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A Celebration of Life: Dave Tolhurst – Miner, Friend, Mentor

Posted by on Apr 12, 2012 in Favorites | 5 comments

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 strengths and weaknesses complemented each other at work and we got things done. We couldn’t have come from a more different world. Dave was an avid huntsmen from a small mining town in Nevada and I was a big-city girl from Canada who had never even seen a rifle. Dave’s idea of fun was to drag a 5th wheel onto a frozen pond in the middle of winter, drill a hole and go fishing. I had to google what a 5th wheel even was when he first told me.

During my tenure at CCV, Dave taught me “The Four Agreements” which was his mantra:

  1. Be true to your word
  2. Don’t take anything personally
  3. Always do your best
  4. Don’t assume

Dave also taught me to pick my battles which has not only served me well at work but also in my personal life. He stood up for me when it was needed. If he asked for something to be done, he provided the resources to enable my project to be successful. He was extremely loyal and always took care of those around him even if it meant sacrificing his own energy or well being. He led by example. If I am a better person professionally and personally today than I was 4 years ago, I owe it to Dave and his guidance.

Dave was hired at Jerritt Canyon in August 1988 as a supervisor. He went over to CC&V in 1994 as a Mine General Forman, was promoted to the Mine Superintendent in 1996 and then to Mine Manager in 2004. Dave passed quietly away on Easter, Sunday April 8, 2012 after a battle with cancer going through multiple surgeries, cyber-knife radiation therapies and many visits to a wellness center in Mexico. But he will never be forgotten.

Here’s to Dave and all the lives he touched – they will never be the same.

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RIP David J. Tolhurst

October 1955-April 2012

 

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Mining Engineer: Career Choice Options…Narrow or Broad?

Posted by on Mar 19, 2012 in Equipment, Favorites | 7 comments

Mining Engineer: Career Choice Options…Narrow or Broad?

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. Recently, I went to PDAC in Toronto and there was record-breaking numbers of just under 30,000 people from all over the world who came together under the umbrella of mining/exploration.  Both of these events got me thinking about career choices are available to those coming out of school with a Mine Engineering degree and this is what I’ve come up with:

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Fatigue Management Science & Technology Update

Posted by on Feb 23, 2012 in Equipment, Favorites, Technology | 2 comments

Fatigue Management Science & Technology Update

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 Research & Technology) completed a survey with over 25+ mine sites just over a year ago and in general, almost all mining companies have identified or realize operator fatigue issues as their operations are 24/7.

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Criteria for Selecting a Fleet Management System

Posted by on Feb 9, 2012 in Favorites, Technology | 4 comments

Criteria for Selecting a Fleet Management System

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 case of fleet management system, there are always different reasons why the project was born: higher production, lower costs, better material blending, production monitoring, tire management, etc. The key is to find the best fit.

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Create a 2012 Mine Action Plan: Increase Production & Decrease Costs

Posted by on Feb 2, 2012 in Equipment, Favorites, Technology | 4 comments

Create a 2012 Mine Action Plan: Increase Production & Decrease Costs

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 the questions a mine manager, superintendent or operations engineer should be asking and then using the information provided to ultimately build an action plan for 2012.

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Utilizing Technologies to QA/AC Open Pit Drilling & Blasting Plans

Posted by on Dec 23, 2011 in Equipment, Favorites, Technology | 3 comments

Utilizing Technologies to QA/AC Open Pit Drilling & Blasting Plans
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 couple of simple technologies to determine whether your d&b strategy is optimized. As some of you may know, my niche in mining is to combine my operational experience with the advancement of technologies; so we can mine smarter, not harder.
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