Observations on AME Roundup 2019 – Tech solutions looking for problems

Observations on AME Roundup 2019 – Tech solutions looking for problems

AME Roundup 2019 in Vancouver, BC, finished on 31 January 2019, and here is my final post about some of the events. (Previous post: 4. Innovation Hub, Additions to the Geoscience Toolbox, Jan 30, 2019) 5. Innovation Hub, The latest technologies, Jan 31, 2019 Seven tech companies presented their solutions to improving the appearance and accessibility […]

Observations on AME Roundup 2019 – Additions to the Geoscience Toolbox to prevent “noodling”

Observations on AME Roundup 2019 – Additions to the Geoscience Toolbox to prevent “noodling”

AME Roundup 2019 in Vancouver, BC, finished on 31 January 2019, and here are my observations about some of the events. (Previous post: 3. New Afton: An overview of a successful BC block cave – New Gold Inc.) 4. Innovation Hub, Additions to the Geoscience Toolbox, Jan 30, 2019 The Innovation Hub at Roundup 2019 featured […]

Observations on AME Roundup 2019 – Overview of a successful BC block cave – New Gold Inc.

Observations on AME Roundup 2019 – Overview of a successful BC block cave – New Gold Inc.

AME Roundup 2019 in Vancouver, BC, finished on 31 January 2019, and here are my observations about some of the events. (Previous post: Mining Methods and Sorting Systems to upgrade BC Porphyry Mines – UBC) 3. New Afton: An overview of a successful BC block cave – New Gold Inc. The catch with new technologies is […]

Reconciliation – Harder than it looks!

Reconciliation – Harder than it looks!

Published May 8, 2018 Author: Mike O’Brien, Technical Director, Geology & Resources, P.Geo., Pr.Sci.Nat. Reconciliation – Harder than it looks! – Presentation delivered at the CIM Convention 2018 Reconciliation involves the collection of tonnage, grade (quality) and contained metal (product) data from disparate and hopefully independent sources. These data may be compared by means of ratios, to […]

Resource model to accommodate narrow vein mining risks

Resource model to accommodate narrow vein mining risks

Published 22 February, 2016 by AMC Consultants on LinkedIn. Comment by Mike O’Brien, Senior Principal Consultant, P.Geo., Pr.Sci.Nat. This webinar video by AMC Consultants shows a really good summary of narrow vein mining risks. It’s food for thought when contemplating building resource models flexible enough to accommodate the eventual requirement of including dilution and selective mining […]

Beyond the ranges…

Beyond the ranges…

Published February 22, 2016 Author: Mike O’Brien, Senior Principal Consultant, P.Geo., Pr.Sci.Nat. In this extract from Rudyard Kipling’s The Explorer, a voice cries out to exploration geologists. “Something hidden. Go and find it. Go and look behind the Ranges – Something lost behind the Ranges. Lost and waiting for you. Go!” Many things have changed in the exploration business […]

A Three Letter Word that Sank a Thousand Mineral Projects

A Three Letter Word that Sank a Thousand Mineral Projects

Published February 19, 2016 Author: Mike O’Brien, Senior Principal Consultant, P.Geo., Pr.Sci.Nat. ‘AND’ is a logic gate that sneaks up on mineral projects and destroys their value. ‘AND’ is a logical conjunction and, to grossly simplify, it implies the outcome of applying a series of factors in combination is only positive if each of the series of factors is […]

Into space: On the Starship Enterprise or the Millennium Falcon?

Into space: On the Starship Enterprise or the Millennium Falcon?

Published February 10, 2016 Author: Mike O’Brien, Senior Principal Consultant, P.Geo., Pr.Sci.Nat. Despite the difficulties besetting the terrestrial mineral industry, there is a persistent and growing interest in exploiting other bodies in the solar system. A number of companies are developing plans to exploit minerals, water and hydrocarbons associated with asteroids. As we know from this […]

Dimensions and Decisions: Mineral Resource Risk

Dimensions and Decisions: Mineral Resource Risk

Published January 18, 2016 Author: Mike O’Brien, Senior Principal Consultant, P.Geo., Pr.Sci.Nat. Mineral Resources and Reserves are not easy things to define. Qualified Persons (QP – NI43-101) and Competent Persons (CP – JORC, SAMREC etc.) exist to do difficult things independently and provide a level of comfort to investors, clients and regulatory authorities. During the exploration […]