From the Lab to the Loading Dock Blog

May 24, 2017
written by Rebecca Gotto
Most of us know that Saskatchewan is the world’s richest and largest uranium jurisdiction. But did you know that Rare Earth Elements (REEs) are often found within uranium deposits, making Saskatchewan...
September 13, 2016
written by Nathan Peter
Advanced mining systems enable remote sensing and decision-making for operators and engineers before, during and after mining activities.
July 27, 2016
In 1960, the Lorado Mill was abandoned in northern Saskatchewan, leaving an estimated 227,000 cubic meters of radioactive uranium tailings that covered the mill site and flowed into nearby Nero Lake. In 2008, SRC was contracted to clean up the site, which began a multi-year journey to reduce the risk to human health, wildlife, and aquatic life.
April 14, 2015
A new joint study by members of Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) looks at how slurry pipelines behave while operating in laminar flow. The results of the study will lay the foundation for developing a reliable model for laminar operation of slurry pipelines that could be used to design pipelines that can effectively transport thickened tailings.
January 26, 2015
written by Jack Zhang
The versatility of rare earths has led to their use in an ever-increasing variety of applications in new technologies. Consequently, demand for rare earths has increased significantly. Everybody wants to extract rare earths because they’re so important, but metallurgical processing is complicated and comes at a high cost.
December 22, 2014
written by Lesley McGilp
When SRC moved its Pipe Flow Technology Centre, it lost the capability to test volatile materials. Industry need, combined with the Centre's expertise, attracted funding to expand the existing facility. The new pipe loop will allow industry to test their volatile materials to generate reliable data for pipeline design.
December 10, 2014
Caitlin Taylor, the Saskatchewanderer, toured SRC's diamond lab and shares her experience learning about the diamond extraction process.
August 20, 2014
written by Mike McCubbing
When people think of Saskatchewan, diamonds don't often come to mind. Well, give your head a shake. Saskatchewan has one of the world's largest diamond labs at it's attracting international attention.
August 06, 2014
written by Lesley McGilp
In mining and oil sands, one of the biggest challenges faced by operators is dealing with slurries – complex mixtures of solids and liquids – which need to be sent via pipeline for processing, treatment and environmentally-safe disposal.
March 13, 2014
written by Cristiana Mircea
Although the mining industry is in the doldrums, there was renewed optimism at last week’s 2014 Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) conference in Toronto, ON. SRC’s Cristiana Mircea sat down with her team members (Bernard Gartner and Mike McCubbing) from SRC Geoanalytical Laboratories to discuss where the industry is headed.
September 05, 2013
written by Dr. Ryan Spelay
Every mining and mineral processing industry requires the transport of slurries somewhere in their process. However, slurry transport theory and design are topics not adequately covered by undergraduate engineering fluid mechanics courses.