SME Webinar Series
SME is pleased to introduce the
SME WEBINAR SERIES.
Webinars are an effective way to bring you together with others in the industry without travel expense and inconvenience.
SME developed this series to bring its technical information to members who are not able to attend Annual or regional/topical meetings and short courses. The series will feature one-hour segments from prominent industry leaders. Each webinar will focus on a different aspect of the business from rare earths to HR issues to health and safety initiatives in the coal industry to the future for gold and more. Each webinar can be viewed from a personal computer using its speakers.
All Webinars are one hour in duration. • $45 for members • $90 for nonmembers
Past programs are available to view from the recorded version. Check out our library for the catalog.
- Go to https://smenet.webex.com
- Find the webinar you want to register for
- Click on the title of the webinar for more information (e.g. date, time, etc.)
- Click the "Register" button
- Follow the directions provided on the registration page to complete your registration
Supported Media Players:
- Flash Player 6.0 or later
- Windows Media Player 9.0 or later
- QuickTime 7.1 or later
|Tuesday, May 14, 2013 9:00 AM MDT
Topic: "Integrated Production Management System – Step Further"
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Mining Engineer, North American Coal Corp., Liberty Miner, Bailey, MS
Significant effort has been made to develop an Integrated Data Environment for Analysis and Control of Energy (IDE-ACE) consumption in surface coal mining. The system is integrated in the mine environment and has been successfully used during the past three years. The capacity of the system has been expended and today it not only provides the analysis of the fuel consumption, but also delivers multiple reports that identify bottle necks in the production or maintenance departments. Advanced Integrated Production Management System (IPMS) unifies multi data streams (from a crew line-up to equipment availability reports) into a user-friendly application. IPMS has been thoroughly tested and validated using data streams from one mine site. Based on this success, the IPMS will be implemented at NACOAL’s greenfield project in South East Mississippi.
Dragan Bogunovic received his Ph.D. degree in Mining Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 2008. BS and MS degrees he received from the University of Belgrade in 2002 and 2005 respectively. With over 10 years of experience in industry and academia Dr. Bogunovic is working with North American Coal Corporation. His current focus is implementation of new technologies and better utilization of existing data resources in surface coal mining.
|Date: To Be Determined
Topic: "Engineered Pumpable pHoamTM: An Innovative Method for Mitigating ARD"
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Senior Consultant, Golder Associates Inc., Lakewood, CO
If one can embrace the medical analogue, much of the mining industry currently suffers from a massive bacterial infection. When pyrite-bearing or sulfide-bearing rock formations, tailings, or mine wastes are infected by Acidithiobacillus ferro-oxidans, the likelihood of forming acid rock drainage (ARD) is almost guaranteed. The “pharmacy” of antibiotics available is extensive, ranging from solid alkaline amendments like limestone to liquid “medicines” such as sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium thiocyanate, waste milk, and bipolar lipids. Unfortunately, the “geo-medical” teams of geochemists, microbiologists, engineers, and mine managers lack the tools to surgically apply these active ingredients where they are needed most with a minimum of waste. Distribution of fine grained limestone on the surface of an acidic mine waste dump is analogous to applying a bandage soaked in antacid to treat an upset stomach. The implementation of up-to-date best management practices has not healed the patient; an equivalent combination of hypodermic needle, cyber knife, and arthroscopic probe is clearly needed. Mr. Gusek is a Senior Consultant with Golder Associates, Inc. He graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in 1973 with a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering. He specializes in the design of passive treatment systems for mine influenced water. Since 1987, his work with acid rock drainage prevention and passive water treatment systems has included about 50 projects throughout the U.S. and internationally. He is on the steering and mitigation committees of the Acid Drainage Technology Initiative - Metal Mining Sector (ADTI-MMS).
Past Webinars: - All Past Webinars are recorded and available in our library.
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.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 9:00 AM MDT Click here to view the flyer.
Yi Luo, Associate Professor, Dept., Mining Engineering, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia
Topic: "Locating and Determining the Status of a Thermal Event in Longwall Panel Using Mine Atmosphere Monitoring Data"
Mine atmospheric monitoring data from a longwall mine with flame fire have been analyzed. Efforts are made to identify the possible causes, locations and status of these events using the obtained gas data as well as other ventilation, geological and mining parameters. The effects of injected inert gas to control the events have also been quantified. The explosibility of the sealed atmosphere has been determined using two methods.
