International Mining Games 2018

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International Mining Games 40th Competition - Open to the Public

Latest Update: FREE Park'n'Ride will be running regularly on Fri 30th and Sat 31st March 9-5pm between Heartlands and King Edward Mine.

Thursday 29th March - Sunday 1st April 2018

The Camborne School of Mines (CSM) is proud to host the 40th International Mining Games at the King Edward Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. With seven gruelling events in all, it will be a unique opportunity to witness traditional mining skills first-hand, up close and personal.

The International Mining Games sees 39 teams from mining schools across the world (including USA, Brazil, UK, Australia and Europe) compete in 7 events of traditional mining methods in order to commemorate those who have lost their lives in industry and preserve traditional methods for years to come.

Hosting in Camborne, where many of the modern hard-rock techniques originated, is a great way to honour the heritage, steeped within the proud local community. Coinciding with the history, is the innovative and ever developing technologies that are researched, established and implemented into industry from within the heart of Camborne based companies and CSM itself.

Part of the University of Exeter, Camborne School of Mines offers the only remaining Mining Engineering degree in the United Kingdom. Camborne School of Mines has been producing mining engineers for nearly 130 years. As the only British teams competing, the student teams are known to our competitors as “Team Great Britain”. You can follow the CSM UK teams and find more information about their sponsors here.


Competition History

The competition was started in 1978 in honour of the 91 miners that died in the Sunshine Mine disaster, as well as to remember miners that have since perished in the line of duty. On May 2nd, 1972 a fire broke out in the Sunshine Mine, near Kellogg, Idaho, USA. At the time 178 miners were working underground. Initially, 85 miners escaped safely and two more were rescued seven days later. It took until May 13th before the last of the 91 victims were brought out of the mine. The tragedy was America’s worst mining disaster since 1917.

Competition Schedule

Day 1 Thursday 29th March - Training Day

A day full of excitement and cheer as all 39 competing teams from across the world meet and practice the events. It is a chance for teams to see who their likely rivals will be, test unfamiliar equipment and iron out any last minute issues. You can expect a lot of shouting and see the international teams up close.

Day 2 Friday 30th March - Womens, Mixed (Co-ed) and Alumni Teams Competition & Mens Survey Event

The first main day of competition that sees the Womens, Mixed (Co-ed) and Alumni Teams compete across the 7 events. The Mens teams will be competing in the Survey event.

Day 3 Saturday 31st March - Mens Competition & Womens, Mixed (Co-ed) and Alumni Teams Survey Event

The final day of competition ends with 15+ Mens teams competing for the top places in the 7 events. The Womens, Mixed (Co-ed) and Alumni teams will be competing in the Survey event. We are expecting a very close competition as international mining Schools send their elite teams to represent. You can expect a lot of excitement, cheering and camaraderie. A fantastic end to the competition!

Sunday 1st April - The Man Engine Awards Ceremony

The Man Engine is the largest mechanical puppet ever constructed in Great Britain and will be at Heartlands, Camborne for his Resurrection tour. Will Coleman (Director of The Man Engine) will be presenting the overall section winning teams with their trophies at the end of his 'Afternooner' tour. Tickets will be available online.

The 7 Competition Events

The International Mining Games is an annual competition contested by mining schools from across the globe, competing in seven events based on traditional mining techniques:

  • Hand Steeling – Drill into concrete using a 3-4lb hammer and a 7/8’’ chisel

  • Track Stand – Set up and tear down a section of track, including sleepers, rail, connecting plates and bolts

  • Hand Mucking – Run a one ton ore wagon down a 75’ track and fill it

  • Swede Saw – Saw through a 6’’x 6’’ piece of timber with a 36’’ bow saw

  • Gold Panning – Find five flattened ball bearings in a pan full of dirt and rock

  • Jackleg Drilling – Drill into vertical concrete with a Holmans 303 airleg drill

  • Surveying – Teams are given a starting point and expected to report the coordinates of a finishing point using an old fashioned vernier transit

You can see a video of the 2012 games online.

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