A vision for integrated operations in Mining -

Vancouver 2014
Looking at Mining through Integrated Operations
The mining industry is experiencing a state of flux from a market, business, and technology perspective. We have seen increase pressure on productivity, a volatile demand chain and production costs escalate. In this paper, IBM and Calibre Global come together to discuss how integrated operations paves an innovative way for mining companies to remain competitive, through cost reduction and productivity gains, in this new operating environment. In many ways, integrated operations may best define the future of the mining enterprise. It requires the incorporation of all facets of operations through consolidation of information, collaboration, smarter and leaner organizations, governance, workforce, visualization, and business model innovation.
Join Iain Thompson, Mining Industry Leader of IBM Canada and Matthew Coleman, Head of Industrial Technology for Calibre Global, in an exclusive session that draws on insights from Integrated Operations projects both inside and outside the Mining Industry. We will cover lessons learned and leading practices for implementing successful integrated operations programs gained from implementation experience with some of the largest resource companies in the world, including examples from global iron ore producers and large oil & gas companies.
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Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Mr Laurie Reemeyer (Manager, Process Engineering - AMEC Americas Limited), Ms. Krista Maydew (AMEC Environment & Infrastructure)
Keywords: undergound, chargeuse-navette, sous-terre, batterie, LHD, battery
Year: 2014
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Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Mr. John McConnell (President & CEO, Director - Victoria Gold Corp.)
Year: 2014
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Summary: The presentation will address two main topics, being CIMVal Standards and Guidelines- Ten Year Review, and Developing International Mineral Valuation Standards- IMVAL.
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Mr Eden M.Oliver (Partner - Bennett Jones LLP)
Year: 2014
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Summary: Mr. Laing’s presentation will examine trends in mining project development against the market and economic cycles experienced over the last 10 years.
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Mr. David Laing (President - 753027 Alberta Ltd.)
Keywords: Environment, safety, Quality
Year: 2014
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Summary: Metal accounting is about reporting information regarding mineral processing plant performance and in-process mineral inventories. For many reasons, this information must be reported as precisely and as objectively as possible. One of them is that metal accounting data is often converted into economic figures that appear in financial statements of mining corporations.
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Mr Donald Leroux (Triple Point Technology), Mr Frédéric Flament (Triple Point Technology), Mr Luc Lachance (Triple Point Technology), Mr Simon Gariépy (Triple Point Technology)
Year: 2014
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Summary: In this session, Dr. Murenbeeld highlights the bearish and bullish factors affecting the gold market, and coloring the outlook. Bearish factors dominated the gold market in 2013, but there are long-term bullish factors that should not be overlooked. He concludes the presentation with a scenario-based forecast for the gold price through 2015.
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Dr. Martin Murenbeeld
Keywords: Exposure, Culture
Year: 2014
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Summary: Lessons learned from Strategic Energy Management programs at BC mines will be shared including the following:
- an assessment tool for energy management progress
- training and engagement programs focused on cultural change
- cooperation and sharing between energy managers
- responsibilities for energy teams
- examples of cultural change
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Author(s): Mr. Robert Greenwald
Year: 2014
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Summary: We present the results of Athabasca bitumen upgrading using our hydrodynamic cavitation technology. Typical results involve 40-70% viscosity reduction and 1-2 degree API increase. We further present a pilot plant diagram and outline the necessary conditions for economic viability of the process including capital and energy costs.
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Dr. Max Fomitchev-Zamilov (President)
Keywords: energy management, part-load efficiency, milling
Year: 2014
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Summary: Women and families in Northern British Columbia represent the most vulnerable members of society in Aboriginal and Northern communities. As current project approval processes associated with the extractive industry in British Columbia do not fully consider the impact such development can have on the health and well-being of community members, the impacts such projects can have on vulnerable women and children are not generally identified, and thus remain unmitigated.
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Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Ms. Alison Stockwell (Student - University of British Columbia (UBC))
Keywords: Operations research, Short-term planning, Robust constraints
Year: 2014
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Summary: In a tight financing market mining companies will need to access a full range of financing solutions, including high-yield debt, joint venture, offtake and streaming transactions. Mike will review the key legal issues of each of the foregoing from a mining company’s perspective. Whether financing M&A and project development companies are regularly required to combine elements of each of the foregoing to meet financing requirements and managing the relationship between these different...
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Author(s): Mr Michael Pickersgill (Partner - Torys LLP)
Keywords: pre-concentration, ore sorting
Year: 2014
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Summary: This presentation provides the results of a scoping study of underground milling of high-grade uranium ore from mines such as McArthur River and Cigar Lake in northern Saskatchewan. Compared to conventional milling on surface, the underground milling scheme conceptually offers significant cost savings and a lower environmental impact. The presentation describes the underground milling process, shows the plant layout, and gives an assessment of the expected benefits from underground milling.
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Mr. Chuck Edwards (Director, Metallurgy - AMEC Americas Limited)
Keywords: Mine ventilation, Ice stopes, Mine refigeration, Deep mine cooling, Ultra deep mines
Year: 2014
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Summary: Going to the source-where the data / graphics that we see on our monitors and in presentations, originates. This presentation takes a sober look at how data is collected managed and verified. Corporate decisions in the exploration and mining industry are based on technical data. The need for almost instantaneous results has led to an increasing reliance on technology. We need to assure that the technical data is gathered properly, is relevant and is interpreted and presented correctly. Some...
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Mr. Joe Hinzer (President - Watts, Griffis and McOuat Limited)
Year: 2014
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Summary: Growth is usually a one way street, especially at the start of a new growth cycle. In many ways, the world’s next expansion phase will see a two-way street of trade and investment flows, a shifting balance of activity, and for Canada, huge growth opportunities juxtaposed with some of the greatest economic constraints we have ever experienced. This presentation will outline these new trends and their impact on Canadian mining.
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Mr Peter Hall (Vice-President and Chief Economist - Export Development Canada)
Keywords: pro-active, maintenance, reliability, filtration, prevention, availability, failure, hydraulic
Year: 2014
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Summary: Unprecedented cost escalation, delayed start-ups, local townspeople blocking the access road – are we really in control of our projects or are we at the whims of capricious spirits? Things go wrong in every project, however the level of preparation and skills of the Owner’s project management team make the difference between an embarrassing debacle and short term nuisance. So what can go wrong, what are the typical impacts and how unexpected are these events? Is it possible to prepare for...
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Mr. Chris Gypton (Project Manager - Hecla Mining Company)
Keywords: Reliability, Load-Haul-Dump, Pareto Analysis, Maintainability, Failure Analysis
Year: 2014
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Summary: This technical presentation details the innovations and advantages of using Peristaltic Pump Technology in Mining Applications.