Thursday, March 21, 2013 2:00 PM MDT Click here to view the flyer.
James J. Gusek, Senior Consultant, Golder Assoc.
Topic: "Passive Treatment 101: An Overview of the Technologies"
There are basically three kinds of passive treatment technologies for treating mining influenced water (MIW): Abiotic, Limestone-based methods for treating net-acidic MIW have been effective in adding alkalinity; semi-biological methods condition MIW for subsequent limestone dissolution; and biologically-facilitated components round out the list. Some of the biological components can function without plants: Biochemical Reactors (BCRs) are typically applicable to metal mine drainage with high acidity and a wide range of metals. In contrast, Aerobic Cells containing cattails and other plants are typically applicable to coal geology derived MIW where iron and manganese and mild acidity are problematic. However, iron terraces and manganese removal beds at metal mine sites could be included in this group. Most passive treatment systems employ one or more of these cell types. The track record of aerobic cells and limestone-based methods in treating coal geology MIW is impressive, especially back in the eastern coalfields of the US. BCRs have tremendous potential in metal mining and coal mining geological environments but have not seen as wide an application. Mr. Gusek is a Senior Consultant with Golder Associates, Inc. He graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in 1973 with a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering. He specializes in the design of passive treatment systems for mine influenced water. Since 1987, his work with acid rock drainage prevention and passive water treatment systems has included about 50 projects throughout the U.S. and internationally. He is on the steering and mitigation committees of the Acid Drainage Technology Initiative - Metal Mining Sector (ADTI-MMS).
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 2:00 PM MST Click here to view the flyer.
Topic: "Electrokinetic Feature of Kaolinite and Other Selected Two Layer Silicate Minerals"
FLSmidth Minerals Inc., Midvale, Utah
The surface charge feature of two layer clay minerals such as kaolinite, halloysite, antigorite, chrysotile etc. is complicated by their platy shape and anisotropic crystal structure which exposed silica tetrahedral layers (001 basal plane), aluminum or magnesium octahedral layers (001 basal plane) and broken silica tetrahedral and aluminum or magnesium octahedral bonds
at the edge surface (010 basal plane). In this paper, the surface charge of kaolinite is reviewed. Surface force measurements were conducted to interrogate the basal planes of kaolinite particles (silica tetrahedral face and alumina octahedral face). These colloidal force measurements reveal that the silica tetrahedral face of kaolinite is negatively charged at pH > 4, whereas the alumina octahedral face of kaolinite is positively charged at pH < 6, and negatively charged at pH > 8. This new information would be useful to understand mechanical properties of such suspensions such as yield stress, and dewatering characteristics.
Thursday, February 14, 2013 1:00 PM MST - FREE! Click here to view the flyer.
James D. Humphrey, Senior Mining Market Professional, Caterpillar, Inc.
Topic: "Mining: It’s About the People:
2013 SME Annual Meeting & Exhibit and CMA 115th National Western Mining Conference • February 24-27, 2013, Colorado Convention Center, Denver, Colorado"
Meeting Highlights include:
Record breaking exhibit: 589 exhibiting companies in 818 booths, 290,000 sq ft of exhibit space. Come to the industry marketplace and see the most innovative and progressive companies in business.
96 Technical Sessions: choose from Coal & Energy, Environmental, Geology, Industrial Minerals & Aggregates, Innovation in Mineral Processing, international, Mineral and Metallurgical Processing, Mining & Exploration, Underground Construction, valuation and much more. Keynote Session, Colorado Mining Association Program and much, much more.
James D. Humphrey is the Senior Mining Market Professional for the Global Mining Division of Caterpillar. He has over 30 years' worldwide experience in the mining industry. His recent work with Caterpillar in the development of an autonomous haulage system has led to 10 patent applications. Humphrey is a mining engineering graduate of the University of Missouri – Rolla (Missouri School of Science and Technology), and he is a professional engineer in four states. In 2009, he was inducted into the Mining Academy of Missouri S&T. Humphrey has been a member of SME for nearly 30 years and is a member of the SME Finance Committee and the Mining and Exploration Executive Committee. He is a contributing author to Surface Mining 2nd edition and the new Mining Engineering Handbook 3rd edition. He has also authored numerous technical papers and regularly chairs sessions at the SME annual meeting technical sessions.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 2:00 PM MDT Click here to view the flyer.
