Friday, 27 February 2009
Basically he argues why would any intelligent person work to produce a nice paper that becomes the property of another, when they can post the same material on their own website for nothing and potentially for greater gain than will come from the loss of that effort in a dusty, forgotten volume from a foreign potentate?
I agree with him, and this is why MEI Conferences take the following approach: we ask authors to submit draft papers prior to the conference. These are not refereed- they are essentially discussion documents, but they go into the Proceedings- not a hard copy volume which nobody wants to lug around, but a much more utilitarian CD, which can easily be searched.
The authors of the papers have the copyright on their articles, so they are free to do what they wish with them- publish again on the web, at other events, or submit to journals. In fact we encourage authors to edit their drafts after the conference (to take into account conference discussions and criticisms) and then submit the final versions for peer-review in special issues of Minerals Engineering- but whether or not they do so is entirely up to them.
I would welcome any comments on this.
He is still in Johannesburg, and is now Operations Director for Tantalite Resources running the tantalum refinery.
Tantalum is one of the few metals whose price has increased significantly over the past 12 months.
Monday, 23 February 2009
Guven was chairman of the 2006 IMPC in Istanbul, and is MEI consultant to next year's Processing of Industrial Minerals '10, the first MEI conference to be held in Turkey.
Fathi is one of the most prolific writers I have ever met, having a number of books on extractive metallurgy and mining history under his belt, as well as writing reviews on conferences and proceedings.
Dean is executive publishing manager at Elsevier, and responsible for the 'big 3'- Minerals Engineering, Hydrometallurgy and International Journal of Mineral Processing.
After dinner, we watched the Oscar ceremonies on TV. It was good to see the Brits in the forefront, with Kate Winslett as best actress and Slumdog Millionaire sweeping the board. It almost (but not quite) compensated for supporting the English cricket team!!
Now killing time before going to the exhibition, which opens at 11am, with lunch between 11.30am and 1pm- strange timings!
Have cleaned the camera lens to remove the grease that gave yesterday's photos their soft-focus effect.
Sunday, 22 February 2009
In this photo, I am at the FLSmidth Minerals exhibit, with marketing manager Andrew Cuthbert.
Norman is MEI Consultant to Nickel Processing '10, which will be held in Falmouth next year.
The last time we photographed Cyril and Rob together was in 1991, at the first Minerals Engineering journal editorial board meeting in the Marina Mandarin Hotel, Singapore.
In the photograph below, Rob is first on the left and Cyril 3rd from the right. Also on the photograph are Glen Dobby, myself, Prof. Wakamatsu, Terry Veasey, Dave Osborne and Don McKee.
The delegate list shows that 3300 people have pre-registered, which considering the nature of things at the moment, seems to be a fairly healthy turnout.
As most people will know, Eric is a former chairman of the IMPC.
Saturday, 21 February 2009
Thursday, 19 February 2009
It has been an interesting couple of months. As you can see, I am now working full-time for FEI, still based in Brisbane; in fact, back at my old (former Intellection) desk, in the same building!
There has been some discussion on the MGS, and questions as to whether it is still manufactured, on the MEI Online forum.
The photograph below shows the launch of the MGS at the 1988 IMPC in Stockholm. With me (right) in the picture are Joan Brookes, Billy Chan, Don Hepburn, and the great man himself, Richard Mozley, who sadly died in 1995.
Tuesday, 17 February 2009
This is understandable as Cornwall is the most remote area of England, but don't be put off by this, as the journey can be a very rewarding experience, and takes you into one of the most beautiful areas of the world.
Because of its location in the far south west of Great Britain, Cornwall is the only area of England to have retained its Celtic roots, having survived successive invasions by the Romans, Vikings, Saxons and Normans. Not only is Cornwall remote, but to access it, two very inhospitable moors have to be crossed. First of all, Dartmoor in Devon, the setting for Conan Doyle's "The Hound of the Baskervilles" and home to the famous prison, then the bleak Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, passing the Jamaica Inn, immortalised in Daphne du Maurier's famous novel.
Passing over these moors by modern transport, it is easy to underestimate how formidable the journey to and from London must have been little over 150 years ago, when travellers would often make their wills before departing, so dangerous was the journey with the ever-present fear of highway robbers, as well as the elements.
