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Watch your mail for 2013 SME dues bill and pay online!
Dues bills for SME were mailed and accessible online in late August! Ensure you are using all the valuable resources you are entitled to, including:
  • Mining Engineering magazine
  • eBooks
  • Discount on all publications
  • Discount on all meetings and conferences
  • Online directory
  • And much more….
SME values its members and we look forward to your continued membership. Pay online and save time and money!

Big thanks to August donors
The Foundation would like to thank all of its donors for the month of August! Special gratitude goes to Vulcan Materials for their generous contribution of $20,000 to support MEC! By the end of September, we need $85,255 to meet our programming goal. To join Vulcan and others in supporting the SME Foundation, please contact AnnMarie Estrada at today!

It’s NOT too Late to......Get Caught Looking............................
SME has concluded its SME summer webinar series. However, it’s not too late to view these programs. The complete library of the summer webinar series is available via video download.

For complete details, go to:

And now, the Fall Webinar Series......mark your calendar!
Leigh Freeman, general manager and principal, Downing Teal Inc.
Compensation in the context of competencies and careers for the minerals industry
Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 2:00 p.m. MDT

Mark Savit, attorney, Patton Boggs LLP
Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 2:00 p.m. MDT

Robert McIvor, Chief metallurgist - Grinding Systems, Metcom Technologies Inc.
Plant performance improvements through increased grinding circuit “classification system efficiency”
Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 9:00 a.m. MDT

It’s Scholarship Season at SME - Pay a visit to the ReviewRoom
SME is pleased to offer two new scholarships – the Stewart R. Wallace Memorial Scholarship and the J.H. Fletcher & Company Underground Mining Scholarship. More information on each of these and all available SME scholarships may be found online at

SME is now using ReviewRoom for the administration of our scholarship application and review processes. ReviewRoom replaces the online scholarship process that was previously housed on SME’s website. Click HERE for more information about ReviewRoom and how to get started.

Young leaders class of 2013
SME is seeking outstanding young professionals with leadership potential to commit to a four-year term on the Young Leaders Committee for 2013. Candidates must be less than 35 years of age at the time of application and possess significant professional experience and demonstrated leadership ability. Participants will be asked to attend the SME Annual Meeting during their four-year tenure and undertake special projects, such as membership development and professional development, in 2013 and beyond. All activities will be designed to help participants enter into the leadership structure of the Society, in addition to providing networking and educational opportunities.

If you are interested in joining the Young Leaders Class of 2013, or have any questions or concerns regarding the program or eligibility requirements, please complete the application and forward to Mona Vandervoort at
Don’t miss this opportunity to become an integral part of SME’s leadership!
Deadline September 14, 2012.

MINExpo with SME
MINExpo International is the world's premier mining event. From September 24-26, find every mining-related product, service and technology at the Las Vegas Convention Center. More than 1600 exhibitors will display all facets of mining, and over 40,000 are expected to attend.
Track MINExpo with ME Online
Mining Engineering’s MINExpo Preview, plus the current issue, online-only articles and archives dating back to 2004, can be found at the Mining Engineering website,

CIM Mining Standards and Guidelines Committee – invitation to meeting and workshop at MINExpo
The CIM Mining Standards and Guidelines Committee (MSGC) General Meeting and Workshop will be held on Tuesday, September 25, from 8:00 to 11:30 at the Las Vegas Hotel, Ballroom F. The focus of the meeting will be a collaborative discussion on the progress to-date of various projects led by the six working groups: Asset Management, Onboard Data and Access, Onboard Technology and Connectivity, Situation Awareness, Underground Mining, Operational Safety and Risk Management. This is an open meeting to all stakeholders.

SME supports and participates in the MSGC, and maintains a seat on the Executive Council. Some specific projects for discussion at the MINExpo meeting include the development of a common user interface for large shovels; results of a onboard technology users survey and access to onboard data standard development. MSGC is an international body founded to advance the use of standards and guidelines in the global mining industry. MSGC evolved from efforts by SMART (Surface Mining Association for Research and Technology) members; however, the MSGC mandate extends beyond surface mining, covering underground and many other aspects of the mining process with a focus on safety, productivity, cost and efficiency. Success requires participation and support of all stakeholders, including mining companies, manufacturers and suppliers, industry organizations, academia and other global industry support.

Please RSVP to MSGC Managing Director Heather Ednie:

Back-to-school SME student member special
The SME Bookstore is offering a 10% discount on all books purchased by SME student members. Email for more information. If you are not a student member, this would be a good time to join SME at the student membership rate of only $31/year. Hurry – this deal expires September 15!
Back-to-school SME student member Minerals & Metallurgical Processing subscription deal
Calling student members! Subscribe to Minerals & Metallurgical Processing, SME’s premier international peer-reviewed journal, by September 30, 2012, and receive a full year’s online subscription for only $10. Complete access to online archives is included. Must provide student member number.

eLearning courses available for all your needs and interests
SME offers 34 online courses total. For a complete catalog, see eLearning is the inexpensive and convenient way to keep up professionally and meet continuing education and professional development requirements. Check us out.

