The Björkdal mine ("Björkdalsgruvan"), located 28 km northwest of the town of Skellefteå, is a gold mine with the mineralization typified by Au-quartz veins located within a metamorphic package. The Björkdal mine is operating with both open pit- and underground mining. During spring 2016 the mine experienced local slope instability at one of the open pit walls. The concern was how it would affect safety for the mine workers and future mining, but also if it was safe to remove loose rock mass without endangering workers or interrupt any mining activities.
The theme of RockEng22 is Canadian Strengths and Future Directions in Rock Mechanics.
Rob Bentz has a comprehensive view of business and technical entanglements. He holds a view that there is great synergy formed when technically inclined people are business savvy. He has deep technical knowledge in the areas of networks, server systems, virtualization, firewalls, and Active Directory. Rob combines his formal education in business, 20+ years of technical ability, and 10+ years of management to provide talent management, IT system management, budget planning, risk management, and managing the bottom line.
As IT Manager, Rob is responsible for supporting the day-to-day IT needs of our engineers, management, and administrative staff. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree with emphasis in Management of Information Systems from Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul.
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