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The Annual Meeting of the SME Arizona Conference is proud to present technical sessions hosted by some of the leading innovators and technology in the Southwest region. All technical sessions will be held at JW Marriott Starr Pass Tucson Resort & Spa.

Program Chair: Trika Graham, Freeport-McMoRan

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Monday December 5, 2022 | 9:30 am – 11:30 am


Chair: Doug Anderson, Arcadis

The Social-Ecological System in the Climate Risk Assessment: Considerations for Mine Closure Design
Gabriel Castillo, Ausenco

Remediation of the Former ASARCO Smelter Site, El Paso, TX
Scott Brown, Arcadis

Mine Waste Reclamation: Metrics of Ecosystem Regeneration
Julia W. Neilson, University of Arizona, Environmental Science Department

Current Status of Waters of the U.S. – Panel Discussion
Michelle De Blasi, Law Office of Michelle De Blasi; Rob Anderson, Fennemore Craig; Kathleen Tucker, Project Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and Erin Jordan, ADEQ


Sponsored by WSP Golder

Chair: Brad J. Ross, University of Arizona

Slope Optimization with Proactive Team Collaboration
Baikuntha Adhikari, Freeport- McMoRan Inc

Geotechnical Considerations in Longhole Open Stoping
Rob Pratt and Rob Cook, Call and Nicholas, Inc

Future of InSAR for Geotechnical Monitoring
Jon Leighton: Terra Insights/3vGeomatics

Finding the Next Generation of Geotechnical Professionals
Julia Potter, Geotechnical Center of Excellence/University of Arizona


Sponsored by M3 Engineering & Technology

Chair: Amado Guzman, HydroGeoSense Inc.

Idaho Cobalt Operations
Matthew Sletten, M3

Unit Weight vs Hydraulic Performance
Pete Duryea, Knight Piesold Consulting

Anatomy of a Failed Cu Leach Operation
Joe Keane, SGS

Design and Installation of North America’s First Large Capacity Robot Copper Cathode Stripping Maching
Larissa Tarango Valles, Freeport-McMoran Inc.


December 5, 2022 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Sponsored by WFI – Water

Chair: David McLane, Burns & McDonnell

Alternative Tailing Storage: A Technical and Economical Tradeoff Case Study for a Brownfield Project
Nicholas Brink, Stantec

A Mechanical Solution to a Chemical Problem: A Case Study on Gypsum Scale in the Copper Industry
Jane Fillmore, Florence Copper and Landon Lines, Burns & McDonnell

Project Drilling: Safety and Innovation
Wilson Shumway, South 32

Benefits of Multiple Scenarios in Open Pit Mine Planning
Johnathon Heiner, Forte Dyanmics


Sponsored by SRK Consulting

Chair: Alejandro Diaz, Golder a Member of WSP.

Underground Silver Mine Post Pillar Recovery in Mexico
Wilhelm Greuer, Stantec

Tailings Reprocessing as a Strategy to Mitigate Environmental Lability: A Case Study for Copper Mining in Mexico
Silver Miller, SRK

Cordero Project Update
Roman Solis, Discovery Silver


Sponsored by Ruen Drilling

Chair: Joshua Cobb, Freeport-McMoRan Inc.

Digging up Old Dirt: The Challenge of Bringing a Historical Mining Property into NI 43-101 Compliance
Allan Schappert, Stantec

Mineralogical Analysis in Exploration: X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Short Wavelength Infrared (SWIR) Analysis, and Core Scanning
Mat Dunlop, Freeport-McMoran Inc.

Depositional Environment of the Cretaceous Sandstone (Kqs) of the Resolution Cd-Mo Porphyry, Arizona: Implications for Structure and Geometallurgy
Alec Martin, University of Arizona

Overview of Lithium Clay Deposits in Western United States
Derek Loveday, Stantec


Sponsored by Ausenco Engineering USA

Chair: Brittany Meucci, Golder, Member of WSP

An Integrated Approach to Water Treatment
Katie Stoll, Freeport-McMoran Inc.

Torex Project in Mexico
Jennifer Berger, Stantec

Florence Copper
Brent Berg, Florence Copper

Cactus Mine Update
Dan Johnson, Arizona Sonoran

Automation and Electrification Considerations in Design
Kevin McCoy, Hyrum Byers, South32 Hermosa Project, Patagonia, AZ