Pre-concentration of Mount Polley copper ore

A previous feasibility study performed at UBC on the Mount Polly samples showed that dense media separation gave copper recoveries of 95.8% at a specific gravity of 2.9. The purpose of this research project is to confirm the applicability of dense media separation for Mount Polley ore preconcentration.

Industry & University Partnership in Developing Highly Qualified People to Address the Human Resources Challenge of the Global Mining Industry

There is a global human resources shortage in the mining industry due to a number of factors including demographics affecting supply and projected production growth affecting demand. Companies are struggling to develop and retain Highly Qualified People (HQP) who are essential to the successful operation of their business. HQP have an invaluable combination of technical post-secondary education and lengthy industry experience which takes many years to achieve.

Development and Calibration of DEM Materials Based on Rock Penetration Drillibility Parameters

Distinct Element Models (DEM) are a class of material models that represent the material as a domain of small elastic balls bonded by non-linear elastic springs with defined shear and tensile bond strengths. A part of this internship is a follow up work based on work done by another member of Advanced Drilling Group (ADG) member during his internship which was focused on researching a number of rock analogue materials and measuring 8 drilibility parameters, proposed by Baker-Hughes [2], for them.

Occurrence of the Timiskaming-type sedimentary rocks in the North Caribou Greenstone belt

Jason Duff, who is completing MSc program at the University of Ottawa, recently found evidence for sedimentary rocks in the North Caribou greenstone belt that are 2680 million years old, younger than other rocks in the belt. The rocks elsewhere in the belt contain 3.0 billion year sedimentary and volcanic rocks including the host rocks for the Musselwhite mine.

Optimization of Mont-Wright open pit mine planning and design using an integrated Geostatistical-Geomechanical approach

This research project aims to develop an integrated geostatistical-geomechanical approach to address the spatial distribution of rock mass mechanical properties, for use in optimization of Mont- Wright open pit mine planning and design. This approach allows a better understanding of rock mass conditions based on limited sampling locations.

The Search for Unconventional Ores at the Sudbury Structure: Offset Dyke and Sudbury Breccia-Hosted Deposits

The Ni–Cu ores of the Sudbury region were first discovered in 1883. Since then, Sudbury has grown to be the richest mining district in North America. Sudbury represents the site of a meteorite impact structure originally greater than 200 km in diameter and that formed 1.85 billion years ago. Despite the proven and potential economic benefits of resource development at Sudbury, there are still major outstanding questions concerning our understanding of the structure and its ore deposits, in particular the Cu-Ni-PGE deposits in the footwall of the Sudbury Igneous Complex.

The development of a safety assessment model for spent nuclear fuel disposal with special emphasis on radiolytic corrosion of the copper fuel waste container

The project will involve a partnership between the Western University, where the intern is enrolled in the Chemistry PhD program, and the Surface Science Western (SSW). The SSW is a commercial organization which does contract research and problem-solving for industrial companies and is contracted to the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) to support the development of corrosion models for copper waste containers.

Education as a Mechanism to Foster Economic Development of Local Mining Communities

This SEF/MITACS proposal seeks to develop a curriculum about mining and local economic development. The content of the curriculum is divided into two main parts: a) mining life cycle and its phases and b) the opportunities that mining activities can create to local communities.

Variables that affect quality of lime slurry produced in lime slaking reaction

Lime is an inorganic compound also known as Calcium Oxide. It is used as a coagulant (charged solid that helps remove smaller particles from water). It is also used as an acid neutralizer. The purpose of this research project is to quantify the use of lime for lime slurries and lime slaking applications. A lab test for lime slurry reactivity will be developed as a part of this project. Compounds affecting the slaking reaction and rate will also be examined and quantified. The main objective is to determine if slaking temperature can improve the chemical properties and reactivity of lime.

Geomorphic changes in Russell Creek Experimental Watershed following a record rain on snow event

Movement of sediment through landslide activities dominates sediment transport in headwater channels, and exerts a strong control on downstream channel morphology and aquatic habitat. Landslide and debris flow activity in headwater channels is controlled in part by the intensity of precipitation events. At Russell Creek Experimental Watershed on northern Vancouver Island, high resolution, remotely sensed (LiDAR) topographic data is available from both before and after a record rain-on-snow hydroclimatic event.