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Mining Academy concludes in Kentucky, US

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It was organised by Dyno Nobel, a global leader in commercial explosives, in partnership with Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology, and a global leading supplier of equipment and tools, service and technical solutions for the mining and construction industries.

A variety of subject matter experts presented and led discussions and workshops on all aspects of room and pillar underground mining, with emphasis on drilling, blasting and production, but also extending to topics such as safety, data analytics, and community relations. While the participants reflected the focus on underground stone mining, there were also representatives from salt, coal and metals mines, which contributed to the diversity of discussions and information exchanged.

“This was my first exposure to the Mining Academy”, explained Mike Rispin, Dyno Nobel’s recently appointed VP Underground, “and I can understand why it has garnered its good reputation in such a short time. The preparation and presentation were truly first-class, and it was my honour to co-emcee the event. Based upon feedback from participants, the Mining Academy is a strong value experience for the industry.”

Paul Painter, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology’s Vice President said, “The Mining Academy this year was specifically targeted to room-and-pillar stone production in the US. This was not only a discussion about the end to end process from mine planning to product across the scale, it was also a networking opportunity with known industry experts on best practice and new technology.”

Concluding the programme was the keynote speaker on the final evening, Colonel Mark W. Tillman, Pilot and Commander of Air Force One from 2001-2009, who delivered a recounting of his experiences.

A highlight of the event was the visit to the Rogers Group’s nearby Bullitt County Mine, US, an example of room and pillar mining, where participants were treated to an underground experience complete with various technology demonstrations, as well as a surface demonstration of Electronic Initiation Systems’ capabilities.

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