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Beverlee is a technical writer and provides support for educational events at EduMine. Beverlee has many years of experience as a technical and journalistic writer, working in these fields in both Vancouver and Montreal.

New Online Course – Covers for Mine Geowaste Facilities – 2: Design and Performance Analysis

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new online course, Covers for Mine Geowaste Facilities – 2: Design and Performance Analysis by Jack Caldwell. This course is the second in a series of two courses on covers for mine geowaste facilities. This course deals with cover design and performance analysis: the calculations and analyses that underlie comprehensive cover design which includes: engineering, scientific, and technical design methods to calculate and quantify just how the cover may perform in regards to stability, infiltration, erosion,

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Revised Online Course – Managing the Environmental Permitting Process

We have recently revised our online course, Managing the Environmental Permitting Process, by Lee W. Saperstein. The concepts that underlie permitting are universal: the social license to operate, including respect for local judgments, environmental assessments, environmental management systems, and that post-mining land use must comply with local or regional planning guidance. Because of the universality of these concepts and the frequent sharing of permitting rules among mining jurisdictions, this course concentrates on those principles that will assist mine planners to obtain permits in a timely

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New Online Course – Covers for Mine Geowaste Facilities – 1: Principles, Practice, and Selection

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new online course, Covers for Mine Geowaste Facilities – 1: Principles, Practice, and Selection by Jack Caldwell. This course is the first in a series of two courses on covers for mine geowaste facilities deals with the general principles and practice of covers—what their purpose is, what objectives govern their selection and detailing, and what to consider when choosing a cover for your specific facility. In this course, we examine the: objectives of mine closure—the activity

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Online Course Updated: Environmental Health and Safety – Emergency Preparedness

We have recently updated our online course, Environmental Health and Safety – Emergency Preparedness by author, Ralph Gunness. This course is the first of two Environmental Health and Safety courses by the author. It provides mining managers and professionals with a set of practical guidelines on Environmental Emergency Preparedness and how to start managing and preparing for an environmental emergency. This course is split into three parts: Part 1: Environmental Emergencies, including discussion of their occurrence, outcomes, and risk analysis. Part 2: Corporate Governance, including

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Online Course Revised: An Introduction to Mining Investment – Understanding the Risks

Jack Caldwell has updated his online course, An Introduction to Mining Investment – Understanding the Risks. This course is intended for those with little knowledge of mining, but a desire to learn enough to make wise and successful investment moves in public stock markets where mining shares are traded. This course is also intended for seasoned mining stock investors who wish to take a fresh look at the basics of investing in mining stocks with a view to polishing up on, and possibly revising, strategies

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Projected Worker Shortages will Increase the Requirement for On-Demand Training

There are early signs that the industry is turning around as commodity prices rebound and back-burner projects are reactivated. The Canadian Mining Labour Market Outlook 2016 by the Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) has forecast a cumulative hiring requirement of 127,000 workers in a growth scenario for the Canadian mining industry over the next 10 years. This figure includes layoffs and lack of recruitment over the five-year recession as well as anticipated retirements. Where are we going to find these workers? The short answer

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Revised Online Course – The Mill Operating Resource – 2: Mineral Recovery

We’ve recently launched updates for the online course, The Mill Operating Resource – 2: Mineral Recovery, by Ron Magill! This course is the second in a set of two courses on Mill Operating. It is a resource for people who need to understand and operate the equipment used in mineral processing. The second course covers classifiers, pumps, flotation methods, leaching and other methods, thickeners, filters, driers, evolving technology, and mill safety. The companion course, The Mill Operating Resource – 1: Ore Preparation covers feeders, conveyors,

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Sustainable Waste Water Management for the Energy and Mining Industries

Regardless of world market conditions, to win, sustain, and maintain the right to mine is all about sustainability. Waste water management is emerging as the pre-eminent sustainability issue within the global energy and mining resource industries. We’ve recently launched updates for Ralph Gunness’ online course, Sustainable Waste Water Management for the Energy and Mining Industries. This course provides a basic knowledge and understanding of water management tools and strategies related to coal bed methane water, LNG water, oil shale water, coal mining, natural gas extraction,

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Updated Online Course: 360° Mining

We’ve recently launched author updates for the online course 360° Mining. This course will teach you what is current, topical, and important in today’s mining scene. In short, you will quickly achieve street smarts in mining! The course addresses the key players and the relationships in mining between commodities, mines, companies, people, finance, suppliers, education, regulations, risks, and more. Several links to additional sources of information are included in the course. We hope you will find 360° Mining so useful that it will become your

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Mount Polley and Samarco: What Can We Do to Reduce the Chances of Another Tailings Disaster?

It has been two years since Mount Polley and nearly a year since Samarco. It has become apparent that Mount Polley had both design and management issues, while the jury is still out on the causes of failure at Samarco. So what has the industry done so far to reduce the chances of another tailings disaster? Recommendations regarding better site investigation procedures, and stricter adherence to tailings management procedures are obvious steps in the right direction. A more significant move in the right direction might

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