Short Courses & Field Trips






















Using the Standardized Reclamation Cost Estimator (SRCE) Version 2.0 Effectively
Cost $600
Instructor: Jeff Parshley, P.G., C.P.G., C.E.M. Group Chairman, SRK Consulting (U.S.), Inc., Reno, NV
The Standardized Reclamation Cost Estimator (SRCE) is a public domain Microsoft Excel-based tool that can be used to calculate mine closure costs. The SRCE uses straightforward user input to create a first-principles estimate of closure costs. A state-specific version is currently used in Nevada by most of the mines and another version is available for use in other states and internationally.
This two-day short course is designed to introduce the SRCE and provide hands-on training to persons interested in using the tool. Instructors will use a combination of teaching tools including hands-on examples, to familiarize attendees with the components of the model, and provide short-cuts and tips to help them make effective use of the tool. Advanced topics will include how to create custom calculations within the SRCE and integrate the results from other closure cost estimating tools into the SRCE to create an all-inclusive closure cost estimate.
We will be using a beta version of the new SRCE 2.0 for the short course. This version has a number of new features including the ability to perform detailed scheduling of costs, filtering by location, area and project phase.
Attendees will need to bring a laptop computer and engineering scale for the hands-on exercises.

Mine Waste Management, Tailings and Waste Rock – Technologies and Techniques
Cost $600
Instructors: Ibrahim Karajeh, Service Leader, Design and Pierre Primeau, Sr., Process Engineer, Golder Associates Ltd., Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Mine waste management is an integral part of mining operations. Different strategies for the management of tailings and waste rock are being developed to mitigate environmental impacts, decrease costs and help reach the mining company’s sustainability goals. The intent of this workshop is to provide the audience with the latest technologies and techniques in mine waste management.
The workshop will first present the current concepts employed in today’s modern mines to manage tailings; process tailings to different dewatered states, to a thickened non-segregating, paste or filter cake consistency. The workshop will then show how these processed tailings can be deposited in pit or combined with waste rock in some cases in co-disposal, co-mingling and paste rock applications. Strategic planning for closure and dam stability will form a part of these discussions. The advantages and disadvantages of these mine waste disposal techniques will be discussed along with the technologies required to process the tailings and waste rock. Current trends in backfilling will also be a topic within this workshop. Case studies will be used to demonstrate the advantages of these techniques. Emphasis will be on the practical aspects of the mine waste facility and tailings processing plant operations, systems and procedures, based on our experience in design, construction, commissioning and operation of such systems.
The design of mine waste management systems involves a multi-disciplinary team. On the deposition side, on site selection, dam design and water management, expertise in the areas of geochemistry, hydrology, water resources, hydrogeology and geotechnical engineering are required, with careful consideration on the environmental and social aspects of the mine waste facility. On the tailings processing side with transporting and dewatering tailings, a diverse team of engineers, fully conversant in process, mechanical, pipeline, electrical, instrumentation and structural engineering is required. In all cases, a thorough understanding of the tailings and waste rock properties is essential to the successful, holistic implementation of the mine waste solution.

Minimizing Permitting Pitfalls & Delays on Federal Lands
Cost: $350
Instructors: Kevin L. Johnson, Geologist, Minerals and Geology Management (CNO) – Regions 5 and 6, Grants Pass, OR and Adam Merrill, Geologist at Bureau of Land Management,Springfield, Virginia
This two-day workshop will cover permitting requirements and Plans of Operations under the Forest Service’s 36 CFR 228A regulations and the BLM’s 43 CFR 3809 regulations. The first day will cover the basic regulatory requirements. Presenters will then cover specific aspects of the process, including suggestions for minimizing, if not avoiding, permitting pitfalls.
On the second day, presenters will discuss their experience with the permitting process, specifically focusing on what went wrong and what worked. The workshop will close with a joint industry/regulatory panel.

