AAI News

Agapito Associates, Inc. (AAI) is proud of its staff of dedicated specialists and industry experts. Below is a sample of the latest happenings from within our company.

PROMOTIONS

Agapito Associates, Inc. is proud to announce the promotion of Dr. Mohanty to Sr. Associate.  During his employment at AAI, Dr. Mohanty has conceived and presented a myriad of innovative engineering solutions to clients in the mining industry, leading to significant improvements in resource recovery and worker safety, including:

  • Numerical modeling to develop improved highwall design alternatives for an operator who had experienced multiple pit slope failures.
  • Predictive analysis of dewatering strategies aimed at depressurizing a 700-foot-tall pit slope to enhance its mechanical stability.
  • Development of an innovative technique to analyze the global stability of plit slopes near ore zones proposed for solution mining of borates.
  • Numerical modeling to determine mechanically stable excavation methods of a massive sulfide ore zone.
  • Development of a room-and-pillar mining sequence to control the roof and delay the onset of instability until mining operations could be completed in an extremely brittle and stiff polyhalite orebody.
  • Development of a unique mechanistic approach to plug design for sealing historic mine entries within the basin of a large tailings impoundment.
Dr. Samrat Mohanty, P.E.,
Sr. Associate
Dr. Samrat Mohanty, P.E., Sr. Associate

FEATURED PUBLICATIONS

Shasta Dam, Redding, California: In 2018–19, AAI conventionally cored three 18-inch-diameter holes to a depth of 35 feet on the crest of Shasta Dam for the United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR). Large-diameter cores were required for concrete properties testing as part of the Shasta Dam Raise Project.

AAI subcontracted Groupe Fordia Inc., Northwest Machine, and other expert vendors to design and build the unique 18-inch-diameter coring bit and tools. Each 5-foot core run weighed approximately 1,000 pounds. The core was boxed in specially designed crates and shipped via temperature-controlled freight to the Denver Federal Center for materials properties testing. The 18-inch core holes and other 10-inch, 80-foot-deep holes were pump-grouted with non-shrink concrete. [Contract No. 140R2018C0040]

For more details of this interesting project, please read the “Large-diameter Core Drilling” article in Coring Magazine (pp. 26 and 27): https://coringmagazine.com/

UPCOMING SEC WORKSHOP

2019 RMCMI Tri-State Regional Meeting

Dr. Susan Patton, P.E., will be attending the 2019 RMCMI Tri-State Regional Meeting, August 7–8, 2019 in Sheridan, Wyoming. On Wednesday, August 7th from 8am to 4pm, she will be teaching a short course on the new U.S. SEC’s S-K 1300 Requirements for Mining Property Disclosures of Reserves including Technical Reports.

The SEC has adopted amendments, effective February 25, 2019, to modernize the property disclosure requirements of mining registrants. The amendments are intended to provide investors with a more comprehensive understanding of a registrant’s mining properties, which should help them make more informed investment decisions. Industry Guide 7 will be rescinded and the mining property disclosure requirements moved to a new subpart of Regulation S-K 1300. Registrants engaged in mining operations must comply with the final rule amendments for the first fiscal year beginning on or after January 1, 2021. This change is significant in the impact to the individuals responsible for reporting resources and reserves. The course will primarily focus on the required content for technical reports and the qualified persons role in the report preparation. The course will include detailed coverage of the required disclosures and the estimation of engineering and geologic detail such as data validation, commodity pricing, capital and operating cost, cut-off grade, and criteria for resource and reserve classification.

Click here to register for this course: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eggd7hzb7df6a372&oseq=&c=&ch=

Dr. Susan Patton, P.E., Senior Associate
Dr. Susan Patton, P.E., Senior Associate

UPCOMING CONFERENCES

2019 Dam Safety Conference

Leo Gilbride and Andy Shaffer will be attending the 2019 Dam Safety Conference, September 8–12, 2019 at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando, Orlando, Florida.  https://damsafety.org/training-center/conference/dam-safety-2019

Leo J. Gilbride, P.E., P.Eng.
Vice President and Principal
Leo J. Gilbride, P.E., P.Eng. Vice President and Principal
Andy Shaffer, Associate/Field Services Manager
Andy Shaffer, Associate/Field Services Manager

