17th Extractive Industry Geology (EIG) conference
5th to 8th September 2012
Edge Hill University
The 17th Extractive Industry Geology (EIG) conference was hosted by Edge Hill University from 5th to 8th September 2012. It was supported by Tarmac, the Mineral Planning Association (MPA), SRK Consulting, Lafarge, Edge Hill University and Cuadrilla Resources.
The EIG conference is the principal event for sharing knowledge, scientific research and good practice in the field of applied geology within the UK minerals industry. It brings together extractive industry, academia, consultancy and other interest groups. The conference themes included: Geotechnics, Local geology, Environmental, Aggregates, Hydrogeology, Industrial minerals, Policy and places, New mineral developments, and Quarry resources and aggregate quality.
The conference was accompanied by well-attended field trips to Chelford silica sand quarry (Sibelco), Shap Pink granite and Roan Edge gritstone quarries (Cemex), Bellman quarry and Ribblesdale Cement works (Hanson) and Arcow gritstone quarry (Tarmac).
Further information can be found on the EIG website: www.eigconferences.com.
16th Extractive Industry Geology (EIG) conference
8th – 11th September 2010
University of Portsmouth
The 16th Extractive Industry Geology conference (EIG), hosted this year by the University of Portsmouth's, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences was held from 8th to 11th September 2010. It was supported by Tarmac, SRK Consulting, Lafarge and the Mineral Planning Association.
The EIG conference is now firmly established as the principal event for sharing knowledge, scientific research and good practice in the field of applied geology within the UK minerals industry. It brings together extractive industry, academia, consultancy and other interest groups.
The conference had seven themes focusing on Energy and Carbon Footprint Issues in the Minerals Industry, Geohazards and Geotechnics, The Regulatory Burden on Mineral Extraction, Military Applications for Extractive Industry Geology, Quarry Restoration & Sustainability, Resources and Reserves and Innovation.
Field trips to Michelmersh Brick Works and Quarry, Brightling Gypsum Mine and an Isle of Wight day tour of classic & applied geology sites; conference reception at Spinnaker Tower and conference dinner on board the HMS Warrior all made for an excellent and memorable event.
Despite the recent economic downturn, the conference was well attended (over 175 delegates), with fifteen trade stands including BGS and The Geological Society. Further information can be found on the EIG website: www.eigconference.org.