Behind the Scenes with BryanJul 15, 2021
Episode 140: A conversation with Matthew Gialich from Astroforge
Matt is the co-Founder and CEO at AstroForge, an ambitious company who was partnered with Elon Musk's SpaceX in hopes of mining platinum group metals from a near-earth asteroid. Matt and I discuss this seemingly sci-fi journey into space mining.
Episode 139: A conversation with Marco Arreta
Marco is the Head of Geotechnical Department - Line Creek Operation for Teck Resources. Marco is researching the shear strength characteristics of waste rock and rock fill.
Episode 138: A conversation with Ken Rahal
Episode 137: A conversation with Satish Rao
Satish Rao is a business advisor and a mining expert helping shape the future of sustainable growth for the industrial economy. Currently, he serves as a managing director at Clareo, a global strategy firm, where he focuses on energy, resources, and materials.
Rao helps businesses transform to meet future decarbonization, ESG, sustainability, and growth objectives. He has advised some of the world’s leading resources, energy, and advanced materials companies such as BHP, Rio Tinto, Anglo American, Baker Hughes, BP, Castrol, GE, Exelon, Owens Corning, Boise Cascade, and Essity.
Episode 136: A conversation with Alex Pienaar
Episode 135: Snoop does the tailings rap
Episode 134: A conversation with Michael Ingwersen from Circular Mine
Michael and I primarily discuss the goals of his company, Circular Mine, which is to reduce/eliminate mine waste primarily by finding viable uses for it. You can find out more about Circular Mine at www.Circular Mine.com
Michael spoke about a project with AMIRA that is looking for sponsors. To be a sponsor you need to be a member of AMIRA. If anyone is interested, you could reach out to Silvia Black at email@example.com
Episode 133: A conversation with Walter Weining.
Episode 132: A conversation with Dana Bennett
Dana is the interim president of the Nevada Mining Association. She is also the past president.
Episode 131: A conversation with UCAL Davis student Brahian Roman
Episode 130: A re-broadcast of a conversation with Bill Kappel from Applied Weather Associates
I happened to run into Bill recently in Belo Horizonte. This was a really good episode. Among other things, Bill and I discuss probable maximum precipitation (PMP) estimation, especially in data limited areas. Bill had an article on this topic in The Journal of Dam Safety, Volume 17, Issue 2 of 2020. You can find out more about Bill's company at www.AppliedWeatherAssociates.com
Episode 129: A re-broadcast of my interview on the Mining Minds podcast
In this episode, I am interviewed by the guys at the Mining Minds podcast. Mining Minds are a group of friends in Northeastern Nevada who all work in the mining industry. I highly recommend you listen to their podcast.
Episode 128: A rebroadcast of my interview by Rob Tyson
I was a guest on Rob Tyson's podcast: DIG DEEPER. Here is what we discussed.
Episode 127: a rebroadcast of my conversation with Shawn Steiner
Shawn and I discuss in situ testing
Episode 126: A Conversation with Aniseh Dadashi, PhD student at the University of Alberta
Episode 125: My son interviews me.
In this episode the tables are turned on me, and I let my journalist son ask me the questions for a change.
Episode 124: A conversation with Dale Rucker from HGI
Dale is a hydrogeophysist with HydroGeophysics Inc. We talk about challenges and prizes for using geophysics in mining projects. You can find out more about his company at www.hgiworld.com, or contact him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Episode 123: A conversation with Heather Kaminsky
Heather is with the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). She is the self-professed oil sands "Queen of Clay". She is working towards her own Vision 2030 - where by 2030 fluid fine tailings in oil sands are no longer a concern as reclamation methods will have been found and implemented to return the tailings pond to a useable boreal ecosystem.
Episode 122: A conversation with Sam Rivet from Photosat
Episode 121: A conversation with Dawn Larsen from Epiroc Digital Solutions Canada
Dawn is the Digital Solutions Manager for Epiroc Digital Solutions Canada
To schedule a No-cost Digital Roadmap Strategy Session: email@example.com Contact: Dawn Larsen, Epiroc Digital Solutions Canada 1-249-377-9983
HudBay: Increased mucking rate by 7% Up to 15% increase in productivity
Fosterville: Expects to cut half the time off evacuations with Epiroc Digital Solutions’ Mobilaris Emergency Support https://www.epiroc.com/en-ca/customer-stories/2020/mobilaris-at-kirkland-lake-gold
Goldfields: Expect a 12-month ROI on Implementing Digitalization in the Mine https://www.epiroc.com/en-ca/customer-stories/2020/gold-fields-australia-modernization-program
Anglo Ahsanti Gold: +18 % improvement in productivity -38% reduction in lost time with logistics
Software Solutions Discussed in the Podcast:
Mobilaris Situational Awareness: https://www.epiroc.com/en-ca/products/digital-solutions/sustainable-and-safe-operations/mobilaris-situational-awareness
Emergency Support: https://www.epiroc.com/en-ca/products/digital-solutions/sustainable-and-safe-operations/mobilaris-emergency-support
Short Term Interval Control, Planning and Scheduling: https://www.epiroc.com/en-ca/products/digital-solutions/planning-and-scheduling/mobilaris-scheduling
Event Automation: https://www.epiroc.com/en-ca/products/digital-solutions/connected-assets/mobilaris-event-automation
Enterprise Data Integration Platform: MineRP: https://www.minerp.com/enterprise-interoperability
Episode 120: A conversation with Jurgen Hahn from BOKELA
Episode 119: An interview of Nahyan Rana
Nahyan Rana is a PhD candidate at the University of Waterloo and a Geoscientist-in-Training at Klohn Crippen Berger, specializing in Engineering Geology and Remote Sensing for Tailings Dams. He has several publications about tailings. Amongst other thing, we discuss dam breaches and flow failures.
