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Technical Sessions that Excite


The Annual Meeting of the SME Arizona Conference is proud to present technical sessions hosted by some of the leading innovators and technology in the Southwest region. All technical sessions will be held at JW Marriott Starr Pass Tucson Resort & Spa.


The committee will be considering abstracts covering any/all aspects of the regional minerals and mining industry including, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Environmental
  • Mineral Processing
  • Mining
  • Mexico
  • Geology
  • Mining: Outlook for the Future
  • New Projects


Chair: Robert K. Vince CDM Smith

Rosemont Project Permitting Advancements
Kathy Arnold, Director of Environmental and Regulatory Affairs, Rosemont Copper

#1 and #2 Update – A New Collection System and Waste Water Treatment Plant
Mark Eddy, Environmental Specialist, ASARCO, Jon Nickel, CDM Smith

The Black Butte Copper Project: Doing It Right…From The Beginning
Jerry Zieg, Senior Vice President, Tintina Resources, Inc.

Mining: Outlook for the Future

Session Chair: Volker Spieth, VS Globalmetal, LLC

New Remote Sensing Systems for Improved Planning and Management of Mine Tailings Storage Facilities and Heap Leach Facilities
Manfred Daut,Senior Project Manager, NewFields Mining Design and Technical Services

The ABCs of Mine to Mill and Metal Price Cycles
Tom Bobo, President, Split Engineering

The Laramide Magmatic Arc of Mexico and the Southwestern USA
Martin Valencia-Moreno, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico City

The Natural Resource Policy of Pima County Chuck
Huckelberry, Pima County Administrator

Mineral Processing

Session Chair: Kale Schaub, Freeport

Northwest Extension Pit Drainage
Casey Clayton, Manager of Hydromet, Safford Mine

Balancing Chemistry in a large heap leach stockpile
Rosa Schnebly, Chief Metallurgist, Morenci Mine

Chalcopyrite Leaching in Glycine
Jaeheon Lee, Associate Professor, Mining and Geological Engineering, University of Arizona

Effectiveness of different lixiviants at recovering value from a conichalcite-dominated oxidized Cu-Au ore suite
Isabel F. Barton, Research Scientist, Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources, University of Arizona


Session Chair: Jacob Richey, Independent Mining Consultants

D&B Measurements to Savings: A case study on the benefits of reducing the deviation of blast hole collar location through a new survey process and implementation of a data management system for blast holes
Will Werner, Long Term Planning Engineer, New Gold, Mesquite Mine

A Step Change in Underground Convergence Monitoring: Techniques learned in pit Slope Stability Monitoring Applied Underground
Chris Bijsterveld, Business Manager, Ground Probe North America

New Tablet Capabilities, Interface Approaches, and Internet of Things (IoT) Applied to Fleet Management Systems
Sean Dessureault, President, Misom Technologies Inc.

Frisco Gold Deposit- Mohave County, Arizona - Prelude to Production
Bob Thompson, Independent Geologist./L. J. Bardswich, President, Golden Vertex Corp.


Session Chair: Jonathan Boswell, Anglo American

Chasing copper minerals with copper isotopes in different climates from the tundra to the desert
Ryan Mathur, Professor and Chair of Geology, Juniata College

Porphyry system development in Copper Creek Porphyry District, Arizona
Adam Gorecki, Mineral Exploration Geologist, NARWHAL Exploration

Early Laramide magmatism in southern Arizona; an investigation into the geochronology of pre- and syn-mineralization magmatic events in several key porphyry copper districts
J.D. Mizer, PhD candidate, University of Arizona

The Cukaru Peki Porphyry System, Serbia
Rich Leveille, Sr. V.P. Exploration, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.

New Projects

Session Chair: Randy Huffsmith, AMEC

An Update on the Resolution Copper Project
Kim Huether, General Manager – Studies, Resolution Copper

Rosemont Copper Project
John Zito, Project Manager, Hudbay

Hermosa Project Update
Don Taylor, Chief Operating Officer, Arizona Mining

Lone Star Project Update
Duane Sexton, Project Manager, Freeport McMoRan