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Mine Design, Operations & Closure Conference

2018 Sponsors

  • Motherlode Sponsors
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Montana Department of Environmental Quality
  • USDA Forest Service
  • Montana Tech
  • Platinum Sponsors
  • North Wind Group
  • Pioneer Technical Services
  • Tetra Tech
  • Gold Sponsors
  • Barrick - Golden Sunlight Mine
  • CDM Smith
  • Foam Concepts LLC
  • Hecla Mining Company
  • Stillwater Mining Company
  • Silver Sponsors
  • AMEC Foster Wheeler
  • Energy Laboratories
  • ERO Resources Corporation
  • Hydrometrics, Inc.
  • Kennecott Exploration Co.
  • Morrison-Maierle, Inc.
  • Newmont Mining Corporation
  • Pace Analytical Services
  • Pacific Inter-Mountain Distribution, LLC
  • Spectrum Engineering & Environmental LLC
  • Copper Sponsors
  • ACZ Laboratories
  • ARCADIS U.S., Inc.
  • Cascade Earth Sciences
  • Montana Resources LLP
  • Rocky Mountain Bio Products
  • Water & Environmental Technologies LLC
  • Weave Consulting



Sunday, May 6 (Short Course)

Time:  8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.   Breakfast & Lunch will be provided to all attendees

Aerial Drone Applications in Mine Management and Environmental Monitoring

Course Instructors:  Devin Castendyk, PhD, Senior Geochemist, Pit Lake Specialist, Golder (including Pierre Filiatreault and Brian Straight)

This course will cover the full range of drone (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/Aerial Camera Platforms/Remotely Piloted Vehicles…etc.) applications, capabilities, providers, legalities, and limitations, as well as various other aspects of drone use. For anyone considering possible use of drones for sites you own or administer, this course will offer crucial information.


Monday, May 7 (Field Trip)


Planning for Pit Lakes in Porphyry Copper Deposits; A Site Visit to the Berkeley Pit

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (The bus will depart from the front entrance of Fairmont; however, please check in at the conference registration desk before boarding.)  Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided to all attendees.

The development of pit lakes in porphyry copper deposit presents mine managers, consultants, and regulators with a unique set of challenges.  This field trip will review lessons learned from the development of the Berkeley Pit. 

Morning (8:30 - 11:30 am):

The morning will be spent on a site visit to Montana Resources’ Berkeley Pit/Lake focusing on all aspect of site management of the pit and associated environmental issues. Background info will be sent out to tour participants covering the detailed history of mining and the development of the pit lake and management issues. The site visit will include a detailed tour of the water treatment plant, evaluation of site water management and a detailed demonstration of some of the management techniques used at the site to haze waterfowl away from the site.

Guides:  Mark Thompson, Montana Resources & Devin Castendyk, PhD, Senior Geochemist, Pit Lake Specialist, Golder

Lunch will be provided!

Afternoon (1:00 - 4:30 pm):

The afternoon will be spent at Montana Tech with presentations covering the evolution of pit lake water chemistry, current management strategies including current waterfowl management programs, and a cross section of related Superfund issues.  The day will conclude with a panel discussion on knowledge gained from the Berkeley Pit with recommendations for future pit lake developers.

Speakers:  Dave Williams, Bureau of Land Management; Chris Gammons, Montana Tech, Stella Capoccia, Montana Tech, Devin Castendyk, Golder

At the end of the day, attendees will make a relaxing stop at the Butte Brewery!

Disclaimer: Participants will be required to wear PPE (hard hats, safety glasses, and safety vests). Please feel free to bring along your own equipment; however, if you do not have any, PPE will be provided. Appropriate footwear should be worn, as well. In addition, please dress appropriately for an outside tour. Although the tour is scheduled for May, the weather may still be somewhat cold. Please be prepared for various outside elements. 


Tuesday - Thursday, May 8-10 (General Session)

A full agenda for the General Session will be posted as soon as it is finalized.  Please check back for updates.