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Behind the Scenes with Bryan

Behind the Scenes with Bryan

By Bryan Ulrich
This is generally a engineering podcast that often pertains to the world of mining, and especially mining waste management, or whatever else captures my imagination. The episodes, thankfully, will be fairly brief.
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Episode 58: A conversation with Bill Kappel from Applied Weather Associates

Behind the Scenes with Bryan

Episode 58: A conversation with Bill Kappel from Applied Weather Associates

Behind the Scenes with Bryan

Episode 61: A conversation with Keith Mandisodza
Among other things, Keith and I discuss what it is like to be a PhD student during the pandemic.
March 18, 2021
Episode 60: An interview with Prof. Navid Mojtabai of New Mexico Tech
Amongst other things, Navid and I chat about changes in education and college studies during the pandemic.
March 11, 2021
Episode 59: An Interview of Rob Cooke from Paterson Cooke
In this episode Rob and I discuss tailings management and future trends in tailings management.
March 4, 2021
Episode 57: An interview of Eric Michaels from Hilfiker and Marco Isola from Wood
In this episode Eric and I discuss the use of mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls in a tailings environment.  
February 25, 2021
Episode 58: A conversation with Bill Kappel from Applied Weather Associates
Among other things, Bill and I discuss probable maximum precipitation (PMP) estimation, especially in data limited areas.  Bill had an article on this topic in The Journal of Dam Safety, Volume 17, Issue 2 of 2020.  You can find out more about Bill's company at 
February 18, 2021
Episode 56: An Interview of Pete Kowalewski from Tierra Group International
Among other things, Pete and I discuss current trends in tailings management.
February 3, 2021
Episode 55: An Interview with Nick Kent of KCB
Amongst other things, Nick and I discuss filtered tailings, and in particular his recent paper from the Tailings and Mine Waste conference, titled, "Filtered tailings facilities and upset conditions".  
January 27, 2021
Episode 54: An Interview with UBC's Negar Ghahramani
In this episode Negar and I discuss her recent paper: Tailings-flow runout analysis: examining the applicability of a semi-physical area–volume relationship using a novel database You can access this paper at:  NHESS - Tailings-flow runout analysis: examining the applicability of a semi-physical area–volume relationship using a novel database ( 
January 21, 2021
Episode 53: An interview with Mike Henderson of BGC
Among other things, Mike and I discuss the Tailings Center of Excellence which is a program that is being supported by the Colorado State University, the Colorado School of Mines and the University of Arizona.
January 14, 2021
Episode 52: A Conversation with Prof. Chris Bareither
Chris and I talk about the key takeaways from the recent Tailings and Mine Waste Conference, and his impressions on the success and future of virtual conferences.
December 31, 2020
Episode 51: An Interview on the Mining Minds Podcast
In this episode, I am interviewed by the guys at the Mining Minds podcast.  Mining Minds are a group of friends in Northeastern Nevada who all work in the mining industry.  I highly recommend you listen to to their podcast.  
December 24, 2020
Episode 50: Self-heating potential of sulphidic paste backfill with Chris Lee and Brett Timmis
In this episode, I speak to Chris Lee and Brett Timmis of Golder Associates about the paper and presentation they recently gave at the Tailings and Mine Waste conference.  
December 18, 2020
Episode 49: An Interview with Tailings Expert Chris Hatton Regarding the EoR
In this episode, Chris and I discuss the term "Engineer of Record".
