Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) Annual Conference

February 25 - 28, 2018

Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, MN
United States

The 2018 SME Annual Conference & Expo and 91st Annual Meeting of the SME-MN Section provides a forum for more than 6,000 industry professionals from across the world to share innovative ideas, best practices and cutting-edge research in more than 120 technical sessions along with an expansive marketplace of more than 550 exhibiting companies. HDR will have a presence in the exhibit hall (booth #704), and our technical experts will be presenting at the sessions listed below. Be sure to stop by to say hello!

Monday, February 26 

3:25 p.m.
Social & Political Influence: A Risk that Can Be Managed
Presenter: Tammy Champo, Public Involvement and Relations Manager
Communication technology has changed so dramatically in the last few years that public awareness, and public activism, is shifting. The modern world requires a comprehensive approach to strategic communications planning, long before a public relations crisis presents itself. This presentation will highlight key lessons from high-profile projects and current events and offer a strategy for how to thoughtfully prepare for – and manage – social and political risk in the age of instant news and viral influence.

Tuesday, February 27

9:45 a.m.
Coupled Groundwater-Geochemical Modeling Using PHAST 
Presenter: Mark Velleux, Project Manager
Simulating mine-influenced waters often requires a suite of models whose results drive geochemical calculations to evaluate regional groundwater quality. PHAST can perform three-dimensional reactive transport simulations that couple groundwater flow, solute transport, and multi-component geochemical reactions into one framework. The capability to dynamically simulate reactive transport over the life-cycle and post-closure periods of facilities can improve the ability to cost-effectively plan and manage sites to meet environmental quality objectives.

3:45 p.m.
Own Your Story: Proactive Engagement to Improve Your Reputation
Presenter: Tammy Champo, Public Involvement and Relations Manager
The mining industry has long suffered from negative community perceptions on issues of environmental stewardship, safety performance and long-term economic stability. This presentation will provide a case study example of how one of the world’s most prolific open pit mining operations consistently receives high public approval ratings, despite its proximity to a heavily populated metropolitan area. This presentation will illustrate how a community engagement plan must be in place before a public crisis, and how a robust, multi-faceted approach is increasingly necessary in the modern age.

Wednesday, February 28

10:25 a.m. 
Best Practices for UAV LiDAR Mission Planning 
Presenters: Tobias Wolf, Geospatial Solutions Business Class Lead and David Stanley, Mining Practice Lead
Today it is easier than ever to collect vast amounts of high-quality spatial data through the use of LiDAR paired with Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Mining companies are beginning to discover the breadth of potential value added applications of this technology in their operations. This presentation will feature a systematic approach to preparing a mission plan for the use of UAV/LiDAR combinations. The presentation will also discuss some of the ways mining companies can prepare themselves to appropriately manage the voluminous data that is produced.