Quantitative modeling techniques and methods are central to the study and development of process engineering, including mineral processing. Models in mineral processing have been difficult to develop, because of the complexity of the unit operations that are used in virtually all mineral recovery systems. Modeling and Simulation of Mineral Processing Systems covers the field of quantitative modeling of mineral process equipment and uses models to simulate the actual behavior of ore dressing and coal washing equipment in industrial practice. Many examples are included to explain the application of some of the commonly used models, most of which described in the book are included in the ModSim software, the plant-wide simulator that is included on the companion CD. For more information, visit the SME online bookstore or contact

Get involved with online mentoring, SME’s newest professional development tool
The SME online mentoring program (PDF) is a new member benefit and 100% free to all members. This is a wonderful way to engage with the future generation of mining and minerals professionals. The industry will experience a significant loss of professionals to retirement in the next 5-10 years, and mining schools already suffer from low numbers of instructors and professors. The SME online mentoring program is a inexpensive, easy and effective way to guide and assist young professionals. Additionally, for those new to the industry, students and professionals at the beginning of their career, this is an excellent way to get a step ahead. Even seasoned professionals can benefit from a mentor. Sign up now to be a mentor or a mentee - or both! For more information, click here or contact Mona Vandervoort at or 303.948.4227. More information on SME mentoring in general can be found here.

Upcoming conference on the silica sand resources of Minnesota and Wisconsin
Registration is now open for the Conference on the Silica Sand Resources of Minnesota and Wisconsin, presented jointly by the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Precambrian Research Center (PRC) and the Twin Cities Section of SME, October 1-3 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, MN. This informational conference seeks to answer many of the questions that various stakeholders have raised about the development of this resource. The conference is expected to attract a wide-ranging audience of producers, regulators, consultants and oil and natural gas industry professionals.

A welcoming banquet will be held on Monday, October 1st, followed by the technical session of the conference on Tuesday, October 2nd. Wednesday, October 3rd will entail a full-day tour of several silica mines, processing plants and loading facilities in western and west-central Wisconsin.

This conference is being hosted concurrently with the 57th Annual Midwest Groundwater Conference, drawing groundwater scientists, professionals and engineers from the 14-state Upper Midwest. Please consider the opportunity for your company to gain exposure to both groups of attendees by securing an exhibitor booth or sponsoring one of the many events during the conference. For more conference information or to register visit You will save $50 if you register by Monday, September 17!

2013 SME Annual Meeting & Exhibit and CMA 115th National Western Mining Conference
February 24-27, 2013, Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO
Complete meeting details coming soon, including registration, housing, program, short courses, field trips and more.
2012 Annual Meeting of the SME Arizona Conference
December 2-3, 2012
JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort,
Tucson, AZ
Conference details.

Current Trends in Mining Finance - call for presentations
SME ( will host its first annual conference on Current Trends in Mining Finance in New York City. This two-day conference is intended for senior executives, as well as mining industry specialists among bankers, analysts and investors, and will cover a range of important topics, including general trends in project evaluation and investment decision-making, drivers of future industry mergers and acquisitions, tax and accounting issues facing the mining industry, risk factors in the current market environment, new sources of funding for mining projects, trends in mineral development agreements and the impact of “soft” issues on mine development and finance. This is a unique opportunity to get current on important issues that affect project finance, investment and strategic planning. For details on submitting an abstract, see:
April 29-30, 2013
City University of New York, Graduate Center
New York, NY
SME and CIM are pleased to announce the second in a series of Reliability and Safety Conferences: Safety Management & System Reliability

November 13-15, 2012, Minneapolis, Marriott City Center, Minneapolis, MN

This conference is intended to provide attendees with the unique opportunity to learn and discuss best practices pertaining to topics related to safety and health management, loss control and system reliability. For more information, see:

SME Participates in World Engineering Forum
The annual meeting of the World Forum of Engineering Organizations will be held Sept 17-21 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. SME will be represented by 2010 SME president Nikhil Trivedi, who is chairing an international WFEO task force on sustainability and mining. The forum, whose theme is Sustainable Construction for People, will address engineering’s contribution to sustainability. The meeting will include speakers, papers and discussions on the application of engineering’s contribution to the built environment. Sessions will cover efficient energy systems for buildings and cities, offshore wind energy, measures to decrease concrete’s environmental footprint and building disaster risk management into sustainable planning, among other topics. SME will bring to the forum a focus on existing and new engineering practices and technologies and their appropriate application in the minerals industry, as well as raising the profile of mining’s contribution to the world’s economic, social and environmental wellbeing.

SME Joins USGS coalition supporting energy and mineral resource research
The USGS Coalition is an alliance of over 70 organizations united by a commitment to the continued vitality of the United States Geological Survey and its ability to provide critical data and services to the nation. The Coalition supports increased federal investment in USGS programs that underpin responsible natural resource development, improve resilience to natural and human-induced hazards, and contribute to the long-term health, security and prosperity of the nation. Each year, the Coalition hosts a reception and exhibition on Capitol Hill, where members of Congress are recognized for their leadership. The Coalition has also sponsored science briefings for policymakers and has given testimony to the House and Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittees to advocate for FY 2013 funding for the USGS.

