In 2011, the Institute moved ahead with the reorganization of its societies. Four of existing socities were amalgamated to create two new societies. Indeed, the Metal Mining, the Coal and Industrial Minerals, the Oil Sands and the Innovative Mining Technology societies were replaced by the Underground Mining Society and the Surface Mining Society. The goal being to offer a more logical structure to better support our members and their professional aspirations. These two new societies will allow members to share the same technical, operational, equipment and management issues. Both new societies will be comprised of several groups with communities and technical issues that are specific to their commodities and geographies.