Currently in the Canadian mining industry, approximately 16% of roles are filled by women. Furthermore, the mining industry is facing a future labour shortage as a significant proportion of its current workforce is approaching the age of retirement. Underrepresented groups, such as women, can help to fill these projected labour gaps and aid in solving challenges the industry faces, such as digital transformation and sustainable development. However, systemic and culture barriers have prevented women, in particular, from being better represented in the mining industry.
Fault location identification is one of the most common, but challenging, activities that power operators face within industrial plants. Once a fault occurs in the network, protective relays isolate the affected area from the system; then, maintenance crew use special tools and patrol the area to pinpoint the fault. This process may take a lot of time and effort depending on the fault type, detective tools, and cable position.
Hard-rock mining of uranium in Canada's north is challenging and often difficult. Operating risk exposures are heightened when mining in high-grade uranium ore bodies that are exposed to possible flooding from water above the mine. To succeed in this environment Cameco has successfully mechanized their operations and relies on Jet Boring technology.
Electrochemical corrosion is the most common source of plant downtime in the Chemical Processing Industries (CPI); in the Province of Saskatchewan, the Mining Industry plays a very significant role in CPI. Mineral processing plants handle electrolytic and abrasive materials that can cause very significant structural damage due to electrochemical corrosion and wear.
The mining sector plays a huge role in the Saskatchewan economy, in addition to being the largest private sector employer of Aboriginal peoples in the province. It is important economically and socially for the mining workforce to be healthy and productive. Yet we know little about the impacts of physical and mental health on productivity, absenteeism, presenteeism and disability within the industry.
The objective of this research will be to evaluate the ability of a rebar coating strategy to resist chloride induced corrosion and to test its efficacy in mitigating concrete corrosion in potash mill environments. This research project involves a collaboration between academics and the potash industry under the guidance of the International Mineral Innovation Institute (IMII). The academic research team will be able to supply the partner organizations with highly trained HQP with expertise in corrosion and materials science.
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