The need for speed

The mining industry is not going anywhere fast when it comes to underground development. Advance rates are dropping and it is taking much longer to reach the prized orebody. The Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI), which is based in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, thinks it has just the thing to reverse the trend in some of northern Ontario’s deepest operations.

Douglas Morrison, president of CEMI and a Canadian mining industry veteran with 15 years of Golder Associates experience on his CV, has gone back to basics, and work carried out in the 1990s by the