December 11, 2020
Episode 48: A conversation with Renato Macciott from the University of Alberta
In this episode, Renato and I discuss his recent publication with the Canadian Dam Association (CDA), titled, "PBRISD, Dam Safety Management Systems, And The Role Of Communication And Culture For Tailings Dam Failure Preventability".  You can find that article here:  Here is the abstract: A current trend of tailings storage facility failures has been identified for some time now, with some events having catastrophic consequences. This trend needs to be reversed to assure the sustainability of tailings dam operations and to maintain the social license to operate them. One way forward is the implementation of the Performance Based, Risk Informed Safe Design, Construction, Operation and Closure (PBRISD) framework as outlined in the 6th de Mello Lecture. This article proposes that implementation of PBRISD is feasible through Safety Management Systems (including Dam Safety Programs, Risk Management Plans, OMS manuals, etc.) as outlined in guidelines and regulations and lays a conceptual way forward for implementation. However, the authors identify that the big challenges for effective implementation of PBRISD are safety culture and risk communication. Addressing these challenges is therefore imperative for stopping the current trend of tailings storage facility failures. The authors hope that properly trained practitioners, from decision makers to front line workers, with clear understanding of the operation’s risks and their personal responsibilities, accountability and liability would promote safer practices and conditions for tailings storage. In turn, this will lead to effective implementation of PBRISD and a reduction in release events from tailings storage facilities. You can contact Renato at 
November 19, 2020
Episode 47: An Interview of Alexandra Halliday and Hossein Kheirkhah Gildeh Regarding Dam Break Analyses
In this episode, I speak with Alexandra and Hossein about their recent paper, "Tailings Dam Breach Analysis: A Review of Methods, Practices, and Uncertainties" which appeared in Journal: Mine Water and the Environment.  The article may be found here:
November 5, 2020
EPISOPE 46: The Tailings Rap
Many years ago, I wrote a rap song called The Bolt Boys.  That song was recorded by my friend Clay Stukey.  You can find that song here: That song was a lot of fun for me.   More recently, my daughter challenged me to write a rap song about mine tailings.  Well, I did, but it took me quite a while to record it.  The results of that are here.  If you think you can do a better job than I did with the recording, please let me know!  I look forward to hearing from you!!!  Many thanks!
October 19, 2020
Episode 45: A conversation with Jeff Sharp of Onesta Branding
In this episode, Jeff and I talk about many subjects related to employee retention and employee happiness.   You can find out more about Jeff's services at: Or, for his discussions about Lyme disease, see: Jeff's email address is
September 24, 2020
Episode 44: An interview of Brendan Swifte of Tencate Geosynthetics
In this episode Brendan and I speak of the use of geotubes for tailings management, amongst other things.  
September 17, 2020
Episode 43: A conversation with Craig Milne and Nicolas Olmedo of Copperstone Tech
In this episode, I speak to Craig and Nicolas about their robotics capabilities and their use in mine tailings assessments.  You can learn more about their company at
September 10, 2020
Episode 42: A Conversation with Jeff, Jim and Tal from ProSeal Corp
Amongst other things, Jeff, Jim, Tal and I talk about one of their products, ProSeal Ecco, which is being used to stabilize tailings.  
September 3, 2020
Episode 41: A Conversation with Cort and Aimee from GroundBase Systems
In this episode, we discuss the many uses of unmanned airborne systems (i.e., drones) for mining applications.   You can find out more about their work at
August 27, 2020
Episode 40: A Conversation with Laura Register of Terracon
In this episode I speak with Laura on the topic of diversity and inclusion in the work place, with a special emphasis on the engineering world. You may contact Laura through LinkedIn, or email her at
August 20, 2020
Episode 39: A Conversation with Murray Fredlund of Bentley Software
In this episode, Murray tells us about some of the latest innovations in Bentley's geotechnical software, and some of the success stories related to the Bentley software. You can find out more information at their website: and searching for "geotechnical". You can contact Murray directly at
August 6, 2020
Episode 38: An Interview with Steven Ulrich of Asset Assurance Monitoring.
I talk to Steven about monitoring of slopes, and especially of tailings facilities, using satellite technology.   You can get ahold of Steven at: or visit their website at: 
July 23, 2020
Episode 37: A Conversation with Hollywood Creative Lynn Isenberg
In this episode I speak with my long-time friend, Lynn Isenberg about creativity.  
July 16, 2020
Episode 36: A Conversation with Attorney Harry Peetris
Harry is an attorney at Wilson Elser.  I have known Harry for many years.  He has many talents, but I know him best for his work in construction defect claims.  You can contact Harry at or on his cell (702) 521-8135
July 9, 2020
Episode 35: An Interview with Erik Host-Steen of SMP Alignment.
