Birmingham chosen for Southeast Mine Safety and Health Conference

Hundreds expected to convene in Birmingham in November for short courses, tech talks and more. By Donna Schmidt A southern setting has been selected for the annual Southeast Mine Safety and Health Conference, scheduled to be held November 1-4 at the Ross Bridge Hotel and Convention Center in nearby Hoover, Ala. Organizers from the nonprofit Southeast Mine Safety and Health…

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Hunting treasure – creatively

Welcome to our penultimate edition of North American Mining magazine for 2022. As autumn enters in the Northern Hemisphere and we all begin to think about year-end tasks, it was a natural transition for my mind to give pause to a crucial factor that drives many publications, arguably making or breaking its success: creativity. What that means for you: we…

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First-ever International Day of Women in Mining a success

IDWIM will now be marked each June 15. By Donna Schmidt The International Day of Women in Mining (IDWIM) will now be an annual event every June 15 thanks to the advocacy group International Women in Mining (IWiM), which has successfully launched the campaign. More than 1,000 from around the globe participated in the inaugural virtual event to mark the…

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Women in Mining Spotlight: Sarah de Blois

Canadian PhD candidate Sarah de Blois, over the course of her research work at Laurentian University, has uncovered some thought-provoking statistics on the state of women in the mining industry. Edited by Donna Schmidt For the progress women in the mining industry have made over the years, it may be surprising to learn that there is actually much more still…

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Cat’s far-reaching research, training hub: Tinaja Hills

North American Mining recently took an exclusive look at Caterpillar’s Tinaja Hills and Tucson Proving Ground complex in southern Arizona, gaining some remarkable insight into the OEM’s research and development and training efforts By Donna Schmidt Just north of the U.S.-Mexico border, overlooking a beautiful yet vast swath of one of the most beautiful desert areas of the American Southwest,…

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The three Rs

We’ve all heard the phrase “reduce, reuse, recycle” and, if you’re of a certain age range, the idea was a solid theme in your grade school education as the concerns over our environment became an unprecedented hot-button issue. During that time, we learned ways to do everyday things in a more green and environmentally responsible way with reusable bags, saving…

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Building blocks for reimagining sustainability

By Donna Schmidt The idea of a house can take on many forms depending on location, environment, family size and a number of other factors. Materials to build these homes are just as diverse. But what about using coal? Recently, a southern West Virginia newcomer company X- MAT received US$2.2 million in funding from the Department of Energy for a…

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Solving the crimes of mine planning

Author Mark Bowater talks with North American Mining about his first-ever book, Crimes Against Mine Planning, and the industry’s biggest pitfalls. Edited by Donna Schmidt  The challenges of mine planning can make the overall process feel like a never-ending uphill battle – but not so much when you know the potential pitfalls and how to rectify the issues. We can…

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Grab the popcorn

By Donna Schmidt There’s a meme in the social media universe that depicts someone consuming a theater bucket of popcorn and looking on, with the words, “I’m just here for the comments.”  Well, grab that real-life bucket and consider this: AMC, the American chain of movie theaters that, in recent years and thanks to pay-per-views, streaming services and the pandemic…

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