SME draws more than 6,700 to its annual meeting
During the closing banquet dinner on Wednesday night, 2013 SME President Jessica Kogel turned over the reigns of the Society to incoming president John O. Marsden. Marsden has set an agenda for 2014 that includes focused attention on health and safety and SME’s role in that arena; education sustainability and how the Society can assist the mining and metals industry with this important issue; global outreach by the Society and communication to members and other stakeholders. A full interview with Marsden will be published in the March issue of Mining Engineering and available at me.smenet.org.
The conference included more than 90 technical sessions with more than 670 presentations that covered the breadth of the mining industry including some two well-attended sessions about the landslide at the Bingham Canyon Mine near Salt Lake City.
On April 10, 2013 nearly 145 million tons of material broke loose creating a landslide, the Manefay Slide, that not only covered a majority of the ore, cut off large equipment access to the mine and destroyed equipment but was so big that it also triggered 16 earthquakes.
Despite the size of the Manefay Slide no lives were lost and no injuries were suffered as a result of the Manefay Slide because of the geotechnical monitoring and operations response planning that occurred beforehand.
Brad Ross from Kennecott Utah Copper chaired the sessions that covered the issue at length.
This issue will also be the focus of an upcoming SME Webinar on March 11.
Among the other programming highlights was Water in Mineral Processing symposium that included a keynote address and two sessions covering the issue of sustainable water for the industry.
The conference was kicked off with an interesting keynote session titled "Community Engagement: Building Partnerships for Mining.”
SME’s commitment to environmental and health and safety programming was reinforced at the meeting with 19 health and safety session and more than 20 environmental sessions. There was also more than 20 coal sessions covering all aspects of coal mining.
Look for more coverage of the 2014 SME Annual Meeting in the April issue of Mining Engineering.