The SOMP AGM 2010 conference - Innovation in Mining will be hosted by Department of Mining of Tallinn University of Technology.

Program will contain conference presentations, poster sessions, SOMP Council and Committees meetings, workshops and will end with guided tours to Estonian oil shale mining district.

Interview with Erling Nordlund, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden

Erling Nordlund, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
From Committee meetings and welcome coctail 18.06.2010, SOMP AGM 2010, Estonia

How’s the conference so far?

"It’s been nice..."

How would You define the word ‘mining engineer?

"It’s a complex engineering business ranging form basic mechanics, like in block mechanics to management and economy. So I think its very complex. I think what you need to be is generalist and specialist."

How can we change the public opinion of mining?

"Oh that’s a good question! I think one thing is that... It’s difficult! I have one good example. In the Kirnovoro mine, they have a cinema theater where they show movies about the mining and things like that... and you can walk around and see for yourself... When you go there, you are going by bus in the infline. So you see that it’s not these pictures that are usually spread with a very dark hole and scary place. I think that’s the problem all the time. Another problem they have is that they are facing a lot of waste on the ground surface."

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