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John A. Meech (deceased)

NBK Institute of Mining Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science

Name: John A. Meech (deceased)
Title: Professor; Director of CERM3 (Centre for Environmental Research in Minerals, Metals and Materials); Associate Director (Engineering), The Bridge Program
Degrees: B.Eng. Metallurgical Engineering McGill University, M.Sc. (Eng.) Mining Engineering Queen's University, Ph.D. Mineral Processing Queen's University
Office: 508D Frank Forward
Phone: (604) 822-3984
Fax: (604) 822-5599
Email: cerm3dir@mining.ubc.ca

Research Interests

  • Environmental Engineering in Mining
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Fuzzy Logic
  • Artificial Neural Networks
  • Genetic Algorithms
  • Simulation Modeling and Process Control
  • Sustainable Mining
  • Mercury pollution from gold mining activities

Current Research

  • The Millennium Plug - Ph.D. student = Brennan Lang - The Millennium Plug Research Station is located at Britannia Mine. We are designing a plug to last for 1000 years. Installation of this facility stopped all pollution to Britannia Creek and directly to the surface waters of Howe Sound.
  • Magnetic Levitation Hoisting - M.A.Sc. student = Ryan Ulansky - This project involves a linear motor designed as a shaft to lift skips to surface using magnetic forces. Integration of this system with underground haulage is cost competitive.
  • Bacteriophage for T. ferrooxidans -collaboration with Curtis Suttle, Microbiology and Earth and Ocean Science - We are trying to isolate the natural virus which coexists with the bacteria that accelerates and promotes the formation of acid rock drainage.
  • Ground Heat Recovery from Mine Effluent - collaboration with Mory Ghomshei, CERM3 Research Engineer - We are building a demonstration project at Brittania Beach that the heat content of the ARD effluent from this abandoned mine can be recovered and upgraded efficiently and economically to supply space-heating for the entire town.
  • Reducing the Energy Used to Comminute Ores and Minerals - collaboration with Des Tromans. Metals and Materials Engineering and CSIRO-Minerals, Australia - We are attempting to apply fundamental thermodynamic modeling to understand the principles of fracture mechanics of brittle materials in order to design new processes to break rock.
  • Phyto-reclamation of mine waste and phyto-mining of metals - collaboration with Chris Anderson, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand - We are developing a new approach to using hyper-accumulating plants to concentrate metals from soils and waste rock. The current focus is on mercury, copper, and gold.


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