November 6, 2019

Three of the Largest Mines in the World Today

Ask many people to give examples of geoengineering projects and, sometimes after bridges and dams, you might get mines. Whether open pit or underground, the world’s most extensive mines are among some of the most impressive (if highly functional) engineering projects humanity has ever undertaken. From expensive diamonds to mundane, but possibly more important, commodities such as copper and coal, these mines have given us hundreds of years of vital resources between them.

Bingham Canyon Mine, USA

The single biggest open pit mine in the world, Bingham Canyon in Utah, USA, is nearly a kilometre deep and 2.5 miles, or 4km, across. More than 19 million tonnes of copper have been shipped out of here since it first started operations over 100 years ago in 1906. Before that frontiersmen had been staking claims to small patches of land in the area and digging for copper ore, from as early as 1863. However it was not until early 20th century industrial pioneers decided to bring railroads into the region that mining here really took off.

Today Bingham Canyon Mine is owned by Rio Tinto Group, a $90 billion multinational corporation who have headquarters in London and Melbourne, Australia.

Mirn Mine, Russia

This Siberian diamond mine was first discovered in the 1950s and quickly became one of the largest, but also most dangerous, mining operations in the world. Early miners at the Mirn site were treated to horrendously cold conditions. Oil froze inside pipes, vehicle wheels froze into place and the first buildings on the site had to be constructed on stilts, as their warmth caused the permafrost to melt – thus slowly sinking their foundations over time.

Still production got off to a good start, mining 10 million carats (or 2000 kilograms) of diamonds a year over the 1960s and 70s. One of the world’s largest diamonds to this day was found in this mine in the 1980s, and it was interestingly named 26th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Mirn Mine is still open today, as digging resumed in 2009 after an eight year closure.

Chuquicamata Mine, Chile

Chuquicamata Mine in northern Chile is one of the biggest, highest and oldest mines in the world. That’s quite a list! Mostly mined for copper today, British companies also mined the area for brochantite ore back in the late 19th and early 20th century.

In fact, though, Chuquicamata has an even older history than that. Evidence suggests ancient Inca peoples also sought the copper deposits in the area to make farming and hunting equipment around 550 AD. During the 1890s it was also a point of conflict in the Chilean Civil War, and thereafter developed a lewd and bawdy reputation as ‘Wild West’ frontier town of sorts. 120 years later in the modern day, the site is a highly functioning and efficient copper mine that provides 308,000 tonnes of the important metal every year. The mine canyon now stretches nearly three miles in length and is over a mile across at its widest point. It is owned by Codelco, a Chilean state-owned mining company.

September 10, 2019

The Three Biggest Engineering Projects in the World Right Now

When it comes to mega-engineering projects, not many finish under budget or on time. Many residential house builders come in late and over budget, let alone huge multinational crews working across hundreds of miles over many decades. Untold billions have been put into these projects which, when finished, will show just how far our engineering…

by Stephanos
The Three Biggest Engineering Projects in the World Right Now
July 12, 2019

The Engineers Who Fashioned Today’s World

It is hard to imagine today’s modern world without the great engineering feats that can be seen in every city and dotted around the landscape. From aqueducts to huge hydroelectric dams, skyscrapers and underground transport systems, engineering effects each and every one of us. But who were the forefathers of engineering that helped shape our…

by Stephanos
May 21, 2019

Soil and Geotechnical Engineering

As geotechnical engineering concerns the process of construction methods including rocks, it is imperative that the study of soils is also included. So much so that the highest industry body is now called the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. The science of geotechnical engineering is highly complex and involves many topics, but…

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March 27, 2019

The World’s Greatest Dams

There are many jaw dropping architectural feats around the world, but surely the engineering brilliance that goes into building a dam must be at the top of the list. The sheer size and dimensions of theses amazing structures is awesome, but the knowledge of what the dam is actually doing makes it even more poignant….

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January 1, 2019

Tips How to Become an Engineer

As an engineer you are probably involved in working out how to build the tallest bridge, design the slickest engine, or how to build the smallest car. And you may be caught up so much in your work that you never pay attention to your career. But today opportunities within engineering are many, and there…

by Stephanos
June 20, 2018

Architectural Marvels Around the World

There are some amazing buildings and other man-made structures that have been built throughout the world. These are structures that really showcase the talent and creativity of architects. After all, to design and build a structure that is not only aesthetically-pleasing, but also safe and functional, is not an easy task. We will discuss here…

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June 6, 2018

Top Engineering Firms Around the World

There are several engineering firms throughout the world; some of these have made more impact than others. Here we are going to discuss the top engineering firms that are known today. Well Known Firms The firm 3M  is a well-known company, it is an American company that has expanded into a multinational conglomerate with branches…

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May 11, 2018

The Different Types of Jobs in Engineering

There are many types of jobs available in the Engineering field, some of which pay a very high salary. Some of these fields are: mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, electrical engineering, aerospace engineering and petroleum engineering. Within each of these engineering fields are several sub-disciplines in which a person can specialize. To obtain a job in…

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May 1, 2018

Continuing Education that is Vital for Engineers

Engineering is like many professional fields in that new methods, techniques and approaches are constantly being developed and recommended. This means that it is very important, in fact, essential that an engineer undertake continual learning to stay current within their field and profession. Continuing education thus should be made a priority for workers regardless of…

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January 21, 2018

Top Engineered Bridges In The World

Bridges have been an effective part of transportation ever since humans started to move their goods and themselves from one place to another. In the beginning, engineers only have to do little more than fall a tree across a river or stream, but now they have discovered that bridges could cut across vast distances and…

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