Article Type: Feature article

Publication: Northern Prospector

Foran Mining Mines the Gap

Demand for copper and zinc is set to peak, just as mine supplies shrink. Developing the massive projects major mining companies are looking for will require huge capital investment. Can we fill the impending gap between supply and demand set to hit in two years by developing smaller mines which are less capital intensive? Industry... Read more »

Publication: Innovation

Sea to Sky Gondola Down

The failure of the Sea To Sky Gondola haul rope in August 2019 was stunning news—but it also gave engineers a rare opportunity to thoroughly examine how the wire haul rope behaved while being cut under tension. By Kylie Williams In the early morning hours of August 10, 2019, the haul rope of a gondola... Read more »

Publication: CIM Magazine

Less is more

The retrofit at Rio Tinto’s Kitimat operation has the smelter producing more without an increased footprint In 2011, Rio Tinto announced plans to modernize the 60-year-old Kitimat Aluminum Smelter in north-central British Columbia. Four years and $ 6 billion later, construction of the new smelter was complete. The plant has been operating at full capacity... Read more »

Publication: CIM Magazine

The power of preparation, the pitch and a strong network

Stephen de Jong on being a young entrepreneur in mining Stephen de Jong became CEO of his first exploration company at the age of 26 after making a bold pitch to the management team. Two years later, he sidestepped into the role of CEO at Integra Gold and, over the next five years, he built... Read more »

Publication: Innovation

Meet the EGBC President, Dr. Katherina Tarnai-Lokhorst

Engineering Positive Relationships Through Collaboration After declaring to her father at a young age that she wanted to be a singer, Dr. Katharina Tarnai-Lokhorst, P.Eng., FEC, the new president for Engineers and Geoscientists BC, followed his advice and identified a profession to support her singing hobby: engineering. And, her connection with a fellow engineer who... Read more »

Publication: Innovation

Modular Housing

Engineering solutions for British Columbians experiencing homelessness Community leaders across British Columbia are calling for solutions to the growing homelessness issue in which more people each year find themselves without stable housing. In early 2017, 3,605 people were found to be experiencing homelessness in Metro Vancouver, and 1,387 homeless people were counted in Great Victoria... Read more »

Mining Genomics for Solutions

BC Projects Harness Gene-Mapping Technologies to Overcome Mining Challenges When the human genome was sequenced 17 years ago, fe people in the mining and exploration industry could have suspected that, less than two decades later, the same technologies would be used to improve existing processes and develop new ways to clean up mine-affected waters, extract... Read more »

Publication: Innovation

Improving Flood Preparedness for British Columbians

APEGBC engineers and geoscientists are helping communities in British Columbia prepare for hazardous flood events. Armed with new guidelines, professionals are optimizing the most current information and technologies available – including climate change projections – to map flood hazards, assess risks, and communicate them to communities. In May 2017 APEGBC released the professional practice guidelines,... Read more »

Publication: Innovation

A Long Road to Gender Equity in Mining

Initiatives Promote Industry-Wide Culture Changes, But Barriers Remain When Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded “Because it’s 2015” to a journalist who asked why it was important that half of his newly appointed cabinet was female, the comment made international headlines. Canada had joined the handful of countries whose leadership was representative of the population itself,... Read more »