Less Water, Less Power, Less Space, Less Initial Investment, Less Polution and Waste, Less Chemical Damage, Less Chemical Waste and Less Maintenace costs equals More returns.

Examples of mining applications around the world details how the use of Peristaltic pumps to save (dilution) water, reduce pumping costs (power), use less space (then other conventional...
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Author(s): Mr Duncan Brown (Sales Manager - Verder UK Ltd )
Year: 2014
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Summary: Access to water is essential to both the mining and agriculture industries. It can also become a contentious issue between them. One of the primary concerns of an agricultural community faced with a developing mining project is the potential loss or contamination of local water sources. Failure to effectively address this concern can jeopardize a company’s Social License to Operate. This presentation will share a junior company’s experience in reaching solutions regarding water use in an...
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Ms. Nathalie Poznanski (SilverCrest Mines)
Keywords: innovation, knowledge management
Year: 2014
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Summary: Throughout the country, resource companies and aboriginal communities are forming new and exciting relationships. This is nothing new to northern Saskatchewan, where for the past 25 years, Cameco and the northern First Nations and Metis communities have worked in partnership that has created a shared value between both parties. This model of engagement has been researched, and copied by other regions, and companies throughout Canada and the world, and continues to evolve in northern...
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Mr. Sean Willy (Director, Corporate Responsibility - Cameco Corporation)
Keywords: safety, organization, innovation, risk
Year: 2014
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Summary: Impact and Benefit Agreements (IBAs) and other partnership agreements play an important role in establishing the ground rules that detail how a mining employer and Aboriginal community will work together over the duration of the mining project. Despite the mutual benefits of a local workforce, many partnerships still struggle to meet the HR components of their agreements. This session will review the MiHR study on IBA’s and partnership agreements so that employers working on agreements can...
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Ms Melanie Sturk (Director of Attraction, Retention and Transition - The Mining Industry Human Resources Council)
Year: 2014
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Summary: There is a new project scope/charter or new insurance program or new insurance package that has been approved to go. If the scope is considered the WHAT, the HOW (or plan) now needs to be developed, ideally before the work is completed! There is a saying in projects – plan the work, work the plan. The same applies to a risk program whether on a project or some other type of program. Who is to do it? What has to be done? Where will it be conducted? When? Why do it at all? How will the...
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Mr. David Brady (Senior Consultant - Revay and Associates Limited)
Keywords: Network, Rare Earths
Year: 2014
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Summary: It’s a perplexing time to be in the mining industry. After a severe global financial crisis dashed commodities prices and swept aside a six-year boom, a promising two-year recovery gave the industry reason to hope. But the global economy has relapsed into another downturn, staunching global demand and forcing down commodities prices once again. This turn of events has the industry focusing on risk all over again. Many industry leaders believe that this downturn is a crisis of confidence more...
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Mr. Hodgkinson Lee (Partner - KPMG LLP)
Keywords: Mobility, Inspections, Asset Management, Maintenance
Year: 2014
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Summary: The Reed Copper Project, located in northern Manitoba within the Grass River Provincial Park, is a greenfield underground copper mining project currently under construction. The $72 million capex project is a joint venture between Hudbay (70% - operator) and VMS Ventures (30%). The Reed mine will be a ramp access mine to three steeply dipping ore zones with a reserve of 2.16 million tonnes at 3.83% copper. Construction started on March 14, 2012, and by October 12, 2012 the first undergroun...
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Mr Steve Polegato (Hudbay), Mr. Brent Christensen (Mine Engineer - Hudbay Minerals Inc)
Keywords: Slake durability, BET, Copper, HPGR, Micro-cracks, Heap leaching
Year: 2014
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Summary: Nevsun Resources, a Vancouver based mining company operates the first modern mine in the State of Eritrea. Since independence in 1992, the country has been developing to expand and diversify its economic base including its bounty of mineral resources. The Bisha deposit, one of the world’s premier mineral assets, became a fully operational mine in 2011. There have been and continues to be challenges and opportunities with respect to being the inaugural operation in the country. This has...
