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.
Program Chair: Omar Felix, Environmental Engineer, SRK Consulting
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Monday December 3, 2018 | 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Pillar Design and Evaluation – Session 1 (20 Minute Presentation+ 3 min Q & A)
Chair: Jesus Romero, Senior Engineer, Golder
Design and Construction of Innovative Stormwater Conveyance at the ASARCO Ray Mine: Dennis Tucker, Principal-in-Charge, Arcadis
Resolution’s West Plant Site: Cleaning Up the Past to Prepare for Tomorrow: Casey McKeon, Environmental Manager, Rio Tinto
UA Center for Environmentally Sustainable Mining and the Industry Revegetation Research Cooperative Model: Julia Nelson, Associate Research Professor, University of Arizona
Bench to Build: Developing a Non-biological Selenium Treatment Technology: David Kratochvil, President, BQE Water
Chair: Ivan Guerrero, Metallurgist, Freeport-McMoRan
Air Injection System Impacts on Industrial Chalcocite Heap Leaching: Thien Vethosodsakda, Senior Metallurgist, Freeport-McMoRan Morenci Operations
Resolution Copper Process Plant: Anita Marks Principal Advisor Processing, Rio Tinto
Heap Leach Hydrodynamics: Amado Guzman, President, HydroGeoSense
Copper-Cobalt Ores and Leaching Characteristics at the Tenke-Fungurume District, Central African Copperbelt: Isabel Barton, Assistant Professor, Department of Mining and Geological Engineering, University of Arizona
Chair: Jason Solomon, President, Brisance Blasting Intelligence
Challenges of a Small Operator – Mining Specialty Low Volume Mineral Products: Dan Eyde, CEO, Saint Cloud Mining
Managing Risk, Successes vs. Failure: John Marek, President and Principal Engineer, Independent Mining Consultants
Monitoring and Tracking Worker Health and Safety: Moe Momayez, Professor, Department of Mining and Geological Engineering, University of Arizona
Slope Design vs As-built Reconciliation for Wall Control: Johnny Lyons Baral, Senior Applications Engineer Product Management, Hexagon Mining
Monday December 3, 2018 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
MINING: OUTLOOK FOR THE FUTURE
Chair: Tom BoBo, Director Technical Sale Marketing, Split Engineering LLC
The Future of Mining Education: Innovation, Engagement, and Global Reach: John Kemeny Professor and Head, Department of Mining and Geological Engineering, University of Arizona
The Effects of Consistency and Variability in Mining Operations: Metin Yildirim, Market Professional and Joe Skerik, Mining Technology Application Specialist, Caterpillar Inc.
The evolution of remote excavation monitoring tools: the latest in laser scanning technology: Benjamin D. Haugen, Sr. Geotechnical Solutions Engineer, Maptek North America
Interoperable Blast Engineering Solution: Seth Gering, Product Manager, Hexagon Mining
Chair: John Porter, Senior Resource Geologist, Agnico Eagle
Terrestrial LiDAR-based, digital geotechnical cell mapping: Josh A. Cobb, Geological/Reserves Modeler, Freeport McMoRan and Neil A. Goncalves, Senior Geologist, Mine Solutions, Maptek
Exploration of the Sunnyside Property, Santa Cruz county, Arizona: Carl Schnell, Chief Geologist, Barksdale CapitalPractical Application of Folio-Style Field Mapping Techniques using Tablets: Maureen Moore, Geologist II, Maptek
Chair: Fernando Oviedo, Mexico Mine Site Exploration Manager, Agnico Eagle
Orogenic Gold Deposit, Mexico´s Endowment and Future Development in Altar Trend, Sonora: Matt Gray, President, Resource Geosciences of Mexico
Santa Elena Mine a First Majestic Silver Corp´s Success: Jose Fernando Martinez, Santa Elena Mine, General Manger, First Majestic Silver Corp.
Effective Community Relation in Mining Industry: Gildardo Montenegro, Sustainability Manager, La India Mine, Agnico Eagle Mexico
Monitoring Process of Surface and Underground Water of the Sonora River, After the 2014 Pregnant-water Spill: Francisco Queral, Geochemistry and Mineralogy Consultant, Resource Geosciences of Mexico
Monday December 3, 2018 | 3:15 pm
Chair: Maren Henley, Senior Geological Engineer, Wood Environment and Infrastructure Solutions
Financing Small Godl Mines Using an ICO/Blockchain Approach: Joseph Carrabba
In-Situ Copper Recovery in Florence: An update on Florence Copper's Production Test Facility: Dan Johnson, V.P. and General Manager, Florence Copper Inc.
New Ray Mine Tailings Storage Facility Project Update: James M. Stewart, Regional Tailings Operations Manager, Asarco