The #1 Industry Conference of the Year

SME’s 2017 SME Annual Conference & Expo and CMA’s 119th National Western Mining Conference will provide the knowledge, insights and information you’ll need to not only survive but thrive in an era of rapid economic and market change.   This is the one event where successful leaders from around the world will share their visions, expertise and experience.    Avoiding complacency during periods of sustained growth, these mining professionals have been able to quickly and efficiently deploy resources when and where they are needed, growing shareholder value and securing profits.    

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2017 SME Annual Conference & Expo and
CMA’s 119th National Western Mining Conference

July 2016
The official 2017 SME Annual Conference & Expo and CMA’s 119th National Western Mining Conference website launches.
June 2016
Abstract submission opens for the 2017 SME Annual Conference & Expo and CMA’s 119th National Western Mining Conference
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TECHNICAL SESSIONS

SME ACE 2016 Recap

More than 120 technical sessions featuring the leading practitioners in the mining industry from around the world. 

Thank you for joining us for the SME Annual Conference & Expo (ACE) 2016
You helped to make the conference a great success with 844 exhibit booths and 6,300 attendees. We hope that you will be able to join us for the 2017 SME Annual Conference & Expo and CMA’s 119th National Western Mining Conference; it will focus on Creating Value in a Cyclical Environment. This conference will be held February 19-22, 2017 in Denver, Colorado.
Conference Highlights
Colonel Mike Mullane, USA/USAF/NASA
Connect with Colonel Mike Mullane online to view his current and past speaking engagements.
About Colonel Mike Mullane, USA/USAF/NASA
Colonel Mullane was born September 10, 1945 in Wichita Falls, Texas but spent much of his youth in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he currently resides. Upon his graduation from West Point in 1967, he was commissioned in the United States Air Force. As a Weapons Systems Operator aboard RF-4C Phantom aircraft, he completed 150 combat missions in Vietnam. He holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and is also is a graduate of the Air Force Flight Test Engineer School at Edwards Air Force Base, California.

Mullane was selected as a Mission Specialist Astronaut in 1978 in the first group of Space Shuttle Astronauts. He completed three space missions and logged 356 hours in space aboard the shuttles Discovery (STS-41D) and Atlantis (STS-27 & STS-36) before retiring from NASA and the Air Force in 1990. Mullane has been inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame and is the recipient of many awards, including Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit and the NASA Space Flight Medal.
About the Keynote Presentation
Normalization of deviance is a long term phenomenon in which individuals or teams repeatedly accept a lower standard of performance until that lower standard becomes the “norm”. Usually, the acceptance of the lower standard occurs because the individual/team is under pressure (budget, schedule, etc.) and perceives it will be too difficult to adhere to the original higher standard. Their intention may be to revert back to the higher standard when this period of pressure passes. However, by getting away with the deviation from the higher standard, it is likely they will do the same thing when the same stressful circumstances arise again. Over time, the individual/team fails to see their actions as deviant.

Mullane uses the Challenger tragedy to make this point. Under tremendous schedule and budget pressures and over multiple launches, the NASA team accepted a lower standard of performance on the solid rocket booster O-rings until that lower standard became the "norm". By the dawn of Challenger, the NASA team had become so comfortable with seeing occasional O-ring damage and getting away with it, the original standard, in which ANY O-ring damage was defined as intolerable deviance, was no longer considered. Disaster resulted.

Teams maintain their high standards of performance by "setting the highest standards"; "connecting the dots" (to insure multiple problems aren't just symptoms of a single “normalization of deviance” problem); and by "considering the instincts of team members" in the decision making process (with Challenger, some engineers had a gut feeling there were serious O-ring design issues but management refused to react to “instincts”).

2016 Keynote Presentation

Technical Sessions

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Short Courses taught by highly regarded industry experts on a variety of topics.

Memorable speeches from industry thought leaders including Colonel Mike Mullane, Dr. Donald E. Ranta, Robert Dunne, David Dreisinger, Corey Ciocchetti, Red Conger, and Ronald Woods.

Book signings from the industry's top selling authors W. Scott Dunbar - author of How Mining Works, Deepak Malhotra - author of Plant Auditing, Harold Linder - author of Wild Places, Robin J. Hickson & Terry L. Owen - authors of Project Management for Mining, and Barry A. Wills & James A. Finch  - authors of Will's Mineral Processing Technology.

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SME ACE 2016 Book Signings

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First-hand experience and insight on field trips to latest mining projects including Freeport-McMoRan's Bagdad Operations and the United Verde Mine Project.

