From the Lab to the Loading Dock Blog

September 18, 2018
written by Dr. Laurie Schramm
The Nicholson Mine was the first uranium mine to be developed in Saskatchewan. In 1949, it was the only active uranium mine in Canada outside the Northwest Territories. By 1959, the Nicholson ore body had been essentially depleted, but the Nicholson Mine had played its role in helping Canada become one of the largest uranium producers in the world. Learn more about the challenges of developing and operating this mine.
July 16, 2018
The demand for lithium is projected to increase 73 per cent by 2025. Lithium extraction is often expensive and time consuming, so how can mining companies keep up with this fast-rising demand? Keep reading to learn about new advances in lithium recovery technologies.
July 05, 2018
written by Dr. Laurie Schramm
The Gunnar Mine and Mill Site was abandoned with little to no decommissioning after it ceased operation in 1964, leaving behind significant hazards to the environment and public. Learn about the decades after the Gunnar Site closed and what's being done to remediate the land.
June 28, 2018
written by Dr. Laurie Schramm
The Gunnar Mine operated from 1955-1963 and officially closed in 1964 with little to no decommissioning. In 1956, it was considered to be the largest uranium producer in the world. Learn about the construction of the site, the operational challenges and the town site that was built - and why it became a ghost town.
May 30, 2018
written by Andrew Downing
Uranium mining companies face a significant processing challenge unique to their industry: the core samples they drill and extract are radioactive. When radioactive material is cut, the dust becomes an issue. Learn how this problem was solved with a custom saw box.
May 22, 2018
written by Elizaveta Petelina
Remediating a contaminated site may have positive and negative impacts on biodiversity. Learn how a sustainable approach to remediation involves planning and implementing environmental protection throughout the entire remediation process.
March 22, 2018
written by Thomas Lavergne
Giving students the opportunity to try a hands-on experience in science is something we never shy away from. We love science. So, when we heard that youth in northern Saskatchewan were looking for opportunities to gain experience in science-related fields, we took on the challenge.
January 16, 2018
written by Andrew Downing and Ian Wilson
Ice roads are needed by industries operating in remote, northern climates to move supplies and equipment during the winter. Learn how an ice road is built and maintained.
November 22, 2017
written by Patty Ogilvie-Evans
What you can see on the surface of an abandoned mine site doesn’t always tell the full story of the mining activities that took place. In fact, the surface is a very small part of the whole remediation process. Find out how 3-D models of underground workings helps us get a better idea of risks below ground.
October 03, 2017
written by SRC Communications
Chennoa Tracey is a fourth-year Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Saskatchewan and was a student in SRC’s Aboriginal Mentorship Program. Learn about her experience working with SRC's Industrial Engineering team.
July 18, 2017
written by Virginia Wittrock
Every year, Saskatchewan faces the possibility of disaster stemming from natural hazards, such as severe weather, floods, drought and wildfires. In recent years, flooding has been a significant natura...