Roderick Eggert, Professor and Director, Division of Economics and Business, Colorado School of Mines
Topic: "What factors drive metal prices? Historical evidence, 1900-2012"
Metal prices exhibit both year-to-year instability and longer-term trends, which some observers have labeled supercycles. What factors are responsible for these characteristics of metal prices? This webinar examines this question, using data from the period 1900-2012.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 9:00 AM MDT Click here to view the flyer.
Lucas Moore Sr., Research Scientist, Kemira Minerals Processing, Atlanta, Georgia
Topic: "Removal of Inorganic Contaminants from Mine Effluents"
Mining is essential to our standard way of life. Whether it’s mining for energy (oil, uranium, and coal) or mining for construction and development (metals and minerals) mining affects us all. Mining is also potentially a source of devastation to life as during the mining processes contamination of the most important and vital fluid, water, is a high probability. Such contamination has become an increasing concern as governmental restrictions begin to tighten, which has made the treatment of such water critical and mandatory. There are methods in practice today for treatment of contaminants, such as toxic oxyanions and heavy metals, however each may vary in success due to the coordination properties associated with each contaminant thus an understanding of the water chemistry is essential in developing a successful treatment scheme. This presentation will focus on case studies highlighting how the right chemistry can make the difference in a successful treatment and an unsuccessful one.
2012 WEBINAR SERIES
Monday, December 10th, 2:00 PM MST Click here to view the flyer.
Topic: "Mining Policy in 2012 and Beyond: A Look at the Last Days of the 112th Congress and the Post Election Landscape"
Patton Boggs will review timely legislative and regulatory items related to (1) mine safety and health legislation, (2) natural resources legislation pertaining to resource permitting, public land transfers to local governments to resolve mining related issues, and mountain-top mining related legislative initiatives, (3) regulatory items circulated by MSHA, EPA, and other agencies that affect mining; (4) legislation that responds to those specific regulatory items specifically, and the issue of regulatory reform generally; and (5) appropriations related policy riders that impact mine safety and health and environmental issues. Additionally, we will analyze the upcoming election and describe how the results of that election could impact the legislative and regulatory dynamic in Congress and the Administration in 2013. We anticipate that webinar participants may have questions during the presentation, and if the webinar technology allows for interaction between the participants and presenters, we will be happy to address questions at the end of the presentation if time permits.
Mark N. Savit, Patton Boggs LLP
Mark Savit counsels clients in government investigations, and on regulatory matters, to help limit civil liabilities, prevent criminal prosecutions, and promote sound health, safety, and environmental policies. Mr. Savit has expertise in health and safety law, environmental law including protected species law, public lands law, oil, gas, chemicals, mining, manufacturing, and related litigation and legislative services. Mr. Savit began his career at the Department of the Interior where he headed the special investigation unit of the Mining Enforcement and Safety Administration.
Gregory M. Louer, Patton Boggs LLP
Greg Louer advises clients on diverse matters involving environmental, health and safety law, in addition to emerging issues affecting the technology and communications space. Mr. Louer provides clients with strategic guidance and counseling on legislative, regulatory and litigation matters, leveraging his experience in Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and his work with two major telecommunications providers.
Wednesday, November 14th, 9:00 AM MDT Click here to view the flyer.
Topic: "Plant Performance Improvements through
Increased Grinding Circuit Classification System Efficiency"
“Classification System Efficiency (CSE)” is a simple, powerful concept which is used to increase ball milling circuit efficiency. This presentation defines “CSE” and reviews case studies demonstrating its use to increase grinding circuit efficiency, from 3 to 30 percent, through manipulation of the pump and cyclones. The increased effective mill grinding energy is recaptured from energy that was going into over grinding, which can also significantly improve downstream performance. The achievable CSE for any given ball milling circuit is described.
Chief Metallurgist-Grinding Systems, Metcom Technologies, Inc.
