Over 500 attended the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, & Exploration's (SME) 2014 Arizona Conference earlier this month at the Starr Pass Resort in Tucson. So many showed up that the organizers were scrambling to set up enough tables to accommodate everyone at lunch.
The day-long technical program on Monday, Dec. 8 had multiple concurrent technical sessions Mining Technolgy, Regulations in Arizona, Mineral Processing, Geology, Mexico, Blasting, and New Projects.
The big turnout came as a bit of a surprise, given the drop in commodity prices and uncertainty over a number of major projects. This suggests a quiet optimism in the industry and that folks are in for the long term.
We interviewed half a dozen of the presenters for a special year-end episode of our online video magazine, Arizona Mining Review, which will be broadcast on Dec. 30, then posted to YouTube.