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Hi people around the world

I hope you and your family are safe.

I am working in a research about the application of bulk emulsion in underground mining, I read a lot of information about it and I hope you can help me with your opinions about its application in different mining methods and two question which are : 

What is the three best adavantages of this explosive ?


What is the best advance per blast that you obtained from its application?


Greetings from Peru and stay safe.



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Mining Construction Mega Projects

Hello All,

I thought it would be worthwhile to have a post that speaks to Mining Construction Mega Projects.  The top 20 mining companies are postured to spend $60B/year on greenfield projects as well as brownfield expansions.  I wasn't able to find any other posts on the topic, therefore would like to ask the community; why do you think 4 out of 5 Mining Construction Mega Projects come in late and over budget by 50%?



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Shaft sinking research

Hi  Colleague 

We currently conducting research on shaft sinking. Can you please take a few minute of your time and answer the below questions.


1.Vertical shaft sinking methods and techniques have changed in the last 10 years or so. What are the main  notable changes have you/your company experienced?

2.How have these changes impacted on the effectiveness and efficiency, and subsequently costs, in sinking Vertical Shafts


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Hello everyone,

I'm interested in joining a mining professional organization (e.g. IOMMM, CIM, SME, AUSIMM or SAIMM).

Since that would be a longer-term commitment, what approach should I take to thinking about when it comes to membership in any of these associations? What are your experiences, have any of you switched organizations or are any of you based outside the regional focus of your organization (e.g. AUSIMM = Australasia)? Or does/should the choice boil down to geography only?

Looking forward to your comments,


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Mining tips & tricks

Hi all ! 

I was wondering, where do you go to find mining (drill and blast) tips & tricks, learn about new methods, products or anything related to the industry ? Is there a major place to find debates, advices or mining specialists to "follow" somewhere etc ?

Thanks in advance guys !  


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Integrated mining

Im a mining student and i want to do a project on integrated mining system that i want to introduce at a coal mine. The problem is that there are about 7 loading units available (4 excavators and 3 front end loader) but as the pit progresses downward there is confinment and the other loading units are on standby. So what i need help is how do i justify my problems and i cant seem to come up with required objectives

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Hello everybody!

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Alexandre de Bastiani, I am a Masters Student at the Umeå Institute of Design, in Umeå, a city located in northern Sweden. As I am currently working on my Degree Project in collaboration with Epiroc, the leading Mining equipment manufacturer in Sweden, I am reaching the community of Mining Industry Professionals, Geologists, and other related professionals seeking more information and knowledge that will create a foundation to argue pro the future design that will be proposed.

Well, from the beginning, what am I looking for?

The topic of my project is "The Unexplored Earth - INSPIRING THE FUTURE OF EARTH EXPLORATIONS" which goal is to investigate the geological potential of our planet and the future of its exploration.

  • What will we do in the long term?
  • Go deeper?
  • Will we mine in space?
  • Stop mineral exploitation?
  • What is Earth's real potential? For how long will it last?
  • What about political-based measures/policies? Are they too harsh or should they be even stronger?

These and many other questions are part of my investigation and I want you to be part of this journey.

So, the first thing I need to do during the research phase is to interview professionals in the field of Geology, specialists in Exploratory Geology, academics, and engineers aiming for knowledge and insights that will, hopefully, lead me into a Future Vision of how Earth Explorations will be like in a long term future.

If you feel inspired and excited to take part of my research, please raise your hand and I will contact you and schedule a call (Skype, Zoom, or any other platform) or, if you are in Sweden, I may even meet you for a nice chat!

Please feel free to ask me question if there is something not clear.

Best regards,
Alexandre de Bastiani

My contacts:

- +55 11 999041180

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Hello dear all!

I do in the implementation of sustainable waste management plans and waste management feasibility studies. So I would like to have examples of the implementation of sustainable mining waste management plans

and examples of feasibility studies for mining waste management; thank you in advance.


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Research to Product Lifecycle Management 2019

Request for support:

A PDM/PLM system has become indispensable for engineers – also because of the growing complexity of products. PDM systems are also the basis for a holistic PLM strategy that goes beyond engineering and integrates the whole company, connecting people and processes. According to experts, a good handle on the product lifecycle is prerequisite for digital transformation. However, many companies already fail to successfully implement PLM. Another majority of companies do not fully exploit the benefits of PLM to develop new products, services and business models. Looking forward to your thoughts! (


I am currently conducting a research with the Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen about the understanding of PLM in organizations. The survey seeks to address both, companies that have and that have not implemented a PLM strategy and is targeted at e.g. designers, engineers, (after) sales, PLM directors and managers. For more information, do not hesitate to reach out to me. Your participation will be highly appreciated!


Link to the survey:


The survey does not involve any risks, takes 10 minutes and is 100% anonymous. After completion of the research project you will have access to the results and you support a good cause!

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Open source synthetic mine generator

I'd like to share an open source project that generates synthetic datasets of 3D features seen in underground mines: drill holes, geological shapes, block models, and mine workings (tunnels). It is possible to create several mine levels and to specify ranges and other distribution settings to produce configurations that mimic existing mines. The tool has been written in such a way that it's possible to produce datasets featuring millions of block models and tenths of thousands of drill holes, for instance.


The sofware has been developed by my colleagues from IBM Research and I, and it was just recently presented at SIGSPATIAL. We have been using it primarily to evaluate the scalability of GIS systems when it comes to e.g., distance and intersection computation.


You may also find it interesting to read about our methods to speed up 3D spatial queries in the same paper that presents the synthetic mine generator. Our techniques improve over PostGIS by more than 1700x: queries that used to take more than 20 hours now complete in under a minute.


Please let me know if you find the software useful. Pull requests are welcome, too! :-)


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