If you ask around these days, almost every mid-level or bigger mining company has their own internal group for driving improvement projects (i.e. Operational Excellence, Continuous Improvement, Six Sigma, LEAN, Business Improvement, Business Process Framework, etc.). These...Read More
Hello Everyone! First & Foremost – Merry Christmas to all who celebrate, and best wishes to those who don’t! For Christmas this year, I got myself a Lego Mining Truck set (note all the free gold in the ore that gets released simply with a blast!), hence the...Read More
Hello Everyone, I will be chairing this year’s High Technology Session at NWMA (North West Mining Association) conference in Spokane, Washington this year in December 2012. Please read the session write-up below and if you are interested in submitting an abstract, please...Read More
Most of us have used Infomine at one time or another as a resource, whether it was through a referral from Linkedin, word of mouth, or a google search result. I have personally used it to look at mining news, job postings, EduMine course offerings, operating mine ownership...Read More
I worked for Dave from 2008-2010 at Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine (CC&V). During my interview in September 2008, we both instantly knew we wanted me to work for him although we wouldn’t admit it until years later. It turned out to be the perfect team – our...Read More
When I was doing some research on whether I should study Mining Engineering or not, almost everyone who wasn’t in the industry told me that my career choices would be narrow and I would pigeon-hole myself into a career field that would limit my options after I graduate....Read More
One of the current hottest topic within mining technologies is fatigue management and how to implement it on the haul tucks at a mine site. Fatigue compromises safety for everyone on site and reduces the bottom line for the organization. SMART (Surface Mining Association of...Read More
In every decision for technology, a company’s business objectives must be matched with an OTM’s proven offerings. You may disagree with me but that means that there is not one OEM or OTM that is the perfect fit for every single mine any where in the world. In the...Read More
For my first post of 2012, I though it would be fitting to write about the new year’s targets and goals for each mine. Every year, many mines are tasked with increasing production and decreasing operating costs without additional capital equipment. This blog will discuss...Read More
There are dozens of factors that go into the ultimate burden, spacing and charge weight design of any blast pattern. This blog post is not to describe the best practices that go into this design nor is it used to replace D&B 101. The purpose of this post is to utilize a...Read More
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Open Pit Wireless Networking Basics
I must start this blogpost by apologizing for my absence during the past few months. However, today I bring you a piece that I hope will be handy to those working in the mining industry who do not pose any background training in wireless networking. Successful deployment of a wireless network at a mine with large moving equipment over a sizeable coverage area is not as simple as traditional wireless deployments, with primarily fixed equipment (I.e. Processing or manufacturing plant).Read More
I want to thank everyone for their comments, LinkedIn messages and e-mails on my last blogpost, the first of this three part series on how to extend tire life at your mine. Through this blog, I have met lots of friends around the globe and appreciate everyone’s support. I want to remind everyone again to participate in two of my industry involvements, the first being the CIM (Canadian Institute of Mining) Mining Standards and Guidelines Committee (MSGC) which has open membership; and the NWMA Mining conference where I am chairing the high technology session.
I also want to give a special thank you to Adam Gosling from TyreSafe Australia for proof-reading my blogpost. You can check out their website here.
With that, I will continue onto the Part 2 of this 3 part series, which is the third and fourth step to improve tire life at your mine operations:Read More
The topic of tires comes up regularly when it comes to the topic of improving the life of mine operations. Just 5 years ago, many mines were parking trucks because they didn’t have the rubber to replace blow-outs or accommodate new trucks coming in, largely due to the high metal prices and large demand of tires globally. Tires are the platform to any piece of non-track-type mobile equipment, which supports the load of the equipment, controls the direction of travel, absorbs road shocks and provides traction when needed. It is no surprise then that it has a direct correlation to the productivity of the machine, and thus the productivity of your mine. This blogpost is Part 1 of a 3 part series which will discuss the six basic steps to formulizing a program at your mine to extend tire life.Read More