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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)

Sponsored by Ruen Drilling

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, Resolution Copper

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


Sponsored by ASARCO

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


Sponsored by Independent Mining Consultants

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 Engineer, Hexagon Mining



Monday December 3, 2018 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Sponsored by Hexagon Mining

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 Capital

Practical Application of Folio-Style Field Mapping Techniques using Tablets: Maureen Moore, Geologist II, Maptek


Sponsored by SRK Consulting

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 The 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 Querol, Geochemistry and Mineralogy Consultant, Resource Geosciences of Mexico


Monday December 3, 2018 | 3:15 pm

Sponsored by WOOD PLC

Chair: Maren Henley, Senior Geological Engineer, Wood Environment and Infrastructure Solutions

Financing Small Gold Mines Using an ICO/Blockchain Approach: Joseph Carrabba, Chairman, Oro Bueno Corporation

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, LLC