Rob McIvor has devoted his career to the design and optimization of mineral grinding circuits. He is founder and Chief Metallurgist – Grinding Systems, of Metcom Technologies, Inc., based Marquette, MI, USA. He has a degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, and in Mineral Economics and Metallurgical Engineering from McGill University, Montreal.
Tuesday, September 18th, 2:00 PM MDT Click here to view the flyer.
General Manager and Principal
Downing Teal, Inc.
"Compensation in the Context of Competencies &
Careers for the Minerals Industry"
This webinar will present a simple relationship between compensation and increasing technical and social competencies in context of global
supply and demand. Compensation for mining professionals in the US is increasing faster than many other sectors. Demographics drive the
current imbalance in the US while both demographics and demand drove recent compensation increases in Australia and Chile. Global competition for talent will drive unprecedented compensation increases in the next decade.
Leigh Freeman. BS Geological Engineering, Montana Tech of The University of Montana in Butte, Montana. Mr. Freeman is General Manager and Principal in Downing Teal Inc, a global recruiting company serving the natural resource industries. He was a co-founder of Orvana Minerals, a Toronto Stock Exchange listed public company that operates the largest gold mine in Bolivia. He also served as Chief Geophysicist for Placer Dome, an international gold mining company (now part of Barrick Gold). His passions include innovation, mining, sustainable development, talent for the mining industry including university-level minerals education, and alternative energy in the mining sector.
Tuesday, August 7th, 8AM MDT Click here to view the flyer.
"The Road to Zero Harm"
Some believe that eliminating serious injuries and fatalities from mining is impossible. Yet, we know every accident is preventable. Creating a Zero Harm workplace must go beyond processes and tools to honestly analyze an organization’s culture and the factors contributing to accidents. Some mining companies are tackling safety in new, innovative ways. However, ensuring all our workers are safe needs to be a commitment of every mining company, large or small. This webinar will discuss collaborative efforts – such as CORESafety that aims for zero fatalities and a 50 percent reduction in the industry’s injury rate within five years – as well as programs underway or planned to affect the necessary culture change so all workers arrive home safe at the end of the work day.
Wednesday, July 11th, 2pm MDT - Click here to view the Flyer.
ARIES Project Director, Virginia Tech
"Coal Mining and Science: New Opportunities"
Widely publicized disasters and accidents, the controversies over mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia, and public concern about the health impacts have led to unprecedented levels of public acceptance and regulatory challenges for coal mining. Many of these issues have emerged during an extended period of extremely limited public and private research on coal mining issues. Recently, new opportunities have emerged focused on the science needs of the coal community, particularly related to health and safety, environmental performance, and coal preparation. This webinar focuses on both the nature of the challenges and the details of the opportunities.
Thursday, June 21st, 2PM MDT - Click here to view the Flyer.
President, Automated Systems Alliance Inc.
"Emerging Workforce Trends in the U.S. Mining Industry"
To understand if and how mining labor demands will be met over the next 20 years, this webinar considers some of the factors that are currently driving the mining business in the U.S. as well as issues that are anticipated to drive the business in the near future. We will then consider the information sources for mine labor and how the workforce is divided up between the mining sectors. Compensation, workforce age, retirement rate, skill level, retention, education, and long-term safety and health issues will also be evaluated.
Mining will be one of a handful of sectors that will add jobs at a fairly constant rate (11,000 to 13,000 per year) over the next 20 years. Job openings will largely be driven by retirement of the current workforce and projected increase in demand for resource production. Historically, these have tended to be well-paying, stable, and relatively long-term jobs. On the downside, the U.S. may not presently have the skilled labor base to meet the current resource demand and the skilled labor that does exist may well be lured to places promising higher wages (Australia, Canada, etc.). This does not mean people will not be found to fill U.S. mining positions. The question will be: How skilled will this new, young workforce be and from where will they come?
Thursday, May 24, 2PM MDT - Click here to view the Flyer.
Robert Schafer, Executive Vice President, Hunter Dickinson
David Cole, President and CEO, Eurasian Minerals Inc.
Ron Parratt, Executive Chairman, Renaissance Exploration Inc.
"Directions in Mineral Exploration"
Wednesday, May 9, 2PM MDT - Click here to view the Flyer.
President and CEO, Molycorp
"Rare Earth Resurgence: Diversifying Global Supply Chains"
All Past Webinars are recorded and available in our library.