Does anyone have access to CAD files covering the mine site and surrounding area? I am thinking specifically of .DWG or .DXF files. These might be used in AutoCAD or other vector design software.
These might prove very useful during the residency... and I would like to have a look at them, and to start playing around with them, before arrival if possible.
Some educational institutions give free access to these kind of files to staff/students - I can get them, but only for the UK. Otherwise it is sometimes possible to buy them, which I will also look into. If you are in education and you don't have access, do you know anyone in the architecture/ landscape architecture department who might?
The mining company may already have some, or possibly even local authorities.... it would be great to have as much of the surrounding area as possible.
Also historical aerial photos - I know the armed forces have been taking aerial photos since at least the '40s, and sometimes those are available as resources too...