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Hi, I’m Simon Jowitt, and I’m an Assistant Professor in Economic Geology at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (you can also find me on twitter here). I’ve done a lot of work on global metal resources, mineral economics, critical metals and the potential resources represented by and located within mining waste. This is in addition to more traditional economic geology research looking at the processes that form mineral deposits and how we can use knowledge of these processes to find new mineral deposits. Good to meet you all, and thanks for the invite @NickAzer.



Dear Sir/Madam,

Kindly, find the link of my book as follows for your perusal:

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

R.P. Singh
Associate Professor, Dept. of Mining Engg., IIT(BHU), Varanasi

Thank you @SimonJowitt and @RPSINGH! We have a few new discussions in Key Issues we’d love any ideas, links, examples you might have for these threads: And thank you @akb for your thoughts on in-situ extraction and waste!

Hi everyone. I’m Cliff Edwards, Chief Innovation Officer of Envisioning Labs, an innovation consultancy in Vancouver, BC. We recently put our minds to the inefficient comminution process in mining and the mine tailings waste issue, and gained some industry and government recognition for the two innovation concepts we have put forward so far. We were a semi-finalist in GoldCorp’s 2019 DisruptMining innovation competition that recepty completed in Toronto for the tailings innovation we proposed, and won another innovation award on this idea from a large iron mining and steel making company based in Europe. We are also about to embark on an R&D project for the Canadian government on reducing the energy of rock comminution (crushing and grinding).

I think the ideas we have put forward so far have a number of common elements with the goals of the zero-waste mining XPrize goals, and I will add some comments on this to the forum sections. We would love to take on more mining innovation given the large environmental and social impacts that can come from making improvements in this sector, and look forward to participating in this community and helping achieve zero-waste mining.

Hi everyone! I´m José Ignacio, Head of Office of Clean Energy for the Andean Countries (Chile, Argentina, Perú and Brazil) for the multinational engineering and construction Scottish firm Wood Plc. We have an extensive track record of more than 200 GW of advisory, engineering and construction for renewable projects (solar, wind, storage and tidal). Our company, as well, work very close with the mining and environmental industry (doing pre-feed, feed and EPC projects for a range of minerals), we have recently develop a cost optimization tool for renewable power integration into mining processes, which can be further extended to create a zero waste and emissions free mining industry. Our goal is to create a fully autonomous, a hundred percent renewable powered and zero waste mining industry.
I´m based in Santiago, Chile and our team here will be looking forward to this community so we can further create green value and reach the above mentioned goals.

@jofuenza Thanks for joining our community! The work you do sounds fascinating, and so important. Our team was just in Santiago as well for the CESCO conference, and there was a lot of exciting collaboration on our prize design. Hopefully we’ll be able to post some news soon!

Hello everyone. I am Jorge Vargas, and I am pretty excited about collaborating in this community. I am currently working at Sernageomin a regulatory organization at the chilean mining activity. I am a mechanical engineer and I hold a master of science degree from the Colorado School of Mines. I have extensive experience in managing Mining and Oil and Gas Engineering Projects in different places of the world and optimizing processes through six sigma methodology. Modelling and optimizing processes are my areas of interest so I will be glad of collaborating with my skills in the challenge of implementing the visión of zero waste mining.

Thank you @Jorgevargas @jofuenza and @cedwards - it’s great having you here! We have a new discussion this week - on the barriers to innovation - that also might be of interest!

Hello all, my name is Nathan Manser, I am a lecturer of mining and geological engineering at Michigan Technological University. I am currently teaching courses and conducting research related to the sustainable future of mining at the intersection of automation and artificial intelligence. I have ten years of experience as a mining systems engineer within the industrial minerals and aggregates industry in the United States.

@ndmanser Prof. Manser, great to have you in the community! I think your knowledge of sustainable mining technology is going to be very valuable as we refine our prize direction and determine our technical parameters for the competition. We’re looking forward to your input!

