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WHEN A TAILINGS FACILITY FAILS

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WHEN A TAILINGS FACILITY FAILS When a tailings facility fails, lives are impacted; families are impacted. When a tailings facility fails, the environment suffers; communities can be devastated. When a tailings facility fails, the mining community as a whole suffers. When a tailings facility fails,[…]

I TELL PEOPLE I’M A CIVIL ENGINEER

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In about 1996 or 1997, when I joined Toastmasters (which I highly recommend to anyone who needs to speak in public), my first speech to that group was titled, “I Tell People that I’m a Civil Engineer”.  The next line is… “But I’m not”.  It was a[…]

THE ENGINEER OF RECORD

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In April of 2015, I had the distinct pleasure of delivering a talk at the New York city’s chapter of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration.  The occasion was their annual conference on Current Trends in Mining Finance.  My talk was a bit different[…]

EXPLORATION 101

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The initial stage of mining starts with the process of finding and the exploration of the mineral deposit. Prospecting is a small-scale form of mineral exploration. Prospecting is physical work, involving traversing (traditionally on foot or on horseback), panning, sifting and outcrop investigation, and/or looking[…]

TRAVELOGUE: AUSTRALIA EDITION

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I’m just returning from a trip to Australia, and I thought I’d share some of what I came across there, even though the content on this blog is largely non-technical, and it doesn’t even really follow the general themes of my previous blogs. The trip[…]