Topic: Innovation & Technology

Publication: CIM Magazine

Federal government gives $4.2 million to renewables projects at northern mines

Wind turbines and compressed air energy storage to displace diesel at Raglan and Hope Bay The federal government is investing $4.2 million in two renewable energy projects in Quebec and Nunavut to reduce reliance on fossil fuels at mines in Canada’s north. Both projects will be managed by Tugliq Energy Corporation, a renewable energy company... 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: 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: Innovation

Questions From the Grenfell Tower Fire: Could it Happen in BC?

The world looked on in horror as the Grenfell Tower fire in West London, England, claimed 71 lives and injured many more in June 2017. Several hundred occupants lived in the 129 social housing flats in the recently refurbished 24-storey building. Similar cladding materials to the newly-installed aluminum composite panels on the outside of the... Read more »

Publication: CIM Magazine

Sharper shooters

Rugged, sensitive and well connected handheld technologies make for better decisions in the field Just a decade ago, a handheld point-and-shoot x-ray fluorescence (XRF) instrument was considered a cool but rare toy to play with in the field on a remote greenfield exploration project. If held in place long enough, it would detect a small... Read more »

Publication: CIM Magazine

One size doesn’t fit all

Saskatchewan Research Council cleans up abandoned uranium mines Operations at the Gunnar uranium mine in northern Saskatchewan stopped abruptly in 1964 with little to no decommissioning. The miners simply stopped work and walked away. Over the previous decade, the open pit and underground workings yielded tonnes of uranium ore that was refined on site and... Read more »

Publication: CIM Magazine

The architect

Teck’s digital architect, Kalev Ruberg, is shaping a digital transformation With experience spanning academia, the private sector, government and even a start-up, Kalev Ruberg came to the mining sector rather late in his career. When he arrived 12 years ago, he found a “very fractured landscape” from a technology systems point of view. “Independent development... Read more »

Publication: CIM Magazine

Update successful

Hecla Mining’s optimization and automation efforts are paying off at its high-grade Casa Berardi mine in Quebec When Hecla Mining made its bid for Casa Berardi in 2013, part of its pitch to Aurizon’s shareholders was the expertise that the then-120-year-old company had in underground hard rock mining at its operations in Idaho and Alaska.... Read more »