May 2010

Cross-country tech talk

By R. Pillo, M. Tremblay and N. Singh

CIM Distinguished Lecturer Steve Scott has been hard at work, traveling to several CIM branches and societies across Canada, delivering the latest developments in sub-sea mining in his lecture Seafloor Massive Sulphide Mining – The Dawning of a New Industry.

CIM Montreal Branch
Steve Scott mesmerized the audience at the Montreal Branch meeting held last February 16 at the McGill Faculty Club. Professors, students, CIM staff and industry executives were taken on an underwater journey, exploring robotic mining and exploration strategies for deep-sea ore deposits. Scott integrated real-life examples and explanations to deliver his savvy speech.

MetSoc-CIM McGill Student Chapter
On February 16, Steve Scott spoke to students and professors from McGill University’s Departments of Materials & Mining Engineering and Earth & Planetary Sciences. The possibility and reality of underwater mining captured the imagination of all. By discussing the formation of mineral deposits, mining procedures, economics and mineral processing, Scott was able to paint a complete picture, giving insight on how underwater mining would fit in with, and supplement traditional mining technology. The branch thanks Scott for providing a critical examination of one of mining’s new frontiers.

CIM Oil Sands Branch
On February 24, Steve Scott gave a lively presentation to oil sands engineers and geologists at Keyano College in Fort McMurray. The audience was taken in by Scott’s engaging and enlightening presentation. Pizza and drinks followed in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. He was presented with a gift from executive committee member Mark Wyllie, a small token of the branch’s appreciation.

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