From the Department of Commerce
The U.S. Department of Commerce is recruiting 15-20 companies to participate in an executive-led trade mission to South Africa and Zambia taking place November 26 – 30th, 2012. The mission will focus on the following five sectors:
  • Mining software, process automation, mining beneficiation, geo-information technologies and bulk materials handling equipment and technology;
  • Energy (green and renewable);
  • productivity enhancing agricultural technologies and equipment;
  • Transportation equipment and infrastructure; and
  • Water.
Here is a link to a government website with more information.

If you know of any mining companies that may be interested, you are more than welcome to forward along this one-page flyer, or contact Hector Rodriguez at or 202-482-0629.

Washington Updates
Congress is on recess until September 10. Look for reports on the latest activity at the Capitol in SME’s September 20 Enews.

Deep sea minerals mining legal and regulatory framework completed
An deep sea minerals mining legal and regulatory framework (PDF) has been completed. The development of this document was initiated through a regional project, launched in 2011, called the Deep Sea Minerals Project. The project is funded by the European Union and implemented by the Applied Geoscience and Technology Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community. An objective of the DSM Project is to assist with the formulation of comprehensive national policy, legal framework and institutional capacity for the 15 EU Pacific, African and Caribbean states to regulate and monitor DSM activities in the region.

Commercial interest in deep sea mineral resources has increased in recent years, as seabed mining technology has continued to improve, and global prices of the metals contained in seabed mineral deposits increase. This has resulted in a certain degree of private sector and government investment in proposals to mine DSM throughout the region. These proposals may represent the development of a DSM mining industry in the region, from which Pacific-African Caribbean Pacific States could derive benefit. SME’s IMMS participated in the drafting of this final document.

SEC approves mining disclosure rules
On August 22, the Securities and Exchange Commission voted to approve rules requiring publicly traded companies to disclose payments to the U.S. government and foreign counterparts. The rules, mandated by the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law, passed by a vote of 2 to 1. SEC Chairwoman Mary Schapiro (D) and Commissioner Troy Paredes (R) recused themselves from the vote and debate.

Soon, roughly 11,000 companies, including Exxon Mobil Corp. and Newmont Mining Corp., will have to disclose project-specific payments, including taxes, royalties and bonuses. The goal is to reduce corruption and inform investors, particularly in resource-rich but cash-poor countries. Business groups such as the National Mining Association and the American Petroleum Institute have been lobbying hard against strong disclosure requirements. These groups argue that it would be preferable to release payment information by country rather than specific projects.

Another rule the SEC approved Aug 22, on a party-line 3-2 vote, requires companies to disclose their use of certain resources from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The purpose is to crack down on so-called conflict minerals that help finance wars in central Africa. But critics, including some human rights advocates, say the rules, also promulgated as part of the Dodd-Frank law, could hurt people who rely on mining by discouraging companies from buying resources like gold and tin from the region. The SEC puts industry compliance costs in the billions of dollars.

NIOSH offers free workshop on safety and health in underground mines
The NIOSH Office of Mine Safety and Health Research, in partnership with the West Virginia Diesel Equipment Commission, will host a free workshop to discuss issues related to safety and health aspects of using diesel-powered equipment in underground coal mines. The workshop, Safety and Health Aspects of Using Diesel-Powered Equipment in Underground Coal Mines, is intended for mine safety professionals involved in assessing, controlling and monitoring the use of diesel-powered equipment. The workshop will provide attendees with information on the integrated approach toward addressing this important safety and health issue. Workshops will be held September 5 in Charleston, WV, October 23 in Morgantown, WV, and January 23 in Beckley, WV. To register, contact Karen Altares, NIOSH/OMSHR by email at, or phone at (412) 386-5314.

MSHA news

GAO report supports MSHA proposal to lower PEL for coal dust
On August 17, the Government Accounting Office (GAO) issued a report (PDF) confirming the findings of the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) that lowering the personal exposure limit (PEL) for coal dust exposure would reduce miner’s risk of lung disease. At issue is an MSHA proposal that would mandate additional monitoring equipment and lower coal dust concentrations at mining projects. The report was met with opposition from the mining industry. While fully supporting the need to protect miners from respiratory problems, industry groups have questioned why the latest information from NIOSH was not included and that the agency should have paid closer attention to silica and silicosis.

The GAO’s evaluation of the key scientific studies on which the MSHA reports were based shows that the GAO supports the conclusion that lowering the PEL from 2.0 mg/m3 to 1.0 mg/m3 would reduce miners’ risk of disease. The reports and key studies concluded that miners’ cumulative exposure to coal mine dust at the current PEL over their working lives places them at an increased risk of developing coal workers’ pneumoconiosis and a number of other lung diseases, collectively referred to as black lung disease. In the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012, Congress required that GAO review and report on the data collection, sampling methods and analyses MSHA used to support its proposal.

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