In this interview, I speak with Erik Host-Steen.  Erik's company, SMP Alignment, fixes sales, marketing, and product development problems.  You can find out more about Erik's company at and you can contact him directly at
June 25, 2020
Episode 34: A conversation with the legendary Reggie Rivers
Reggie Rivers is an ex-Denver Bronco, a journalist, a philanthropist and motivational speaker.  You can get an idea of his speaking style by listening to his Ted-X talk ( This podcast episode was initiated following Reggie's heart-felt article in the Denver Post which explains how racism affects him on a personal level.  You can find that article here: 
June 17, 2020
Episode 33: An Interview of Business Coach Candice Kingston
In this episode, I interview my longtime friend, business coach Candice Kingston.   You can contact Candice through her website  Please feel free to arrange a complimentary introductory coaching session through her website.  
June 4, 2020
Episode 32: An Interview of Matt Fuller of Tierra Group International
In this episode, I interview Matt Fuller of Tierra Group International.  Amongst other things, we talk about the critical importance of external reviewers for mine waste management facilities.   You can find out more information about Matt's company at You can email Matt at 
May 21, 2020
Episode 31: An Interview with Oren Kesler of Wikistrat
In this episode, I interview Oren Kesler of Wikistrat, a crowdsourcing company.  We discuss the many merits of crowdsourcing.  
May 14, 2020
Episode 30: An Interview with Paolo Farina, Executive Managing Director of Geoapp
In this episode, I interview Paolo Farina, Executive Managing Director of Geoapp.  Geoapp ( provides many services regarding slope monitoring that are of special interest  to mining.   You can find Paolo on LinkedIn: You can find an interesting article that pertains to his work at
May 7, 2020
EPISODE 29: An Interview of Amol Chinchankar and Magnus Rieger of Alfa Laval
In this episode, I interview of Amol Chinchankar and Magnus Rieger of Alfa Laval.  Among other things, we talk about their centrifuge technology for tailings dewatering.  You can find Amol and Mangus at, and scrolling to mining and minerals, or email them at:
April 30, 2020
Episode 28: An Interview of Jumana Saleheen of the CRU Group
In this episode, I interview Jumana Saleheen of the CRU Group.  We talk about her company and how they see the Corona virus and it's impact on the commodities markets, and specifically our world of mining. 
April 23, 2020
Episode 28: An interview with Prof. Chris Bareither of the Colorado State University
In this episode, I speak with with Prof. Chris Bareither of the Colorado State University.  Chris shares with us his latest research and finding with combined tailings and waste rock.
April 9, 2020
Episode 27: An Interview with NASA's Steve Rader
In this episode, I speak with NASA's Deputy Director for the Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation, Steve Rader.  Steve and I discuss innovation, how innovation happens and how it can happen more effectively.   You can find Steve on LinkedIn.
April 1, 2020
Episode 26: An Interview with Joshua Letcher of Space Mining
In this episode interview Joshua Letcher of Space Mining.   Josh and I talk about Helium-3 and lunar mining. You can find out more about Joshua at:        (Company Website) 
March 26, 2020
Episode 25: An Interview of Prof. Craig Benson
In this episode I interview of Prof. Craig Benson of the University of Virginia.   
March 18, 2020
Episode 24: An Interview with Lucy Crane
In this episode I speak with Lucy Crane, a senior geologist with Cornish Lithium in the UK.  Amongst Lucy's other claims is her TedX talk, "Mining Our Way to a Low Carbon Future" in which she poses the question, "I'm an environmentalist and I work in the mining industry; does that make me a hypocrite?"  You can find her TedX talk here: 
March 12, 2020
Episode 23: An Interview of Author and Speaker Stacey Ann Hall
In this episode I interview author and speaker Stacey Ann Hall.  Stacey and her co-author Jan Brogniez wrote the book, "Attracting Perfect Customers: The Power of Strategic Attraction".  She is also the author of the wellness book, "Chi-to-Be!  Achieving Your Ultimate B-All".  You can also see Stacey give her TedX talk, "Stop Shoulding on Yourself" at 
March 5, 2020
Episode 22: An Interview of Professor Jan Johansson of the Lulea University of Technology in Sweden
Episode 22:  An Interview of Professor Jan Johansson of the Lulea University of Technology in Sweden Professor Johansson and his colleagues wrote a paper titled, "Mining 4.0-the Impact of New Technology from a Workplace Perspective".  The paper was published in the July 2019 edition of Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration, and is available online at: 
February 20, 2020
Episode 21: An interview with Conetec's Shawn Steiner
An interview with Shawn Steiner from Conetec.