Welcome, Nathan, Jorge, and Jose! @ndmanser @Jorgevargas @jofuenza We have a new discussion on barriers to innovation, as well as a topic on preventing mine tailings - we’d love to see your feedback and ideas on those discussions when you have a moment! We’ll also be posting new discussions soon :slight_smile:

I am Mirja Illikainen, professor and research unit leader from University of Oulu, Finland. My research interest is in utilization of mine tailings in geopolymer (alkali-activated) materials . The idea is to use tailings as construction materials, for backfilling or for cover layers for tailings. We are also interested in stabilization of harmful substances in inorganic binding systems.

I am interested in discussion and collaboration in this field!

My short biography is here: Mirja Illikainen | University of Oulu

@millikai We’re very excited to have you in the community! All of our research is telling us that the repurposing and extraction of value from tailings is going to be an extremely important strategy for solving the problem of mining waste. We’re always interested to learn about new efforts to develop this technology, and we’re looking forward to your input going forward.

Hello, my name is Rafael Santos, I am Assistant Professor at the University of Guelph in Canada. I have been working on waste valorization for several years, looking to turn wastes into carbon sinks, building materials, adsorbents, soil amendments, and extracting metals from them. My present approach to developing processes to achieve these goals involves combining process intensification and industrial symbiosis strategies.

Hi all - we have a new section for discussion called Competition Directions! And the first topic there about the possibility of Mining without Mining. We would love to see your feedback there as we develop towards this next phase of the Prize Design! [spoiler]@santosr @millikai @ndmanser @Jorgevargas @jofuenza @cedwards @RPSINGH @SimonJowitt @akb @Moussa @jortiz @Simit @declan @jonellermann @CharlesNyabeze [/spoiler]

Hello everyone, my name is Alexander Hazbun. I was working at the National Council of Innovation and Development of Chile in 2015 when I was part of the founder team of this initiative. Very proud that today our project is a reality that could reinvent one of the world’s largest industry.
Regarding my background, I am Engineer (UC) and Master in Public Policy (Columbia University). Currently I am Founder/Managing Partner of Inventures, which is a company that supports organizations to develop their digital transformation projects. I am also lecturer of Innovation in Universidad de los Andes of Chile.
It is an honor to be part of this community!

@alexhazbun Great to have you back in the XPRIZE community! We’ve made a lot of progress on the Prize Design in just the past week and many of the technical and judging-related details are starting to come together. We’ll be posting some of that information for comment soon, and we’re looking forward to feedback from you and everyone else in the community!

We’re starting to get into an exciting new phase of the project now - Prize Parameters and draft concepts/directions for the competition! @santosr @millikai @ndmanser @Jorgevargas @jofuenza @cedwards @RPSINGH @SimonJowitt @akb @Moussa @jortiz @Simit @declan @jonellermann @CharlesNyabeze Thank you guys for your intros and input so far. Any thoughts you have on the Prize Parameters would be really valuable!

Greetings from Maine. I’m Dave Summers and am now retired after spending 50 years in Rolla, MO where I was on the Mining faculty at what is now Missouri University of Science and Technology. Along the way I ran the Rock Mechanics and Explosives Research Center at MS&T for a while, and was involved in the evolution of the application of high-pressure water as it moved from a lab curiosity to the multi-billion dollar industry that it is today (one of those quiet revolutions).

I must confess that were I about 20-years younger I would likely be trying to put a team together to compete, since we were able to demonstrate (often in field applications) several ideas that could help solve the problem. The answers will vary with the answers to some questions, some of which depend on the type of ore, (disseminated in what? Or is it occurring as native metal as found at White Pine in Michigan). Further do we consider the material removed in gaining access to the ore? There is an answer that we applied in excavating the OmniMax theater under the Arch in St Louis, but the use of large blocks of rock in construction is limited (just see how much waste lies around granite quarries). If we leave most of the material underground to provide support is it still counted as waste? (But we still have to take some out to account for the bulking factor.) Lots of challenges, but this could be exciting.