Posts made in March, 2012

The Technologies & Benefits to Improving Haul Road Condition & Payload Distribution

Posted by on Mar 23, 2012 in Equipment, Technology | 23 comments

The Technologies & Benefits to Improving Haul Road Condition & Payload Distribution

The production and cost benefits associated with having a correct load balance on a haul truck and improving haul road conditions are difficult to quantify on paper and therefore a lot of mines do not make it a part of their standard operating procedure/best practice. But it is a relatively easy change to make to yield lower cycle time, higher production and lower costs. The premise is to create an environment where the truck is operating as close to design parameters as possible; in this blog entry, we will only focus on the design parameters of road conditions and load balance and how to utilize technology to monitor, analyze & improve these parameters.

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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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