Engineering & Mining Journal

APR 2018

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NEWS - CONTINUED APRIL 2018 • E&MJ 39 port operations three years. "The team has delivered significant productivity and cost efficiencies at Satui, through innova- tive mine planning and engineering and we will continue this drive in the future," Wright said. The Satui contract involves mining approximately 7 million mt of coal and 83 million bcm of overburden. Haulage & Loading Moves to Tucson A straw poll held during Haulage & Load- ing 2017 (H&L 2017) indicated a need for change. Delegates were unhappy with the pricey venue and thought the techni- cal program could be improved. Exhibi- tors and sponsors were not satisfied with attendance and the timing of the event. Everyone wanted to see more participa- tion from mine operators. Mining Media International purchased the Haulage & Loading conference from SEMCO Publishing in June 2017 and immediately began to make improve- ments. After reviewing several properties in Phoenix and Tucson, MMI selected the El Conquistador resort in Tucson. It was obvious that Tucson wanted our business and the El Conquistador offered an af- fordable venue ($169/night) that suits the conference's needs. H&L 2017 will be held March 10- 13, 2019. Everyone seemed to like the biennial format, but the May timeframe conflicted with other conferences. Hotel rates in Phoenix during March are incred- ibly pricey due to MLB Spring Training. Tucson is delightful during March and just as easy to get to. MMI recruited Dr. Tim Joseph to im- prove the technical program. A popular past speaker and one of a core group of individuals interested in restoring the H&L event, he is the engineering associ- ate dean at the University of Alberta. A Call for Papers advertisement has been announced for H&L 2019. Joseph is reaching out to mine operators, contrac- tors and others to build a timely educa- tional program. The new setting offers the ability to totally reorganize the event. MMI is cur- rently considering an open-floor program that makes the presentations a central focus of the exhibit. In the past, the pre- sentations were held in one room and the exhibit was placed in another room. The exhibitors felt left out and mine operators attending the sessions could bypass the exhibits completely. Now the whole event will take place in one large ballroom. H&L 2019 takes place in a little less than one year. The H&L website (www. has been re- freshed and it presents some of the im- provements. MMI is planning much more and want the readers informed. So, join the subscriber list on the website and, if you would like to speak, help organize, exhibit or sponsor, feel free to send an email to (News-This Month in Coal - from p. 37)

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