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Mr. Frazer Bourchier (Chief Operating Officer - Nevsun Resources Ltd.)
Year: 2014
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Summary: Westport, a Vancouver BC based company, is a leading developer of advanced natural gas engines and fuel systems. Westport and Caterpillar are collaborating to develop natural gas fueled large mine trucks (LMTs) and locomotives using high-pressure direct injection (HPDI) technology. HPDI is the only technology that provides the same performance, efficiency and transient response as diesel equipment with greater than 90% gas substitution and capability to meet Tier 4 emission levels with...
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Mr. Bruce Hodgins
Keywords: Productivity, Skills , Surface Miner, National Occupational Standards, Training , Minerals Processing Operator , Underground Miner , Human Resources
Year: 2014
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Summary: Structural geology is a critical input into defining the geometry of most ore deposits, as well as for characterizing the rock mechanical and hydrological behaviour of the rock mass in mining environments. There is a general lack of best practice guidelines for geologists explaining what types of structural data should be collected and analysed in order to effectively communicate to engineers what they need to know about structural geometries, their properties and the natural variability of...
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Dr. Wayne Barnett (Principal Structural Geologist - SRK Consulting (Canada) Inc.)
Keywords: technology, open pit, electrification, trolley assist, haul truck
Year: 2014
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Summary: The ability to operationalize engagements is essential for the success of an equitable partnership. The ability of the partners to fulfill their commitments is the foundation of trust, and the only way to bring value to those involved. Aside from trust, other precipitating conditions are required to ensure successful partnerships including capacity building, ongoing dialogue, and structured governance. Often, mechanisms will be built into agreements to formalize these conditions; however...
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Ms. Candace Ramcharan
Year: 2014
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Summary: A geomechanics study on how to safely extract the Craig Pillar at Morrison Mine without negatively impacting mine operations was initiated in mid-2013. Due to historical and future mining at Morrison, there was concern that elevated in situ stress magnitudes would be encountered during pillar extraction. A FLAC3D model was developed to simulate historical mining, and the model was qualitatively calibrated based on visual observations of stress induced rock mass damage. Once the model was...
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Mr Dean Switzer (KGHM International), Mr Julian Watson (KGHM International), Mr Matt Larose (KGHM International), Mr Neil Milner (KGHM International), Ms. Kathy Kalenchuk (Senior Geomechanics Consultant - Mine Design Engineering (MDEng))
Keywords: Dialogue, Water, Agriculture, Concerns, Community
Year: 2014
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Summary: Understanding Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), a standard for interacting with indigenous groups, is critical to mining project proponents as the challenges that project proponents experience from local communities almost inevitably include claims of a failure to consult or a failure to obtain FPIC. At international law, FPIC refers to two distinct requirements that apply depending on the circumstances and the source of the requirement: consent (essentially a veto power) or consultat...
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Mr Kevin O'Callaghan (Partner - Fasken Martineu LLP), Ms Dani Bryant (Associate - Fasken Martineau LLP)
Year: 2014
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Summary: IAMGOLD is planning the development of the Côté Gold Project in Northern Ontario, Canada. The project will be developed as a conventional open pit, truck/shovel operation processing 60,000 tpd per day of ore with an estimated mine life of 15 years.
IAMGOLD has been working closely with the Provincial and Federal regulatory agencies and local aboriginal communities to promote a robust and harmonized assessment of the potential environmental effects.
The presentation will highlight how the...
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Mr Steven Woolfenden (Manager, Corporate Environmental Assessments and Approvals - IAMGOLD), Mr. Steve Woolfenden (Manager, Environmental Assessment and Approvals - IAMGOLD Corporation)
Keywords: Standards, Mine reclamation management, Environmental impacts
Year: 2014
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Summary: For a drift access underground mining operation, the mining process can generally be summarized as development, production drilling, blasting, mucking, filling, crushing, conveying and hoisting. Advances in technology have resulted in reduction in the execution times for the majority of these process steps. Development, however, not only has not kept pace with the other processes, there has been a steady decrease in performance of this step.

