 2014: Great Papers, Great Venue, Great Events

Posted on March 31, 2014

An unprecedented number of papers have been submitted for the upcoming 17th International Seminar on Paste and Thickened Tailings, to be held in Vancouver, Canada from June 8th to 12th this year.

Ten books every miner should read

Posted on February 16, 2014

Conference proceedings are the lifeblood of knowledge accumulation and transfer in the mining industry.

2013 Mining Deaths

Posted on January 6, 2014

Forty-two miners died in work-related accidents at the nation’s mines in 2013, an increase from the 36 miners who died in 2012.

A new mining investment rule: One strike plus and out

Posted on September 26, 2013

One theory is that a mine can come to be if it has but one thing against it; but two things against it, and it is doomed to failure.

Anglo American under fire in Chile for environmental violations

Posted on September 23, 2013

Maybe we are seeing only the tip of the wave (iceberg) of past failures of past parsimonious decisions.

Anglo abandons Pebble: Let Alaska now decide for itself

Posted on September 17, 2013

Just how long can you throw money at so controversial a project with such strong opposition?

2013 survey of Canadian mine salaries

Posted on August 5, 2013

This time we look at the annual salaries (in thousands of Canadian $) for mainly engineering types in Canadian mines. 

Mine closure: Who pays giant costs?

Posted on June 25, 2013

Should we tax existing mines to pay for closure of old mines?

International Mining Technology Hall of Fame seeks nominations

Posted on June 14, 2013

Make your nominations for induction of great mining folk.

Judgment in tailings management

Posted on June 10, 2013

On the simple pleasures and coming to a deeply-informed judgment in civil engineering.

Join us for an Advanced Tailings Management webcast

Posted on June 5, 2013

Back by popular demand in a newly updated format.

Flying out of mining fly-in, fly-out camps

Posted on June 3, 2013

Life lived around the routine of jetting to and from the job.

Open pits and craters change the landscape but civil engineers improve society

Posted on May 24, 2013

We are charged with using the forces of nature for the benefit of mankind.

'Never let engineers talk to the client'

Posted on May 16, 2013

Clients should not let themselves get rolled over by arrogant consultants.

Invest in mining in the downturn

Posted on May 10, 2013

One of the miracles of the free-market system is that when one person sells a share, there is another who is buying.

Mining health and safety: ICMM and Marcus Evans

Posted on May 8, 2013

Report and conference provides opportunity to collate ideas, themes and opportunities to improve.

Risk resilience in mining

Posted on May 7, 2013

The people who use the term assure me it is not new, just not recognized in mining for its power.

Mine water dragons: Challenges and solutions

Posted on May 2, 2013

Plus the latest assessment on Bristol Bay and Pebble Mine by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

True price and value of gold: Massive scam or cost of a suit?

Posted on April 17, 2013

Historically, the price of gold has been equal to the price of a suit for a well-dressed man.

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