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University of British Columbia students organize first Canadian student-run mine rescue competition

Mining engineering students from the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) class of 2020 are looking to make a little bit of history this month. The school’s mine rescue club is hosting a student-led competition that will be the first of its kind in Canada. The Canadian Inaugural Mine Rescue Competition will take place Feb. 21 […]
NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: February 21, 2020 @1:59 pm

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The University of British Columbia was declared the winner at the 2020 Goodman Gold Challenge on February 8th!

The University of British Columbia was declared the winner at the 2020 Goodman Gold Challenge on February 8th! The team beat out rival squads from McGill University and the University of Manitoba to take home the win by providing an in-depth analysis of Marathan Gold’s Valentine Gold Project! They went home with the top prize, […]
NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: February 19, 2020 @5:24 pm

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Nadja Kunz Featured in Article

B.C.’s dependency on mining is set to increase in the future, creating a moral dilemma. The need to continue increasingthe output of the mining sector for different materials, clashes with protecting the environment and culture of the areas where the materials are mined. Three associate professors from different schools within the university will come together […]
NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: February 7, 2020 @4:50 pm

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Launch of the International Caving Research Network (ICaRN)

The Deans of the Faculty of Applied Science and the Faculty of Science at The University of British Columbia, together with the Head of Mining Engineering, the Head of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, the Director of Geological Engineering, and the Director of the Mineral Deposit Research Unit, are pleased to announce the formation of […]
NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: January 28, 2020 @5:13 pm

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Alumni Dinner Reminder!

A reminder that the Annual Alumni Dinner will be taking place this Saturday (February 1) at the Fairmont Waterfront (900 Canada Place Way) in the Makenzie Room. There will be a reception at 6.00 and the meal starts at 7.00. It is on one of the banquet room one floor down from the lobby (reached […]
NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: January 28, 2020 @5:08 pm

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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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