WOMEN IN MINING: Introducing Women in Aggregates

NAM’s managing editor Josephine Patterson, an 11-year veteran of the mining and aggregates industries, is heading up the brand-new professional organization Women in Aggregates. What are its goals, and how can the mining community support its efforts?  Edited by Donna Schmidt Can you talk a bit more about where the ideas forming the group’s foundation came from? It was where most…

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Digital Transformation in the Golden Age of Mining Technology Earning a Social License to Automate 

In this second of a three-part series, read about how changing times have had an impact on mine safety and technology for sustainability, and how operators prioritizing all of these are reaping the benefits.  By Marc Poualion, senior industry marketing manager, Aspen Technology Technology drives improvements to the bottom line as it always has, but in today’s environment, profitability isn’t…

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Advanced Analytics Create Intelligent Mines

Advanced analytics applications empower operational and business decision-makers to leverage insights and adopt profitable strategies for optimizing mining production. By Mariana Sandin, Seeq For decades, decision-making in the mining and mineral processing industry was based on synthesizing raw data from numerous locations, requiring manual aggregation and cleansing efforts in spreadsheets to make sense of process information. This effort is time-consuming…

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Mining companies are increasingly looking to electrification to reduce carbon emissions. In underground mining, this switch offers several other additional benefits. But making the change at existing operations is not without its challenges.  By Jonathan Rowland  Electrification is nothing new in underground mining. Benefits include an improved work environment, with lower air emissions, heat, and noise, and thus reduced costs…

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Getting smart about mine water management

A pair of case studies at U.S. and Mexico mines offer scope to the issue as well as the elements of long-term success  By Ken Albaugh As operational cost pressures continue to increase and water scarcity intensifies, efficient mine water management has never been more important. Integrating smart water management solutions reduces production downtime and operating costs while improving performance,…

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The role high-efficiency systems play in improving ESG scores

New calculators can help operators more accurately determine how submersible pumping systems with permanent magnet technology improve efficiency and other sustainability factors.  By Brandon Schumm and McLean Karr Being good stewards of the earth’s natural resources has always been important for the mining industry. Decades of progress have led many to recognize their role in responsibly providing critical resources for…

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Thinking Water

North American Mining talks to two experts about the principles, challenges and opportunities of water management in underground mines.  By Jonathan Rowland Environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategies are now playing a much more significant role in the life of businesses. Traditionally, these have tended to place heavy emphasis on climate change and the need to reduce carbon emissions. While…

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Shell establishes mining vehicle electrification consortium

Mining electrification has a new player – oil and gas company Shell – which has built an end-to-end mining electrification pilot with a consortium of several companies that will work together to fast-track off-road mining vehicle electrification. Shell announced October 12 its new nine-member consortium to create the pilot offering of electrification solutions for mining sites. Members also include Skeleton,…

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Never underestimate the women

Canadian all-woman mine rescue group Diamonds in the Rough are the personification of grit, determination and pure female empowerment. We recently interviewed this inspirational – and, let’s be honest, just plain cool – group for the NAM Women in Mining spotlight. By Donna Schmidt It was 2016 when Saskatchewan mine rescuer Kari Lentowicz went to the International Mines Rescue Competition…

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