In the underground mining industry, it is more...
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Mr Allan Akerman (Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation), Mr. Harvey S. Parsons (Vice President, Mine Productivity)
Keywords: conception, aluminium, wagon
Year: 2014
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Summary: Open pit mining induces movements in the pit walls that are routinely monitored to evaluate their performance. Excessive or accelerating pit wall movements must be identified, as they may be a precursor to slope instability. There are a variety of monitoring technologies and associated monitoring practices used by mines to measure movements of the pit wall. In 2013, a questionnaire was sent to the six operating open pit Cu-Mo mines in BC to collect information about their operations and to...
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Dr Dwayne DTannant (Professor - University of British Columbia), Dr. Dwayne D. Tannant (Professor - University of British Columbia (UBC)), Mr Sam Nunoo (University of British Columbia), Mr Warren Newcomen (University of British Columbia)
Keywords: Adoption, Return on Investment, Change, Effective Management, Organizational Change Management, Business Improvement, Operational Excellence, Leadership
Year: 2014
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Summary: Rarely has the market been swamped with such an array of conflicting economic and industrial data. China – hard landing or soft? Europe - has the bottom been put in? The US – improving economy to be short circuited by tapering? The booming equity and housing markets, which have been driven in large part by the low interest rate environment, have many proclaiming the next “bubble”. Any wonder why the commodity complex and related equities continue to drift sideways. While the supply and...
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Mr. Gina Davidson (Senior Analyst)
Keywords: Value Chain, Profitability Control, Control Theory, Business Measurement, Real-Time Business
Year: 2014
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Summary: “Financing mining projects in the current economic climate is a difficult task, especially for small to mid-size companies. Conventional sources of debt and equity finance have been drying up steadily [...], and now with the prices of mining stocks near record lows, a credit crunch [...], and plunging metal prices reducing cash flow, mining companies have few funding alternatives.” That statement was made as part of paper that I presented 15 years ago in February 1999. Though that sentiment...
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Mr. Gordon Bogden (President and CEO - Avanti Mining Inc.)
Keywords: underground mine, thermal management, diesel emission control, dust control, mine ventilation, methane control
Year: 2014
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Summary: As exploration and mining companies build new relationships with First Nations communities around the globe, they may consider offering training, jobs and contract opportunities as a way of securing and maintaining social license. However, hiring and retaining local people for highly technical work can be very challenging and offering contract work to local companies can be even more challenging.

Join the Aboriginal Mine Training Association (AMTA), with its successful training and...
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Ms Laurie Sterritt (CEO - BC AMTA), Ms. Michelle Nahanee
Keywords: Managers, Supervisors
Year: 2014
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Summary: Constructed Wetland Treatment Systems (CWTSs) can be built to treat a wide variety of impacted water types, including many of those produced or affected through mining operations. CWTSs offer natural environments that harbor unique biogeochemical conditions, designed to promote favorable reactions specific to treatment of targeted constituents in waters needing renovation. Offering effective treatment that is solar-energy driven, that tolerates deviations in flow and contaminant load, that...
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Dr James WCastle (Clemson University), Dr John HRodgers, Jr. (Clemson University), Dr Vanessa Pittet (Principal Scientist - Contango Strategies), Dr. Haakensen Monique (President & Principal Scientist - Contango Strategies)
Keywords: decision making under uncertainty, mine production scheduling, fuzzy programming
Year: 2014
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Summary: This paper will outline the mismatch between exploration and community engagement, looking specifically at differences in approach, commitment, and funding. Reference will be made to two contrasting case studies from Kalimantan, Indonesia, and the author will explore a radically different approach to solving the conundrum.

