Treading lightly on the landscape
Happy new year guys!
I’m super excited to be opening 2021 with an article on the topic of precision mining. It’s a subject I’ve been sitting on for nearly a year following a chance meeting on Linkedin. And it’s one that makes complete sense given, not only the need for more conscious and responsible mining practices, but also – I think – the need to reimagine the way we mine.
That meeting was with Dustin Angelo, CEO of Novamera. His company has developed a suite of drilling and visualisation technologies that allow the surgical extraction of ore from the ground, leaving the surrounding areas untouched and unaffected. Dustin’s interview will go live on the blog next week and it’s worth a read.
Of course, precision mining techniques won’t be applicable at every operation, but the ‘take only what you need, leave no trace’ philosophy can be applied in many other ways too. For instance, improving operational energy efficiency, working towards zero waste and minimising the impact of waste that we must produce, progressively rehabilitating sites, using small-scale, mobile equipment and processes… You get the gist.
That's why I have themed January around how to tread lightly on the landscape. This isn’t a one solution for all our problems kinda situation.
If this has sparked your interest and you want some further reading, check out Newcrest’s selective approach to mining and processing; they’re doing some pretty cool stuff, as are BHP and Mining3.
And hit me up with your own recommendations. I’m always looking to learn something new.
Here’s to another year of interesting and educational reading all round