Jul 25, 2013

Day 5 - Northrise/Copper Mine

Today was another great day! I woke with the sun again and read a little in bed before beginning my day. We had class again this morning, and it covered some logic structures/diagrams that you can use to identify root causes and problems within an operation. We talked about Cause and Effect diagrams using logic, as well as necessary requirement diagrams. 

After a standard lunch of nshema, greens, and meat, we got on the bus for our trip to the copper mine. It was about a 45 minute drive to get to the copper mine which is located in a neighboring town. We god to see the quarry where copper is mined, but did not go down into the mine which is about a mile below the surface. I do not know if I could have handled a mile long elevator ride into a mine, so I am actually glad we did not go into the mine. We were able to see the rest of the copper extraction process. I felt like I had stepped back into the 1930's when we were going through the plant. The plant itself had been built in 1927, and some of the equipment (if not all) was the same equipment they used back then. We walked up scaffolding that looked a bit questionable, and got up-close-and-personal with the copper extraction process. Our guide was a great teacher and, when you could hear him, it was fun to hear his explanation of the processes.

Tomorrow we will be touring 2 oil refineries, so it will be neat to have 2 similar operations to compare. 

Thanks for reading! 


1 comment:

  1. What a neat experience! I loved the picture on Facebook of your filthy hands!!!