The 2018 Spring Convention of the Alaska Miners Associations is scheduled for March 26 to 31, at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks Alaska; an underground MSHA refresher will be held on April 1 at Construction Machinery Incorporated (CMI).  There are 4 short courses scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, March 26 and 27.  The courses will address permitting, mineral deposits, minerals industry agreements, and unmanned vehicles.  The courses are open to the public and will provide valuable information to anyone involved with or interested in the minerals industry.  The MSHA refresher courses for surface and underground mining and are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday March 31 and April 1, respectively.  All courses are open to the public; however, the MSHA courses require conference registration or a $200 fee. 

Monday & Tuesday, March 26-27, 2018 
8am-5pm, lunch included,
 $250

Room TBD, Carlson Center, Fairbanks

2-day Small Mine Permitting and Compliance Monitoring 

Course Chairman: Carolyn Curley, DNR

Course description: This is a two (2) day course scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, March 26 and 27 and is intended to provide the small mines operator with information on permitting and compliance issues that apply to the industry.  Carolyn Curley, DNR, is the chairman of this course and has assembled an impressive list of expert presentations.  This short course is designed to provide small mines operators with information to help them navigate the permitting process and to understand requirements for compliance.  Presenters will cover the gamut of federal, state, and Fairbanks North Star Borough permitting and compliance requirements for mining operations.  In addition, Willa Perlmutter from Stoel Rives, LLP will present MSHA information to help small mines operators understand record-keeping requirements.  The registration cost of this course is $250.  

No refunds after 3/24/18.


Monday March 26, 2018 
8am-5pm, lunch included,
 $150

Room TBD, Carlson Center, Fairbanks

Porphyry Coppers 


Course Chairmen:
 Paul Metz, UAF, and Tom Bundtzen, Pacific Rim Geological

Course description: This is a one (1) day course and is intended to provide the explorer and miner with geologic information about porphyry copper deposits in Alaska.  

Porphyry copper and molybdenum deposits are the major mine sources of both critical and strategic elements. Porphyry deposits are also significant sources of gold, silver, and even PGE elements. Porphyry systems also contain diverse suites of bi-product elements with large variations in the concentrations of these elements.  Some bi-product elements have historically been derived primarily from porphyry systems (tellurium, rhenium) while others have been produced from a variety of mineral deposit types.  Some porphyry systems contain elements that have generally not been recovered as bi-products but with changing demand and concomitant changes in price levels of the elements (cobalt, lithium, tungsten), their delineation and assessment may significantly change the economics of an exploration target.  The focus of this short course is to review the current knowledge of porphyry deposits metallogenesis in Alaska and then assess critical opportunities for both primary and byproduct output.  We will then review other logistic considerations that must be addressed in the design phase of any porphyry exploration program.  Examples of economic analyses of porphyry projects that incorporate revenues from bi-products and the sensitivity of these analyses to alternative logistic requirements during production phases will be presented.

No refunds after 3/24/18.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018 
8am-5pm, lunch included, $150

Room TBD, Carlson Center, Fairbanks

Mineral Property Agreements-101


Course Chairman
Ramona Monroe, Stoel Rives LLP

Course description: This is a one (1) day course and is intended to provide the explorer and miner with information relating to structuring legal agreements used in exploration and mining transactions.  Ramona Monroe, Stoel Rives LLP, is leading this course and has assembled an impressive list of presentations.  Topics will include preliminary agreements, letters of intent, exploration agreements, earn-in and joint ventures, multi-property / owner issues, royalty transactions, and other important information.  

No refunds after 3/24/18.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018 
8am-12pm, lunch not included, $75

Room TBD, Carlson Center, Fairbanks

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in Alaska


Course Chairman:
Dr. Mike Hatfield, UAF

Course description: This is a half-day course and is intended to provide the explorer / miner and with basic, practical information relative to unmanned (drone) operation and applications.  Dr. Mike Hatfield, UAF, is the leader of this course.  The course will cover the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in Alaska by the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Topics will include a broad overview of UAS types, traditional and contemporary applications. Particular focus will be provided on UAS and sensor assets employed by UAF’s Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration (ACUASI) for accomplishment of arctic research and public service missions. A segment will be dedicated to an operator’s perspective of what it takes to fly in Alaska as a public or private party. Finally, a session will cover progress made in unmanned ground vehicle (UGV)/UAS paired operations for mine rescue operations.  

No refunds after 3/24/18.

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Course Chairman & Coordinators

 

Richard Hughes
Short Course Chairman

Mike Hatfield
Unmanned Aircraft Systems in AK
Ramona Monroe
Mineral Property Agreements 101




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Rich is the Managing General Partner of H2T Mine Engineering Services, LLP, Fairbanks, AK providing engineering services to the mining industry. He was a Mining Engineering graduate at the Mackay School of Mines, 1960. Rich has 57 years of placer and hard rock underground and surface mining experience in the United States and Africa. He is a current member & director of the Alaska Miners Association; past Vice President, Statewide President, Director, and the Fairbanks Chapter Chairman of the Alaska Miners Association.

Dr. Hatfield serves in a joint appointment as ACUASI’s Associate Director for Science and Education and as an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering.  Dr. Hatfield is a former USAF officer and received his PhD in electrical/aerospace engineering from UAF in 1999. 

Ramona has over 20 years of experience representing natural resource companies in matters involving title, leasing, transactions, financing, and compliance with state and local government requirements. Ramona prepares title opinions for her resource clients and assists with asset transactions, surface use and access issues, joint ventures, pipeline rights-of-way, financing transactions, exploration and project development matters, and compliance with Alaska’s unique oil and gas regulations. Ramona also represents wind and solar energy developers with respect to leasing and clearing title to obtain financing. Ramona serves as a trustee-at-large of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and chaired the Mining Section of the 2015 Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s Annual Institute in Anchorage. She has been included in The Best Lawyers in America© (currently: Oil & Gas Law), 2018.

Carolyn Curley
Permitting and Compliance Monitoring

Paul Metz
Porphyry Coppers 

Tom Bundtzen 
Porphyry Coppers

 

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Carolyn graduated from UAF in 2006 with a BS in Mining Engineering and a minor in Leadership and Civic Engagement.  She worked at Fort Knox Mine 2006 - 2010 as a mining engineer.  She has worked for DNR, DMLW from 2010 to present.  She has worked in the Water Resources Section and with the Placer Mining unit.  Carolyn currently works in the Mining section on the Large Mines Permitting Team.

Dr. Metz, Ph.D., DIC, CPG, P.G., is a Professor of Geological Engineering, College of Engineering and Mines, University of Alaska Fairbanks and President / Director of Fairbanks Exploration Inc.  Dr. Metz has a B.S. Degree Geological Engineering, Michigan Tech, an M.S. Degree in Economic Geology from UAF, and an MBA with an emphasis in Engineering Economics and Finance from the UAA.  He earned a Ph.D. in Mining Geology at the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, University of London. 

 

Tom Bundtzen owns and operates Pacific Rim Geological Consulting, Inc. (PRGCI), a Fairbanks-based consulting company.  He holds a BSc and MS in Geology from UAF.   He has conducted mineral studies in Alaska, Northwest Canada, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the Russian Federation.  Tom has investigated metalliferous porphyry systems in Alaska and the Russian Far East.  Tom served as senior economic geologist for the Division of Geological & Geophysical Survey for 25 years prior to forming PRGCI in 1997.  Tom is a past Statewide President of the Alaska Miners Association and the current President of the Alaska Mining Hall of Fame Foundation.