AEG 62nd Annual Meeting

Vanessa Santos and Ben Haveman will be attending Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG) 62nd Annual Meeting, September 17–22, 2019 in Asheville, NC at the Renaissance Asheville (https://www.aegannualmeeting.org/registration)

The meeting is a joint meeting between AEG and the 55th Forum on the Geology of Industrial Minerals. (https://fgiminc.com/2019/03/30/55th-forum-asheville-nc/).  Vanessa will be giving a presentation on Friday, September 20th at 1:20pm at the FGIM Symposium titled:

Securities and Exchange Commission S-K 1300 Rules – Understanding the Changes and Complexities

In October 2018, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted amendments to modernize the property disclosure requirements for mining registrants, and related guidance, under the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and Industry Guide 7. The amendments, designated as Regulation 1300, are to be provided to investors to provide a better understanding of US registrants mining properties. These disclosures will align the SEC’s disclosure requirements with the international practice and standard. The SEC’s Industry Guide 7, which only allowed Reserve reporting, is rescinded and new disclosure rules will be reported in subpart 1300 in Regulation S-K, effective January 1, 2021. This reporting will align and be largely consistent with the Committee for Reserves International Reporting Standards (CRIRSCO) under NI43-101. All US registrants that show “Materiality” shall report all aspects relating to the Exploration Information, Mineral Resources, or Mineral Reserves on which the audience of a public report and include a balanced discussion on uncertainties and risk for the Resource and Reserves. The reporting will be by a Qualified Person (QP), defined as a suitably qualified and experienced mining industry professional(s) who is either a Registered Members of SME or eligible members of another Recognized Professional Organization (RPO) subject to an enforceable professional code of ethics and rules of conduct.

Vanessa Santos, P.G., Chief Geologist
Vanessa Santos, P.G., Chief Geologist
Benjamin R. Haveman, P.G., Laboratory Manager
Benjamin R. Haveman, P.G., Laboratory Manager

Fall 2019 SMRI Conference

Dr. Mike Hardy and Tim Ross will be attending the Fall 2019 SMRI Conference in Berlin, Germany, September 22–25, 2019.  https://www.aegweb.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1054501&group=

Michael P. Hardy, Ph.D., P.E., P.Eng., President and Principal
Michael P. Hardy, Ph.D., P.E., P.Eng., President and Principal
Timothy A. Ross, P.E., Vice President and Principal
Timothy A. Ross, P.E., Vice President and Principal

AAI SCHOLARSHIP FUND

In 2007,  Agapito Associates, Inc. established a scholarship fund for undergraduate students  pursuing a degree in Mining Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. It is a 3-year award that is funded in the amount of $2000 per year and is awarded to a US Citizen maintaining a 3.0 GPA and based on financial need and merit.

Our current Scholar is Kevin Moran of Bonita, California.  Kevin was first awarded in 2013-2014, 2nd year was 2014-2015, 3rd and final year 2015-2016. Kevin is scheduled to graduate this year.

Previous Scholars are:
2008-2010: Amanda Garcia – graduated in 2011
2011-2013: Chelsea Pomeroy – graduated in 2014 with a BS in Mining Engineering. Currently a Graduate Student in Mining Engineering, scheduled to graduate in 2017.

The next award period will be in fall 2016-2017. To apply for this scholarship, apply to the Director of Financial Aid at the Colorado School of Mines. The fund is administered by the CSM Foundation, Inc.  CSM Foundation Corporate Scholarships

FRAUD ALERT

Recently, four fake profiles were created on LinkedIn with persons claiming to be employees of Agapito Associates, Inc., they were Ali Rosan, Morgan Alesky, Alesky Morgan, and Jeffrey Cole.  They either claimed to be a business manager or sales manager.  Person(s) claiming to be Ali Rosan subsequently contacted many companies around the world offering to sell gold as a representative of Agapito Associates, Inc.

If you have been contacted by Ali Rosan or another of these others, this is a fraud.  These people were never employees of Agapito Associates, Inc.  We are a mining engineering consulting firm and do not produce or sell gold.

The FBI has been notified of this scam and Ali Rosan’s profile has been deleted from LinkedIn.  Morgan Alesky’s profile remains on LinkedIn, but all reference to employment with Agapito Associates, Inc. has been deleted.  The others have also been reported to LinkedIn as fake profiles.

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