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  1. CARLSON and AutoCADD were free to students at one time.

  2. Have you checked out the geospatial clearinghouse that is part of the UofI website? I could spend my life looking at the old maps. The Illinois state library has historical atlas’s online off of the Secretary of state’s website. SOS has made them hard to find through the website so a google search will get you farther than searching on”cyber drive”.

  3. Yes. Both for work and pleasure. Don't remember where it's at, but I used to access their oil well data/map a lot. At my last mine we had to deal with several abandoned oil wells. Every one you mine around requires visual conformation and a submittal to MSHA. One cool thing. My grandpa used to be in the oil business around Olney. I have a couple books with his notes, and I found a couple wells he drilled on their site.

  4. That is so awesome. Did you ever meet Arlen Shorewood (not 100% on the spelling) at the Illinois State Library? She was a nationally/internationally recognized map librarian and if you loved maps it was a good idea to become friends with her. She was just an amazing resource and a true treasure.

  5. You'd have to check the state website, but IDOT might be looking for interns. The central office in Springfield should have a lot more available than me. I'm in a district office down south.

  6. Taylorville would get my vote, but I have friends there.

  7. Are you watching with the F1 app/channel? That's available for Amazon firestick. Sorry, no longer live in Springfield.

  8. Hello all! This is happening near my hometown, and I know next to nada about geology or engineering, and I have so many questions. If anyone is local to Central Illinois (USA), this is impacting the west side of Springfield. Hoping some of you could be so kind as to educate me. For starters:

  9. A lot of it depends on how long ago it was mined and how deep the mine is/was. What is your home town? I've lived in Springfield, Urbana, and Chrisman so I'm a bit familiar with Central Illinois.

  10. How much they load today depends on the type of mine. UG room and pillar will be the lowest followed by longwall up to the mines in PRB with the 100' thick seam.

  11. Those used to be pretty popular here in the states until the 1990's. Saw several while growing up. Never got a chance to go up in one. The mine my dad was an engineer at had one. He took me into the pit a couple times, so I've been close to them. I've got a few pics I'll have to dig up.

  12. Worked a little while at Round Mountain. There were countless holes in the ground around there. The only one I really wanted to go in was the cinnabar mine. But, no gas meter, no air movement, standing water and rotting timbers made that a big no go.

  13. IME, most folks are clueless when it comes to mining. The same people screaming for EV's will protest and sue to halt mining permits. They seem to not understand what all had to come out of the ground for them to type witty comments in internet forums.

  14. if u like mining songs there's one called drew the shiftboss it's about the day in the life of an aussie underground shift boss by the way there's a bit of swearing in it

  15. Can't remember the name of it, maybe Hardrock Miners, first song on Cowboy Junkies Trinity Session is one of my favorites.

  16. Cool. Do they give tours? Been by there a couple times on my way to a bear hunt further north.

  17. I've seen "red dog", which is gob from the 60's or older, and has burnt a bit, used as fill, don't think I've ever seen it used for roads.

  18. My great great grandfathers coal mine. Haven't figured how to post pictures with text.

  19. Where is this at? Not much to go off of, but if I had to hazard a guess, maybe Midwest (Iowa or Kansas) somewheres?

  20. What kind of groups are you getting at 1000 yards? Asking for a friend.

  21. Looks like a flash tube, although the ones I messed with were copper.

  22. When I became an Engineering manager, it was about 95% desk job. Before that, I was in the field or UG quite often. I filled in for surveyors, took water samples, and escorted inspectors. Also, I was UG coal. So I got my examiners and mine managers papers, so I filled in there also. Walking the return every now and then is a good thing.

  23. I once owned 500 shares of TVX. They did a 5:1 reverse split, then when merging with Kinross and Echo Bay, did a 10:1 reverse split. I quit with mining stocks after that.

  24. Here's what amazes me about this. It isn't so much that it was done. Its that it was done without YouTube, internet tutorials, images you can zoom in on for a better view, Reddit subs where you can ask for help, nothing like what we have at our disposal.

  25. That's how us old farts had to do things pre-internet. You looked at photos in a magazine and read directions. Although macrame was a bit different. I remember my mom going to macrame classes. She also did ceramics. Lot's of ash trays. Those things were big in the late 70's early 80's.

  26. There is a coal seam in Illinois that has "miners dollars" in the roof/back.

  27. I worked at Gateway a bit, before getting transferred elsewhere. I have a few of those lying around somewhere. Keep hoping to seal one into epoxy.

  28. I think it depends on the company and your personal BS/$$ ratio. Some technical positions are 5 day/wk, some are 5.5, and some are 6+. I had a phone interview with a UG salt operation. During the "busy season" which was October-March, it was a 7 day/wk schedule and you might get off Thanksgiving and Christmas. I've also worked for a company where Engineers of equal pay worked 5.5-6 days/week at one mine and 5 at another.

  29. I know someone that worked at a lithium mine west of Goldfield.

  30. "Gold mining should be abolished in general. It leads to loss of homes"

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