The basic issue is that most exploration is driven by a speculative, short term vision to quickly determine if a commercially viable mineral deposit can be discovered and...
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Mr. Bardolf Paul
Keywords: Backfill, Laboratory Testing, operability, operation
Year: 2014
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Summary: Following Canadian Parliamentary sub‐committee hearings in 2005 that heard evidence about the activities of Canadian mining companies overseas and numerous allegations of complicity in human rights abuses, recommendations were made for policies and guidelines to improve conditions on the ground. The government appointed a CSR counsellor and established the Canadian International Institute for Extractive Industries and Development to improve the capacity of developing country governments. ...
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Mr. SIMON HANDELSMAN (Senior Advisor - Global Issues Advisors), Prof Marcello Veiga (Professor - University of British Columbia)
Keywords: Barricade, Fluid, Backfill, Model, Drainage
Year: 2014
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Summary: CAMRA, the Chinese Association of Mineral Resource Appraisers in 2008, after many years of research released a new set of Standards of Chinese Mineral Resources Appraisal. These were presented at a CIM sponsored event in Toronto in October 2013. CAMRA has invested considerable time and effort over the last 10 years to understanding the principles and concepts that underpin the globally recognized valuation codes such as CIMVal, VALMIN, and SAMREC. Their challenge being the development of...
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Mr. Joe Hinzer (President - Watts, Griffis and McOuat Limited)
Year: 2014
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Summary: The competition for skilled labour is intensifying, an issue that will only worsen as the Canadian mining industry prepares for the most significant labour shortage in its history. To ensure a sustainable labour pool from which to draw from, the mining sector must act strategically to engage underrepresented groups and increase workforce diversity. Recent research efforts have identified the significant and measurable impacts that gender diversity can have on an organizations’ bottom line....
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Ms. Courtnay Hughes (Project Manager, Sector Studies - MiHR Council)
Keywords: Rock Mechanics , Instrumentation , Mining
Year: 2014
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Summary: The business value created by an infrastructure for operations data is gaining recognition in mining and other industries. Yet the value of leveraging that same infrastructure to develop and execute a data driven sustainability initiative in corporate circles has yet to catch hold. Typically, initial sustainability efforts in many organizations identify “low hanging fruit” and easy “win wins.” But building a truly sustainable operation to stand the test of time and through market uncertainti...
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Mr Lance Fountaine (OSIsoft Canada), Mr. Andrew Fanara (Sustainability Market Principal - OSIsoft)
Keywords: UAV, Laser scanning, Ground Lidar, Rock Mass Characterization, LiDAR, Photogrammetry, UAV Phtogrammetry
Year: 2014
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Summary: With the ever-increasing trend towards resource nationalism, and higher expectations from aboriginal communities here in Canada, companies are having to work harder than ever to demonstrate the benefits of their investment to the jurisdictions where they operate. This presentation will show how many mining companies are turning to proactively increasing local procurement as an effective method of distributing benefits of mining activity, and for gaining their social license to operate....
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Mr. Jeff Geipel (Venture Leader - Engineers Without Borders Canada)
Year: 2014
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Summary: Enhancing the efficiency in underground mining is crucial especially in times of
low product prices to keep the operations profitable.

The paper presents the results of the "OPTIMINE" demonstration project funded by
the European Union. In this project, 5 European coal mines are using wired and
wireless networks underground together with latest wireless applications. The paper
presents a number of example applications and their impact on the efficiency of
operations:

In one mine, a fully...
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Mr. Christoph Mueller (Dipl. Ing. - MineTronics GmbH)
Keywords: mesure dynamique, expansion thermique, pré-alignement, désalignement, alignement laser, formation, maintenance
Year: 2014
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Summary: Exposure of concrete to cold temperature slows down the concrete hydration process and strength development. Some studies indicate that the concrete hydration process stops below -10°C, ending the strength development of the concrete. Standard practice recommends that concrete placed in cold temperature shall be protected against freezing until it attains a compressive strength of at least 3.5 MPa.