1-Day short courses

Understanding and Running an Effective QA/QC Program
Cost: $300
Instructor: Todd McCracken, Manager – Mining, WSP Canada, Inc., Sudbury, ONT CANADA
Your project has a QA/QC program, but is it effective and does it meet the standards of best industry practice? This full day course examines various components of an effective QA/QC program, and will concentrate on how to setup and run a program in the real world.
Topics will include an in-depth look at data management, drilling, sampling, specific gravity and analytical QA/QC, including how to select a laboratory and the use of Blanks, Duplicates and Standards in the program.
Real examples of effective programs will be presented to the group with an active discussion on what should be considered minimum requirements. Tricks of the trade and cost effective solutions will be presented throughout the course. Participants will be encouraged to engage in discussions throughout the course.
U.S. Mining Law One Day Short Course
Cost $300
Course Organizer: R. Craig Johnson, Parsons Behle & Latimer, Salt Lake City, UT
This full-day course contains a comprehensive overview of the mining law in the United States relating to the acquisition, exploration, development, operation and closure of hard rock mining projects. The course provides in-depth coverage of types of land and mineral ownership in the U.S., types of mineral claims, historical and current issues under the General Mining Law of 1872, the process and issues involved in obtaining, holding and financing mineral tenures, an overview of environmental permitting, acquiring power, and an overview of water law in the western U.S. The course includes an overview of the typical methods for entering into exploration and development joint venture arrangements, including the revised Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation “Form 5” limited liability company agreement, lease, purchase and sale of exploration and mining project issues, and a discussion of the standard royalty mechanisms including net smelter return and net profits interest royalties. The course also covers current significant environmental issues in the exploration and development of operations, including key air and water discharge issues, environmental impact statements, permitting of tailings facilities, bonding, and mine closure and reclamation issues. The course is ideal for persons who are interested in acquiring mining projects in the U.S., or simply wish to have a refresher on key concepts.


Designing for No More Lousy PowerPoint Slides
Cost $150
Instructors: Eric S. Cheney, Professor Emeritus, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA and Eric A. Cheney, CFP, Turman Financial, Corvallis OR
Learn how to prepare presentations that will keep the audience interested. The first half of the class will be classroom discussion on building presentations and public speaking. The second half will be hands-on learning. Basic knowledge of PowerPoint is required for this class. Come to class with your laptop and 4 slides that you have prepared that include text and illustrations.


Fundamentals of Mineral & Metallurgical Processing
Cost: $300
Instructors: Eur-Ing Dr. Corby G. Anderson QP CENG FIMMM FICHEME, Harrison Western Professor, Kroll Institute for Extractive Metallurgy, George S. Ansell Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO and Dr. Courtney Young, QP, Department Head and Lewis S. Prater Distinguished Professor, Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, Montana Tech, Butte, MT
This short course is open to anyone wanting to learn about mineral processing and extractive metallurgy operations. It is particularly good as a refresher or introductory course. In this regard, the course begins with simple concepts such as sampling, analysis (mineralogical, chemical and size), material balances and smelter schedules. It then introduces attendees to processing methods and equipment, particularly those utilized in the mining industry (but also the recycling industry as well). Various unit operations are reviewed including comminution (crushing, grinding, screening and classification), mineral separations (flotation, magnetic, gravity and electrostatic), and metal production and purification (hydrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy and electrometallurgy) as well as environmental management (dewatering, tailings disposal, and waste treatment for water, dust and air). Flowsheets of typical operations are reviewed throughout with implications on flowsheet development.
Attendees will need to bring a laptop computer.
MSHA Annual Surface Miner Refresher Course
Cost: $20 Lunch Fee
Instructor: Tim Pruitt, EHS Manager, Boart Longyear Drilling Services, Elko, NV
MSHA Part 48 regulations require that surface mining workers complete a minimum of 8 hours of refresher training each year. This 8 Hour Surface Miner refresher class will do just that. Boart Longyear Drilling Services is offering this class at no cost to you. Prerequisite to this class is participants previously had new miner or refresher class.
Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion (MSHA 5000-23) – good for 1 year.



Agru America, Inc. Fernley Facility Tour
Cost: Price to be announced once final arrangements are made
Organizer: Clark West, Mining Service, Agru America, Inc., Fernley, NV
Agru America has a state of the art polyethylene liner manufacturing plant in Fernley, Nevada less than 30 minutes from Reno/Sparks and invite interested parties to tour the plant taking the raw resin pellets delivered in rail road tankers and extruding them into 23’ wide rolls of liner used extensively in the mining industry for leach pads, tails dams, channels and more recently impermeable closure materials. This is a calendared system well known in the industry for its high quality. The tour will include the manufacture and testing in the GRI/GAI certified in house laboratory and include a short presentation on the company, a detailed demonstration of field seaming, patching and quality control procedures of the materials along with commentary by a quality assurance third party engineer.
AEMA’s Multi-Mine Site Tour
Cost: Price to be announced once final arrangements are made
Organizer: Nick Rauh, Mountain/Midwest Technical Manager, Agru America, Inc., Fernley, NV
American Exploration & Mining Association will be offering a mine tour to four individual mines in the Northern Nevada region. This tour will visit Coeur‘s Rochester Mine, Pershing Gold’s Relief Canyon Mine, Rye Patch Gold’s Florida Canyon Mine, and EP Minerals’ Colado Plant. This is a great opportunity to see firsthand, two world class gold mining operations, a silver mine, and a diatomaceous earth (DE) and perlite facility. We will update this description as we get them.