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Powerful presentations at CIM 2016

If you’re interested in how to prepare and plan ahead for areas of poorer rock conditions in your project or trends in the EA permitting process, we’ve got two great sessions for you. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
8:30am – 8:55
Rm: 117, Vancouver Convention Centre
1026: Geomechanical Block Model to Evaluate Zone of Lower Rockmass Quality
Authors/Presenters: Denis Thibodeau (Presenting) & Allan Schappert

Geo-statistics have been used for decades to define tons and grades of mineral resources and to develop ore body models for mine design and financial analysis. Geomechanical risk may cause unforeseen issues and derail the best mining plan if not taken into account early in the mine design process. When even limited geomechanical information is available this information can be modelled using simple geo-statistic tools to create a 3-dimentional visual representation of the mine plan and changing rock conditions. These models can be used to indicate areas of concern within the footprint of the proposed mine allowing the miners to plan ahead for areas of poorer rock conditions.

This paper will present the techniques used to establish a geomechanical model for a proposed mine decline based on ten diamond drill holes geomechanically logged for the Barton Q and Bieniawski Rock Mass Rating.

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
8:55am – 9:20am
Rm: 121, Vancouver Convention Centre
1115: The Weak Link in EIA Effectiveness: Challenges in Process Administration
Authors/Presenters: Jeffrey Barnes & John Boyle (ORION Environmental Planning & Assessment)

EIA effectiveness in Canada is being negatively affected in part by the limited capacity of government officials managing EIA processes, and the evolving bureaucratic systems they work within, that are resulting in an increasing emphasis on the administration of detailed process steps and a decreasing emphasis on the application of the discretion and informed judgement necessary to achieve the primary goals of EIA effectively and efficiently. Three trends are particularly troubling. The use of standard, generic EIS Guidelines, not based on accepted project descriptions, is leading to broadly-scoped, ill-focused EISs and much time and resources wasted on analyzing, and asking and answering questions about, factors which are inconsequential to the EIA decision. A related issue is numerous information requests (IRs), often in multiple rounds, from government and intervenors that are not screened for duplication, their relevance to understanding the environmental effects of a project, or their relevance to EIA decision-making. These result in the excessive use of “stop-clock time” while all IRs are answered and “issues” resolved, thereby unreasonably extending project review timelines. The central drivers for these trends are a lack of administrator capacity or willingness to manage rather than avoid or minimize risk and a consequent predilection of EIA administrators to burden proponents with the obligation to make problems go away, thereby minimizing risk, controversy, and uncertainty for themselves and the decision-makers they serve. This tendency is transforming the prime EIA objective into minimizing risk for the administrators rather than ensuring project assessments focus on, and resolve in an efficient and effective manner, key issues that affect EIA decisions. To counteract these trends, much improved training and mentoring of EIA administrators and their technical advisors is a high priority. Also important is for the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency to ensure that sufficient resources are devoted to tailoring EIS Guidelines to suit each project and its setting. As well, regulations or guidance should prescribe just one round of IRs, with perhaps another round of subsequent questions of clarification. These approaches would have the salutary benefit of concentrating the minds of EIA administrators, their technical advisors, and the public and Aboriginal interveners on key issues relevant to making an EIA decision. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
14:00pm - 16:05pm
Rm: 117, Vancouver Convention Centre
Rock Mechanics 4
Session Chair: Denis Thibodeau  

*Please refer to CIM’s official Technical Program Live Schedule for the most up to date information around session rooms and times.

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