In a mine shaft construction, which often takes place under freezing condition, it is of...
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Mr Amir Golpaygan (Hatch Ltd.), Mr. Jimmy Susetyo (Tunnels Engineer - Hatch Ltd.)
Year: 2014
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Summary: Asset Management is often stereo typed as being about maintenance and reliability. In truth Asset Management is more than that; at its core, Asset Management is about providing guidance and direction through the best and worst of times.

Recent developments, like the introduction of PAS55, and early drafts of ISO55000, outline the boundaries of Asset Management as almost limitless when it comes to establishing and verifying a combined, optimized, and whole-life management system relating to...
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Mr Stephen Koro (Ausenco Rylson)
Year: 2014
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Summary: As both new regulations and voluntary standards in the mining industry have proliferated over the last twenty years, many voices are asking how effective these have been in promoting responsible mining practices and in providing value for stakeholders. There is a wide spectrum of disclosure across the industry from junior exploration companies, reporting the bare minimum, to ICMM and MAC member companies reporting on an overwhelming number of indicators. Yet in many cases, the exploration...
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Mr. Christopher Tucker, Ms Jessica Bratty (Senior Associate - Responsible Mineral Sector Initiative)
Year: 2014
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Summary: The Mixed Flow Fan can be a cost effective alternative to an axial fan in situations where capital cost and resistance to erosion are as important as power consumption. It is well suited for mine ventilation projects, where its compact, robust design can be the most technically effective for primary ventilation and underground booster applications. As the name suggests, a Mixed Flow Fan combines the best features of an axial and a centrifugal fan, with the impeller consisting of curved...
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Ms. Paula Oransky (Technical Sales Manager - Mining - Howden)
Keywords: Australia, Aboriginal, cultural diversity, Mongolia, stakeholder engagement, Inuit
Year: 2014
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Summary: The Mining Technology Group (MTG) resides within Operating Excellence at Teck and has a mandate to identify, evaluate and select emerging technologies that have the potential to add value to Teck’s global mining operations, with one focus area being Safety Systems.
Safety technologies have come into focus in recent years, as vendors have introduced new systems to augment and support existing safety procedures and practices. Evaluating safety technologies presents a number of challenges,...
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Mr. Peter Wan (Principal Adviser, Mining Technology - Teck Resources Limited)
Keywords: Colombia, gold deposit, Northern Andes, Hydrothermal, California Vetas Mining District, epithermal
Year: 2014
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Summary: This paper describes the techniques used by two different mining projects to streamline the steps from pre-project to optimized production. Prior to construction the Newmont Conga project utilized a dynamic model of the process to help refine the P&IDs so that the process design was integrated with equipment and control design. Design deficiencies were flagged and corrected with the use of a dynamic process model.

The Antofagasta copper mine Minera Los Pelambres in Chile utilizes an...
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Mr Daniel Silva (Minera Los Pelambres), Mr Graham Ethier (Andritz Automation), Mr Matt McGarry (Andritz Automation)
Year: 2014
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Summary: Following Standard NI 43-101 implies that geological and engineering works have been done with enough details to be at a pre-feasibility level (CIM standard). Part of the engineering study must considered geo-mechanical constraints that may affect mining method selection, production rate, size of openings, ground support requirements etc. Therefore geo-mechanical data must be collected to enable proper geo-mechanical study throughout a project life. The geo-mechanical data permits geo-mecha...
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Dr. Denis Thibodeau (Senior Geomechanical Consultant - Stantec Consulting Ltd.)
Year: 2014
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Summary: Pit optimizations and the selection of an ultimate pit for further detailed designs and scheduling are highly dependent on metal prices. Standard pit optimizations are usually performed assuming a flat, known metal price called long-term metal price. Considering how volatile and unpredictable metal prices are, this flat price assumption is unrealistic and could generate a sub-optimal pit. This study outlines a practical approach to handle metal price uncertainty in open pit optimizations. The...
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Mr. Sabry Hafez (Senior Mining Engineer - Tetra Tech)
Year: 2014
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Summary: With the anticipated resource projects coming to BC, it is critical that communities develop strategies to get the right people in the right jobs at the right time. The first place to start is within the community. But when there aren’t enough people in an area to draw from, then it's time to look further afield. And that is where BC’s skilled immigrants come in.
Every year, approximately 40,000 immigrants settle in BC, but very few move outside of Metro Vancouver. Yet, we know that the whole...
Proceedings: Vancouver 2014
Author(s): Ms Kelly Pollack (Executive Director - IEC-BC)
Year: 2014