Thank You 2016 Sponsors

Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (FCX) is a premier international natural resources company with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. FCX operates large, long-lived, geographically diverse assets with significant proven and probable reserves of copper, gold, molybdenum, cobalt, oil and natural gas. FCX has a dynamic portfolio of operating, expansion and growth projects in the copper industry. FCX is the world’s largest publically traded copper producer, the world’s largest producer of molybdenum and a significant gold, oil and natural gas producer.
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New Events for 2017

AIME's Engineering Solutions for Sustainability: Materials and Resources (ESS: M&R III)

International Symposium on Mining with Backfill

Minefill is recognized as an integral component of most underground mining operations. The stability of and safety within underground mines are enhanced by the design, operation and control of mine fill systems. The 12th International Symposium on Mining with Backfill will focus on the application of mine backfill technologies including planning, design, operations and research.

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Abstract Submission is now open for the International Symposium on Mining with Backfill. Learn more about abstract submission and the topics currently being considered for this unique 2017 industry event.

All facets and operations of the mining industry are increasingly relying on capturing and using quality data. From archiving and analysis to improve production, identifying trends in the workforce to improving community relations data affects all aspects of today’s mining industry.

Most companies have data that they have been monitoring and collecting, some for decades, but now it is what can the data do for you. Successful organizations of tomorrow are going to be those that have learned and implemented the best practices for their specific operations by better understanding what that data tells them.

Data can identify trends in the industry, where customers are and what is currently motivating their purchases, even where certain minerals are located. Companies who know how to make data work for them are the ones that will be successful in the future. The 2016 SME Annual Conference and Expo examined what data exists and how this data can be used by companies today to help guarantee their success in the future. 

Looking for more information on SME Annual Conference & Expo (ACE) 2016 Technical Sessions?

The SME Annual Conference & Expo (ACE) 2016 Technical Sessions as of January 8, 2016 are available for download as a printable PDF. The Technical Session Guide is complete with session titles, authors, chairs and abstracts. 

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Official 2016 Conference Sponsor: Freeport-McMoRan
Discover new sponsorship & exhibiting opportunities at SME ACE 2017

Conference information provided below is specific to SME ACE 2016, Phoenix, AZ

SME offers a wide variety of exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities that can help your organization generate and secure qualified sales leads; provide insight into the industry and the ability to evaluate your competition; create a greater understanding of customer attitudes and buying habits; give your organization a platform to launch new products or services; aide in expansion of sales into new markets; promote your brand image and increase visibility; and help to put your products and services in the hands of decision makers.

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To see a full list of exibitors and sponsors, view the 2016 Show Guide.

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With impending and burgeoning societal challenges affecting both developed and emerging nations, the global engineering community has a responsibility and an opportunity to truly make a difference by contributing to sustainable development through engineering solutions. This symposium will focus on the resources and materials needed to meet basic societal needs in the critical areas of minerals and metals, energy, water, transportation and housing.  The overarching theme is how these five critical areas can contribute to the circular economy, which is an alternative to a traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose).  In the circular economy, resources are used for as long as possible with the goal of extracting maximum value from them while in use and, at the end of service life, they are recovered, reused, recycled, or stockpiled until economically viable recycling technologies are available. The importance of recycling resource efficiency and intersecting life cycles will be examined for materials and manufacturing sustainability within each and across the five critical areas. 

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How Mining Works
W. Scott Dunbar

How Mining Works explains complex mining concepts in a way simple enough for those who are not familiar with the industry, yet thorough enough to be useful to long-time professionals.

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Plant Auditing
Deepak Malhotra

The word audit brings discomfort to many mine managers and owners. Images of government officials poring over every decimal point, looking for "gotchas" with serious consequences, naturally rise to the surface.

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Wild Places
Harold Linder

The story based on Linder’s diary, tells about commuting to work by canoe and snowshoe in northern Canada and by helicopter in Alaska; following wombat trails in the rainforest of Tasmania; bear encounters in the Yukon; bush plane crashes in British Columbia; prospecting in the Mojave Desert of California; and going where no man had gone before in Antarctica.

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Project Management for Mining
Robin J. Hickson & Terry L. Owen

Opening a successful new mine is a vastly complex undertaking entailing several years and millions to billions of dollars. In today’s world, when environmental and labor policies, regulatory compliance, and impact on the community must be factored in, you cannot afford to make a mistake.

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Wills' Mineral Processing Technology
Barry A. Wills & James A. Finch

Wills' Mineral Processing Technology: An Introduction to the Practical Aspects of Ore Treatment and Mineral Recovery has been the definitive reference for the mineral processing industry for over thirty years. This industry standard reference provides practicing engineers and students of mineral processing, metallurgy, and mining with practical information on all the common techniques used in modern processing installations.

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The 2017 SME Annual Conference & Expo (ACE) and CMA’s 199th National Western Mining Conference & Exhibition will be the most talked about industry conference of 2017.

Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (FCX) is a premier international natural resources company with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. FCX operates large, long-lived, geographically diverse assets with significant proven and probable reserves of copper, gold, molybdenum, cobalt, oil and natural gas. FCX has a dynamic portfolio of operating, expansion and growth projects in the copper industry. FCX is the world’s largest publically traded copper producer, the world’s largest producer of molybdenum and a significant gold, oil and natural gas producer.
Learn more about Freeport-McMoRan.

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