Episode 118: A conversation with Anita Beritson
Anita is a Partner and Director of Recruiting at the recruiting firm Brooks & Nelson LLC. She has a pretty amazing career which she shares with us, as well as a passion for a group she supports strongly, Women in Mining.
Episode 117: A conversation with Abigail Paul from the University of Alberta
Episode 116: A conversation with Haley Schafer
Episode 115: My holiday poem 2022
In this ode to my father, I hope I can evoke some wonderful memories from your own past.
Episode 114: Karen Chovan and Monica Ospina discuss their way of coupling technical and social aspects of tailings management.
Karen and Monica have a different way to couple social and technical aspects of tailings management. They have jointly launched their new Tailings Area of Social Risk (TASR) solution. The method looks to align tailings management with principles of social inclusion and participation, while respecting the scientific process to define the areas of risk.
Episode 113: A conversation with Lois Boxill
Lois is a geotechnical engineer working in the mining industry. Lois and I discuss her ideas on mine closure and much more.
Episode 112: A Conversation with Pascale Rouse from Itasca
Pascale is a geotechnical engineer with a PhD from the University of British Columbia. Pascale worked in academia for several years before joining Itasca. Amongst other things Pascale and I discuss numerical modeling of tailings facilities.
Episode 111: A conversation with Gavan Hunter
Gavan is a geotechnical/dams engineer based in Melborn, Australia. He is now working for himself at Hunter Geotechnical. Hunter and I discuss challenges and rewards of working in the industry.
Episode 110: A conversation with Jorge Macedo
Jorge is an Assistant Professor Geosystems Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. Amongst other things, Jorge and I discuss the TAILENG program.
Episode 109: A conversation with Keith and Anuj from Partners in Performance
Episode 108: A conversation with Marcelo Llano
Episode 107: A conversation with Martin Griffin
Episode 106: A conversation with Arnoud Star Busman from Minehub Technologies
You can find out more about his work at www.minehub.com
Episode 105: A conversation with Dave Amori
Dave is the Vice President, Engineering at EFI Global. As VP of Engineering, Dave is responsible for the oversight of the engineering service line; product delivery, quality, training and mentoring, business development, and executive team liaison. This role also includes teaching continuing education classes to individuals in the insurance, engineering, and architecture industries on topics such as building construction, structural engineering, and building envelope investigations.
Dave and I discuss his career and his role in EFI Global as well as the importance of continuing your education throughout your career.
Episode 104: A conversation about the Fundao TSF with Tim Stark
Timothy D. Stark is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with an expertise in Geotechnical Engineering. Dr. Stark has been conducting interdisciplinary research and teaching on the static and seismic stability of natural and manmade slopes, such as dams, levees, floodwalls, and waste containment facilities, railroad geotechnics, geosynthetics and geomembranes, soil liquefaction during earthquakes, and stabilization and behavior of dredged material containment areas.
In this episode, Tim and I focus our conversation on the Fundao TSF failure and what lessons it has taught us.
Episode 103: A conversation with Juan Ayala, PhD student at the University of Western Australia
"This work presents novel CPT testing in a calibration chamber of mostly contractive silty tailings, the characterization within the critical state mechanics framework using NorSand, and the comparison of the laboratory data with spherical cavity expansion simulation results using CPTwidget. From this comparison exercise with Gold and Platinum tailings, a rescaling equation is proposed to improve the fit between the simulation results and the laboratory data. We hope this work helps to improve the in-situ characterization of tailings storage facilities".
Episode 102: A conversation with Andrea Pezzi and Tomas Bartolini from Diemme Filtration
Episode 101: A conversation with Diana Eck and Josh Vittori of Nexus Environmental Consultants
Episode 100: a conversation with Professor Henry Petroski
Episode 99: A conversation with Franco Oboni of Riskope
Episode 98: A conversation with John Metzger and Lanny Faleide about tailings monitoring
In this episode John and Lanny teach us about a new way to more closely monitor the location of the supernatant pond on your TSF.
You can reach John at www.aamonitoring.net
You can reach Lanny at www.satshot.com
Episode 97: A conversation with my son, Timothy, about NFTs
Episode 96: A conversation with my son, Timothy about crypto currency
In this episode Tim and I discuss many aspects of the confusing world of crypo currency.
Episode 95: A conversation with Elena Zabolotnii
Elena is a geotechnical engineer and Assistant Professor of Civil and Geotechnical Engineering at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Elena and I mostly discuss her new findings of the Mount Polley TSF failure and how that changes the way we need to think about slope stability. This work is the subject of Elena's PhD dissertation. Her summary paper can be found at https://cdnsciencepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1139/cgj-2021-0036
Episode 94: A conversation with Jeff Barrett from Geokon
Episode 93: A conversation with Cristina Vulpe
Cristina is a Research Fellow (Geotechnical Engineering) at The University of Western Australia, and is part on the MIRA project, which is looking into instrumentation and monitoring for tailings facilities.