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Introducing: CIM Mining Standards & Guidelines Committee (for Information & Technology)

Posted by on May 13, 2012 in Equipment, Technology | 3 comments

Introducing: CIM Mining Standards & Guidelines Committee (for Information & Technology)

I just got back from the Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM) Conference & Exhibition in Edmonton and want to share with everyone the launch of the CIM Mining Standards & Guidelines Committee, with an initial focus on Surface Mining, and Information & Technology. With this blogpost, I will endeavor to provide some background information, and what this group is all about.

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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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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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