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AUGUST 2017 • E&MJ 1 www.e-mj.com AUGUST 2017 • VOL 218 • NUMBER 8 FEATURES Consolidation Continues; Output Rises With last year's wildfi res overcome, Canada's oil sands industry is continuing its growth trend, while foreign producers have second thoughts and product transport infrastructure remains on the critical path .........................................24 Block Cave Ops Benefi t From Real-time Data Proven monitoring systems help underground miners envision the previously unforeseeable, forge plans, streamline processes and cut costs .......................32 Modern Burn Cut Design ............................................................................... 36 New OTR Tires to Run Cooler, Longer as Suppliers Crunch Data From Afar Tire manufacturers and solutions suppliers now offer technologies that allow them to track performance in real time and double as consultants ...... 40 Diverter Valves Optimize Backfi ll Operations New design sets the standard for backfi ll system diversion ........................... 44 Small But Mighty: Pneumatic Actuator Sizing and Selection Simplifi ed In mines and mills, installation space is often at a premium for pneumatic actuators used in valve automation ............................................. 46 Mine Safety Moves to the Digital Domain Electronic data collection, drawing information from myriad sources ranging from 'wearable tech' to sensors on the largest production equipment, is making real-time worker safety guidance and incident intervention possible ...48 Technology Alone Won't Keep Workers Safe Smart design, adequate training and an operator's fi tness for the job are critical to safety success.......................................................................... 51 Special Report: Mining in Peru The country emerges from the low cycle as the world's second largest copper producer ............................................................................................. 53 LEADING DEVELOPMENTS Washington Acquires Dominion Diamond ..........................................................4 Land Exchange Bill Introduced for PolyMet........................................................4 Rio Tinto Signs MOU With Serbia for Jadar Project ............................................5 Zwane Suspends South African Mining Charter ................................................5 AROUND THE WORLD U.S. & Canada: Pretium Pours First Gold at Brucejack ......................................6 Latin America: Guatemalan Lower Court Issues Ruling on Escobal Mining License ............................................................................................... 10 Australia/Oceania: BHP Upgrading Smelter Operations at Olympic Dam ...... 12 Africa: Tanzania Slaps Huge Tax Bill on Acacia.............................................. 14 Asia: Eldorado Provides Update on Ki ladağ ................................................. 16 Exploration Roundup: Iamgold Continues to Hit High-grade at Monster Lake ...18 This month, E&MJ looks at a few of the new tools miners are using to monitor production activities underground. On the cover, miners install a rock bolt on a development drive at the George Fisher mine in northwest Queensland, Australia (Photo: Glencore). DEPARTMENTS Calendar ...................................................... 22 Classifi ed Advertisements ............................ 94 Equipment Gallery ........................................ 91 From the Editor................................................2 Markets ........................................................ 96 Operating Strategies .................................... 82 People .............................................................8 Processing Solutions .................................... 88 Suppliers Report........................................... 85 This Month in Coal ....................................... 20

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