In the mid 19th century, the heyday of Cornish tin and copper mining, the most prestigious service was the London to Falmouth Royal Mail Coach which left Falmouth at 1.45am and after travelling through Cornwall via Truro, St Austell, and Liskeard, crossed the river Tamar and headed for an overnight stop at Devonport. Departing the following morning at 9.30am it then passed through Plymouth, Ashburton, Exeter, Honiton, Ilminster and Amesbury that day, departing from Andover at 12.19am the following morning and after another overnight stop, arriving in London at 7.05am, a total journey time of nearly 3 days!!
Today the journey time is around 5 hours by car or train and it is easy to overlook how formidable the moors must have been in the past.
The various options for travelling to Falmouth are given in the Travel section of each Falmouth-based MEI Conference web-site but I would like to add a few extra tips which may make your journey more comfortable.
Assuming you are travelling from London Heathrow, you essentially have two options- car or train. The MEI team have rarely used the air travel option, as the plane to Newquay only operates from London Gatwick, and the transfer to Falmouth is by very expensive taxi, which has to be reserved while on the plane.
If you intend to spend some time in Cornwall after the conference, then a car is a necessity. We have a deal with Europcar, so when ordering a car from the airport, please quote our contract number (on the conference website).
Train is the second, and often preferred option, and the Paddington to Truro section is one of the world's great rail journeys (see also the posting of 29th January 2015). Book your ticket in advance via the website link. The journey will be in 3 stages- Heathrow to London Paddington; Paddington to Truro and Truro to Falmouth Docks. Make sure that the Paddington departure is at least 2 hours after your flight arrival, to give you plenty of time to pass though immigation, baggage retrieval and customs.
After clearing immigration, follow the Trains signs, and hop on the Heathrow Express. This leaves every 15 minutes, and the journey time to Paddington is also 15 minutes. If you have time available get a first flavour of Cornwall by enjoying a pasty at the West Cornwall Pasty company situated on the concourse.
The journey from Paddington to Truro is about 4 hours. On arrival at Truro, transfer to the Falmouth train on the adjoining platform, and take the short journey to Falmouth Docks, where you will be met by an MEI representative, who will transfer you to your hotel.
Enjoy the journey- we never tire of it!!
Updated 29th January 2015
Monday, 16 February 2009
Sunday, 15 February 2009
I would definitely recommend Breckenridge to anyone visiting Denver, and who has a few days to spare. Also highly recommended are the Pine Ridge Condominiums, where we have stayed during our last two visits. Five minutes walk from Main Street, they are also 50 metres from the ski bus stop, and you can ski directly to your door in the evening, the condos being situated on the side of the 'Four O'Clock' run.
Thursday, 12 February 2009
A great day today, cold, but cloudless sky. Barbara and I are wearing ski helmets for the first time in 19 years of skiing. Pretty sensible as most accidents are caused by other people. If you are not too squeamish, take a look at this, and this. Some accidents are self-inflicted though!!
Wednesday, 11 February 2009
Tuesday, 10 February 2009
Checking email at 4.30am this morning (7 hour time difference)! Had emails from Fathi Habashi and Norman Lotter, saying they will be looking out for Jon and me during our 1 day (Monday) at the SME exhibition. In the current economic climate it will be interesting to see who is there (or more importantly who is NOT there). I would think that showing that you are alive and kicking is particularly important at the moment.
Talking of the economy, Amanda has posted on MEI Online a link to what looks to be a very interesting article, by John Chadwick in International Mining. He has interviewed representatives from the leading suppliers in the minerals industry, for their views on how the industry will fare in 2009 and 2010.
Friday, 6 February 2009
These figures show the enormous usage of these journals in industry and academia, and personally I rate downloads as a much more valuable indication of a journal’s worthiness than the often biased impact factor (see http://www.meionline.proboards2.com/index.cgi?board=general&action=display&thread=1 for a general discussion on impact factors).
In looking at these stats, I have to congratulate Kostas Komnitsas and Dimitra Zaharaki of Technical University of Crete, whose paper “Geopolymerisation: A review and prospects for the minerals industry” (Volume 20 Number 14) was the most downloaded Minerals Engineering article in the last quarter of 2008.
Thursday, 5 February 2009
Other good news is that the AMIRA P9 meeting in November is being arranged in Cape Town, to correspond with MEI’s Flotation ’09 conference.
The photo below is of Gyllingvase Beach, in front of the conference venue, the Falmouth Beach Hotel. Doubtful whether we will get views like this in June for Physical Separation '09!