Engineering & Mining Journal

DEC 2018

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86 E&MJ • DECEMBER 2018 Cementation, recipients of the gold award in the Mining and Natural Resources catego- ry as one of Canada's Safest Employers for 2017, has developed a culture that perme- ates through the organization, assured Roy Slack, president of Cementation Canada. Slack recognizes that innovation is more than just a cost saving measure: "When you talk about innovation, it is not necessar- ily automation, but different processes that take people away from the face or away from the greatest risk. Separating people from the hazards is the next step from a safety stand- point, through remote operation and the de- velopment of processes." Engineering giant Jacobs acquired CH2M Hill for US$3.27 billion in December 2017, and has seen double-digit pro forma revenue and profit growth since the merger came into effect. In September 2018, it was an- nounced that Sirius Potash will continue to move forward with their Wilton project, and Jacobs was awarded the material handling facility (MHF) construction contract, with construction due to start by Spring 2019. Jeremy Okolisan, VP of business development for the Americas for Jacobs MM&T (Mining Minerals & Technology) division, intends to leverage the experience of Jacobs Connected Enterprise (JCE) in sectors such as aerospace, to provide innovative solutions to the mining industry: "We want to adapt and bring these technologies into the mining sector, particu- larly in the areas of automation, control sys- tems, monitoring and cyber security," he said. OEMs making the transition from diesel power to battery electric vehicles In a similar vein to the automotive indus- try, mining equipment is rapidly making the transition from diesel-powered machinery to battery electric vehicles (BEVs). Increasing global emissions standards, the heightened awareness of the threat Nano diesel particu- late matter (nDPM) poses to mine worker's health, in addition to the economic and safe- ty benefits electrical equipment provides, are all factors contributing to an industry-wide push to electrify mining. In February 2018, Sudbury-based RDH Mining Equipment was acquired by SMT Scharf AG from Hamm, Germany, subse- quently creating RDH-Scharf. Gustavo Port- alier, CEO and MD of RDH-Scharf, accredits the Canadian-German alliance for enlarging the company's global footprint and potential to take on more projects, as well as increasing its product line. RDH-Scharf is extending its regional targets by introducing battery tech- nology with CODELCO in Chile, and Gustavo insists that that the adoption of BEVs must be a wholesale change: "There is no point in having one battery-operated machine when there are another ten working with diesel in the same project. This is a change that must happen from the start," he reflected. Another OEM to undergo significant struc- tural changes recently is global giant Epiroc, which listed on the Stockholm Stock Ex- change as a separate entity to Atlas Copco on June 18th 2018. Epiroc collaborates with customers in more than 150 countries, had revenues of US$3.7 billion in 2017, and employs more than 13,000 professionals globally. Epiroc has already achieved over 50,000 hours of automation and interoper- ability – the ability of different information technology systems and software applica- tions to communicate, exchange data, and use the information that has been exchanged – in Canada to date. Jason Smith, general manager of Epiroc Canada, hopes to see the introduction of Epiroc's second generation of BEVs in Canada in 2019. Regarding their development timeline, Smith commented: "The first prototypes of the generation 2.0 BEVs are expected to be coming off our pro- duction lines in Q4 2018, with trials begin- ning in Europe together with our develop- ment mining partner." The services that support the industry Since winning a five-year contract with Vale in 2015, Sudbury-based NATT Safety Ser- vices has focused on providing the full safety package as a turnkey operation – supplying rescue teams, developing rescue plans, per- forming hazard assessments and providing training. Mark Arnold, general manager of NATT Safety Service, divulged on the philos- ophy driving business growth: "We take care of our client's health and safety, so they can focus on their core business," he declared. The mining industry contributes to over 30% of all business for Golder Associates, which provides consulting, design, and con- struction services in earth, environment, and related areas of energy. As mining compa- nies become more aware of water manage- ment issues across the entire mine site, and energy reduction becomes an increasing priority, David Brown, principal of Golder's mine environment division, commented on Golder's intention to expand its presence in Ontario and across Canada: "We are start- ing to see upticks in the market and thus we are also in the process of attaining more staff to meet the industry demands," he said, continuing: "We would like to expand our integrated mine water management and treatment, and climate change and carbon emission reduction services."

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