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Science expands mining-sector prospects

If you have a mine company with a tailings pond full of coal slurry or a coal deposit that is no longer economic, there could still be value in it. It may contain enough rare earth elements to make it worth processing. And if you have a nickel, diamond or platinum mine, you might be […]
NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: January 15, 2020 @5:06 pm

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Students’ zero unusable waste idea wins first EY Future of Mining challenge

Multidisciplinary student teams from the University of British Columbia were invited to solve the top challenges identified in the 2020 edition of EY Canada Top 10 business risks and opportunities https://magazine.cim.org/en/news/2019/students-zero-unusable-waste-idea-wins-first-ey-future-of-mining-challenge/
NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: January 7, 2020 @6:33 pm

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In memory of Dr. Carroll Oliver Brawner “Chuck”

“In memory of Dr. Carroll Oliver Brawner “Chuck”, Professor Emeritus. Chuck was with the Department as a Professor from 1978 until the end of 1994.” Dr. Carroll Oliver Brawner “Chuck” age 90, passed away peacefully at Cedarview Lodge in North Vancouver on September 28th, 2019. Survived by, and lovingly remembered by his wife, Isabella, children […]
NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: December 20, 2019 @11:55 am

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24th Annual UBC Mining Alumni Dinner

Join UBC Mining students, faculty, and alumni for the 24th Annual UBC Mining Alumni Dinner! Mix and mingle with old friends and new from the Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering. Keynote speaker to be announced shortly. KEYNOTE SPEAKER Greg Brouwer, Vice President, Transformation at Teck Resources WHEN Saturday, February 1, 2020 Reception: 6:00 […]
NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: January 7, 2020 @6:40 pm

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CIM Article on Water and Mining – Nadja and Bern Interviewed

Last August, Centennial Coal in Australia had to transport 725,000 liters of water by rail from one of its mines 40 kilometers down the line to another in a drought-stricken area to avoid having to shut it down. In January, the poor management of waterlogged tailings in Brazil resulted in the deaths of at least […]
NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: December 2, 2019 @2:45 pm

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Characterization and Extraction of Rare Earth Elements from East Kootenay Coalfields – REE BC Coal Project

The Need The rare earth elements are a group of 17 similar metals often found and mined together. They play a critical role in everyday electronic components such as batteries and magnets, renewable energy generation and in defense-related technologies. Traditional rare earth deposits are becoming depleted and are projected to only meet the demand for […]
NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: October 2, 2019 @3:44 pm

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SAVE 50% WHEN YOU BECOME A CIM STUDENT MEMBER

CIM Back to school sale! 50% off Use promo code BACKTOSCHOOL from august 26th to september 9th to join or renew for $10
NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: September 3, 2019 @2:13 pm

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In conversation with Janusz Laskowski

first met Prof. Janusz Laskowski at the 1988 IMPC in Stockholm, and have caught up with him at every IMPC, apart from Moscow, since then, as well as occasional SMEs, and at MEI’s flotation conferences; he was a keynote speaker at Flotation ’15 in Cape Town. Janusz is Professor Emeritus of mineral processing at the […]
NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: July 24, 2019 @9:34 am

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Carlos da Costa is the recipient of an SFU teaching award!

On behalf of the Teaching and Awards Committee at Simon Fraser University, we proudly feature Carlos da Costa in the Teaching Honour Roll for 2018-19, representing the top 10% of teaching evaluations by students in pre-business, and small and large undergraduate and graduate business courses, corrected for small sample sizes. Faculty members have been recognized […]
NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: July 9, 2019 @4:26 pm

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Brazil To Deploy Smart Sensors To Monitor Water Levels At Deadly Mining Dams

The Brazilian state of Minas Gerais – the site of two recent disastrous tailings dams disasters – has inked a Memorandum of Understanding with technology firm Inmarsat providing to provide smart monitoring for the dams. Inmarsat and the Brazilian state will explore several options to “achieve improved awareness and transparency of the tailings dams in […]
NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: June 4, 2019 @9:52 am

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Precious Resources

A new program for Tahltan First Nation youth seeks to involve them in the sustainable development of their ancestral land. In August 2014, the tailings pond at the Mount Polley mine site failed, spilling millions of litres of highly polluted mining waste into Polley Lake and raising the level by 1.5 metres. The slurry continued […]
NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: May 28, 2019 @12:14 pm

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UBC Students Featured as rising stars on the APSC newsletter

Jakob Gattinger – https://apsc.ubc.ca/spotlight/jakob-gattinger Kwan Fung – https://apsc.ubc.ca/spotlight/kwan-fung Nathan Skubovius – https://apsc.ubc.ca/spotlight/nathan-skubovius Veronica Knott – https://apsc.ubc.ca/spotlight/veronica-knott Plus our Sessional Instructor Carlos da Costa is mentioned in the article – FEATURE: Mining for Millennials
NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: May 23, 2019 @4:03 pm

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CIM Institutional Innovation

Over the last five years, the department of engineering at the University of British Columbia has been hiring young professors and researchers who specialize in new technologies. “We have Ilija Miskovic, who is heavily into big data and artificial intelligence, Sanja Miskovic, who uses data to help take mineral processing to the next stage, and […]
NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: May 16, 2019 @11:44 am

NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: March 29, 2019 @4:35 pm

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Mining jobs grow for women, Indigenous people

Veronica Knott grew up with no concept of mining. “We lived in downtown Toronto,” the 25-year-old says. “I could not be further from the mining industry.” That changed in 2015 when, intrigued by what she heard from students and faculty, she switched from materials engineering to mining at the University of British Columbia. This spring […]
NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: March 7, 2019 @5:37 pm

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NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: March 4, 2019 @10:54 am

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UBC Mining Places 1st at Move Mining Competition

The Mine2Me UBC team won First place at the annual Move Mining Competition at SME. Move Mining is an annual competition hosted by SME + MEC where the goal is to change the public perception of mining. Competitors from all over the world can submit a short concept video describing their idea, and only five […]
NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: March 4, 2019 @10:02 am

Influential QS World University Rankings put UBC in top 10 for four subject areas

The University of British Columbia is among a handful of global institutions to rank in the top 50 in 41 of 48 subjects tracked, according to the QS World University Rankings. UBC also ranks among the top 10 universities in the world in four different subjects amongst over 1,200 international universities. “UBC’s performance in this […]
NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: March 1, 2019 @11:37 am

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UBC women’s team won the Mine Rescue Competition in the USA

Placings for UBC: First Overall: UBC Women’s First Aid: First: UBC Women’s Second: UBC Men’s Technician: Second: UBC Women’s (tie w/ one other team) Third: UBC Men’s (tie w/ two other teams) Underground and Incident Command: Second: UBC Women’s Third: UBC Men’s Formed in 2011 by students wishing to actively promote and contribute to industry […]
NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: February 26, 2019 @3:55 pm

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Partnership with Maptek to Provide Software to Students

Professor Arduini of the Mining Engineering Department recently invited Maptek to give a guest lecture to fourth year students working on capstone projects. Following a one-day introductory training course given at the university earlier this year, Maptek was asked to present on more advanced Maptek Vulcan topics. Rather than presenting a formal lecture, Maptek Vancouver-based […]
NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: February 21, 2019 @3:46 pm