February 12, 2020
Episode 20: An Interview with Barb Filas
An Interview with Barb Filas Here is a link to the professional master's degree program we discussed:
February 6, 2020
Episode 19: An Interview of Arturo Fahrenkrog, CEO of GeoMediciones
In this episode, I interview of Arturo Fahrenkrog, CEO of GeoMediciones, an instrumentation company.   You can contact Arturo at: Mobile and Wattsapp: 56-9-95092190
January 29, 2020
Episode 18: An Interview by Rob Tyson on the Dig Deep, The Mining Podcast
On this podcast, I am interviewed my Rob Tyson on the Dig Deep Podcast.  You can find Rob's very informative mining-related podcast wherever podcasts can be found.  
January 23, 2020
Episode 17 Christmas in the Rockies
In this episode, I read my 2019 Christmas poem.
December 18, 2019
Episode 16: Dawn, a Poem
In this episode, I read last year's Christmas "poem". 
December 12, 2019
Episode 15: An Interview with My Son, Timothy
In this episode, Tim and I discuss China, mining and space mining
December 5, 2019
Episode 14: You pay for a reasonable geotechnical investigation whether you have one or not
In this episode I share some of my experiences where the owner/client didn't save as much money as they had wished.
November 20, 2019
Episode 13: Rock hounding
I have several interviews lined up, but none are ready to go right now, so I am reading a portion of a memoir that a very good friend of mine has encouraged be to write.  
November 13, 2019
Episode 12: An interview with Steve Tadolini
In this episode, I speak with my long-time friend, Steve Tadolini.  You can get ahold of Steve at: 
November 7, 2019
Episode 11: An interview with John Metzger
In this episode, I speak to John Metzger of IDS Georadar. You can get ahold of John at the following addresses: 
October 30, 2019
Episode 10: An Interview with Satish Penmetsa
In this episode, I speak with software developer Satish Penmetsa.  Satish has created an amazing service for the mining industry.  He is the CEO of rapidBizApps, and may be contacted as shown below:  408-608-9871
October 30, 2019
Episode 9: A trip to China
In this brief podcast, I share my experiences from a recent trip to China to visit my son, Timothy.  
October 24, 2019
Episode 8: I Can Run Slope Stability Analyses with My Eyes Shut
In this episode, I read an unpublished article by the same name as the episode.
October 2, 2019
Episode 7: Advice to My Younger Self
In this episode, I read one of my more popular blogs.  
September 25, 2019
Episode 6: An Interview with My Good Friend, Dean Rector
In this episode, Dean and I discuss his early years, his education, and his work, but more importantly, how you should work, including mentoring and being empathetic to your client. 
September 19, 2019
Episode 5, and Interview with my Good Friend, Jeff Coffin
In this episode, I interview Dr. Jeff Coffin, the regional manager for Knight Piesold in West Africa.  
September 12, 2019
Episode 4: An Interview with my Good Friend, Bill Cincilla
In this episode, I interview my friend Bill Cincilla who has led a very distinguished career in the mining industry.   
September 4, 2019
Episode 3. Moonshot: the future of tailings (no tailings!??!!!?)
While still lining up guests to interview, I read from one of my blogs from
August 29, 2019
Episode 2: The Contest
On his podcast, "Big Questions", Cal Fussman ran a contest to define "comfort".  I was very pleased to hear that I had won the contest.  Hear all about it on this podcast. 
August 19, 2019
In interview of the host, Bryan Ulrich
In this first full-length episode of my podcast, I "interview" myself, telling the listeners a little about myself.  In upcoming episodes, I intend to interview friends and colleagues from around the industry.  
August 12, 2019
A Lead Up To An Actual Episode
Hey everyone, this is just a brief announcement.  If you'd like to be interviewed on this podcast, just let me know.  You have a story!  I'd love to get it out there!  I hope to have an actual episode next week!
August 6, 2019
Episode 1: The Trailer
This is just a very brief trailer so that I can become familiar with this technology.  
July 30, 2019